Health Club vs. Country Club

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Adding or improving fitness components often means competing with local health clubs. The new fitness center at the Trenton Country Club in Trenton, N.J., has proved successful in helping to win this race. “It is so new that people are really excited about it and using it on an extremely regular basis,” says John Case, […]

Variations on a Theme

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Summing It Up Look for the “next big thing”in fitness to keep programs from going stale. Use themed events to call attention to ongoing recreation programs. Program your activities so they appeal to every member of the family and address all skill levels. Give back to the community by linking themed recreational events to charitable […]


Good at the Other Games, Too

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Summing It Up In general, golf management companies lag behind the trend seen among independently run clubs and resorts to round out their offers with other recreational and fitness options—but momentum is picking up for more GMCs to include tennis, aquatics and fitness centers at their properties. There are now actually some documented cases where […]


Locker Room Living

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Summing It Up Beyond taking care of obvious needs (i.e., offering an adequate number of lockers), club and resort locker rooms must now also meet upgraded “standards of living,” with an emphasis on providing home-like comforts. One of the most important aspects of locker room management is ensuring that toiletries are well stocked and cover […]


Welcome to Camp Forever!

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Summing It Up Maintain the lowest staff-to-child ratio you can afford. Conduct background checks on staff and volunteers for added peace of mind. Be sure all staff and volunteers are properly trained in procedures and in general first-aid and CPR. Don’t be afraid to incorporate education into camps. Have your golf pro step in to […]


Making Tennis a Net Gain

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Summing It Up Integrate the tennis department with the rest of your staff, to help improve communication and accountability. Junior programs are the traditional key to success, but new trends such as cardio tennis can also build up a program. Pros who understand members’ needs and plan clinics and events accordingly are more likely to […]