Change is progress and we resist it at our peril. Will Rogers famously said, “Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
General-media reports about the fate of club properties when disasters strike—and recognition of clubs’ contributions to recovery efforts that extend well beyond their boundaries—always fall short of the full story.
Reports about GM pay and sexual-harassment settlements—even if misleading or unfair— only further highlight the need for club managers to have heightened awareness about the spotlight they’re under.
Clubs today recognize that they have to be the dining designation of choice, not a member responsibility or tax.
Few think that Topgolf is a threat to the traditional golf club because the experience is so different. But it touches golf, and it has the potential to be disruptive—or to help grow the game.
Short of having Shakespeare’s wish to “kill all the lawyers” finally come true, club-related lawsuits are now an unfortunate part of the business that managers should be prepared to deal with.