Once a year, Insurance Conference Planner brings together the members of its Golden Links Advisory Board to talk about the latest golf industry happenings and to review the content of this special issue, the annual ICP Golf Issue. This year's meeting was held at the Marriott Orlando World Center in January. After a morning of discussion and debate, the group headed for the recently unveiled Hawk's Landing golf course (which was recently redesigned and expanded to 6,900 yards by renowned course architect Robert E. Cupp II) for a tournament hosted by the resort and Pro-Link.

The Golden Links Advisory Board is made up of 32 PGA professionals and golf industry experts, all with extensive experience planning golf events. Turn to pages 48 and 49 to see who they are--and call on them anytime: They're in this issue because they want to help you, our readers, plan outstanding golf events. Also to that end, don't miss this year's Golf Event Planning Guide, beginning on page 37.

The 2000 Golden Links Courses To help you choose the right facility for your next golf event, Insurance Conference Planner has compiled a list of 165 properties, all of which provide groups with a high-quality golf experience. The 2000 Directory of Golden Links Courses begins on page 50.

These facilities meet the following criteria:

* They welcome groups that include golf as part of their meeting or incentive programs.

* They can arrange tee times for multiple foursomes.

* They have pro staffs that can assist with group tournaments.