Lay of the Land

Club & Resort Business - Course & Grounds - 14 September 2017
Stoatin Brae, a new golf course with a Scottish influence at a southwestern Michigan resort, was built on a prime piece of property with sustainability and turf maintenance in mind. Sometimes it’s best to just take what nature gives you. That’s what Gull Lake View Golf Club & Resort in Augusta, Mich., did with the newest of its six golf courses, Stoatin Brae, which opened in May. Instead of enlisting architects to design a golf course and then try to make it fit the land, the Gull Lake View team hired Renaissance Golf Design to do the polar opposite.

Toni Shibayama

Private Club Radio - 10 September 2017
Our featured guest is Chief Risk Officer of ISU S&K Insurance, Toni Shibayama. Toni has an interesting approach to insurance. Her advice is “Don’t Use It”. You’ll want to make sure and find out what she means by that.

Comfort Zones

Club & Resort Business - Design & Renovation - 5 September 2017
Updating interior furnishings is the icing on the cake for extensive renovations and redesigns at club and resort properties. Take a seat and lend an ear: Creating a comfortable space that is conducive to socializing and extended visits has become a must for any club or resort property. While newly expanded facilities are important for creating positive, lasting impressions, cozy seating and eye-catching décor often dominate members’ first introductions to the club. As a result, finding the right places to display distinctive indoor furnishings now ranks high on managers’ to-do lists.

Medinah CC's Surprising New Moves

Club & Resort Business - Feature Articles - 31 August 2017
As it continues to enhance its status as a golf mecca, the suburban Chicago property has also stepped up its game to provide a full range of year-round, family-oriented attractions. From when it was first established by a group of Shriners in 1924, Medinah (Ill.) Country Club, in suburban Chicago, has always been associated first and foremost with golf, and with good reason. Through the years the club’s three 18-hole golf courses have been connected with prestigious designers including Tom Bendelow, Rees Jones and Tom Doak, and its Course #3 has hosted three U.S. Opens, two PGA Championships, a U.S. Senior Open and the 2012 Ryder Cup, with the 2019 BMW Championship to come.

A Slow Death

Club & Resort Business - Industry Commentary - 30 August 2017
This was a golden opportunity to encourage young golfers and say to the older golfers, 'There is a place for your game as you age.' This is the way the world ends Not with a bang but a whimper. - T.S. Eliot, 'The Hollow Men' In the August 2015 issue of C&RB, I shared what The post A Slow Death appeared first on Club & Resort Business.

The Shape of Things to Come?

Club & Resort Business - Industry Commentary - 29 August 2017
One club announced that for the second straight year it would forego hiring a GM to save $200,000, and instead continue to rely on ‘a couple of members of the Board to be the figureheads.’ We’ve received a lot of “atta-boys” for the recent columns where we spoke out against the cases of General Managers being unceremoniously dismissed from their duties by club Boards or ownerships that didn’t properly recognize or appreciate their value, and felt they could find a way to have the job done much more cheaply.

Crow Valley Golf Club Rallies for the Cure

Private Club Marketing - 24 August 2017
Today, on August 24, starting at 8:00 AM, the ladies of Crow Valley Golf Club will be joining together to help win the fight against breast cancer. One of our members says, “so many people in the Quad Cities are affected by the disease; it’s a privilege to be a part of the solution.”

Seats for All Seasons

Club & Resort Business - Management - 22 August 2017
Woodmont CC has enhanced its members’ experience with a suite of comfortable and durable solid teak outdoor furniture products. Durability, comfort and pleasing aesthetics are the trifecta of good outdoor furniture. At Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md., a suite of solid teak products hits the target in all three areas.

Ben Keal, Private Communities

Private Club Radio - 21 August 2017
Ben Keal, Director of Sales for joins us to discuss the results of their recent 2017 Survey of Homebuyers Researching Master-Planned Lifestyle Communities. We’ll glean some insights from the data and learn more about how Private Communities can help your private club. If you’ve ever wanted to know what’s going on in the minds of homebuyers in your target audience, you’ll want to listen to this episode. Ben and his team have exclusive insights compiled from thousands of homebuyers actively searching for their perfect lifestyle community.

Doing What Comes Naturally

Club & Resort Business - Course & Grounds - 17 August 2017
While native areas on golf courses can help properties save costs and decrease their environmental footprints, that is no call for superintendents to get complacent. The areas require patience and TLC to take root—and once established, they are still not maintenance-free.


Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) Blog - 15 August 2017
It happened on July 26, 2017. In terms of days it had been 21,915. In terms of years it had been 60. In terms of decades it had been six. I officially got older! It was definitely a time for celebration and as I write this, we continue to celebrate. I am a big fan of celebration and although I know people who don’t like to celebrate birthdays, I love the energy, the smiles and fun that come with a celebration. I am thrilled with the connection and reconnection and am humbled by the number of people who take time out to celebrate me.

Martin Cody, Founder Cellar Angels

Private Club Radio - 14 August 2017
Learn what’s trending in the world of wine from founder of Cellar Angels, Martin Cody. You’ll find out what makes his service so unique as well as the money their service is raising for charities. If you’re looking for some unique wines, you’ll want to hear Martin’s suggestions. He also has a special offer for listeners towards the end of his interview.

Feeling the Beat

Club & Resort Business - Management - 8 August 2017
Throughout Ray Kondziela’s journey to Excellence in Club Management recognition, he’s followed his musical roots to bring special rhythms and excitement to his properties.

