Governance is the system by which organisations are directed and managed. It influences how the objectives of the organisation are set and achieved, spells out the rules and procedures for making organisational decisions and determines the means of optimising and monitoring performance, including how risk is monitored and assessed. Below are some helpful factsheets for golf clubs on Governance.
Continuity, sustainability and the future development of golf clubs are some of the key themes addressed in a new Governance Guide unveiled by the Confederation of Golf in Ireland.
Working in conjunction with Deloitte, one of the largest global professional services and consulting networks, the CGI have published a best practice guide for Ireland’s clubs that will benefit both GUI and ILGU member clubs alike.
“The Governance Guide will better equip clubs to manage their affairs and plan for the future,” said CGI Director of Golf and Business Development John Roche. “The Governance Guide covers a wide range of issues such as club structure, officer duties and strategic planning.”
The Governance Guide has been developed based on feedback received from golf clubs through the CGI’s Business Seminars. Deloitte supported the CGI to develop what is a key document for the future direction of golf clubs in Ireland.
“The sustainability of the game is of fundamental importance. Critical to achieving this is differentiation between the management of the golf club and the playing of the game of golf. Achieving continuity of management is one of the key matters examined in the Governance Guide,” explained Alan Flanagan, Partner with Deloitte.
“The stronger clubs have good structures in place and they don’t leave things to chance. They have a plan, they know what they’re trying to achieve, both from an operational and a development perspective, and they focus on executing a multi-annual plan for the overall benefit of the club and its members,” Flanagan added.
Immersed in the game from a young age, playing at The County Sligo Golf Club and caddying during the West of Ireland Amateur Championship at Rosses Point, Flanagan is passionate about golf. Apart from his professional experience, Flanagan has been at the coalface of club administration and previously served as the Honorary Treasurer in Naas Golf Club.
“I think it’s about clubs understanding the management capabilities of members within their club and utilising the available expertise. They shouldn’t be afraid to ask members to contribute to the ongoing operation and development of the club,” said Flanagan, who also emphasised the importance of long-term planning. “There is a requirement for effective planning processes for clubs to achieve sustainability,” concluded Flanagan.
For an online copy of the guide click here