July 2017

Save the date! 

We are delighted to announce that the next European Golf Business Conference will take place in Vienna, Austria between the 22nd and 24th March 2018.

For the first time, the conference will be organised in partnership with the Austrian Golf Association, so as to offer the biggest names, insights and leadership to the European Golf Industry. More information to follow soon.

Make sure to save the date in your calendar now and we will see you and your team in Vienna!

Ground-Breaking Research Highlights Golf’s Positive Impact On Society

We all know that getting out on the course for a game of golf is good for you, but now fresh research by England Golf and the Professional Golfers’ Association proves the good it can do for society at large.

The research concluded that golf has an overall social value of £1.8 billion in the UK and that every £1 spent on golf generates £1.17 worth of social benefits.

The research was conducted by the Sport Industry Research Centre (SIRC) at Sheffield Hallam University with research taking the total social value of golf participation into consideration. It measured this through factors such as subjective well being, health and social capital and divided this by total inputs into the sport from golf players, volunteers, funders of the game and the delivering bodies.

For more information on the methodology and results, click here.

EGCOA Member Burhill Golf Club named one of Surrey’s top performing companies

UK based Burhill Golf Club has become one of the 20 top performing companies in their home region, Surry. The club has seen impressive and sustained growth over the last three years and is now a significant contributor to the local economy.

Colin Mayes, Chief Executive of BGL Golf was delighted, stating that: “We’re blessed with strong management and talented staff in every business category; it’s very rewarding to know that our hard work and contribution to the local economy is valued.”

BGL was founded in 1926 by members of the Guinness Family and is based at Burhill Golf Club in Walton-on-Thames. 90 years on and the company is now one of the largest and most successful golf course operators in the country with 22 courses across ten locations.

For more information on BGL and its courses, visit www.bglgolf.co.uk 


The European University and CNIG Partnership

The Portuguese Golf Course Owners Association (CNIG) have partnered with the European University in Lisbon, the IADE and IPAM.

This partnership will offer all employees of the associations members the opportunity to take part in courses on Executive Training within the areas of Tourism and Events in the coming academic year.

Such partnerships are key to ensuring that the industry stays competitive within the ever evolving tourism industry and something that should be replicated across Europe.

If you would like further information on the program please send an email here. 



Gregg Patterson – Fair Hearing

Sometimes members “go bad”.  And they need to “be gone.”

Sometimes Boards “do bad” when suspending or expelling members who’ve “done bad”—and get themselves into a “legal pickle” because of it.

Club’s need to do “due process” right to make sure those who’ve “done bad” are spanked, suspended or expelled in a legal and defensible way.

Club’s need to do “due process” right to make sure members who shouldn’t be spanked, suspended or expelled are protected from an arbitrary and capricious Board that has, through anger, arrogance, impatience or incompetence, “done bad” during the suspension or expulsion process.

To protect the members from The Bad Member and to protect the member from The Bad Board, bad behavior needs a fair hearing.

And here’s the best Fair Hearing Plan in clubdom.

Golf Spectating Could Benefit Health, New Study Shows

The University of Edinburgh, in conjunction with the Golf & Health Project, have released new research into the health benefits of golf spectating, showing those who attend golf events could potentially gain benefits similar to those playing in them.

The study, released at the beginning of the RICOH Women’s British Open at Kingsbarns Golf Links, Scotland, is the first to assess spectator physical activity while watching golf, showing that of the 339 spectators surveyed, 82.9% met the recommended daily step-count levels achieving on average 11,589 steps.

For further information click here.

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