For the third straight year, Oaks North Golf Course will be hosting Golf Fest, a two-day showcase of the latest equipment and a host of other golf-related products and services.

The event drew around 2,000 people last year and Oaks North Head Professional Lloyd Porter expects a strong turnout again in 2015. Golf Fest is on March 6 and 7 this year from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Both days, there’s a huge rush at 9 a.m.,” Porter says. “People are lined up all the way down the fairway. For a typical golfer, it’s exciting because you can see everything in one spot. There aren’t a lot of opportunities like that in Southern California.”

Golf Fest is an event for all ages and abilities. While adults sample products, juniors and beginners can play a six-hole loop for free, with a paid admission ($10 – children 10 and under are free. Parking is $5). Free lessons from a JC Golf PGA professional are also available.

But the big draw is the new equipment, which is set up for testing on the driving range. This year’s vendor lineup includes Callaway, Cleveland/Srixon, Cobra, Ping, TaylorMade, Tour Edge and Wilson. Representatives from each company will be on hand to assist with testing and to answer product questions.“You’re talking to the experts on every product,” Porter says. “And you’re outside on the driving range so you can see how the ball actually flies off the club.”

And equipment can be fit on site as well, meaning golfers can order their new equipment the same day. The North and East courses remain open for play during the event.

“We’re unique in that we keep the course open,” Porter says. “You can play golf and then enjoy the show or vice versa.”

Around 70 vendors will be on site, providing everything from custom putters to range finders to massages.

Food (hamburgers, grilled chicken sandwiches) and beverages (beer, soda) are also available as part of day that has a carnival-like atmosphere.

Other highlights include:
• A trick shot exhibition at 1 p.m. each day.
• A putting contest on the 9th hole of the South course.
• A hole-in-one contest on Saturday at 3 p.m.
• A gift bag provided by Golf Fest

And to make Golf Fest an even better value, paid admission includes a free future round of golf (Friday – Twin Oaks; Sat. – Carmel Mountain Ranch – San Diego).

“You can’t lose,” Porter says.

To purchase advance tickets or learn more about the show, go to www.golffestshow.com.

Corey Ross is a golf and travel content specialist. You can find this post and more of his work at socalgolfblog.com.