Partner Spotlight – Camiral Golf & Wellness

Camiral Golf & Wellness successfully gained a prestigious Gold Flag at our recent Service Excellence Awards, not only this but Marta Castells was crowned F&B Manager of the year. Camiral uses the in depth data provided from the Golf, Hotel & F&B journey as well as the sales enquiry calls to enhance their experiences, we asked David Ashington (Director of Golf) to share his thoughts on working with 59club Europe South.

“I have been working with 59club across three properties over many years, all of different dimensions, needs and requirements. At each venue we have found a wide range of extremely qualitive points of use and quite often more than 59club actually announce as their main purpose

Firstly, having so much data to analyse at your starting point and then measuring your quest for change allows you to detail and study your strengths and weaknesses of the customer journey and most importantly in the eyes of an independent client. With so many customer check points along the journey this ensures, as a leader, you are focused in the right areas for improving. The support of having the 59club team visit you on property to then demonstrate and quantify this to your teams is invaluable and quite often enlightens the teams to areas they might not see as overly important, in equal measure it allows you to praise certain areas that they are improving in their performance levels.

Secondly, I find it invaluable to spend time on the visit to allow myself and my senior staff to brainstorm ideas and processes you might wish to implement. Given that 59club evaluate a huge number of properties worldwide they can often assist with support or valid points of view towards operating procedures that are successful (or not) which in turn can add justification to your decision making or systematic processes.

Overall, I am absolutely delighted to have been working in close capacity with 59club and can only highly recommend that other fellow Managers and Directors take serious consideration towards utilizing the benefits that 59club can offer to your venue”

Leading Clubs & Resorts honored at 13th Annual 59club Service Excellence Awards

Many of the UK and Europe’s leading Venues, Teams and Individuals were in attendance as 59club recognised those who delivered the very best service to their Members and Guests during 2022 at their Annual celebration of Service Excellence, which this year took place at The Hilton, St George’s Park on Thursday 2nd of May.

Delegates enjoyed educational seminars during the day, which included Olympic Gold Medal winner and now Head of Performance for the League Managers Association, Tim Foster MBE; Bestselling author of “The Habit Mechanic” and founder of Tougher Minds Consultancy, Dr Jon Finn; and former Manchester United Captain and Premier League winner, Steve Bruce.

As day moved to evening; host for the evening, seasoned presenter, Vernon Kay opened the glittering awards ceremony that has long been regarded as the ‘Oscars’ of the golf & hospitality industry, since 59club’s honours list began some 13 years ago.

The event recognises the finest customer service providers for having achieved the highest standards of excellence across 2022. 59club’s accolades are determined by scores collected from their impartial mystery shopping audits, which evaluate the experience afforded to guests, club members and prospective members, in accordance with 59club’s objective benchmarking criteria.

On the night, 59club saw their UK & Southern European teams present 38 individual & team awards spanning 18 categories, recognising ‘service excellence’ across all areas of the businesses; sales, service, operations, retail, spa, golf course, food & beverage and management. With 59club continuing to reflect the very best performances, regardless of a venue’s size, scale or profile, by segmenting several individual accolades into 3 categories, based on a venue’s average green fee rate.

Of this year’s awards, Will Hewitt, General Manager of 59club UK, commented; “With a growth of over 20% in the number of venues taking our services, an award nomination this year represented an outstanding achievement across a number of hugely competitive categories.

59club awards are based on an objective analysis of the service provided at a venue, therefore recognising the venues, teams and individuals who truly do deliver world class service on a consistent basis”.

The Grove and Belvoir Park Golf Club collected the highest prized awards of the evening – Ultimate Golf Resort and Ultimate Members’ Club respectively. Both venues also achieved multiple individual and team successes; with Brad Gould and his team at The Grove collecting the enviable Golf Manager and Golf Operations Team of the Year titles (>£130 green fee category); with Alice Kozlowski adding the Leading Individual Golf Sales Performance award to The Grove’s trophy cabinet.

Belvoir Park’s celebrations continued long into the night with both Aaron Small and Stuart McDonald having been crowned Greenkeeper and F&B Manager of the Year, before rounding off the evening with the forementioned Ultimate Members’ Club Designation.

Another club seeing multiple successes was Long Ashton, who scooped Golf Manager of the Year for departing GM, Gareth Morgan; F&B Manager of the Year for a 4th consecutive year for Glenn McNaughton; Golf Operations Team of the Year; and also a coveted Gold Flag Designation. In addition to this they also claimed the Ultimate Service Excellence Award for their fantastic efforts in utilising survey data to enhance their service offering.

Both Finca Cortesin and Branston Golf Club received a double dose of crystalware after Rocio Sanchez was crowned 59club Europe South’s Golf Manager of the year; and their Golf Operations Department claimed the Team of the Year accolade. Meanwhile Branston celebrated with a my59 Service Excellence Award; and a second victory after claiming Leisure Membership Sales Team of the year. 

The Awards became a landmark moment for Matt Aplin, Golf Course Manager at Goring and Streatley, who has now retained the title of Greenkeeper of the Year for an incredible 5th consecutive year – an outstanding achievement given the quality of those competing in this category.

Alcanada, Camiral Golf & Wellness and Golf Son Muntaner were flying the flag for Spain, having each secured Gold Flag Designations. Marta Castells (Camiral) claimed victory in the Food & Beverage Category, while Paco Gavira (Son Muntaner) was crowned the regions Greenkeeper of the Year.

In Portugal, Quinta do Lago continue to lead the way by also securing a coveted Gold Flag, and in Italy, Royal Park I Roveri celebrated with a Silver Flag, and a again as Fabio Vido claimed Retail Manager of the Year.

Lee Mathew Waggott, General Manager59club Europe South said; “Celebrating success is a key pillar of what we believe in and promote within 59club. Our venues across Europe South not only continue to deliver memorable experiences but are always striving to continue to develop their journeys by searching for those extra 1%’s day in and day out.

“In an extremely competitive landscape to receive a nomination and claim an award is a wonderful achievement, and the ability to share this recognition with individuals and teams across the property is incredibly important. We are extremely excited about the season ahead and welcoming even more forward-thinking & progressive properties into our Awards next year.”

Celebrations continued into the night, as 59club’s Industry Benchmark of excellence, it’s Gold, Silver and Bronze Flag Designations, were announced. These highly prized accolades recognise member clubs’ and resorts that provide excellent facilities for golfers to enjoy, as well as having achieved the required standard of customer service throughout 2022.  

This year, 59club presented 28 ‘Gold Flags’. The deserving winners were: Belvoir Park Golf Club; Camiral Golf & Wellness; Celtic Manor Resort; Club de Golf Alcanada; Delta Hotels by Marriott, Forest of Arden Country Club; Dunbar Golf Club; Edgbaston Golf Club; Finca Cortesin; Foxhills Club & Resort; Frilford Heath Golf Club; Gleneagles; Golf at Goodwood; Golf Son Muntaner; Gullane Golf Club; Hanbury Manor, Marriott Hotel & Country Club; Harpenden Golf Club; JCB Golf & Country Club; Long Ashton Golf Club; Mount Juliet Estate; Panmure Golf Club; Quinta do Lago; Rockliffe Hall; Royal Dublin Golf Club; Royal Dornoch Golf Club; The Belfry Hotel & Resort; The Grove; The London Club and The Mere Golf Resort & Spa.

17 ‘Silver Flags’ went to; Barnham Broom; Bowood Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort; Branston Golf & Country Club; Carton House; Cameron House; Clevedon Golf Club; Infinitum; Ladybank Golf Club; La Moye Golf Club; North Foreland Golf Club; QHotels Collection, Slaley Hall Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort; QHotels Collection, Belton Woods Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort; Royal Park I Roveri; Slieve Russell; St Mellion; The Kendleshire and West Herts Golf Club.

And a further 15 “Bronze Flag” Awards were presented to; Conwy Golf Club; Delta Hotels by Marriott, Worsley Park Country Club; Golf Son Quint; Golf Son Vida; Goring & Streatley Golf Club; Hickleton Golf Club; Newport Golf Club; Pula Golf Resort; Teignmouth Golf Club; The Astbury; The Bristol Golf Club; The Vale Resort; Vale Royal Abbey Golf Club; Woodsome Hall Golf Club and Wychwood Park.

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Full list of award winners can be seen in the table below.  

59club UK & Europe South ‘Service Excellence’ Award Winners 2022/23:

Ultimate Golf Resort: The Grove

Ultimate Members’ Club: Belvoir Park Golf Club

Gold Flag Designations 2023: Belvoir Park Golf Club; Camiral Golf & Wellness; Celtic Manor Resort; Club de Golf Alcanada; Delta Hotels by Marriott, Forest of Arden Country Club; Dunbar Golf Club; Edgbaston Golf Club; Finca Cortesin; Foxhills Club & Resort; Frilford Heath Golf Club; Gleneagles; Golf at Goodwood; Golf Son Muntaner; Gullane Golf Club; Hanbury Manor, Marriott Hotel & Country Club; Harpenden Golf Club; JCB Golf & Country Club; Long Ashton Golf Club; Mount Juliet Estate; Panmure Golf Club; Quinta do Lago; Rockliffe Hall; Royal Dublin Golf Club; Royal Dornoch Golf Club; The Belfry Hotel & Resort; The Grove; The London Club and The Mere Golf Resort & Spa.

Silver Flag Designations 2023: Barnham Broom; Bowood Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort; Branston Golf & Country Club; Carton House; Cameron House; Clevedon Golf Club; Infinitum; Ladybank Golf Club; La Moye Golf Club; North Foreland Golf Club; QHotels Collection, Slaley Hall Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort; QHotels Collection, Belton Woods Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort; Royal Park I Roveri; Slieve Russell; St Mellion; The Kendleshire and West Herts Golf Club.

