Facility Planning

The Essential Relationship Between Strategic & Facility Planning

Club facility planning for major capital projects is probably the most challenging task a private club manager and Board will do. Good facility planning sets a club up for success or lost opportunities. But interestingly, true facility success is more dependent on initial strategic planning than on architectural elegance. Historically, clubs have approached facility planning…

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Know What You Need Before Drawing Useless Plans

The Club Pelican Bay (Naples, FL)

Quick fixes can quickly backfire Time and time again, we find boards and their architects approaching club facility needs with little thought about the long-term strategic, financial and member-attracting needs of their club. Since these club leaders have no real strategic understanding of their club’s true mission or its purpose (other than offering what they…

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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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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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