Why you should join the GCMA

We’re here to educate, inspire, and represent you – the golf club manager. Here’s what you can expect from us if you join our Association…

This article is part of GCMA Insights – topical content for golf industry professionals, discussing the things that matter to those who work in golf clubs.

Membership of the GCMA unlocks a network of like-minded professionals, provides you with support in your professional and personal development, and provides you with a multitude of benefits. 

Whether that’s the tools that will help you to excel in your profession, or a wide range of services to support your wellbeing, signing up to the GCMA is joining a community. 

Who we are

The Golf Club Managers’ Association was formed in 1933: by golf club managers, for golf club managers.

We have a history and heritage of which we are proud, but we also have an exciting vision for developing and shaping the future of golf club management in the UK. Our members are at the heart of everything we do. 

As the leading association for golf club management in the UK, we are committed to making a positive difference to golf, through supporting the professional and personal wellbeing of our members.

We recognise the importance of not only providing our members with technical guidance and advice, but also delivering a wide range of education and professional development opportunities AND supporting personal development and wellbeing.

We’d love to welcome you as a member of our association and we look forward to supporting and working alongside you.


We’ll provide everything you need to assist you in becoming the best golf club manager you can be. From our vast online information library, consisting of advice, templates, and information documents covering all areas of golf club management, to our golf management helpdesk – staffed by industry experts on hand to swiftly answer your management questions – if you’ve got a question you’ll always be able to quickly find an answer.

Our carefully selected business partners provide up-to-date and high-quality advice and support on all technical and operational golf club management issues, as well as providing exclusive offers and discounts to benefit both you and your golf club. 

Exclusive legal and employment law helplines can help you deal with any situation that arises at your club.


We’ll aim to help and support you to manage your own learning and growth throughout your career. Our Professional Development and Education products and services are designed to be varied in content and flexible in delivery to suit everyone’s needs, regardless of career profile and experience.

Our qualifications, the Principle of Golf Club Management, the Diploma in Golf Club Management, and the BA (Hons) Golf Club Management, delivered by Cornwall College, are industry leading.

But we offer so much more. Our ground-breaking GCMA Accreditation programme is designed to capture your skills, knowledge, experience and value to the industry through a flexible, inclusive, and rewarding pathway. 

We hold progressive, and industry-specific education programmes, through our National Education Days, and residential and online education and development services.

Our dedicated online learning platform, GCMA SkillGate, includes more than 1,300 courses covering key topics of business management, finance, leadership and wellbeing.

The GCMA Inspire webinar series, alongside our online wellbeing and personal development toolkits and learning modules, focus on your personal development and wellbeing, while our Hot Topics and Know How series keep you up to date with industry trends and give you the information you need to be your very best self.


When you join the GCMA, you are joining a community. Through our regions, and national events, we’ll give you the opportunity to network with your fellow members and with other professionals and organisations.

Our biennial Conference provides the perfect opportunity to meet old friends and new, while hearing from the industry’s leading experts. The Golf Club Management Awards recognise outstanding performances among GCMA members, while our exclusive golf competitions and events give you the opportunity to represent the Association on the regional and international stage.

You’ll receive a subscription to our respected monthly journal – The Golf Club Manager – while regular email updates and a weekly e-newsletter will ensure you’ve got the latest news and advice at your fingertips. 

Regional networks

Our Regional Networks all over the UK provide fantastic networking opportunities and regular communication and act as an excellent source of information and support. 

Build friendships and benefit from getting to know your fellow GCMA Members.

How to join

Full membership of the GCMA, which is open to golf club managers, secretaries, CEOs, and directors of golf, costs £320. 

Affiliate membership, suitable for anyone else employed within a club, or for those new to the industry and looking to build a career in golf club management, is £195.

This article is part of GCMA Insights – topical content for golf industry professionals, discussing the things that matter to those who work in golf clubs.

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