Bronze Flag Designations 2023: Conwy Golf Club; Delta Hotels by Marriott, Worsley Park Country Club; Golf Son Quint; Golf Son Vida; Goring & Streatley Golf Club; Hickleton Golf Club; Newport Golf Club; Pula Golf Resort; Teignmouth Golf Club; The Astbury; The Bristol Golf Club; The Vale Resort; Vale Royal Abbey Golf Club; Woodsome Hall Golf Club and Wychwood Park.

Golf Manager of the Year (59club UK)

Brad Gould (The Grove) Over £131 Green-Fee

Sean Graham (Foxhills Club & Resort) £61-£130 Green-Fee

Gareth Morgan (Long Ashton GC) Under £61 Green-Fee

Golf Manager of the Year (59club Europe South)

Rocio Sanchez (Finca Cortesin)

Food & Beverage Manager of the Year (59club UK)

Jacques Hobson (The Belfry Hotel & Resort) Over £131 Green-Fee

Stuart McDonald (Belvoir Park GC) £61-£130 Green-Fee

Glenn McNaughton (Long Ashton GC) Under £61 Green-Fee

Food & Beverage Manager of the Year (59club Europe South)

Marta Castells (Camiral Golf & Wellness)

Golf Retail Manager of the Year (59club UK)

Russell McIntyre (Gullane GC) Over £131 Green-Fee

Andrew Crerar (Panmure GC) £61-£130 Green-Fee

Ryan Crowley (Clevedon GC) Under £61 Green-Fee

Golf Retail Manager of the Year (59club Europe South)

Fabio Vido (Royal Park Roveri)

Greenkeeper of the Year (59club UK)

Scott Fenwick (Gleneagles) Over £131 Green-Fee

Aaron Small (Belvoir Park GC) £61-£130 Green-Fee

Matt Aplin (Goring & Streatley GC) Under £61 Green-Fee

Greenkeeper of the Year (59club Europe South)

Paco Gavira (Son Muntaner)

Golf Operations Team of the Year (59club UK)

The Grove (Over £131 Green-Fee)

Delta Hotels Forest of Arden Country Club (Arden Course) (£61-£130 Green-Fee)

Long Ashton GC (Under £61 Green-Fee)

Golf Operations Team of the Year (59club Europe South)

Finca Cortesin

my59 Service Excellence: Stoke by Nayland; Celtic Manor Resort; Branston Golf & Country Club; Edgbaston Golf Club; Radyr Golf Club; Farleigh Golf Club; The Vale Resort; Rockliffe Hall

my59 Ultimate Service Excellence

Long Ashton GC

Leading Individual Golf Sales Performance

Alice Kozlowski (The Grove)

Leading Individual Golf Membership Sales Performance

Philomena Wilkinson (Delta Hotels Forest of Arden Country Club)

Golf Membership Sales Team of the Year

The Mere Golf Resort & Spa

Leading Individual Leisure Membership Sales Performance

James Flesher (Dunston Hall – Q Hotels Collection)

Leisure Membership Sales Team of the Year

Branston Golf & Country Club

Leading Spa Experience Performance

Rockliffe Hall

Leading Individual Corporate Golf Day Sales Performance                                     

Cameron Dhir (The Astbury)

59club Europe South & the UK announce nominees ahead of the 13th Annual Service Excellence Awards Ceremony.

Leading Golf & Hospitality properties from across Spain, Portugal, Italy, Ireland and the UK, have been shortlisted ahead of 59club’s Annual Service Excellence Awards Ceremony, which comes to Hilton St. Georges Park on the 2nd of March 2023.

59club’s prestigious accolades, recognise those outstanding Venues, Teams and Individuals within the global golf & hospitality industry who consistently deliver outstanding customer experiences for their members and guests.

Qualification is unbiased; and determined by scores achieved through a detailed and objective mystery shopping program, which measures the experience afforded to members, visitors and prospective members spanning Golf, Leisure, Spa and F&B operations.

A number of the finest Golf Resorts & Member Clubs in the UK & Europe receive multiple nominations this year; and leading the stakes is four-time Ryder Cup host; The Belfry with nominations realized across seven award categories.

Camiral Golf & Wellness – voted the number #1 golf resort in Spain, join 2010 Ryder Cup host; Celtic Manor Resort, Delta Hotels – Forest of Arden and The Grove as they each receive five nominations across multiple service excellence award categories.

Hot on their heels with four nominations are; Long Ashton and The Vale, both regulars in the 59club winners arena, and Quinta do Lago – also no stranger to the 59club spotlight having impressively scooped four of the main award titles in the ceremony just 12 months ago. They are all followed closely by Branston Golf and Country Club who uphold three nominations.  

A newcomer to the 59club community having started their journey with the customer service specialists back in 2022; is Finca Cortesin, host of the 2023 Solheim Cup who find themselves in the running for two accolades.

With Belvoir Park, Bristol Golf Club, Clevedon, Foxhills and Ryder Cup giant Gleneagles – who famously claimed 59club’s highest accolade of Ultimate Resort in 2022 – also in contention for two accolades.

Gullane, Harpenden, JCB, Panmure, The Mere and Royal Park I Roveri – another previous winner having seen Riccardo Russo crowned European Greenkeeper of the Year – also feature double nominations.

Others hoping to receive a prestigious Service Excellence Award include a selection of 2022’s 59club Gold Flag bearing properties; Alcanada, Son Muntaner, Hanbury Manor and Mount Juliet Estate, who each feature in the Golf Retail, Greenkeeper, Golf Membership Sales and Golf Manager of the year nominations respectively.

Finally, the nominations listing see’s Barnham Broom, Carton House, Delta Hotels Worsley Park Country Club, Dunston Hall, Eden Hall, Fornby Hall, Goring & Streatley, Hoar Cross Hall, North Foreland, Oulton Hall, Rockliffe Hall, Slieve Russell, St Mellion, The Astbury, The Kendleshire, West Herts, Woodsome Hall and Wychwood Park all in contention for a service excellence award.

Looking ahead to the Service Excellence Awards, and the first for Lee Mathew Waggott, 59club Europe South’s new General Manager said: “We are extremely excited that this year’s Service Excellence Awards are now just around the corner. This day allows us to celebrate and recognize venues and teams delivering great experiences from across the continent. Additionally, with colleagues attending from properties across Europe, it gives property leaders a unique networking opportunity.”


Food & Beverage Manager of the Year:                                                           

Marta Castells (Camiral Golf & Wellness); Attilio Girello (Royal Park Roveri); David Maderia (Quinta do Lago)

Golf Retail Manager of the Year:

Teresa Moll (Alcanda); Diana Torres (Camiral Golf & Wellness); Fabio Vido (Royal Park Roveri)

Greenkeeper of the Year:

Alfredo Alvarez (Camiral Golf & Wellness); Scott McLean (Qunita do Lago); Paco Gavira (Son Muntaner);

Golf Operations Team of the Year:

Camiral Golf & Wellness; Finca Cortesin; Quinta do Lago

Golf Manager of the Year:

David Ashington (Camiral Golf & Wellness); Rocio Sanchez (Finca Cortesin); Brian Evans (Quinta do Lago)

Golf’s Customer Service Management Specialists expand operations as 59club Nordic launches.

59club, the industry leading Customer Service Analysts and Training Provider has today announced its expansion into the Nordic regions of Iceland, Finland, Norway, Sweden & Denmark, bringing their wealth of Mystery Shopper Audits, Satisfaction Surveys and Employee Training Programs – created specifically for the golf & hospitality industry – to the fore.  

Impressive expansion plans have already seen local 59club divisions established, currently supporting hundreds of golf clubs, resorts and management groups within the USA, Canada, UK, Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa and most recently Australia & New Zealand. It was only a matter of time before the global leaders firmed up their support in the Nordic regions, as they work tirelessly to help clubs shape and develop their sales & customer service cultures.

After a long-standing engagement between 59club HQ and The Scandinavian Golf Club, alongside additional partnerships with European Tour Destinations within the Nordic regions; 59club are delighted at the prospect of having feet on the ground to further support these venues, and attract many more just like them who share the same focus of elevating customer service levels, with the desired effect of driving retention, revenues, and profits.

The new opening welcomes Sebastian Czyz Bendsen, as 59club Nordic’s Sales Manager.

Having graduated from Kent State University, OH, USA with a BA in Finance and a MA in Sport and Recreational Management, and after a well-spent career in golf – most recently in his home Country working with the Danish Golf Union – Sebastian joins 59club with a wealth of attributes and a self-confessed love of educating and guiding leaders towards innovative ideas.

Many would say he’s the perfect fit, offering industry experience and driven by his passion and excitement for connecting Golf Club’s within the Nordic regions, with the resource and global formula to excel their customer experience, and to create an even better community for their members & guests.

Of the announcement, Simon Wordsworth, 59club CEO said “Sebastian is a real go-getter, and well versed in the role that Customer Service plays in growing the game of golf and keeping players enthused and loyal to the sport. And now as he joins 59club, he’s ready to take the support and intel he can offer to clubs a leap further. Sebastian appreciates the complexities of club cultures and has worked with similar principals when supporting the US collaborations with the PGA of America, ClubCorp (now Invited), the TPC Network and Kemper Sports. All private golf corporations, and all searching for means to optimize their business, as well as recent initiatives delivered by the Golf Union.

“We are all excited about the impact that 59club will make in the region, our global benchmarking data is second to none, and as always, we are spurred on by the rewards our clients enjoy, as we deliver the roadmap to measure, train, support and reward the individuals, teams, managers and groups we work with to perfect the art of delivering Customer Service & Sales Excellence – we can’t wait to get started!”  

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59club’s European Division serving Spain, Portugal, Italy & Greece comes under new leadership

59club, the industry’s leading Customer Service Management Specialist, has today announced that Lee Mathew Waggott will continue 59club’s growth across the South of Europe, supporting golf and leisure clubs, hotels, restaurants, and spa destinations to drive customer service & sales performance across their respective properties.

