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Braidwood to speak at PGA International Conference


Golf industry expert Michael Braidwood, who has 20 years’ experience in management and senior roles overseas, has been confirmed as a guest speaker for the 2019 PGA International Conference in Thailand.

Braidwood, an Advanced Fellow of The PGA, began is career is a golf professional at Gleneagles, Scotland, before taking up a general manager role at Riffa Golf Club in 1998.

He spent the next decade working his way up to become chief executive at the Bahrain-based facility and also enjoyed successful spells at Bahrain International Golf Course Company (2008-2010) and Braemar Golf Developments (2010-2014).

A career highlight for Braidwood was being named the Director of Education for the Club Managers Association of Europe (CMAE) where he was responsible for the delivery of their club education programmes.

Braidwood currently works as the general manager of Education City Golf, where he is responsible for a landmark project in Qatar and the world of golf, offering a revolutionary and holistic approach to growing the game.

As a keen learner himself, Braidwood is an assessor for The PGA’s Director of Golf Program in 2012 and is a regular presenter on the Club Managers’ Association of Europe’s Management development programmes.

Matthew Davies, Regional Manager (Overseas), commented: “I am delighted that Michael will join us in Phuket and pass on some of his vast experience to our delegates.

“Michael has an extensive background in club management from a variety of perspectives, including as a general manager in his current role, from a consultancy perspective during his time with Braemar Golf who operated across multiple sites in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia, and as an educator as he continues to deliver on the CMAE’s club management development programme.”

The PGA International Conference brings together PGA Members and golf industry delegates from all over the world, with more than 45 people from 16 countries attending last year’s event.

In addition to the education element and the chance to learn from golf industry experts, the conference affords delegates superb networking opportunities.

An early bird offer for Members has been extended to June 30. Those who book before then can claim $100 food and beverage credit to be used during your stay.

For more information about the 2019 PGA International Conference, including package prices, visit