New York, USA – The world’s most iconic city and symbol of freedom, New York is also home to the Yale Club, the world’s largest private members clubhouse.”

On the subject of change, Peter Drucker once said: “It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.” At GGA we feel just as strongly about strategic thinking, which often calls for changes in the ways a club or business thinks and operates. It’s only important if you want to give your facility its best chance to succeed.

A former recipient of The Boardroom magazine “Strategic Planning Firm of the Year” award, GGA brings an unmatched financial, marketing and operational focus to each of its strategic assignments.


At GGA we conduct strategic planning exercises for clubs and businesses of all shapes and sizes around the world, and we’ve been doing that since 1992. We believe the strategic planning process and the plan that results from that rigorous exercise are critical to the short-and long-term success of any club. In fact, we don’t think there’s any document more important.

The five key elements of GGA’s strategic approach are:

Market Analysis – We start by comparing a club or business’ vision and mission statements to market reality. This detailed analysis empowers a comprehensive understanding of your business environment.

Financial Analysis – We compare your financial performance to well‐researched best practices to gain a thorough understanding of the business and how well it is performing.

Board retreat and focus group sessions – This phase will solicit opinions from board/committee members and cross sections of your membership and customer base. This informs the design of the member survey.

Member survey – We consider the member survey the cornerstone of the strategic planning process because it helps uncover members’ expectations, how they define value and tolerances.

Board presentation – Once we have compiled and analysed the results of the research, we develop a recommended course of action for board presentation. The board’s approval gives the green light to begin the development of a five-year strategic plan.


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However big or small the event, there’s always reason to inject creativity and innovation to make it memorable for all involved. This is an approach Medinah Country Club has pioneered for over 95 years. So, what are they doing, and what can you learn? We turned to General Manager and Chief Operating Officer, Robert Sereci, […]

How to Develop an Enviable (and Profitable) Events Calendar

A thriving events calendar, if delivered well, can propel member satisfaction and loyalty to new levels. But first you need to understand what works, and how to measure event success. We enlisted the help of GGA’s Patrick DeLozier, who has over 14 years’ experience delivering events at some of the top clubs in the country, […]

Boosting Your Club’s Brand Through Events

Sustaining a lively events calendar can be challenging – on a practical level, operational level and commercial level. However, even though they may not always pay their way, they are fundamentally important to conveying what your club is, and what it represents. GGA’s Linda Dillenbeck explains why. Beyond access to an enjoyable round of golf, […]

GGA to Offer Sophisticated Electronic Voting Services to Private Clubs

Exclusive partnership with Simply Voting provides private clubs access to a secure online voting platform for club elections. Global Golf Advisors (GGA) and Simply Voting have formed an exclusive partnership to provide a secure voting platform designed to allow private club members a simple and easily accessible manner in which to cast ballots during club […]

Is Your Club Relevant?

If your club is relevant, it is closely connected to members’ lifestyles and appropriate to their wants and needs. But how do you determine if your club really is relevant? GGA’s Ben Hopkinson offers three points of guidance to help you self-evaluate and a handful of tactics to deploy in response. Longevity requires relevance. Survival […]

Inspiring Member Introductions

New members can be difficult to come by, especially during times of economic turbulence. But your existing core membership can hold the key to unlocking a wave of new members. GGA’s Michael Gregory explains how. Why are your current members a valuable avenue for new members? Members who have developed an emotional connection with your […]



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    Sotogrande, Spain
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    West Palm Beach, FL
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    Scottsdale, AZ
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    Pebble Beach, CA
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    Austin, TX
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    Var, France
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    Languedoc, France
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    Kleinburg, ON
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    Toronto, ON
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    Paradise Valley, AZ
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    Fort Myers, FL
  • Wentworth Club
    Surrey, UK
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    Sherwood, SK
  • Vidauban Golf Club
    Vidauban, France
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    Bonita Springs, FL
  • Summerlea Golf & Country Club
    Montreal, QC
  • Royal Ottawa Golf Club
    Ottawa, ON
  • The Ridge at Manitou Inc.
    McKellar, ON
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    Coachella Valley, CA
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    York, PA
  • Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club
    Ottowa, ON
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    Woodbridge, ON
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    Chicago, IL
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    Chaska, MN
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    Hamilton, ON
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    Savannah, GA
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    Massatusetts, USA
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    ON, Canada
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    Vancouver, BC
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    Halifax, NS
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