The top 3 things I learnt about golf club management in March

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir April 2, 2015 11:15

Golf clubs are going to have to be creative when it comes to irrigation

Last year was the warmest year ever recorded and 14 of the 15 hottest ever years have occurred this century. This inevitably leads to pressure on water usage, and a drought in California has led to calls for golf courses to be closed down due to their irrigation usage.

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Meanwhile in the UK, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency has criticised the performance of 15 golf clubs over their water usage.

It’s a situation that is only going to get worse – golf clubs need to prioritise water management thinking.

Golf’s authorities are uniting in the call for change

At the same time that one survey revealed that a shocking 75 percent of UK male golfers do not actually want to play with female golfers, two leading authorities in the game, governing body the Scottish Golf Union (SGU) and major sponsor HSBC both effectively said ‘enough is enough’.

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“There’s no doubt that if we can get more adults involved through family participation then that will help with the financial viability of clubs. That’s critical,” said the SGU. HSBC added: “The potential of the diversity of the game has never been fully realised; golf is at a crossroads moment.”

This is how to turn a struggling golf club around

North Inch Golf Course in Scotland, perhaps the oldest golf venue in the world, was failing, but it has brought in a raft of measures to ensure survival.

They include free golf coaching for junior players, a new six-hole course targeted at beginners, flexible and family membership schemes, discounted memberships for juniors, online booking, reciprocal arrangements with other organisations and a mini golf facility.

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The future is now bright and it shows any club can see light at the end of the tunnel if it is prepared to bring in changes.

 

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir April 2, 2015 11:15
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