GCMA launches club governance guide

Working in partnership with five other leading industry bodies, the GCMA has created a comprehensive guide to golf club governance.

England Golf, Golf Union of Wales, Scottish Golf, GCMA, PGA and NGCAA all support the guide, which is designed to provide golf clubs with the necessary advice and support on governance issues to enable them to realise their potential. The group’s aims for all clubs to have strong governance and understand how to structure and govern themselves effectively to deliver their strategic objectives.

How can a golf club improve its governance?

This is a question frequently put by golf clubs to the various national organisations and membership bodies who support and work with them. As there are so many places to turn to for governance advice and legal support, we have come together to provide you with a consistent message on ‘what a good golf club looks like’ and a consistent view on how to structure yourselves and develop a plan for the future. This starter guide identifies some areas to consider in terms of structure and planning, which will then enable you to be more effective and improve how you run your club.

It is designed to be a foundation block for you to build from with our assistance. We will work to produce updates and further supporting documentation such as templates, case studies and toolkits. We hope this document will have a significant and lasting impact on how you run your golf club and will provide you with the knowledge, insight and tools to help you improve your governance to become more effective as organisations.

The aim of this guide is to provide you with a starting point to develop the most appropriate structure and organisation for you to successfully run your golf club. By benchmarking your club against the good practice contained here, you will be able to prioritise your areas of improvement and take steps methodically to improve your governance. This is unlikely to require legal or accountancy input, however some specific changes you may wish to make could require legal and financial advice, and therefore this guide should be supplemented by one-to-one support and expert advice when necessary.


By Mike Hyde

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