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Board Members: Are They Change Agents or Caretakers?

Board Members: Are They Change Agents or Caretakers?

Each year, the members of 3,300 member-owned private clubs elect roughly 10,000 new board members. The question is: Will they lead their clubs into the future, or merely preside over the status quo for another year?

The trends in the club industry are well known: Club participation rates are declining (2018 total golf rounds across the U.S. are down 4.8 per-cent year-over-year), golf appeals to a narrowing audience, and alternatives abound to claim our shrinking leisure time. 

Boards governing member-owned clubs elect a few new nominees each year, in hopes of refreshing the club's vision and attracting a new generation of club members. However, most boards resist change and reluctantly kick the can to the next board. 

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