With nearly 15 years industry experience gained during time with Yas Links Abu Dhabi and European Tour Destination, The London Club; Lee is well suited to the role, and is no stranger to the 59club model either.

Under 59clubs direction, Lee played an instrumental role in developing the customer journey at Yas Links, realised at the 2022 MEA Service Excellence Awards, as the property scooped four gongs which included Golf Agronomy Team of the Year, Golf Operations Team of the Year, a Gold Flag Designation, and the leading award of the year; 59club MEA’s Ultimate Resort of the Year. All at a time when Yas Links hosted the 2022 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championships.

Lee went as far to say “Having used and experienced what 59club can do first hand as a customer makes me extremely excited to start my new role within Europe South. To be able to explore different visions, and support venues in the region following our Measure, Train, Support, Reward mantra, I strongly believe 2023 and beyond can truly be history making for all types of properties across the continent”.

Simon Wordsworth, CEO of 59club added; “We are all delighted to see Lee join 59club’s expanding network, representing clubs across Spain, Portugal, Italy & Greece.

“We have been fortunate to work with some incredible managers in the region over the years and have some of the finest properties in continental Europe within our portfolio. Many of whom have been with 59club from the very beginning of our overseas expansion. It was their willingness to work with the 59club brand, that led to our globalisation, and ultimately the formation of ‘local’ 59club divisions, serving its immediate community.

“That expansion from our headquarters in the UK led to openings across Europe, the USA, Canada, Asia, Middle East, Africa; and most recently within Australia & New Zealand, and we are delighted to strengthen our support in Europe South as we welcome Lee to the family.”

With leading venues such as Finca Cortesin, PGA Catalunya, Son Muntaner and Alcanada in Spain, as well as Quinta do Lago in Portugal and Marco Simone in Italy all engaged with 59club Europe South, Lee will continue to support the regions current roster of mystery shopping audits and customer satisfaction surveys, whilst introducing education pathways, networking opportunities and new innovations to Club Managers.

Those interested in a proven strategy to measure, train, support and reward staff performance to elevate the overall customer experience and operational outcomes, are urged to visit or reach out to Lee Mathew Waggott for more information.

59club Service Spotlight on Trump International Golf Club, Dubai with Phil Waine

Trump International Golf Club, Dubai affords an exquisite championship links-style golf course, world-class golf, leisure & retail facilities, and the finest dining experience complete with the promise to exceed all members and guest expectations.

We caught up with the Director of Golf Operations at Trump International Golf Club, Phil Waine to discuss how the stunning property located in the heart of the DAMAC Hills ensures its promise of ‘excellence’ is realised.

Utilizing the feedback from 59club’s Mystery Shopper feedback over a 5-year period has enabled us to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of the business at all touch points of the golfer’s experience. From here, we have been able to conduct our internal training around the areas of opportunity that have been collectively flagged within the audits. For example, upsell training in the retail department combined with product knowledge seminars and utilizing our preferred vendors such as Taylormade to conduct additional training. 

We were also able to highlight potential staff shortages within certain areas of the operation and used this indicator to schedule staff amendments and instigate additional recruitment. Using the Mystery Shopper feedback, we can highlight and justify to our ownership the areas of recruitment required to ensure the Trump brand standards are provided on a consistent basis, and to also benchmark our experience against other leading golf facilities. 

In addition, 59club’s mystery shopper feedback has been utilized for supporting justification around staff recognition awards such as employee of the month/quarter/year, combined with annual performance reviews.

We deliver our annual membership survey with 59club and without doubt it’s the most important satisfaction survey that we conduct each year at the facility. We deliver the survey in May each year and it is active for around a 3–4-week period. We feel it is important to provide members with a constructive communication platform to express their opinion on the membership experience at Trump International Golf Club, Dubai, and to highlight the strengths and areas of opportunity from their own personal standpoint. Members can also remain anonymous when conducting the survey which allows them to feel comfortable when expressing certain views.

Each year we have received excellent feedback and there is always a new concept or idea that appears within the comments that we have implemented into the membership experience. This can range from a new competition event/schedule, tee sheet format, additional practice facilities on the TrackMan Driving Range, golf course upgrades, menu item/pricing amendments within the restaurant outlets etc.

Once the survey is closed, the results are distributed to the membership via a newsletter communication with the summer (June – August) action plan attached. Since we launched the membership survey in 2019, we have seen an increase in overall membership satisfaction each year, with 2022 being our record satisfaction score.

On the back of the 2022 Member Survey action plan, we have outlined further facility enhancements and renovation projects for 2023 to ensure we can continue the member satisfaction trend into next year. These enhancements will not only benefit members but also visitor golfers and non-golfers from the surrounding community. In addition, we also deliver a daily guest survey, which is sent to each non-member just 24 hours after their round of golf. On completion, each participant will receive a personalized response from the golf team within 24 hours of receiving their survey response. This is an opportunity to address any concerns from the golfer, and to potentially encourage repeat play by applying a Promo Code for the next visit.

The daily visitor survey provides additional data obtained from the mystery shopper and member survey to again benchmark the golfing experience we are delivering to all non-members. We have applied incentives for guests to complete the survey to ensure we maintain a healthy capture % rate throughout the year. 

In addition to the staff training, we align all satisfaction survey scores to individual and departmental annual KPI’s and include these within the annual business plan at the start of the year. All survey scores are reviewed monthly and benchmarked against the budget, prior year, and industry averages. They are included within all owner and management reports.  

The action plans and training implemented on the back of the satisfaction scores from members, guests and mystery shoppers has been supported with positive trends on commercial performance year on year. We have seen growth in areas such as merchandise spend per round, membership and green fee in all non-member round segments. In addition, the Golf Club has received prestigious global accolades within the golfing industry in recent years and continues to be nominated in 2022. We feel the service provided by 59club has been a huge support mechanism to help us achieve these goals.

The 59club service excellence awards are recognition that the club is delivering the Trump brand standards to members and guests throughout the year. Working within golf facilities in the Middle East with demanding commercial targets, it is important to ensure service standards are not compromised when achieving these objectives.

The current Director of Golf role involves a lot of administration tasks and attending meetings throughout the week. Therefore, there is a limited amount of time where I can personally oversee all touch points of the operation firsthand. We operate a floodlight facility on the Par 3 Course which means we have tee times starting from 6am in the morning until 9pm in the evening with over 70 thousand rounds of golf accommodated during the year.  The 59club software we implement at Trump International Golf Club, Dubai basically provides the team and I external feedback on the golf experience we delivery on a daily basis throughout the year.  The information received can be measured and allows us to make key strategy decisions based on factual data received from all golf round segments.   

To anyone not working with 59club, I would have to question how they are  auditing their  member and guest experience, and what information they are  using to make key operational strategy decisions to help them advance and deliver excellence in a competitive marketplace.

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59club Spotlight on Service as told by Karl Hepple of Stoke by Nayland

Stoke by Nayland is one of the busiest 36-hole venues in the UK with a significant membership who like to play a lot of golf.

Managing the differing needs of members, hotel residents and pay-and-play golfers represents a challenge, but also being just one moving part in a significant resort business means I have to coordinate the activities of the various elements of my own department – booking, retail, starters and marshals, greenkeeping and academy – as well as managing a relationship with key partners such as membership committees and other hotel departments, such as rooms and F&B.

I’ve worked with 59club for around 11 years – the last three here at Stoke by Nayland. Of all the many benefits we’ve enjoyed from working with 59club, I would say the most significant – and something that helps us grow as a golf club – is the ability to benchmark against other venues.

For example, how do you know that what you’re doing is any good, in comparison to other properties? The beauty of 59club is that it gives us the ability to choose a cluster of venues that are very similar to us and our operation and to see how they perform as a collective; and with that peripheral view ultimately, we’re able to benchmark ourselves in terms of where we lie in the market.

And that mystery shopper intel isn’t limited to those competitor properties either; we also benefit from insight into 59club’s industry benchmark defined by the 3 best performing venues, which is always slightly higher than the actual industry average data. So, we’re comparing ourselves constantly not only to our immediate competition but also with a range of properties, which really helps us.

I have an excellent relationship with 59club and we speak regularly, whether it is to discuss ideas related to the club, or to discuss challenges. We also use the data we receive as part of our internal induction process and ongoing staff training. We have monthly team debriefs where we use that data as the key training issue or the tool to highlight the training need.

If, let’s say, our mystery audit comes back and it appears that a retail member of staff wasn’t particularly clued up on an item of clothing they were trying to sell, that indicates, clearly, a requirement for further training for the team. Pretty much every month we’ll highlight the big downfall, for want of a better word, within any audit and we focus our training on that area over the next few weeks.

Again, the ability to benchmark our member and guest survey data against similar facilities, is absolutely vital for us. An example is where I ask the members to survey the bunkers – and we score six out of 10. To the untrained eye that score may look pretty poor, but what 59club can do for us, in terms of the survey platform, is telling us the average score that club members across the industry have rated their bunkers, and a lot of the time that industry data is not as high as you’d imagine.

In a perfect world you’re aiming for a 10 out of 10 but the ability to know that some of the better courses may only be scoring 8.8, for example, is a good tool for us to be able to manage what we’re trying to achieve. Six no longer looks as low as it might have done previously.

The benefits to staff training and planning are also manifold. It could be somebody in the halfway hut, who hasn’t greeted a guest in a particularly great manner, or the example of the retail staff. We go through a series of meet and greets and building relationships with people.

We sit down at the start of the year and one of the big things we do is we review the mission statement we have with the golf club. The mission statement doesn’t necessarily change much, year to year, but some of the measurements we use to ensure we’re on track do change.

