The 2020 Excellence in Club Management® Award winners were announced and honored in a special webcast on March 2. The winners include Bill Morari at The National Club (Ont.), Kris Glaubitz at Congressional Country Club, Lawrence McFadden at the Union Club (Cleveland, Ohio), Craig Cutler at the CC of Detroit and Jack Slaughter at Carolina CC, as well as the lifetime excellence award winner, Marty Ryan at Wellesley CC. The award winners will join NCA for an in-person panel at the 2021 National Club Conference in Key Largo, Fla. in May. C+RB.
The Union League of Philadelphia will acquire Ace Club, a 311-acre property in Lafayette Hill, Pa. The addition includes an 18-hole Gary Player-designed golf course, a 35,000-square-foot clubhouse, 120 hotel rooms and a conference center that can host up to 500 people. C+RB & Philadelphia Business Journal.
Some country clubs are facing lawsuits as resigning members are requesting immediate payment of refundable joining payments including deposits. Plaintiff law firms are actively soliciting resigned members for class actions and individual lawsuits and may look to exploit clubs who have recently made changes to their refund policies, even if the membership agreement allows changes at the club’s discretion. The National Law Review.
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The wellness trends for 2021 will be influenced by changes made during the COVID-19 pandemic as people were introduced to new ways of maintaining wellness, such as virtual trainings and virtual care. Air purification is expected to trend in 2021, along with mental wellness, virtual programming, circadian health among others. Hotel Business.
On the Green
Amid golf’s 2020 boom, private club leaders are working to capitalize on the momentum from the past summer to recruit diverse players to the game. As August 2020 saw a 20.6% increase compared to August 2019 in rounds played, the number of nonwhite golfers increased by 6%. Ken Bentley, CEO of the Advocates Pro Golf Association Tour says, “If we want the game we love to survive and thrive, it has to look like America. We need to make the game more welcoming and affordable. We need to have teaching pros and other employees at golf facilities that look like the people we want to attract.” Growth efforts have focused on greater accessibility to the game including lower price points to play and focusing on player development. Barron’s.
The Olympic Club in San Francisco will host the upcoming U.S. Women’s Open Championship, scheduled for May 31-June 6 and will celebrate women in the industry. The event will have more female volunteers who have the opportunity to attend educational and networking events throughout the event. Troy Flanagan, the club’s director of golf maintenance, is passionate about the event that he hopes that will encourage and inspire women who are currently involved in the turf industry and encourage others to follow in their footsteps”. Golf Course Industry.
Diversity & Inclusion
Understanding the Black experience in the private sector can better help business leaders address race in the workplace. This entails understanding Black issues like structural inequalities of geography and underrepresentation in specific industries and jobs. Black workers are underrepresented in the highest-growth geographies and the highest-paying industries while being overrepresented in low-growth geographies and in frontline jobs, which often include lower pay. Data also indicates nearly 60% of the Black labor force live in southern states, creating challenges for those in other parts of the country looking to attract diverse talent. McKinsey & Company & WSJ.
There are currently 87 women serving in leadership roles across state legislatures in the U.S. of the approximately 2,259 serving in total. Women in leadership are bringing new conversations to the table as well as influencing policy. Kelly Dittmar, director of research at the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University says, when “We spend a lot of time talking about what they [women] add to the conversation; these women in leadership get to determine what conversations are had.” PEW.
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On Tuesday, the House of Representatives passed the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act of 2021,which is recognized as the most significant labor law reform in the U.S. since the WWII-era. While the prospects of passage in the Senate are uncertain, if the PRO Act were to become law, it will result in significant changes to the National Labor Relations Act. Such changes include expanded damages, fines and civil penalties as well as limitations on employer rights. Other key items include the elimination of State Right-to-Work Laws, erosion of distinctions between employees, independent contractors and supervisors, card-check organizing and snap elections. The National Law Review.
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