This blog features information and advice from industry professionals on relevant club topics and issues. A companion to CMAA's Research Archives, this resource is updated biweekly.

Submissions should be sent to Kyle.Jennings@cmaa.org for consideration.

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Is Technology Changing the Culture of the Industry?

(Food and Beverage, Technology) Permanent link


The seven most expensive words in business are: “We have always done it that way.” 

We’ve cited this famous saying before, but it bears repeating, and you don’t want to be the person to use this phrase.

So far in 2015 the Sarbari team has exhibited at the Philadelphia Hospitality Show, The International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York and The New England Food Show in Boston. Read more...

Can CapEx Protocols Distort Dues Pricing?

(Accounting and Finance, Membership) Permanent link


 Avoiding the Cycle of Capital Dues
Here’s a question that general managers and board members at private clubs nationwide should ask themselves in earnest: How many businesses ignore market pricing in setting the price for their own product? Read more...

Understanding, Extending Course Life Via Reserve planning

(Accounting and Finance) Permanent link

06_25_15One of the biggest problems we see in this era of stressed operating budgets is a lack of appropriate reserves to replace golf course items that wear out over time.

In many cases, clubs don’t want to acknowledge these items, either because they’re refinancing and want to show the highest value possible, the board is looking to balance the budget, or sometimes an owner is seeking to sell the property for the highest possible price. Read more...

The Benefits of a Systematic Approach to Environmental Management

(External and Governmental Influences, Sustainability) Permanent link

6_23_15_175wThis past winter I was asked to participate at a golf association chapter meeting discussing the value of third party environmental management programs in golf. After the joint session with Audubon International Executive Director Doug Bechtel and Golf Course Superintendents at Rockland Country Club in New York (Matt Ceplo, CGCS) and TPC Jasna Polana in New Jersey (Tim Connelly), a member of the audience approached me. Read more...

Your Life is Now

(Leadership) Permanent link

6_18_15_175wIt was during one of my road trips. I was on the treadmill in a hotel fitness center and I was searching for some music to accompany my exercise. When I decided to ask John Mellencamp to make my exercise a little more enjoyable, I realized that I had one of his albums on my iPod that I wasn’t familiar with. There were two songs on the album called “John Mellencamp” that jumped out at me. In this article I intend to focus on one of them and talk briefly about the other. Read more...

Defined Contribution (401(k)) Legal and Regulatory Update

(Accounting and Finance, Human Resources) Permanent link

6_16_2015_175wThe regulatory landscape for Defined Contribution plans such as 401(k), 403(b) and 457 are constantly being reviewed and analyzed by the Department of Labor (DOL) as well as Congress in the form of new bills being introduced. It is important to stay abreast of current and potential changes to rules and definitions as they make their way through the legislative process. Read more...

Best Practices for Private Club Membership and Marketing Sustainability

(Marketing, Sustainability) Permanent link

06_10_15_175wPrivate club membership and marketing has come a long way in the last ten years, however it’s amazing to see that a number of leadership teams remain hesitant to fully recognize the membership professional position and job responsibilities as a requirement for operational sustainability. Private clubs still prefer to hang their hats on the famous quote from The Field of Dreams, “If you build it they will come.” Read more...

Wellness Wheel

(Spa and Fitness, Sport and Recreation) Permanent link

6_7_15Wellness is the hot trend with club amenities and a staffed fitness center and spa are initial steps. Regardless of your facilities, there are several ways to inform your members about holistic health and positively impact their overall wellness. Here are seven spokes of the wellness wheel. Read more...

This information is provided for informational purposes only. The contents are presented with no warranty, either expressed or implied by the Club Managers Association of America. No legal responsibility is assumed for the outcome of decisions, commitments or obligations made on the basis of this information. If your club is faced with a question concerning legal issues, you should contact the club’s legal counsel for the specific application of the law to your situation.