State of the Industry Report: Half-Empty or Half-Full?

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Research Assistance by Anthony C. Zecca, Jr. and Alexis Crawford All Graphs Courtesy of McMahon Group, Inc.     Throughout the year, the headlines have rolled in steadily from all over the country, like new precinct reports adding more negative totals to a landslide election defeat. From Boston: Country Clubs Hunt for Members From the […]

McMahon Group Surveys Take Industry’s Pulse

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The charts and figures presented in this main State of the Industry article, and also in the “Trendline” sidebars that can be found throughout this issue’s subject-specific feature sections, were drawn primarily from two studies conducted this year by the McMahon Group Inc., the St. Louis-based full-service private club consulting firm. The studies—the 2005 Operations […]


The New Wave of Ideas at Ocean Edge Resort

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Leading-Edge Event Concepts Ocean Edge management has become well-known for finding creative ways to capitalize on the unique appeals of its property by promoting imaginative events not only to club members, but also resort guests and business meeting participants. Here’s a sampling of some inspired packages recently offered: Heritage Cooking Package—Also billed as “culinary preparation […]


How Charlotte CC Stands Out From the Crowd

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A Management-Made Lake Around the country—and particularly where growth is especially rapid and uncontrolled, such as in the Sun Belt, high-tech corridors, or metropolitan areas that are succumbing to suburban sprawl—more and more country clubs and golf courses are feeling the effects of America’s inability to curb overdevelopment. Creeks that used to barely trickle through […]


24-Hour Detail at Bandon Dunes

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and Jamie L. Scheppers, Associate Editor Photography by Wood Sabold Golf As A Greeting Card In the modest conference room of Recycled Paper Greetings, headquartered in an equally modest building (a former dairy) on Chicago’s North Side, the walls hold slotted boards on which dozens of greeting cards are displayed and categorized by type of […]


Forming A More Perfect Union

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and Jamie L. Scheppers, Associate Editor When it recently upgraded its dining room technology, Cleveland’s Union Club found it was able to greatly improve service through touch-screen order entry. No matter what a diner wanted, the club’s wait staff could now efficiently and accurately transmit the order to the kitchen by going to a computer […]