Club Support & Best Practice

Club Support Initiative Launched

Golf Australia and GolfWA are excited to announce the launch of a new Club Support Resource portal

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Developed by Golf Australia in collaboration with key industry bodies including all State/Territory Golf Associations, PGA of Australia, Golf Management Australia, Australian Golf Course Superintendents Association and the Australian Sports Commission, the objective of the portal is to improve the capability, financial performance and sustainability of clubs.

The portal can be freely accessed and includes a comprehensive array of resources that can be adopted by any size and type of club.  Areas covered include: Strategic Planning & Governance, Financial Management, Risk Management, Insurance, Membership & Marketing, Facility Management, Workforce Management, Participation Programs and Case Studies & Research.   

Supporting the portal are two important online tools – Club Health Check and Golf Club Benchmarking.

Club Health Check is a diagnostic tool provided by the Australian Sports Commission and now adapted specifically for golf clubs.  It involves a series of questions related to the various aspects of running a club. Once submitted, an instant report is generated giving a club feedback and providing an action plan on addressing the areas that are critical to a club’s success.

Golf Club Benchmarking is a business intelligence tool developed by Golf Management Australia. With this tool, clubs can enter data such as revenue, subscription fees, and operational costs and generate reports to benchmark themselves against other golf clubs in Australia. 

The resources have been developed through harnessing the knowledge and expertise of the entire golf industry which is very powerful and can provide real benefits to any golf club in Australia.  

GolfWA sees this Club Support initiative as a crucial service to our member clubs, so much so that Club Health is one of the 4 Critical Drivers in our recently released Strategic Plan 2014 – 2017.  GolfWA is very keen to get this programme up and running and thus have set the following actions to be undertaken:-

  1. GolfWA wants as many clubs as possible to complete the Club Health Check and the Golf Club Benchmarking tool.  Ideally we would want all clubs to have at least completed the Club Health Check by December 31, 2014.
  2. Over the next 2 months GolfWA will be forming a Club Health Panel whose initial role will be to analyse the Club Health Checks submitted by clubs. 
  3. The Panel will then select 6 clubs as pilot clubs whereby representatives from the above Panel will work with those 6 clubs to address the key priority areas highlighted by the Club Health Check.
  4. Upon completion of the pilot scheme, which we hope will conclude by mid-2015, GolfWA will then expand the programme to additional clubs on an ongoing basis.

Should you have any queries at all regarding this project please do not hesitate to contact GolfWA Chief Executive Gary Thomas on (08) 9367 2490.

Golf WA Club Support Initiatives

GolfWA is very keen to support it’s affiliated clubs with best practice information and assets that make managing a golf club easier.  GolfWA’s policies can be easily adapted to suit a golf club and we strive to find business relationships that can also offer assistance to our wider membership such as Officeworks.  GolfWA is always happy to answer any queries related to golf in WA, especially rules, club administration, tournament/event management and game development.

We recognise that our members must run their clubs with good governance, recruit/develop/retain members and correctly administer competitions whilst ensuring everyone enjoys their golf.  So GolfWA is keen to share any ideas that we believe can assist clubs.  We are always happy to hear about your successes and share what works with the wide golfing community.  This section is very small for now but will grow and grow, when we make any major updates we will broadcast that news via our website, social media, email and eNews.

The following links provide access to external internet resources that we feel will be of value to you with regard to golf administration, rules and the use of the internet and social media to further engage with club membership and attract new members.