Resources

Financing Facility Projects Made Easy

We keep seeing more and more hype on how to fund facility projects as if this is the end-all for club success. In reality, there are just a couple of basic ways to raise capital…

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Bad Members Drive Good Members From Clubs

As in monetary policy or with society in general, certain laws of nature prevail. For many clubs they have become overly zealous in attracting new members with much less regard for whether they fit or…

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Membership Surveys Build Consensus On Most Difficult Club Issues

Clubs are one of the most democratic beasts on earth. A typical club can easily have 1,000 member/spouses each vying for attention to have many things done their own way. Every member is equal, so…

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Strategic Planning: An Essential Element of the Board-Manager Partnership

Boards of directors at private clubs are often criticized for micro-management. Whatever the definition of that may be, they clearly spend a lot of their time on operational issues instead of the types of high-level…

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Who Says Private Clubs Can’t Have Outstanding Dining?

The old line about club food is always the worst compliment we ever hear: “It is pretty good for a club”. But today, our clubs are achieving great success in their dining programs as is evidenced by what is…

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Essential Role of Governance

We are about to enter our sixth year of publishing Club Trends with the National Club Association (NCA), and we continually strive to make it one of the best industry publications available to club leaders….

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A Strong Relationship Between the Club General Manager and Board is Established Through “Beginning with The End In Mind”

Do you, as General Manager, know or feel your club could be performing better? Do you hear grumblings from some Board members that your club is not achieving or executing at its best? Do you…

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The Dining Survey

Our survey research has shown that among all types of private clubs, member dining is consistently ranked as the most important club activity to members.  Even at traditional golf and country clubs, member dining ranks…

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The Clubhouse – New or Renovated?

Every older club sooner or later has to deal with this issue. Does the club pour good money into an older clubhouse or does the club replace it? More and more clubs today are faced…

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The Capital Improvement Program Opinion Survey

You’ve involved the membership in the facility planning process through focus groups and possibly a comprehensive membership survey.  Your Long-Range Planning Committee has worked hard for months, with the assistance of a club planning consultant,…

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Creating The Governance/Management Partnership That Is Essential For Club Success

Does the Board at your club work together as a cohesive group? While lively debate and deliberation at board meetings are signs your Board members are seriously invested in their responsibility as governors of their…

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The Best Offense Wins

“The best defense is a good offense” is an old adage you’ll frequently hear during Sunday afternoon football telecasts. The original source for the quote is unknown, but it is more often attributed to George…

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