Matt Kellogg BoardRoom magazine's Distinguished Club President for 2016

BoardRoom Magazine - 5 August 2017
Sometimes in our lives we’re in need of an ‘angel’… a guardian angel, a financial angel, or for that matter, any kind of angel. Sometimes, that ‘angel’ just appears…and that’s proven to be the case for the Colorado Golf Club in Parker, CO. It’s also one of the reasons why Matt Kellogg, president of the Colorado golf Club is being recognized as one of BoardRoom magazine’s two Distinguished Club Presidents for 2016. Fred Arbuckle, president of The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe, near San Diego, and president of 3 Creek Ranch Golf Club in Jackson Hole, Wyoming earlier was featured in our January/February issue.

Wired, Not Tired

Club & Resort Business - Design & Renovation - 3 August 2017
Creating a one-stop shop for business and pleasure, more clubs are entering the modern age with dedicated spaces for members’ use of their electronic devices. There’s no denying it: Smartphones and other ways to stay connected 24/7 aren’t going away anytime soon. While this “new normal” may be easy to accept in some settings, private-club culture often dictates that the use of electronics is socially undesirable.

Governance Issues Facing Private Clubs And What You Can Do About Them!

BoardRoom Magazine - 1 August 2017
Private clubs to be sustainable, must have boards that fully understand the club’s culture, its core values, the club’s mission and vision, and long-range strategic plan, and what that long-range plan means – a continuing commitment from the club’s board. Board members must be leaders, not interventionists, or second guessers. Knowledge is vital for decision making because a lack of knowledge of the issues can imperil not only the board’s decision-making process, but also the long-term future of not only the club, and the club’s top management and board. Boards must be aware of issues facing their clubs.

Bentley Tees Off With A $100,000 Club

Private Club Marketing - 1 August 2017
Bentley has released their very own set of customized golf clubs. Working with the Japanese company, Seven Dreamers, Bentley promises that these clubs are not all about looks and can go head to head with any other golf clubs in production. There most standard set will cost $3,500 with drivers priced at just under $1,000 dollars, but with the customizations such as Japanese Steel and a leather grip, the cost of a full set is predicted to be in the $100,000 range.

Philosophy Over Service Methods, and Other Important Mentoring Lessons

Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) Blog - 1 August 2017
There are very few aspects of our industry, or any industry for that matter, that allow us to further educate ourselves by reading or sitting in classes. There is really no education that can compare to learning from a mentor who has gained valuable experience throughout their career and is willing to pass those lessons on to the next generation of leaders. That willingness is a fundamental attribute that mentees look for in a mentor.

Hooking a Big One

Club & Resort Business - Design & Renovation - 1 August 2017
The fishing-focused pro shop at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch’s new Outfitter Center suits member needs in both style and function. For the past 10½ years, Shane Reynolds, Director of Recreation for The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch in Boerne, Texas, has worked out of a 175-year-old homestead. While the building had a lot of history, serving in its previous lives as a residence, headquarters for a charcoal company, post office, and general store, it was only 1,100 sq. ft., and located in a residential portion of the Cordillera Ranch property.

Get to Know A Golf Course Like the Back of Your Hand

Private Club Marketing - 31 July 2017
Johnny Miller, who was so accurate he asked his caddies to give him the pin distance in half yards has developed a GPS glove. The Zero Friction Distance Pro is a GPS monitor the size of a matchbox that rests on the back of a... The post Get to Know A Golf Course Like the Back of Your Hand appeared first on Private Club Marketing - 2016 Membership Consulting Firm of the Year.

President Matthew Kellogg And Other Relevant Points

BoardRoom Magazine - 29 July 2017
BoardRoom this issue introduces the second of two Distinguished Private Club Presidents for 2016…Matt Kellogg. President Kellogg is being recognized for his distinguished service with the Colorado Golf Club. Earlier in the year, Boardroom recognized Fred Arbuckle, president of The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe, near San Diego, and president of 3 Creek Ranch Golf Club in Jackson Hole, Wyoming ass a Distinguished Private Club President.

In Short Supply

Hotel Interactive - 28 July 2017
Three quarters of the earth is covered with water, which might make you think it is plentiful and easy to obtain. But that’s not the case. Water is in short supply in many parts of the world—including the United States— and it’s anything but free. Restrictions on water usage and the increased costs of water have impacted homeowners, business owners and hotels and resorts, particularly those hotels and resorts with golf courses.

Restoring Hoosier Heaven

Club & Resort Business - Feature Articles - 27 July 2017
When Terrance Friedman set out in the late 1990s to create Victoria National Golf Club (VNGC) in Newburgh, Ind., all the ingredients were in place to write the next chapter of a classic American-dream story. Friedman was a local-boy-made-good who amassed his fortune as an automotive supplier, and he now wanted to give back to his beloved southern Indiana by building an attraction that would draw more of the world to the region.

Eric Gregory, Blueprint Club Consulting

Private Club Radio - 26 July 2017
In this episode, find out why your club can benefit from long-range capital planning. Every club has hundreds of assets that need to be repaired and replaced over time. With millions of dollars at stake, it’s important to have a plan of action and to make sure funding is in place. Eric Gregory, founder of Blue Print Club Consulting and now partner at GSI Executive Search, walks us through an 8 step process to achieve a solid foundation. You’ll find out what your options and the different ways that you can fund long term capital expenditures. His plan will help your club set itself up for successful operations.

The Best Hi-Tech Gadgets to Help Your Golf Game

Private Club Marketing - 26 July 2017
They come in different shapes and sizes, but they are all designed with one motive in mind, to help bring your game to the next level. This list breaks down the premier hi-tech gadgets that have out performed the competition and will give you the best bang for your buck.

A Proper Dressing Down

Club & Resort Business - Industry Commentary - 26 July 2017
Some of the industry’s oldest-school properties are finally shaking themselves loose from hidebound traditions regarding not only dress, but also facility decor and their general club atmospheres.


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