October 27, 2021

Club Support

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Club Support Service

The Golf NSW Club Support Service was launched in July 2014 to advise affiliated golf clubs needing expert assistance in key areas of their business operations.

“It is our goal to provide more benefits to our members and to grow the game for all. However, some clubs face real and immediate challenges. This service will help Clubs optimise their day-to-day operations, which will ultimately result in more people playing more golf,” Stuart Fraser, CEO of Golf NSW said.

Areas of Assistance

Golf NSW offers  expert assistance and solutions packages in several key areas to affiliated clubs across the State: (click on the title below to go to the section)

At the request of a member Club, Golf NSW will provide these complementary services as an affiliation benefit.

Golf NSW Club Support Team:

Golf NSW has retained the services of a number of industry experts who are equipped to assist clubs in most areas of Golf Club operations. 

Analysis by the members of our CLub Support Service Team will in most cases include an onsite visit and consultation, with an operational review/assessment provided to the Club for consideration.

All requests for the Club Support Service should be in writing, outline the reason for the request, and be addressed to Golf NSW CEO, Stuart Fraser at [email protected] 

Mr Graham Christian - Club Operations

Graham has over thirty years experience in Club Management. His most recent role was as General Manager of The Lakes Golf Club, a position held for over 29 years.   Mr Christian has also been actively involved with the Golf Management Australia (GMA), and is a life time member of the NSW division.

Mr Martyn Black - Agronomy

Martyn has over forty years of experience in turf management, including most recently a twenty-six-year stint as course superintendent at Castle Hill Country Club in Sydney's northwest. Mr Black is a life member of the NSW Golf Course Superintendents Association.

Governance:

Every not-for-profit organisation needs to have a constitution – a document that contains the rules of the organisation, describes its basic structures and processes and usually specifies:

  • The aims or purposes of the organisation
  • How the members of the organisation are admitted
  • The rights and obligations of members
  • How the office-bearers and members of the governing body are elected or appointed
  • How general meetings of members and meetings of the governing body are convened and conducted
  • How the organisation is, in broad terms, to be governed; and
  • What will happen to the organisation’s assets if it is wound up
  • The constitution is a roadmap for running the organisation. It is also a legal requirement that an organisation and its members follow the rules outlined in the constitution.

An organisation’s constitution should be reviewed at least once every 3 years. To assist Clubs, Golf NSW has created a constitution template, which is gender neutral and can be used as a foundation for your Club’s constitution.

To obtain a copy of the template, contact Piret Gardiner via e-mail at [email protected] org.au. 

Amalgamation:

Golf NSW, through the  Club Support Service is here to assist affiliated clubs who are considering going through an amalgamation.

Amalgamations are becoming common within sports sector as clubs face the pressures of remaining sustainable.

Properly conducted, an amalgamation can  ensure a club not only survives, but flourishes.

For a successful amalgamation to take place, plenty of planning and preparation is necessary – the process is key. As such, it is advisable to seek legal advice from an independent body, to support and guide your club through the process.

Thomson Geer Law is one of the 10 largest law firms in Australia and the Official Legal Partner of Golf NSW.

Brett Boon, a Partner a Thomson Geer, has over 25 years experience in dealing with registered clubs, and is a specialist in the area of amalgamations and commercial arrangements.

If your Club is considering an amalgamation or requires general legal advice on Club or golf matters, contact Chief Executive Office, Stuart Fraser at e-mail: [email protected] for assistance.

Employment:

Having the right team in place at your Club is critical to the Club’s short and long term success. 

To attract the right people to your team, Clubs should follow a number of critical steps in the recruitment process: 

  • Advertise the position with the relevant service provider 
  • Clearly define the position roles and responsibilities 
  • Define the salary range 
  • Thoroughly review candidate applications and credentials 
  • Pre-screen and shortlist the candidates 
  • Ask interview questions that profile your candidate and their character 

 

Golf NSW can assist clubs with staff recruitment through the position advertisement process, shortlisting, and candidate interviews. 

Recruiting Service Providers:

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Golf Industry Central – Recruitment

Golf Management Australia (GMA)

Sports People

Australian Sports Turf Managers Association

Business Solutions

Golf NSW has developed several business partnerships within the sport to assist affiliated clubs in key areas of their business operations.

Over 55 Development Opportunities

Lincoln Place is a specialist investor, developer and manager of active Senior’s living communities. Lincoln Place is able to assist Clubs in determining the optimal use for surplus land. Clubs interested in seeking additional information should contact Golf NSW. 

www.lincolnplace.com.au

Accountancy 

Worrells is a specialist accountancy firm dealing primarily in insolvency. Golf NSW has partnered with Worrells to enable Clubs to obtain best practice advice with the objective of ensuring the ongoing viability of the business. Clubs in need of professional assistance should contact Golf NSW.

www.worrells.net.au 

Printers & Copiers

The Forum Group can transform the way you do business with hardware and software solutions tailored to the way you work. Services are available for a simple monthly fee, avoiding large up-front expenses. 

www.forumgroup.com.au

Insurance

Golf Business Australia are golf industry insurance and finance specialists. 

Every golf business has a unique risk profile that requires a customised approach. Golf Business Australia will: 

  • Devise an insurance plan for your Club that works to protect your assets and revenue from severe weather events unique to your area and other interruptions to your business 
  • Assist on any outstanding claims matters through to satisfactory settlement 
  • Maintain unrivalled insurance protection at the most competitive premiums 
  • Introduce innovative finance solutions aimed at reducing costs and adding value to your Club 


Clubs seeking assistance should contact Daniel Bateup on Ph: 1800 853 025, or via the contact form at the website below: 

https://www.golfbusinessaustralia.com.au

Correspondence:

For more information,  all correspondence should be addressed to:

Mr Stuart Fraser
CEO Golf NSW
1a Duncan St
Arncliffe, NSW.  2205

E-mails can be directed to [email protected]

To talk to us, please call  (02) 9505 9105 during business hours.

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