In the last couple of years, we’ve set benchmarks in terms of the member satisfaction scores generated from our 59club surveys and a guest satisfaction score from our mystery shopper audits, and, additionally, one of the measurements we aim for has been the 59club silver flag award, which are presented to the venues that not only achieve the required standard of service as part of the mystery test audit criteria, but also provide excellent facilities for customers to enjoy… It plays quite a big role in the bigger picture.

We didn’t get to win the silver flag award we covet, so that’s something we’re aiming for this year, but we have seen multiple success at the awards based on our appetite for gathering feedback from members and guests and the effective management of the survey data we received. We won an ultimate service excellence award in 2019, being one of only two venues recognised at that standard, and again in 2020 we retained that premium title, and also in 2021, we were honoured with a service excellence award in the same category.

From a personal perspective the most important and valuable element 59club delivers for me, is the data; collecting data, helping make sense of the feedback and being able to action any kind of changes accordingly, because of what our actual customers and a panel of mystery shoppers are telling us. Ultimately, it’s a really objective measure of the performance of the golf business.

Furthermore, every year we run the members’ survey and, as a result of that, we identify the three or four lowest scoring areas, and we implement changes based on the feedback. The changes we’ve made in the past are ongoing, and we will address any further necessary changes when we complete this year’s member survey.

We deliver pretty much the same survey, annually – albeit we break it down into three different parts: you and your membership; the course and its facilities; and staff. So, we can track progress that way.

In 2020 we used the survey platform more frequently for really nuanced stuff. For example, when coronavirus hit, we surveyed the membership on its preferred choice of touch-free hole inserts and, from the golf-club perspective, it’s really factual. It’s not my decision to use option A, for example, it’s the decision of the membership, because they’ve voted on it. I’ve found it’s far easier to justify a decision with a set of data to support you.

Without doubt, if we weren’t working with 59club we’d have a really subjective view of the golf club’s performance. I would only have opinions to judge my business on, rather than truly objective measurements.

If you look at the real top-quality venues in the UK, there’s a very high possibility those venues are working with 59club and what that says to me is that 59club gives you a really good, stable platform upon which you can build your business, whether that be a service or a product.

There’s a very experienced team of people inside 59club, and, ultimately, if you follow the guidance of these guys you’re not going to go far wrong.

Knowing that, I don’t understand why clubs in our sector wouldn’t work with 59club, to be frank. It’s a tool that offers so much in terms of looking at the broader picture, as well as somebody who wants to look at minute details in terms of, for example, selling golf shirts.

It’s a no-brainer for me. I’ve worked with 59club for years and I will continue to work with them wherever I go in the future. It’s incredible value for money.

59club expande sus operaciones a Canadá con un maridaje perfecto

59club, empresa líder en análisis de ventas y servicio al cliente, ha anunciado hoy la expansión de sus operaciones globales a Canadá.

La nueva apertura apunta a una gran oportunidad de mejora en el mercado canadiense del golf y la hostelería ya que las herramientas de gestión del rendimiento e información global exclusivas de 59club ya están disponibles para las empresas de la región.

59club ha impulsado una revolución de datos dentro de la industria, ganando fama mundial por sus concienzudas  encuestas de satisfacción del cliente, auditorías de “compra misteriosa” y formaciones de los empleados. Su experiencia y conocimiento de la industria sobre el desempeño de las ventas globales y los estándares de servicio al cliente están bien avalados, ya que muchos de los nombres más importantes en la industria de golf dan crédito a 59club por el éxito de sus propiedades, trabajando con ellos para medir, capacitar, apoyar y reconocer a su fuerza laboral mientras logran la excelencia en ventas y servicio al cliente, al mismo tiempo que elevan la adquisición y la satisfacción de clientes y las ganancias operativas.

Con sede en el Reino Unido y firmemente establecida en los sectores de golf, hoteles, ocio, spa y restauración, la empresa 59club ya cuenta con siete divisiones en los EE. UU.,  MEA (Medio Oriente y África),  Asia, dos en Europa y ahora también en Canadá.

Entre sus clientes figuran nombres como TPC Sawgrass, Bobby Jones Links, Emirates Golf Club – Dubai, Thai Country Club, The Belfry Hotel & Resort, Gleneagles, Le Golf National y Marco Simone, por nombrar solo algunos, ya que cuentan con cientos de propiedades repartidas entre sus diferentes regiones. Cuando se trata de impulsar las ventas y la excelencia en el servicio al cliente, 59club se enorgullece de trabajar con lugares de todos los tamaños y perfiles, apoyando a la administración del club para brindar una experiencia de servicio sin precedentes y, al mismo tiempo, generar ingresos y ganancias.

El líder detrás de 59club Canadá es el propietario de la empresa “Club Study” y miembro de la PGA, Ryan Tracy. Según Simon Wordsworth, fundador de 59club, “Ryan será un gran embajador de nuestra marca, y todos estamos emocionados de comenzar a trabajar con él y sus clientes existentes a medida que presentamos nuestros productos y servicios a la comunidad empresarial de hostelería en Canadá. Somos líderes en la ‘excelencia en el servicio’ y, con esta nueva división, el golf como entidad global sólo puede volverse más grande, mejor y más fuerte, con servicios mejorados y mayores experiencias adaptadas a los entusiastas del golf y la hospitalidad más exigentes, diseñadas a partir de información y experiencia en vivo ”.

Tracy añade: “He tenido la suerte de servir a la industria del golf en Canadá durante los últimos 20 años, y específicamente con Club Study los últimos dos años proporcionando datos operativos personalizados para la gestión de clubes. Cuando un cliente mutuo me presentó a Simon, las conversaciones sobre nuestra pasión común  y, posteriormente, las similitudes entre las dos entidades hicieron que la decisión de trabajar juntos fuera una progresión natural. Inmediatamente me di cuenta de que la información que crea 59club ayudará a los operadores en Canadá, y estoy emocionado de llevar estos recursos al mercado”.

Y ahora que Club Study forma parte del arsenal de 59club, la pareja puede brindar aún más información sobre la industria, ya que las encuestas quincenales nacionales que anteriormente conectaban a los gerentes de clubes en Canadá y EE. UU., ahora están disponibles para toda la red global de 59club.

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59club expands operations into Canada with perfect pairing

59club, the industry leading sales & customer service analyst, has today announced its global operations are expanding into Canada.

The new opening signals great opportunities for the Canadian golf & hospitality market, as 59club’s signature performance management tools and global intel are now made available to businesses within the region.

59club has driven a data revolution within the industry, and are famed for their insightful customer satisfaction surveys, mystery shopping audits and employee education pathways. Their expertise and industry insight into global sales performance and customer service standards are well documented, and many of the greatest names in the club industry credit 59club for their properties success, working with them to measure, train, support and recognize their workforce as they achieve sales and customer service excellence, while elevating customer acquisition, satisfaction and profits.

Headquartered in the UK and firmly established in golf, hotels, leisure, spa and restaurants, 59club now has seven divisions across the USA, Middle East & Africa (MEA), Asia, two in Europe, with the latest opening in Canada.

With customers who include the likes of TPC Sawgrass, Bobby Jones Links, Emirates Golf Club – Dubai, Thai Country Club, The Belfry Hotel & Resort, Gleneagles, Le Golf National and Marco Simone to name just a few, alongside hundreds of other properties. When it comes to driving sales and customer service excellence, 59club are proud to work with venues of all size and profile, supporting club management to deliver unprecedented service experience whilst simultaneously driving revenues and profits.

And the front man behind 59club Canada is Club Study owner and PGA member Ryan Tracy. Commenting of the new opening, Simon Wordsworth Founder of 59club said; “Ryan will be a great ambassador for our brand, and we are all excited to begin working with him and his existing clients as we introduce our products and services to the wider hospitality business community across Canada. We champion ‘service excellence’, and with this new division, golf as a global entity only serves to become bigger, better and stronger, with enhanced services and greater experiences tailored to the discerning golf & hospitality enthusiast, engineered from real live intel and expertise”.

Tracy added; “I have been fortunate to serve the golf industry in Canada for the last 20 years, specifically with Club Study providing customized pools of operational data in club management over the last two years. When a mutual client made an introduction to Simon, conversations over our shared passions and subsequently the similarities between the two entities made the decision for us to work together a natural progression. I realized immediately that the insight that 59club creates will help operators in Canada, and I am excited to bring these resources to market”.

And now as Club Study falls within the 59club armory, the pair can deliver even more industry insight as the bi-weekly national surveys, which had previously been connecting Club Managers in Canada & US, are now made available to the entire 59club global network.

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El CMAE destaca un estudio de caso 59club: INFINITUM, marzo 2022

‘Identificando las fortalezas de INFINITUM con 59club’, por Agustín García Pascual

Nos asociamos con 59club hace dos años y hemos cosechado los beneficios desde entonces.

El ejercicio del mystery shopper es una forma fantástica y auténtica de revisar el nivel de experiencia que brindamos a cada huésped. Cada visita que hemos recibido nos ha ayudado a identificar dónde necesitamos pequeños ajustes para mejorar.

Una oportunidad importante que identificó el ejercicio es cómo podemos llevar adelante nuestra mejor experiencia de huéspedes en su clase, de modo que, desde el primer punto de contacto con el resort, incluso antes de reservar, establezcamos el estándar para una experiencia de viaje perfecta que invita a los huéspedes a abrazar su mentalidad vacacional incluso antes de poner un pie en el resort.

Entendemos que nuestros huéspedes buscan la mejor experiencia y eso comienza desde el primer contacto que tienen con la marca INFINITUM. Para nuestro equipo, este compromiso inicial suele ser a través de una llamada telefónica o a través de nuestros canales digitales y, en última instancia, marca la pauta para todo el recorrido del huésped.

Sin duda, nuestro trabajo con 59club, nos ha permitido comprender mejor esta experiencia inicial y cómo podemos usarla para elevar todo el viaje del huésped y asegurarnos de brindar excelencia en cada oportunidad.

