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10 minutes from success

I have a very simple system that I call my 10 Minute MBA.

So called because it takes approximately 10 minutes for most of my clients to absorb the information before I see their face light up.

After 10 minutes they suddenly understand something so key to their future success and that of their business that I usually call a coffee break right there and then, only 10 minutes into a meeting!

They need this time to absorb Read more

Is Your Golf Business “Wasting” Away?

Well things are “hotting up” here in anticipation of the imminent arrival of my new book Golf Business Turnaround-the 7 Essential Steps to Success, available here from Monday 25th January.

In what is essentially a step by step blueprint for saving and turning around a struggling golf business, I will reveal many of the advanced techniques and strategies I use with paying clients; and apply the kind of thinking and business innovation that has attracted clients both at home and abroad to seek out our help here at hole18.

All this week I have been sharing some of the breakthrough content you can expect when you get your hands on a your copy on Monday…

…oh and by the way you can literally get your hands on it on Monday, because due to popular demand we are making it available to download directly from this site. Just think, by Tuesday you could easily be on your way to turning your golf business around for good. Imagine what a great year 2010 could turn out to be if you suddenly have a Blueprint in your hands to take you step by step through the total renovation of your business…this is a New Year Resolution on Ice!

Today I want to talk briefly about Step 6 in the book…and what a step it is! This is where I am going to show you how to add Read more

Special Delivery

If you’ve been tuning in this week, you will know that I have been sharing with our readers, some of the groundbreaking, “golf business saving” content from my upcoming book.

So far we’ve looked at how you can use my “paint by numbers” formula in your golf business to:

  1. Get your cashflow (in and out) in great shape…fast.
  2. Positively differentiate your golf business from all of the others and give yourself a distinctly unfair advantage in the marketplace.
  3. Attract all of the new business you could ever want…and on your terms! (We’re definitely NOT talking about 2 for 1s or desperate giveaways here!)

In Step 5 of 7 in my new book Golf Business Turnaround-the 7 Essential Steps to Success, available here from Monday 25th January, I take you step by step through a system that will set up your golf business to run like clockwork to produce all of the profit and/or business you need with a positively awe inspiring formula for managing your day to day operations.

In what is essentially a step by step blueprint for saving and turning around a struggling golf business, I will reveal many of the advanced techniques and strategies I use with paying clients; and apply the kind of thinking and business innovation that has attracted clients both at home and abroad to seek out our help here at hole18.

“Operations” or the day to day running of their golf business is what gives most owners and managers the biggest headache. The minutiae of running a busy (or not so busy) golf facility can easily become a massive burden even for the most level headed and organised managers. If we pile business worries about cashflow and survival on to that its no wonder that many people cave in.

In Step 5 we do the equivalent of playing some soothing music, giving you a shoulder massage, pouring you a stiff drink and letting you put your feet up…yes this is where your role suddenly becomes very, very clear and you start to instinctively know what to do and when to do it.

More importantly, by filling in the blanks in this section (not literally of course, there is a little more to it than that!) you will build yourself a business operation that swishes along gracefully making all of the money you Read more

Promising Outlook for Your Golf Business

Marketing is a critical business process that many Golf Clubs do very badly or not at all in some cases. With many clubs, marketing always means print advertising and indeed when speaking to some clubs, it becomes apparent that they actually refer to print advertising as “marketing”, as if this is the only way to attract customers!

During the late summer of 2009 I saw a lot of golf club adverts appearing in local papers around the country. The culprits shall remain nameless, but almost to a man they were the most desperate adverts I have ever seen…you could almost smell the fear as green fees were slashed, catering was given away and hard one reputations were ruined overnight. These were mainly adverts to try to attract the “last of the summer wine” in the form of visitors who hadn’t materialised for one reason or another. I really felt for the club managers who found themselves in the dire straits that produced this kind of desperate action. The result I would imagine in most cases was a loss on the deal, because even if they did drum up some last minute bookings they would be for small groups and they had already given all of the profit away in the advert.

Another common sight was the advert, again in local papers, again with a nice picture of the 10th, but this time offering (in some cases it looked like begging) extremely favourable terms on membership fees for new members. It might have been waiving the joining fee or giving the membership for the remainder of 2009 (this was in late summer!) away with 2010 membership or sometimes both. In a few really bad cases I saw Read more

Your’s is the unique-est golf business I’ve ever seen!

What a strange (non) word “uniqueness” is, don’t you think? but I hear it used often. The suffix “ness” implies a scale, a measurement or a way of comparing things in an incremental way; like green-ness, red-ness or loveliness. Unique-ness shouldn’t be (and probably isn’t!) a proper word, because there shouldn’t be any way of measuring how unique you are, should there?; surely if you are unique you are simply, well…unique?

Well a lot of my clients fire that one at me because you see, they are all in the same business, namely …golf, and I keep telling them that they have to “define” their uniqueness. This is where the confusion arises, but I do that intentionally…confusion makes them think a bit harder! They invariably tell me that they have a golf course or courses and that due to that; they sell golf. They then usually (not always) go on to tell me that golf is golf is golf and…(they sometimes add the suffix…STUPID) as  a result, they cannot differentiate themselves from other golf providers. Of course I try not to take it too personally, but I usually tell them to have a re-think about that last statement.

You see, every business has competition, and guess what? Read more

Survival of the fittest?

During the last 18 months the golf industry has faced an unprecedented challenge. Private golf clubs and proprietary golf courses alike have started to be affected by the credit crunch, Well that’s the story we are hearing anyway, but in reality our latest recession has merely served to expose poorly prepared golf businesses to the greater challenges of Read more