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New governance guide launched

  • New golf club governance guide launched


  • Aimed at helping clubs navigate the the future


  • Guide provides useful resources to be implemented by golf clubs

Golf Clubs across the UK are set to benefit from a new governance guide in the ongoing drive to modernise and grow the game.

Key stakeholders across the sport, including The R&A, England Golf, The British and International Golf Greenkeepers’ Association (BIGGA), The Golf Club Managers’ Association (GCMA), The Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA), Scottish Golf and Wales Golf, recognise the value of improving the organisation and structures of clubs in order to maximise their potential for profitability and growth. 

By co-ordinating a unified approach to good governance and setting this out in an easy-to-read format in the second edition of the guide, clubs will now benefit from a strong template which can either be adopted or adapted to meet needs of individual organisations.

Guide set to empower clubs

The new guide aims to empower golf clubs to tackle potential challenges of the future with confidence. By providing tools, activities, discussion points and best practice ideas clubs can find pointers on how best to tackle the challenges of an evolving membership structure, constantly changing legal requirements and all-important safeguarding procedures.

A well-run club is a thriving club and the ‘9-holes of Excellent Governance’ feature of the new guide will help clubs to improve sustainability both financially and administratively.

In an ever-changing marketplace, clubs can learn to manage resources, effectively recruit for staff and committee positions and meet the needs of members and golf consumers by following the good governance blueprint.

Standards of excellence to drive improvement

Clubs – no matter how large or small their membership, how modern or traditional their facilities – can learn how to set their own standards of excellence to drive improvement and develop the culture of the organisation.

The varied case studies from England, Scotland and Wales also provide real-time reference points to demonstrate the practical benefits of adopting good practice at all levels of club management.

Richard Flint, England Golf’s Executive Director, said: “Encouraging and ensuring excellent governance has always been a key focus of England Golf.

“This is part of a wider strategy to inspire more people to get into golf and enjoy the many sporting and health benefits associated with our sport.

“In addition to the resources within this updated governance guide, our delivery team can assist clubs by providing tailored support to meet club needs and help grow their business.”

A thriving golf industry

The R&A’s backing for the governance guide underlines their ongoing commitment to the modernisation of golf.

“We all have a role to play in growing golf and if we are to achieve that goal then we have to modernise and make the sport more appealing, accessible and inclusive,” commented Duncan Weir, Executive Director – Golf Development and Amateur Championships.

“Good governance in the running of clubs is a key element of ensuring that golf is attractive both to existing members and potential new members.

“This guide is designed to promote best practice in governance and act as a reference resource for clubs to help them continue to improve and develop their management processes.”

Downloadable PDF formats of the guide are freely available along with templates and other resources. There are available here.