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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...

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

By Jim Butler, CEO - Club Benchmarking

Golf Course Maintenance:How Much Should You Spend?

The industry debate over how much a club should budget to maintain its golf course seems never-ending, and that’s understandable. The course consumes a significant portion of the cash required to run a club and it is also one of the most visible...

Explaining the Business to Your Board

Finding Common Ground Through the Language of Finance The most successful private club executives are in a class of their own when it comes hospitality. They are experts at delivering an extraordinary club experience and managing large teams of...

Building the Business of Clubs

General Manager’s Perspective

The private club industry in the United States has been a work in progress for more than 200 years. Clubs are deeply grounded in history and tradition, which may help to explain why the pace of change tends to...

The Impact of Strategic Budgeting

Charting a New Course for Your Club

Every business charts the course for the coming year through the annual budget process, and private clubs are no exception. For many, the experience can be drawn out, difficult and fraught with struggles over...

Building Value or Cutting Costs

Which Mode are You In?

Clubs share a common business model, but when it comes to more qualitative aspects like culture, each individual club is truly unique. At the highest level, a club’s culture is defined by factors such as history, mission,...

Benchmark Budgets, Forecast Results

Whether you're just starting next year's budget or you're further along in the process, benchmarking is a great way to "fact check" your decisions.

Consult high-level reports like the Executive Dashboard for strategic perspective on performance...

Curing Capital Starvation

A Proactive Approachto Capital Income

You know it when you see it. A private club facility that looks tired and outdated can leave you with the feeling that the club’s leadership either doesn’t care or can’t afford to make improvements. It’s not...

Human Resource Management in the Club Industry: Build a Framework for Success

Originally published June 2014 on the CMAA Back of the House BlogThe structure and focus of the typical club management team has changed significantly over the last two decades with the addition of Membership Marketing Professionals, Member...