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UK Golf Club Management Blog & Podcast

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UK Golf Club Management Blog & Podcast

The "New Rules" podcast was launched in April 2020. My idea was to stop keeping the talks I had with industry experts to myself and share the learning I always got from them! You can download and subscribe on iTunes and Spotify, or why not go direct using the following link..... https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/1036387.rss

#14 Jeremy Dale

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Jeremy Dale (www.jeremydale.com) is the World's only switch hitting golf trick shot artist, PGA Golf Coach at Stoke Park Golf Club, Speaker & Broadcaster.  He is also an ambassador for a Melanoma Fund and guitarist for his band - The Vodka Shots.

Jeremy is an extremely experienced and well researched golf person with great insights into course design and social events at Clubs but what is most interesting about Jeremy is his ability to see that every aspect of a Golf Club's life is about enjoyment and creating memories and a sense of community.

If you have ever said "our members don't want social events any more" then you simply must listen to this episode above all others - and get your Captain & Social Committee to do the same!

#13 Mark Simmons & Steve Williams

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The Monmouthshire Golf Club in South Wales has taken on two young and exciting key team members since the turn of the year, replacing two very long standing team members.

Mark Simmons has taken on the role of Course Manager with Steve Williams having taken on the Head Professional's position. Most interesting in this story however is that both have been working really hard since their arrival - but are yet to meet their members due to the COVID-19 Lockdown!

Mark has moved to Wales from Wiltshire where he was the Deputy Course Manager at Kingsdown Golf Club and Steve has moved East from Glynhir Golf Club.

Both are prolific Twitter users in communicating to their members what they have been doing on a daily basis:

Mark: @MarkSim93794378

Steve: @Swanseacity1

#12 Stephen Nicholson

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Stephen is an experienced Golf Club Manager from four different Clubs and resorts, currently as Business Manager at Haydock Park Golf Club.

However, Stephen has also set up his own Golf Consultancy - Mango Golf Management - and all achieved during the COVID-19 crisis in the UK.

Stephen has some unique insights and ideas to pass on!

#11 Will Hewitt & Bruce Porter

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Will Hewitt & Bruce Porter are both extremely experienced and knowledgeable Golf Industry operators who having spent decades working within both Private Member and Resort Golfing environments now help drive 59Club forward.

59 Club are a Mystery Golfer, Surveys and Training organisation who help Clubs and Facilities improve their service levels, interaction with members and customers and train their staff.

In this episode we discuss mystery golf reports and how the results provide such strong management tools, surveys and the power of the data that both large and small ones can produce, staff training and what to look forward to in 2021 and in the post COVID era. To find out more about 59Club please visit their website: www.59clubuk.com

#10 Eddie Bullock & Leighton Walker

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Eddie Bullock is a supremely experienced leader from the UK Golf Industry who has transformed that experience to running the very successful "Eddie Bullock Golf Consultancy" for many years.  He is a former GCMA Board member and holds several other current positions within the UK Golf Industry.

Leighton Walker is a very experienced Golf Club Manager who also has an entrepreneurial eye which has led him to launch "Cotswold Wine Imports" in recent years.

Eddie & Leighton are co-hosts of the ever growing "Golf Club Talk UK Podcast.

https://eddiebullockgolf.com/

https://www.cotswoldwineimports.com/

https://golfradionetwork.com/golf-club-talk-uk/

#9 Ryan Curtis

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Ryan is a very successful golf industry commentator from his extremely well followed #TheClub social media accounts and podcasts.

Ryan has also started an incredibly powerful mental health charitible movement #TheClubTalks and looks to raise awareness of mental health issues and raise money for mental health charities through the country's Golf Clubs.

An extremely insightful guy who pushes back against a lot of the the UK Golf industry's more old fashined traditions.

You can find out more abour Ryan and his work at the following links...

https://theclub.media/

https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/the-club-golf-pod-ryan-curtis-VDzPK8WX_Oe/ 

 

#8 Andrew Gibbins

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Andrew Gibbins is currently part of the Play More Golf team (https://www.playmore.golf/) where he now works on their flexible golf membership system offered in conjunctions with now hundreds of UK Golf Clubs.

Andrew was invited onto the podcast partly to respond to some comments made in episode #6 with Scott Thomson who had been very critical of Andrew's employer.

Andrew also has many years in Golf Management on his CV at both Resort and Private Member Clubs

#7 Isabel Baldwin

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Isabel is a freelance journalist and amateur golfer who recently shared her shocking experience of being a teenage girl golfer - an experience which led her to quit the sport.

Thankfully she is now back out on the course, but is now working on clearing the path for future girls and women in the game.

You can follow Isabel on Twitter @izzycbaldwin and the article which brought her to the forefronts of our minds in the UK Golf Industry can be found HERE

#6 Scott Thompson

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Scott is a Golf & Country Club General Manager, PGA Fellow & Advanced PGA Professional.

Scott is known for his straight talking and infectious enthusiasm for the Golf Industry and in this episode Scott doesn't let anyone down in those senses as he discusses the recent re-opening of Golf in England, Governing Bodies, Flexible Memberships and many more of today's hottest topics.

#5 Tom Burton

 

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Tom is a Golf Club Member at The Herefordshire Golf Club, a club that has hit the golfing headlines this month as they have put themselves up for sale following many years of financial struggles.

Tom has been involved in assisting his Club in recent years, using his experience as a Squash Club Chairman - he has some fantastic insights and ideas regarding ways and methods of reducing costs at Golf Clubs.

To be put in touch with Tom as covered in this episode please e-mail gareth@golfmanagergm.com and we will put you in touch!

#4 Marcus Pearson

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Marcus is a Business Consultant by day and Captain of Scraptcoft Golf Club by night.

Marcus has some strong and well thought out beliefs regarding the management of golf clubs and offers a fabulous insight into the sort of things that members consider to be important in UK Golf Clubs.

A prolific Golf Industry tweeter (@MJ_Pearson29) Marcus also lends some priceless advice from his experience as a Business Consultant which Club Managers and Committees would be very wise to take note of!

#3 Richard Magill

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Richard is CEO of GolfHubber (https://golfhubber.com/), a Club Committee member and Handicap Secretary.

Richard's company has exploded onto the scene in the post COVID-19 Lock-Down period as UK Golf Clubs scrambled for alternatives to paper scorecards for their members!

#2 Sam Poole

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Sam Poole is a former Golf Club Manager and now Golf Digital Media expert. Sam gives his views on all things UK golf particularly what Clubs need to look at when coming out of the COVID-19 Coronavirus Lock-Down.

Sam can be found by CLICKING HERE

#1 Simon Smith

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Simon has an amazing story to tell.  A former 3 sport international, pro golfer and Golf Club Manager, Simon hit the headlines in 2018 after a very high profile "explosion" following a crazy long work shift patterns and almost no work life balance.

Simon now shares his story to help others in this industry and others make sure their "Volcano never blows..."

You can find Simon by CLICKING HERE