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CIB: What Makes a Good Golf Club Great?

Club Industry Brief

NCA’s News Roundup, June 20, 2018


Industry Update


What Makes a Good Golf Club Great?

Many iconic golf clubs, like Winged FootShinnecock Hills and Merion Golf Club, share characteristics that put them in the upper echelon of their industry. Golf Digest developed a list of these traits and found that clubs like these often strongly encourage walking the course over using golf carts, staff highly trained caddies, have a signature menu item and allow limited technology, including cell phones. Golf Digest.



Union League of Chicago's Creative, Member-Friendly Renovations

The Union League of Chicago has invested $2 million to open a street level coffee shop and lounge as well as a member-requested 8th floor outdoor terrace. The renovation acknowledges the realities of modern business and boosts awareness in the city. Crain’s Chicago Business.

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DuPont Country Club Upgrades, Ditches $20K Initiation Fees, Sees Membership Grow



Seattle's New Clubhouse "For The Mind, Body + Soul"



Worcester Club Elects First Female President in Club's 130-Year History



Garden City Golf Club Upholds Tradition, Remains Men-Only

Trends Watch


Millennials Take Alternate, Ambitious Trips

More millennials are replacing hotels and resorts with less conventional vacations such as staying in a local resident’s home, camping or backpacking. Millennial women have driven this trend as they seek new, unique travel experiences. Major companies have responded to this trend, like Marriott, which offers vacation packages and, which allows users to reserve vacation homes. GenPop.

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Recovery Rooms, Cryotherapy Part of New Wellness Programming



America's Largest Mall to Focus on Experiences

On The Green


The Synergistic Relationship Between Golf Communities and Homeowners

There is a growing concern in golf communities that fewer homeowners are teeing off at their respective courses, negatively impacting the course’s ability to stay open and consequently lowering the value of surrounding homes. Some solutions to this include buying the course outright, allowing partial re-development of the course property and implementing mandatory membership dues. NGF.

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ClubCorp Introduces Fun, Hi-Tech Driving Range and Restaurant


Why it May Take Years for Shinnecock to Fully Recovery From U.S. Open



Native Plants Cut Maintenance Costs for Two Indiana Clubs



Residents Outraged at Plans to Develop Private Course

Operations and Membership


The Country Club of Virginia Acquaint Kids With the "CCV Way"

In an effort to facilitate a family-oriented experience that engages its younger members, The Country Club of Virginia (CCV) has instituted a Youth Code of Conduct, the “CCV Way,” that focuses on setting expectations and reinforcing positive behavior for junior members. Alongside these community guidelines, CCV has found success in scavenger hunts based on the game Clue and capture-the-flag games supplemented with Nerf guns. This unique approach demonstrates a viable way to appease patrons of all ages, creating a tangible sense of belonging and community at CCV. Club & Resort Business.

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Jonas Club Software's MemberInsight Platform Now Used at 30 Clubs



Ingredients to a Successful Food Photo Shoot



Benefits and Strategies of Praising Staff

NCA News


Webinar: OSHA's at the Door - What Do You Do?

Did you know your operation only has 4 hours to provide your OSHA 300 logs? On Thursday, June 28 at 2:00 p.m. ET, learn from Alan Achatz, CCM, CHE, owner, Club Safety Solutions, as he explains the processes of an OSHA inspection from the inspector arriving on property, conducting the site visit to and including the issuance of citations, penalties and the appeals process. Register for the webinar here.

(NCA webinars are free for members and $35 for nonmembers.)



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