Facility Planning

The Checklist

Ensconced in popular culture by the pilot and co-pilot dialog before the flight: Flaps? Check. Rudder? Check. The goal is to check all the vital systems on the ground, before the flight, just to make sure. Make sure all critical elements are working before going past the point of no return. This procedure has a…

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Trend Two: Health & Fitness

The road to developing a fitness center at your club is often blocked by strawmen. In reaction to a suggestion that he consider adding fitness to his prestigious club, a club president once told me he opposed it because, “It would lead to people eating in the dining room with their hats on backwards.” He…

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How Achieving “Favorite Place Status” Drove $20 Million Club Improvement Project

In 2014, Country Club of New Canaan surveyed its members, which exposed opportunities for growth in upgrading facilities, programs and services. They then developed a club improvement master plan to upgrade their facilities; but, there was a problem. Over the years, the Club’s membership had not been very happy with their experiences in a la…

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Pools: The Gateway Amenity

The amount of money country clubs spend to rebuild or renovate their pools can be staggering these days. Multimillion dollar projects are common with recent reports of a club in the southeast hitting the $10 million mark. While the budgets might be eye-popping, most of the clubs that have completed their improvement programs will tell…

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Implementing a Facility Planning Process

An essential part of a club manager’s responsibilities is maintaining attractive and efficient facilities. An essential part of a club manager’s responsibilities is maintaining attractive and efficient facilities. Whether front or back of house deficiencies, a vigilant manager is the first to notice. When facilities fall below high-quality club standards and improvements are needed, the manager must…

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Plan, Approve & Build Facilities the Right Way

One of the most challenging experiences club managers face is properly handling a major club improvement program. If done correctly, it is one of the most rewarding achievements. Such programs are necessary as facilities age, new programs need new spaces and even when a new clubhouse is needed. In today’s atmosphere of planning and funding improvements, we at McMahon Group strive to provide the best…

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