George Pinches


Great Governance Sustains and Protects Strategy – The Board own the process; the members own the result.

George was a private club GM/COO for 33 years. He managed five clubs in three Canadian provinces- including Hamilton Golf & CC, Point Grey Golf & CC, Royal Mayfair Golf Club and The Royal Glenora Club. He was also involved with both the Canadian Society of Club Managers (CSCM) and the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA). George served as President of two branches, been National President and a session leader and guest speaker at branch, national and international industry events. He received the Score Golf Manager of the Year Award in 2007.

George studies governance in private clubs and considers the ability to work with boards and committees a key success factor in clubs. He sees governance in private clubs as a collaborative process that can be productive for all concerned. His understanding of private clubs and club governance make him an ideal facilitator for Board Retreats.

George previously taught in the Golf Management Program at Grant McEwen University in Edmonton. He currently instructs Golf Club Governance in the Business of Golf and Resort Management Program for McMaster University. He has taught sections of the Business Management Institute (BMI) courses, a certification requirement for CMAA.

George provides executive search services, club governance consulting and management coaching as a Director with Global Golf Advisors.



Monitoring Club Performance through Board Policy

Monitoring club performance is essential for the Board to be accountable to members. The trend in business and non-profit organizations is for data driven decision-making. Boards and GMs prefer objective measurement of goal achievement by using key performance indicators (KPIs) tracked on scorecards and dashboards. It is also important for the Board to evaluate its […]

Compliance Matters in Private Clubs

Despite media reports to the contrary, the compliance requirements of all organizations have grown in recent years. The amount of time spent on compliance by private club boards, management and line staff has increased proportionately. The best approach is to be proactive and minimize, or better still, eliminate the risk of non-compliance. Global Golf Advisors […]

Take a Lesson from Fit Bit: Monitor and Measure

Does your board, amidst its best intention, get off track from time to time? GGA Director and Club Governance expert George Pinches makes a case for brief but effective board meeting evaluations which serve as a part of a continuous feedback system that can help keep boards focused and effective.