Here’s the top three things I learnt about golf club management during January

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir February 3, 2015 11:47

Homophobia is now an issue that some golf clubs are prepared to aggressively tackle.

Regardless of whether you think the punishment of a year’s ban from two golf courses was too draconian or not, William Webster’s chastisement for a moderately homophobic remark to a female greenkeeper who works with a lesbian at Caird Park Golf Club, is incredibly rare in golf.

Homophobic remarks can be tolerated in golf clubs and it’s unlikely he would have received the ban if he’d made the comment a decade ago – perhaps times are now changing.

Golf clubs need to offer six and nine hole options’.

Not exactly a new idea, but the words of David Joy, England Golf’s chief executive, should be a call to action to any golf club worrying about its future after new evidence revealed that the traditional golfer is increasingly quitting the game to pursue cycling, partly because it is a less time consuming activity. After all, in the last few weeks three more top 18-hole golf clubs, Hurst in Reading, Austin Lodge in Kent and Castle Park in Scotland, have all closed, while Wrangaton has entered liquidation and St Andrews Major has been forced to downsize from 18 holes to nine.

Every golf club needs a John Watson.

Not Sherlock’s assistant, although I’m sure his sense of moral duty wouldn’t hurt, but Douglas Park Golf Club’s John Watson, 66, who has been a member at the Scottish club for over 55 years.

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The club, like many in the UK, needed a cash injection to invest in its facilities, and Mr Watson, who last year sold his business to a large American firm, decided to donate £100,000 to the club, allowing it to renovate the clubhouse and do much more besides.

If every club had one of him as a member, there’d be no need for golf to worry about the threat from cycling.

 

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir February 3, 2015 11:47
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