mighty magpie wrote: »
Seen this on twitter too Kevin.
1. Nothing, new members have full access to all tee times including prime saturday times, captain's day, president's day. It has caused a lot of complaints by some members.
2. No, no and no. Emails to help with tee booking and website access is sent to all members.
3. Nothing except a reminder on slow play which was sent to all golfers. Have seen 2 balls holding up 3 balls multiple times midweek and new (and usually younger) members have a very slow pace of play.
4. Not aware of any plans. Members will be lost next year if GAA is back to normal come next spring. This may apply to other sports but lack of GAA was the reason at least 20 new members joined post lockdown.
Kevinmarkham wrote: »
There are some 12,000 new members who have joined Irish golf clubs in the past 3 to 4 months. I am trying to find out how clubs are reacting to this influx of new blood so if anyone can help me with the following questions it would be much appreciated.What is your club doing to ensure that new members who joined during the Covid-19 months are integrating successfully?
Do you have someone dedicated to looking after them? Are you arranging special competitions? Do you assign a 'member buddy'? Is there a special event/newsletter/email to introduce them to the club and how it operates (e.g. booking tee times)?
What is your club doing for people who are new to golf and may not understand the etiquette required on and off the course?
How does your club plan to build loyalty and longevity amongst these new members (approx 12,000 across Ireland), especially as some will have joined only because other sports were not and are not available to them?
Thanks for your help.
Wichita Lineman wrote: »
What is your club doing to ensure that new members who joined during the Covid-19 months are integrating successfully? We send them a welcome letter from the Captains with some helpful hints on how competitions work and booking on BRS.
Do you have someone dedicated to looking after them? No but we have active committees running the club and a fairly friendly bunch as members.
Are you arranging special competitions? No. New members are allowed enter all competitions as long as they have a handicap. We normally have to have 5 comps played before being allowed enter Captains or Presidents but this was reduced to 3 for 2020.
Do you assign a 'member buddy'? No.
Is there a special event/newsletter/email to introduce them to the club and how it operates (e.g. booking tee times)? Yes and we have a very active P.R.O. keeping everyone informed. Weekly notes as a minimum and other communications as and when required.
What is your club doing for people who are new to golf and may not understand the etiquette required on and off the course? We include an etiquette 'one pager' with their welcome letter.
How does your club plan to build loyalty and longevity amongst these new members (approx 12,000 across Ireland), especially as some will have joined only because other sports were not and are not available to them? We have quite a few signed up for 2021 already and we have seen the 'football age' members swell the numbers playing competitions. We are hoping that the game of golf itself, the enjoyment of playing a different sport with their friends, the course and our members will encourage some of them to stick with us over the coming years.
etxp wrote: »
Nothing/No to all questions.
We got a lot in as beginners but unfortunately our beginner membership doesn't give a handicap so the new members arent involved in competitions etc. I suggested that they get a handicap included in the membership or at least for the cost of the GUI fee but didnt get the go ahead.
bamayang wrote: »
This drives me up the wall. I wouldnt mind anyone being new and struggling with the game or taking 10 shots to get down the fairway. But dawdling around, being on a phone, standing around on the green after everyone has finished. Jesus its frustrating.
Wombatman wrote: »
Great questions Kevin. Clubs and their members should do all they can to assist new members as much as possible and hopefully retain them. I went out of my this summer, to play with and sign cards for new members so they could get their handicaps.
Unfortunately some members see newbies as an inconvenience. Probably the same people that will come on here whinging when there clubs becomes insolvent and close.
Whiplash85 wrote: »
I think it is the ethos in the club itself. I play in a very friendly club. There has been communication in form of newsletters to make sure people welcome new members and some general advice pertaining to golf etiquette as well. But a lot of it happens organically. My brother is one of the 12,000 newbies. He is a teacher so had entire summer off. He ended up playing with random club members both young and old. He is a high handicapper but they encouraged him, offered some advice, complimented the few good shots he hit etc. As a result he has a gra for it now and will likely stick at it. He has also improved considerably as a result. Before he would be mortified playing in front of strangers or teeing off in front of a few people on the first tee but he has got more confident now. So those kind of people are either in your club or they are not. I think there is a realisation that there had not being many 25-34 year olds as members so when a clatter of them come along it can only be a good thing for any golf club.
ShivasIrons wrote: »
If a significant portion of clubs don't look after their current members, why would they look after new members all of a sudden?
Kevinmarkham wrote: »
Interesting... at what stage does a beginner normally get a handicap?
finglashoop wrote: »
The only way i usually get a tee time is people who cancel in time so i can pick one up
gypsy79 wrote: »
There is a time free tomorrow afternoon. There are ways to get tee times
Kevinmarkham wrote: »
Thanks for this, Wichita. Which club are we talking about?