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November 28, 2012
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  Industry Update 
  • 4 tactics for a positively prosperous 2013
    Golf and club managers who are on target to grow in the coming year realize the importance of saying yes to members and finding positive solutions to problems. Clubs that engage families, recognize the buying power of women and upgrade technology will not only keep current members happy, they will attract new members with their welcoming and relevant facilities. Golf Course Industry online (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Vote to keep club female-free strongly endorsed at Butler National GC
    Members of the Butler National Golf Club in Oak Brook, Ill., have decided it will not open its doors to women, even though such a ruling prevents the highly ranked golf course from hosting lucrative tournaments and becoming a regular venue for corporate outings. The decision was made despite the opportunity to generate significant financial revenue from tournaments, estimated to generate more than $4 million for a club. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trend Watch 
  • Average income rises 3.8% in small-town America
    The booming oil and gas industry is causing personal incomes in America's small towns to grow at a faster rate than in metro areas and suburbs, according to recent government data. Average income is up 3.8% since 2007 for those in small cities, towns and rural areas while those who live in big cities have experienced a 3.5% decline. USA Today (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Veggies, grains top Technomic's list of 2013 trends
    Chefs and restaurants will get more creative with salads and vegetable dishes next year as more consumers discover the benefits of going meatless at more meals, Technomic predicts in its trend list for 2013. Chicken and a wider selection of grains are also likely to show up on more menus next year, the report says, along with smaller dishes that feed our growing hunger for snacks. (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  On the Green 
  • Four-time U.S. Open director has hands full with 2013 location
    Hank Thompson knows what it takes to run a successful U.S. Open -- he has been championship director three times in the past five years -- but next year's tournament at the Merion Golf Club in Havertown, Pa., which is half the size of normal U.S. Open venues, presents a whole new set of challenges. "The lack of space here and what had to be done to expand the footprint is certainly unique," Thompson says. "We've never had a site where we've had to go to entities outside the club to rent space to build facilities." The Philadelphia Inquirer (11/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Operations & Membership Management 
  • Tips for making good holiday hires
    What criteria should you consider when staffing up your restaurant for the holidays, and how do you decide who stays after the new year? Snagajob's Jason Hamilton advises operators to prioritize attitude over experience at the outset and assess performance during the holiday season to decide which staffers should stay on the payroll. (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NCA News 
  • Election Review: 2013 Outlook for Private Clubs 

    With the dust settled and the votes counted, President Obama's re-election will have a significant impact on the private club industry in many ways. On Nov. 29, join Brad Steele, NCA's vice president of government relations and general counsel, for the next session of our webinar series as he reviews what took place in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate races and what the results will mean for our industry. He will also provide expert analysis of the White House result -- discussing what policies we can expect from the president on the road ahead -- and he will address state election results, issues and ballot initiatives.

    Find out more about the webinar or register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Top Network Management Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
    Join us on Dec. 6 for another installment in our popular webinar series, featuring Brian Warren, director of network services for Private Club Technology Solutions.

    "To err is human but to really foul things up you need a computer." A quick Google search for this quote will attribute its source to a variety of individuals, from Dan Rather to other lesser-known people. Regardless of the source, the fact remains -- we all make mistakes. However common, mistakes can be tragic when a computer is involved, and the devastation is compounded exponentially on a computer network. This webinar will examine common mistakes made by club personnel when it comes to managing a club's computer network—and how to avoid them.

    Find out more about the webinar or register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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