Y continuaremos trabajando en los elementos del negocio destacados por los datos de 59club. En el corazón de una experiencia del huésped de clase mundial está el equipo, y estamos comprometidos a garantizar que nuestros profesionales dedicados en todo el resort estén completamente equipados para brindar esta inspiradora experiencia donde sea que nuestros huéspedes entren en contacto con nuestra marca.

Nos enorgullecemos de la experiencia general de nuestros huéspedes, brindada a través del amplio conocimiento y la dedicación de todo nuestro equipo, pero siempre estamos buscando formas de mejorar y ahí es donde trabajar con 59club ha sido realmente beneficioso.

Por lo tanto, continuaremos apoyando a nuestro personal con planes de capacitación innovadores y líderes en la industria que incorporan la guía experta de 59club para asegurarnos de permanecer a la vanguardia de la experiencia de los huéspedes a medida que continuamos evolucionando y esforzándonos por crecer en todo el resort.

Esa relación con 59club nos ha permitido identificar las muchas fortalezas del resort y cómo podemos usarlas como una oportunidad para ir más allá de nuestra oferta actual.

Esto beneficia al resort de dos maneras: en primer lugar, ayuda a reforzar la experiencia de nuestros huéspedes, que permanece al frente de cada decisión en INFINITUM; y, al desarrollar nuestras fortalezas, podemos generar oportunidades de crecimiento y ventas adicionales, que nos complace decir que ya han generado valor para el resort.

No veo ninguna razón por la que instalaciones como la nuestra no deban funcionar con 59club. Debido a que siempre estamos abiertos a comprender cómo podemos mejorar nuestro producto para brindar a todos nuestros huéspedes un servicio líder, nuestro trabajo con 59club ha creado un espacio honesto para reflexionar sobre las experiencias de nuestros huéspedes.

Animaría a otros a buscar estos comentarios con una mente abierta cuando se trata de encontrar nuevas formas de mejorar.

Agustín García Pascual es director general de negocio de INFINITUM.

El artículo ’59CLUB CASE STUDY: INFINITUM’ se publicó recientemente en la web de CMAE.

59club Spotlight on INFINITUM, 31 March 2022

Agustin Garcia is chief business officer at Infinitum (formerly known as Lumine), in Tarragona, on Spain’s Mediterranean coast. It offers exclusive seafront homes, three golf courses, and top-quality facilities and services

We partnered with 59club 2 years ago and have been reaping the benefits ever since.

The ‘mystery shopper’ exercise is a fantastic, authentic way to review the standard of experience we deliver to every guest. Each visit we’ve received has helped us to identify where we need small tweaks to improve.

One important opportunity the exercise identified, is how we can bring forward our best-in-class guest experience, so that, from the resort’s very first touchpoint, even before booking, we set the standard for a seamless travel experience that invites guests to embrace their holiday mentality before they even set foot in the resort. 

We understand our guests are seeking the very best experience, and that begins from the first contact they have with the INFINITUM brand. For our team, this initial engagement is often via a phone call or through our digital channels, and, ultimately, sets the tone for the entire guest journey.

Undoubtedly, our work with 59club has allowed us to better understand this initial experience and how we can use it to elevate the entire guest journey to ensure we deliver excellence at every opportunity.

And we will continue to work on elements of the business highlighted by 59club’s data. At the heart of a world-class guest experience is the team, and we are committed to ensuring our dedicated professionals across the resort are fully equipped to deliver this inspired experience wherever our guests come into contact with our brand.

We pride ourselves on our overall guest experience, delivered through our entire team’s extensive knowledge and dedication, but we are always looking for ways to improve and that is where working with 59club has been really beneficial.

We will, therefore, continue to support our staff with innovative, industry-leading training plans incorporating 59club’s expert guidance, to ensure we remain at the forefront of guest experience, as we continue to evolve and strive for growth throughout the resort. 

That relationship with 59club has allowed us to identify the many strengths of the resort and how we can use them as an opportunity to go above and beyond our current offering.

This benefits the resort in two ways: firstly, it helps to elevate the experience of our guests, which remains at the forefront of every decision at INFINITUM; and, through building on our strengths, we can generate upselling and growth opportunities, which we are pleased to say have already driven value for the resort.  

I see no reason why facilities like ours should not work with 59club. Because we’re always open to understanding how we can better improve our product to provide all our guests with leading service, our work with 59club has created an honest space to reflect on our guest experiences.

I would encourage others to search out such feedback with an open mind when it comes to finding new ways to improve.

59CLUB CASE STUDY: INFINITUM – Club Management Association of Europe (

Retour sur la Cérémonie des Trophées de l’Excellence 59club Europe 2022

La première Cérémonie des Trophées de l’Excellence 59club Europe s’est déroulée le mercredi 9 mars 2022 au golf International de Roissy.

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L’événement a débuté à 17 heures par la conférence annuelle sur la qualité devant un auditoire de 70 personnes représentants toute la filière du golf.

Patrick SCICARD -Président de Lenôtre pendant 17 ans, Paul ARMITAGE – Directeur des Opérations d’Open Golf Club,

Denis FABRE – Directeur Général de Kalika Conseil, Vincent PARIS – Directeur Général du Golf du Médoc Resort, tous nous ont livré quelques clés ; fruits de leur pratique au service de l’excellence et de l’expérience client.

A 19h30, un cocktail a permis aux acteurs de la filière du golf de poursuivre les échanges avant le dîner de la Cérémonie des Trophées de l’Excellence.

Les nominés pour les titres d’ “Excellence” de service sont déterminés grâce aux notes recueillies par un ensemble de clients mystères, qui utilisent les critères d’évaluation uniques et objectifs de 59club. Les notes permettant de se qualifier pour ces récompenses, reconnus dans le monde du golf, comprennent une série de contrôles portant sur les niveaux de service de la structure, les performances de vente, l’attitude du personnel, les processus internes et les normes des installations.

Au cours de la soirée, les établissements ont été également récompensés pour l’utilisation des outils d’enquêtes sur la plate-forme my59. Cet outil d’analyse permet d’enrichir l’expérience des membres et des clients.

Liste complète des lauréats des Trophées de l’Excellence :

Prix de la performance pour l’Accueil des Clients

Golf d’Hardelot

Prix de l’expérience Proshop

Golf de Sainte Maxime

Prix de la meilleure expérience au restaurant

Golf de Saint Laurent

Prix de la meilleure équipe de vente

Golf de Dinard

Prix de l’expérience de Services sur le parcours

Golf du Touquet

Prix de la meilleure Equipe terrain (3 trophées selon le tarif moyen greenfee)

Golf de Barbaroux

Golf de Nîmes

Golf de Savenay

Prix de la Performance enquêtes clients my59

Golf National

Prix de la progression dans l’expérience client

Golf du Touquet

Prix de la Visite globale de l’année (3 trophées selon le tarif moyen greenfee)

Golf du Touquet

Golf de Saint Laurent

Golf de Mazieres en Gatine

Prix spécial de la régularité

Golf National

Le lendemain matin, jeudi 10 mars, une trentaine de participants se sont retrouvés pour le 59Club Trophy, compétition amicale de golf en scramble à 4, sur le golf International de Roissy. Tous les joueurs ont pu apprécier la qualité des installations.

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Leading Clubs & Resorts honoured at 12th Annual 59club Service Excellence Awards

From L-R: Pablo Guerrero Jaureguizar of Infinitum Golf, Luis Filipe from Quinta do Lago, Francisco Ruíz from Golf Son Muntaner, Marco Aquilino & Riccardo Russo of Royal Park I Roveri.

A welcome return to a “Live Event”, saw the very best Venues, Teams and Individuals from across the UK, Ireland and Europe South assemble at The Belfry Hotel and Resort on March 3rd 2022, ahead of 59club’s annual Service Excellence Awards.

Festivities began with a full day’s education provided by Gregg Patterson of Tribal Magic, and Lora Cavan, having flown in from the US and Canada respectively.  And as night fell, aspirations of being recognised with a 59club Service Excellence Award grew, as the curtains opened on the ceremony that has long been regarded as the ‘Oscars’ of the golf & hospitality industries, since the 59club’s honours list began some 12 years ago.

The 2-day event, a pinnacle fixture in the golf business realms recognises the finest customer service providers for having achieved the highest standards of excellence in 2021. 59club’s illustrious accolades are determined by scores collected from their impartial mystery shopping audits, which evaluate the experience afforded to visiting golfers and prospective members, in accordance with 59club’s objective benchmarking criteria.

On the night, 59club UK and Europe South presented awards across 29 categories, recognising ‘service excellence’ across all areas of the businesses – sales, service, operations, retail, spa, golf course, food & beverage, and management. With 59club continuing to reflect the very best performances, regardless of a venue’s size, scale, or profile.

The Awards was a great showcase for Quinta do Lago, after they claimed 3 of the 5 Awards presented for the Europe South region, including European Golf Operations Team of the Year. Luis Filipe, Corporate & Leisure Relationships Manager at Quinta do Lago, commented:

“Quinta do Lago has a long-term commitment to delivering the best possible customer experience across all our golf and lifestyle facilities to our residents, members and guests, and receiving this award is deserved recognition for the hard work our all staff, especially in the difficult circumstances of the last two years. This year, Quinta do Lago marks its 50th anniversary and its semi-centennial year of unique history, so we are very proud to see how Quinta do Lago has become a truly timeless destination in which residents and guests can enjoy a clean and secure environment.”

For two of our most recent client venues there were also celebrations on the night; Infinitum Golf saw Vicky Farriol recognised as European Food & Beverage Manager of the Year, while Riccardo Russo of Royal Park I Roveri was present to receive his European Greenkeeper of the Year award.

