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Long-Term Debt in Private Clubs

Taking on long-term debt at a private club is one of the most important decisions a board can make. The long-term consequences of taking on debt will limit the flexibility of the club and future administrations for many years to come.

The Annual Agenda: Mapping Your Path to Success

After more than a decade of supporting private clubs on the journey to strategic governance, we are convinced that it would be impossible to overstate the importance of planning in that process. For those who might question our conclusion, we ask...

Board Orientations: The Formula for Effective Governance

Private clubs operate in an industry that is highly fragmented and they are far more complex than revenues might suggest. Constitutions, bylaws and operating practices tend to be homegrown. Board member terms are relatively short by commercial...

Transformative Investment: What's This Going to Cost Us?

Transformative investments of millions of dollars are reshaping private club campuses everywhere, and “What’s this going to cost?” is a question often raised in member forums and club board meetings. Club leaders need to put in the work and be...

Market Update: Residential Real Estate in a COVID Economy

"We can't control the wind, but we can adjust the sails."

I don't sail much any more, but that adage definitely speaks to me as I reflect on what we've all been faced with over the last six weeks. I am a self-confessed data geek who has been...

Spring 2020: Crisis or Opportunity?

Now Might Be a Good Time to Rethink Your Club’s Business Model...

Over the coming weeks and months, clubs will be faced with lost revenue due to sustained closures and challenges related to retention of staff and members. Some clubs will emerge...

Guiding Your Board Through an Economic Downturn

Originally published by the National Club Association in the Fall 2019 issue of Club Business Magazine.

Prior to joining Club Benchmarking as CEO in 2017, I enjoyed a wonderful career in club management that began in 1984. Along the way I had the...

Diagnosis: Chronic Senioritis

Is your "Senior" membership category out of balance? How are fees and policies related to that category impacting the club's financial health?

CB Member Resources: In this article we'll be looking closely at two slides: Senior Members and Senior...

Preparing Your Club for the Future: The Time to Start is Now

By Jim Butler, CEO - Club Benchmarking

Governance Perspective: Leadership in Transition

by Steve Mona

Over the course of my 39-year career in the golf industry, I’ve earned a reputation as a guy who likes to stay busy. At the end of 2018, when I stepped back from my role as CEO of the World Golf Foundation, I accepted a new position...