Of this year’s awards, James Beesley, Regional Director of 59club Europe South, commented;

“It was an honour to recognise and celebrate our leading service providers in person this year. Even more so to share the stage with our sister company, 59club UK, who laid the foundations for this annual celebration. It’s been an incredible pleasure to see our regional venues, who came on board in the last 18 months, presented with their awards amongst some of the UK’s golf legacy venues.

59club Europe South and our client venues share our passion for delivering the very best customer experiences, and this evening’s celebrations have certainly done all the nominees and winners justice!”

Will Hewitt, General Manager of 59club UK, commented:

“Golf has been incredibly fortunate to benefit from a significant surge in demand, and it is extremely encouraging that more venues than ever before are choosing to work with 59club to focus on their service offering and sales levels whilst working to engage and keep this new audience. 59club’s focus will remain the provision of objective and accurate performance data, providing greater market insights and a supportive network of likeminded professionals which will further aide performance enhancement”.

Celebrations continued into the night, as 59club’s industry benchmark of excellence, its Gold, Silver and Bronze Flag Designations, were announced. These highly prized accolades recognise member clubs and resorts that provide excellent facilities for golfers to enjoy, as well as having achieved the required standard of customer service throughout 2021.  

This year, 59club Europe South presented 2 “Gold Flags”. The deserving winners were Club de Golf Alcanada and Son Muntaner Golf, ‘flying the flag’ for the island of Mallorca.  

3 “Silver Flags” went to Quinta do Lago (IT), Infinitum Golf (ES), Royal Park I Roveri (member club, IT), worthy representatives from across all 3 active countries under the Europe South regional division.

59club ‘Service Excellence’ Award Winners 2021/22:

Gold Flag Designations: Club de Golf Alcanada & Son Muntaner (both Mallorca, ES)

Silver Flag Designations: Quinta do Lago (PT), Infinitum Golf (ES) & Royal Park I Roveri – Member’s Club (IT)

European Golf Manager of the Year: Brian Evans (Quinta do Lago, PT)

European Greenkeeper of the Year: Riccardo Russo (Royal Park I Roveri, IT)

European Food and Beverage Manager of the Year: Vicky Farriol (Infinitum Golf, ES)

European Golf Retail Manager of the Year: Carla Bica (Quinta do Lago, PT)

European Golf Operations Team of the Year: Quinta do Lago (PT)

59club releases “live feedback App” for members, boards and managers

59club’s performance management tools have proved hugely beneficial for clubs across the globe – but now clubs can go one better in their efforts to streamline operations management and evaluate and advance member experience; by utilising the new mytell App.

This multi-functioning App captures live performance data submitted by the management team, employees and club members, supporting the venue to make informed decisions to elevate standards, satisfaction levels, retention, and profitability.

The management team through their use of the App can log observations during their daily departmental evaluations, both on and off the golf course.

With technology and convenience at the forefront of development, managers store data within measurable pre-set categories – spanning golf course & practice area presentation, maintenance & amenities, retail & front of house management and employee behaviour and well-being – meaning paperwork, email trails, group chats and the constant transferring of images becomes a thing of the past.

Complete with the ability to share live performance reviews with the team, set targets, track accountability, and monitor progress over time, the App fulfils every need.

A number of UK industry professionals supported the development of the new App, and they were all quick to praise 59club for the benefit the App would bring to the industry, as well as to them personally.

One of those individuals was General Manager of Teignmouth Golf Club, Martin Hucklesby who said;

“Managing a golf club, in my view, is like any other service industry; it should be driven by its standards.  The vastly different areas of expertise required to be able to measure, manage & record ‘a score’ to these standards has always been something that as a General Manager I have done via a spreadsheet as I have walked through the club & course. Now with myTell, and using technology I am able to do this via an App. It is brilliant, highly recommended and is on the front page of my phone!”

And it’s not just management who stand to benefit; the App also controls member feedback across golf, health & recreation when it comes to the club’s culture & community, the facilities & member services, its food and beverage outlets, and a huge part of ‘club life’, its people.

Whether a club chooses to invite all club members, or they prefer to limit its users exclusively to those within the management team/board/committee or perhaps they want to go one further and create an engineered focus group; this clever little App will store and channel feedback along with supplementary ratings, comments & images to the relevant department.

59club Director and the technical brain behind the App’s content and development, Mark Reed, said:

“This is a step-change for club operations, anyone who is responsible for the daily delivery of club standards and ensuring member and guest satisfaction – from Golf Course & Estates Directors to Spa Managers – will tell you that paper trails and breaks in communication detract from getting the job done, and serving customers well, but now with the launch of our new myTell App; we believe, we have the solution!

“But it’s not a one-size-fits-all solution: each venue can create its own bespoke, white-labelled experience, ensuring it retains control over which elements of the business its users can submit data around. And the App also contains the facility to create and customise subsidiary outlets, if, for example, the property has more than one golf course, fitness studio, or restaurant.

“From a member’s perspective it gives them an unprecedented opportunity to give praise where it’s due and highlight where they feel they are not getting value for money. The mutual benefits are numerous”.

The easily navigable App – available on both Android and iOS platforms – tracks trends, monitors patterns of performance, whilst generating statistics for periodic reviews. With feedback received within a secure dashboard, away from the public eye and with total confidentiality.

For further information on the myTell App, or any area of 59club’s industry-leading service, please contact your regional 59club manager.

Cérémonie des trophées de l’Excellence 59club Europe – 2022

Nous sommes très heureux de vous confirmer l’organisation de la cérémonie des trophées de l’excellence 59Club au Golf International de Roissy, les 9 et 10 Mars 2022.

Programme du 9 mars :

– conférence annuelle autour de la qualité et de l’excellence client avec l’intervention de 4 professionnels,

– palmarès et remise des trophées 59Club aux meilleurs sites lors de la cérémonie inaugurale des trophées de l’Excellence 59Club et du dîner de gala.

Programme du 10 mars :

– A partir de 8h30, 59club Trophy, compétition en scramble à 4 avec tous les acteurs de la filière du golf.

Nous espérons que vous serez en mesure de vous joindre à nous pour l’événement, alors que nous honorons les meilleurs équipes et établissements de France qui ont offert les plus belles expériences clients en 2021, selon les audits des clients mystères de 59Club.

Vous pouvez vous inscrire en cliquant ici. Pour toutes informations complémentaires vous pouvez contacter Colin Bosio, ou au 0782103118.

Nous sommes impatients de célébrer l’excellence des ventes et des services avec vous !

59club se met au vert pour défendre le changement climatique

Le siège social de 59club est ravi d’annoncer son engagement visant à devenir neutre en carbone d’ici la fin 2022, et sa division du Royaume-Uni se joint à cette promesse 8 ans plus tôt que prévu.

Alors que le spécialiste, leader de la gestion de la performance, continue d’étendre ses activités dans le monde entier, un objectif mondial de neutralité carbone avait été initialement fixé dans tous les territoires d’ici la fin de 2030, mais 59club UK et son siège mondial ont avancé leur plan de 8 ans.

Le directeur général de 59club UK, Will Hewitt, décrit cet engagement comme : « Essentiel, si nous voulons atteindre notre objectif d’être un employeur responsable.  Nous pourrions attendre, ce serait facile à faire et avec beaucoup moins de coûts pour l’entreprise, mais nous pensons qu’il faut agir maintenant, et nous y sommes prêts.

« Nous avons examiné toutes les activité et dépenses que notre entreprise engage, depuis nos visites mystères, nos services de formation, nos cérémonies de remise de prix, jusqu’aux serveurs qui hébergent nos logiciels et la puissance utilisée pour les taches de nos employés.

« Nous sommes convaincus qu’au Royaume-Uni, nous pouvons atteindre l’objectif d’éradiquer notre empreinte carbone au cours des 12 prochains mois. En outre, nous voulons aller plus loin et nous prendrons également en compte les activités extra-professionnelles de nos collaborateurs à chaque fois que cela sera possible

« Dans le cadre de nos engagements, nous développerons également un projet de plantation d’arbres au Royaume-Uni, en partenariat avec nos clients, afin de compenser tous les domaines de notre activité (qui font pencher la balance) ».

59club a 6 divisions territoriales à travers le monde : Royaume-Uni et Irlande, Asie, États-Unis, Moyen-Orient et Afrique, Europe de l’Ouest et Europe du Sud, avec deux nouvelles ouvertures prévues pour 2022 au Canada et en Australie. Nous formulons l’espoir que les autres bureaux seront également en mesure d’accélérer leurs plans de neutralité, en mettant l’accent sur les nouvelles divisions pour le Canada et l’Australie afin d’ouvrir dans une position neutre en carbone dès le premier jour.

Simon Wordsworth, PDG de 59club, ajoute : « Nous sommes depuis longtemps considérés comme un leader de l’industrie qui défend le service à la clientèle et conduit nos sites affiliés à offrir les meilleures expériences client. Maintenant nous aimerions nous appuyer sur cette position de confiance et l’utiliser pour le plus grand bien, avec l’espoir que d’autres suivront nos traces.

« L’attitude à l’égard du changement climatique est très différente d’une région à l’autre, et nous devons respecter ces différences culturelles, tout en ne perdant pas de vue que nous avons le devoir de préserver la planète pour les générations futures. Travailler ensemble pour changer les comportements est la seule vraie façon d’aller de l’avant, et pour ceux qui ont la chance d’être dans des postes de responsabilité, c’est bien à nous de créer l’environnement pour changer les attitudes plus rapidement, 59club le fait. Ces actions représentent des coûts importants, cet argument est souvent utilisé pour repousser l’échéance. Nous croyons fermement que les entreprises devraient agir maintenant, utiliser une chaîne d’approvisionnement « verte » – nous le ferons et cela semble être une opportunité et non un coût à moyen terme. »

Le projet est dirigé par le directeur du 59club, Andy Etherington, qui a déjà apporté de nombreux changements pour le travail et le style de vie dans l’entreprise au cours des 2 dernières années, notamment des changements alimentaires, une utilisation accrue d’aliments d’origine locale, le recyclage, le compostage et l’utilisation d’énergie renouvelable. Au début de l’année, 59club a choisi Kinsey pour fournir des uniformes dans le monde entier par le biais de sa nouvelle marque, BRK, qui est composée de « matériaux de source 100% renouvelables ». La dernière initiative verra Etherington effectuer le passage de tous les véhicules de société au Royaume-Uni à des modèles électriques.

59club partagera ses informations et les moments marquants de son parcours vers sa « mise au vert » sur le site Web et via les plateformes de médias sociaux.


La cérémonie virtuelle a été organisée par le présentateur et diffuseur Dan Walker et récompense les sites d’Europe, du Royaume Uni et d’Irlande pour leur qualité de service.

13 clubs ont reçu la plus haute distinction, les désignations convoitées « drapeau or » de 59club.

De plus, ils ont été rejoints sur le podium virtuel par huit lauréats d’argent et huit de bronze, illustrant que malgré tout ce qui a tourmenté l’industrie britannique et européenne du golf depuis le début de 2020, de nombreux clubs refusent de laisser tomber leurs normes de qualité.

Les désignations reconnaissent les sites commerciaux et les clubs à membres qui ont atteint le niveau requis de service à la clientèle, tel que déterminé par les audits de visite mystère impartiaux de 59club, ainsi qu’une reconnaissance supplémentaire pour avoir fourni les meilleures installations et services pour les golfeurs.

Les qualifications des employés, les distinctions des restaurants, la communication avec les membres et l’accréditation environnementale ne sont que quelques-uns des facteurs déterminants supplémentaires dans les critères de qualification du Golf Flag. Toutes nos félicitations à tous nos sites méritants portant le Golf Flag, nous espérons que vous apprécierez la présentation et que vous entrerez dans l’esprit des remises de prix, rappelez-vous que vous êtes un phare pour la prospérité future de l’industrie du golf et de l’hospitalité.

Et enfin, nous sommes ravis de confirmer que les préparatifs sont en cours et que les régions 59club seront invités à participer à la première « cérémonie mondiale de remise des prix d’excellence du service et de l’hospitalité » qui aura lieu en 2022-2023.…

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A cerimónia virtual, organizada pelo apresentador e locutor Dan Walker, que
reconhece clubes de golfe em toda a Europa, Reino Unido e Irlanda, pela sua qualidade de serviço

13 clubes receberam a’Gold Flag Designations’.  Juntaram-se, também, ao pódio virtual, 8 ‘Silver  Flags’  e, 8 prémios na categoria ‘Bronze Flag’, provando que, apesar dos problemas que a industria do golfe, no Reino Unido e Europa, desde o início de 2020, tem sofrido, muitos clubes recusam-se a baixar os padrões do seu serviço.

Foram homenageados resorts e clubes privados que alcançaram o padrão exigido de atendimento ao cliente, determinado por auditorias imparciais de cliente mistério do 59club, juntamente com o reconhecimento adicional de fornecerem as melhores instalações e serviços para os golfistas desfrutarem.

Qualificações dos colaboradores, elogios aos restaurantes, comunicação aos membros, e acreditação ambiental, são alguns dos fatores determinantes adicionais dos critérios de qualificação para os ‘Golf Flag Awards’.

Muitos parabéns a todos os merecidos campos de golfe que receberam a “Golf Flag’.  Esperamos que tenha gostado da apresentação e, ao testemunhar como os clubes celebraram a sua conquista, lembre-se que faz parte da prosperidade do golfe e da indústria hoteleira.

E, finalmente, estamos contentes de anunciar que está em curso a preparação para a cerimónia dos ‘‘World hospitality service excellence awards – 2022-23’ onde todos os clubes do 59club estão convidados a competir.

Obrigado aos nossos Patrocinadores

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La ceremonia virtual presentada por el locutor de radio y presentador, Dan Walker, que reconoce los clubes en Europa, Reino Unido e Irlanda por la calidad de su servicio al cliente

13 clubes han recibido el honor más alto de todos, las “59club Gold Flag Designations”.

Además, se les unieron en el podio virtual ocho ganadores de premios de plata y ocho de bronce, que muestra que a pesar de todo lo que ha afectado a la industria de golf en el Reino Unido y Europa desde principios de 2020, muchos clubes se niegan a permitir que bajen sus estándares.

Las nominaciones reconocen a los resorts y clubes privados que han logrado el estándar exigido de servicio al cliente, determinado por las auditorías imparciales de 59club Mystery Shopping, junto con el reconocimiento adicional por haber proporcionado las mejores instalaciones y servicios a los golfistas.

Las calificaciones de los empleados, los elogios de los restaurantes, la comunicación a los miembros y la acreditación ambiental son solo algunos de los factores determinantes adicionales dentro de los criterios de calificación de la ‘Golf Flag’.

Enhorabuena a todas nuestras propiedades ‘Golf Flag’, confiamos en que disfrute de la presentación y, al entrar en el espíritu de los premios, recuerde que usted es un faro de luz para la futura prosperidad de las industrias de golf y hostelería.

Y finalmente, es nuestro placer confirmar que nos estamos preparando para un evento que verá a todos los territorios 59club competir en la ceremonia inaugural de los ‘World Hospitality Service Excellence Awards’ que se celebrarán en 2022-23 …

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59club Golf Flag of honour marks quality for leading customer centric properties

The 59club Golf Flag virtual ceremony hosted by presenter and broadcaster Dan Walker, which recognises venues across Europe, UK & Ireland for their service quality

13 clubs received the highest accolade of all, 59club’s coveted ‘Gold Flag’ designations.

What’s more, they were joined on the virtual podium by eight silver and eight bronze award winners, illustrating that despite everything that has plagued the UK & European golf industry since early 2020, many clubs refuse to allow their standards to drop.

The designations recognise commercial venues and member clubs that have achieved the required standard of customer service, as determined by 59club’s impartial mystery shopping audits, along with additional recognition for having provided the very finest facilities and services for golfers to enjoy.

Employee qualifications, restaurant accolades, member communication, and environmental accreditation, are just some of the additional determining factors within the qualifying golf flag criteria.

Huge congratulations to all of our deserving Golf Flag bearing properties, we trust you enjoy the presentation and as you enter into the spirit of the awards, please be reminded that you are a beacon of light to the future prosperity of the golf & hospitality industry.

And finally, we are delighted to confirm that preparation is under way that will see all 59club territories invited to compete in the inaugural ‘World hospitality service excellence awards ceremony’ taking place in 2022-23…

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59club Spotlight on: Troon Golf’s The Els Club, in Dubai and why Tom Rourke General Manager hails 59club as an essential service provider

Tom Rourke is general manager of Troon Golf’s The Els Club, in Dubai. Here he explains how working with 59club has achieved an unprecedented level of membership at the facility and why he regards 59club as an essential service provider, both now and in the future.

Although I had worked with 59club previously, I hadn’t utilised the membership sales experience audit as I was previously based at a daily fee only facility. Upon joining The Els Club and better understanding the membership structure, I thought the best thing to do would be to have 59club involved with some membership enquiries and mystery shops – to go through that experience to see where enhancements could be made to improve the conversion of our prospective member show rounds.

I met with 59club MEA director Mark Bull who discussed the expectations, the history of the previous membership enquiries from past mystery shoppers at The Els Club, the benchmarking process, audit criteria, and the recommendations to get the most success out of a potential new member or membership enquiry.

Subsequently, I sat down with our membership manager, Thomas Nicolson, and gathered his feedback before we instigated the first membership related mystery shopper enquiry. After receiving the initial audit report, Thomas and I analysed the feedback and established there were quite a few areas where improvements could be made. 

Thomas is a great member of the team and together we very constructively worked our way through the audit feedback; with Mark Bull on hand to provide his insightful recommendations on further measures to advance. 

Thomas took all of the data and feedback within the audit on board, and, worked to improve the membership enquiry process, and the following month, achieved a near perfect show round appointment mystery audit. The process has transformed our membership sales procedures, and, after receiving this great feedback, we started to look at the membership offering and made some additional adjustments.

And it’s really paid dividends. Thomas did a fantastic job: in December we had around 30 new members sign up; in January we had 40 new members; and, in February, another 15 – so it’s been a huge success. Since working with 59club, we’ve had more new members sign up at The Els Club than ever before.

It illustrates that by reviewing the customer journey and the show-round experience, utilising the 59club tools, and doing a refresher of all the Troon Golf operational standards as well, makes a massive difference, even at an incredible property such as The Els Club. We’re delighted with the results.

With 59club, the attention to detail from the tester is incredible and, when you’re able to review recordings of the telephone call, when you’re able to analyse the sales techniques demonstrated, and in other audits the upselling measurements in the golf shop, the photographs and the reports from the agronomy perspective as well, it is hugely valuable detail. 

There was already an agreement in place with 59club when I arrived at The Els Club, but I would be looking to work with them at any facility that I would go to within Troon Golf. It’s an absolute no brainer – the costs you’re looking at for 59club, the detail and information you’re going to receive, and the improvements you can make, mean you’re going to get back that investment 10-fold, with all the enhancements you’re able to identify and implement. 

As a new general manager or department head, there’s great value in reviewing the previous 59club mystery shops, so you start to understand the operation with a different set of eyes. And then to be able to meet with 59club and engage with them and understand what’s happened previously, the feedback that was given, and whether any adjustments were made, is a big help.

I’m also a believer in the integrity test side of the business, especially on the driving range or areas where, maybe, there’s fewer associates, or they’re further away from the main hub of the clubhouse. It’s fundamental for department heads and the GM to study these mystery shops and integrity checks, just to have some eyes on those areas from an experience side and a security perspective.

To be engaged with 59club to monitor your business, make improvements, and for it to complement Troon Golf, is for me, just the minimum standard. After the first couple of mystery visits and the results of the integrity tests, associates begin to see things differently and take call handling, sales processes, and cash handling more seriously.

It’s really been an eye opener for the team – you always get a few shocks, speedbumps and hiccups along the way, but you start to make improvements and the revenues will start increasing. Certainly, using 59club services will only increase revenues, whether that be on membership, green fees, retail, or on the driving range. To receive that detailed feedback helps enormously. 

There is such incredible value in the level of detail in the reports, it’s a set of independent eyes, seeing it through the eyes of the guest, which is so incredibly valuable. Nine times out of 10, you are going to see an increase in revenue, and that is an absolute no brainer.  

The wider business goal for The Els Club is to become more of a country club and engage with the local community. The Els Club will always be, fundamentally, built on an incredible golf course – Ernie Els did a fantastic job with the design.

But we’re currently underway with the construction of two padel tennis courts, a spa, ladies hair salon and a gents’ barber shop, and, because 59club does not just specialise in golf, we will also be engaging with 59club in these areas of the business. 

59club is very much across the whole area of hospitality and the business – which Troon Golf also specialises in – and it will further enhance the guest and member experience, help drive revenues and give the general manager, and his decision makers, and department heads the information they need at their fingertips.

As the flagship facility, all the fantastic standards we have within Troon Golf are at the very highest level at The Els Club. But, with 59club – whether it be SOPs, training, uniform standards, or something else – we’re just going to get additional feedback, which will only further enhance what Troon Golf has in place and ensure it is followed, consistently. We’re already at such a high standard, but it will give more information, data and feedback – and it’s always great to receive. 

We can also utilise other platforms within 59club that might not be on the guest side of things, such as associate training. There’s always something, for example, upselling, that you can never improve enough. If you want to improve the engagement with the guest, improve product knowledge, and the way that information is delivered, 59club is a great partner to guide you through that process and deliver training sessions. Department heads at Troon Golf always do an incredible job, but it’s additional support, and that goes a long way.

Having a 59club division ‘on the ground’ here in the region has made a big difference. I was very fortunate, previously, to do my PGA training with (59club CEO) Simon Wordsworth, and have worked closely with both Mark Reed, Matt Roberts and Andrew Etherington, so I know it’s an incredible team; but, having Neal Graham and Mark Bull on the ground here, is a great addition to the club. They are on hand with recommendations, training, or support, and will pop over at any time.

You don’t ever feel with 59club – unlike some – as if you’re on ‘the meter’; you know you’re calling them over to have a coffee, catch up and go through some feedback. You feel they are a pure partner and that they simply want to enhance the guest journey, and the operation, and genuinely care about The Els Club as a business. Both Mark and Neal have great experience in the region and it just further complements the club.

I feel the 59club team understood our goals from the start; the key part for us is we are all about membership – so we want to hit our full membership cap of 200 members which we’re now very close to achieving. They understood that, and, also, the history of The Els Club: that the number one focus is golf. They looked at how they can assist us and give recommendations, improve that mystery shop and guest journey, so that we could attract more members. Then we looked at the F&B experience, the upselling in the golf shop, the engagement during the experience with the guests, the experience on the golf course – every part of the business. But, number one, was membership and, then, the driving range, just looking to make sure policies and procedures were being followed.

It’s an absolute pleasure to be associated with and work alongside 59club and I’m sure the relationship and support will continue to enhance and complement The Els Club and Troon Golf’s operating and hospitality standards.

This year we were delighted to receive two 59club Service Excellence Awards, in both Golf Retail Team of the Year, and, The Els Club was awarded the highest honour, the Gold Flag Designation, which is credit to the hard work and high standards we all work to achieve. 

I do genuinely respect and value what 59club offers and to see it branching out now all around the world, is wonderful. It’s something golf never had previously, and I just hope everyone else values it as much as we do, and doesn’t see it as an expense line. Properties need to see their products and services as something that provides tangible value; with 59club your guaranteed to improve the overall experience, and ultimately that will make a difference to your profits.

59club seleccionado para realizar auditorías imparciales que miden los estándares de servicio y del desempeño comercial para Troon International

Mark Chapleski de Troon Golf & Mark Bull de 59club MEA

Troon International, una sociedad de Troon, la empresa más grande del mundo en la dirección de golf ha elegido a 59club como proveedor de los productos y servicios de gestión de rendimientos para todos los clubs en la red Troon International.

Troon International tiene su sede corporativa en Dubái y trabaja con los clientes en Europa, el Oriente Medio, Asia y Australia.

Mark Chapleski, presidente de Troon International, explica: “Troon International reconoce los beneficios que 59club ofrece a los clubs dentro de su red. Los directores y gerentes de golf han adoptado las auditorías externas y utilizan los comentarios para mejorar la experiencia del cliente, desarrollar asociados, mejorar el desempeño financiero y proporcionar datos valiosos para establecer objetivos y metas a largo plazo.

“Este servicio aumentado nos permite a todas nuestras propiedades – fuera de las Américas – utilizar la amplia cartera de productos de 59club, si lo desean.”

El catalizador de este nuevo acuerdo estaba centrado en el éxito de 59club Middle East & Africa en apoyar las nueve propiedades de Troon International en el Oriente Medio, que cuenta con: The Els Club, Dubai Hills GC, Address Montgomerie, Arabian Ranches GC, y Meydan Golf, en Dubái; Abu Dhabi GC, Yas Links, y Saadiyat Beach GC, en Abu Dhabi; el Royal GC, en Bahrain y la relación duradera entre 59club en el RRUU y The  Grove.

Estos clubs ya están utilizando la extensiva gama de productos de Compras Anónimas de 59club, incluso ‘La Experiencia de Visitante Golfista’; ‘Solicitudes de Membresía de Golf’; ‘Solicitudes de Grupos Golfistas’ y las auditorías estructurales de integridad. También han adoptado la plataforma my59 Encuestas para medir la experiencia de sus clientes y los servicios de fitting personalizados. 59club proporciona formaciones presenciales para los empleados, respaldadas por el recién lanzamiento de la plataforma virtual de formaciones ‘My59 Mentor’.

El director de 59club MEA, Mark Bull, dice: “Nos complace extender nuestra relación con Troon International de forma global. Aunque no sea obligatorio, este permite acceso a la cartera completa de productos 59club si los gerentes y directores de golf deciden hacer uso de ellos.

Los clubes de Troon International que quieren aprovechar de esta oportunidad recibirán cuatro auditorías de compra anónima al año, enfocadas en las experiencias de sus visitantes, así como sus socios. Beneficiarán del servicio y soporte adicionales facilitados por su división regional de 59club en la nueva plataforma virtual de formaciones, MyMentor.    

Esta colaboración hace que los clubs de Troon International sean eligibles para participar en los Premios de Excelencia en el Servicio de 59club, que se considera como los ‘Óscar’ del mundo de golf. Con estos premios, 59club reconoce a los individuos, los equipos, los clubs y los grupos de dirección que entregan las mejores experiencias a sus socios y visitantes.”

59club’s Spotlight on Service Featuring Philippe Pilato of Le Golf National

Philippe Pilato directeur du Golf National.

Philippe Pilato has worked at Ryder Cup venue Le Golf National for more than 26 years and now holds the position of general manager. He outlines how 59club helped elevate the facility to a top service provider and explains how its processes can help French golf in general.

We have been with 59club since 2016, just two years before the Ryder Cup, and, at that time, we were not able to provide a good service to the visitor, in particular, to international clients. Working with 59club helps us improve our services and the quality of our services.

In 2015 and 16 we were only used to working with French visitors and members. Two years out from the Ryder Cup we started working with foreign visitors and it was clear we needed to improve the quality of our service. We needed independent analysis of our strong and weak points, which is important for both the manager and the team. 

We use 59club’s visitor-experience analysis and the my59 customer survey tool, as we needed to know better the needs and wishes of our clients.

We have many different clients at Le Golf National – we have subscribers, we have players who play one or two times a week, visitors from abroad including a lot from the USA, corporate customers and day guests – and, at the beginning, we didn’t know what they needed or expected when they played here.

We segment by type of customer with the survey tool and it’s very interesting and beneficial to receive the varied feedback it gives us.

When we started with 59club, in 2016, our initial results weren’t particularly good – we’d been geared up primarily for domestic visitors until that point. When we started receiving the results of the visits we shared the information with the whole team – the greenkeepers, the welcome desk, in the back office – which was hugely beneficial and we also started staff training with 59club.

We focused on our strong points, which we knew – the golf courses and the pro shop – and the weak areas, such as the service. We’re in France and it’s very expensive to have a lot of employees. We can’t have the same number of employees on the service side of the business as our contemporaries abroad. We needed to be very strong when the customer arrives in the pro shop because this is the first contact they get with a Le Golf National employee.

Across the five years of testing we’ve seen around a 50 per cent improvement in our mark for the ‘meet and greet’ part of the test, and this comes because, thanks to 59club, we trained our staff to be focused solely on the client. Previously, employees were only focused on themselves; we showed them that the most important person at Le Golf National is not them, but the client in front of them.

We did that a lot; it remains a job we do every day as a matter of course and this is why we have improved substantially since 2016. We are much more focused on the golfers, what they expect, and why they’ve chosen to come to Le Golf National. That simple thing – and the way we were able to do it – is the reason our scores are now so much better.

We’ve also tried to be better before and after the arrival of the client. We achieved more consistency with reservations and written confirmation, and things we did not do before partnering with 59club.

We tried to train all the team to adopt a 360-degree vision – the only job on the front desk is not just to offer a smile and to welcome the golfer, you need to be focused on every point: the car park, the driving range, on the first tee, and so on.

I think encouraging staff to think outside of their own sphere and look at the bigger picture has been instrumental in our overall improvement. Indeed, overall, I believe our average rating is among the best in France. The benchmark 59club offers is showing this with our above-70 per cent averages.

We still have a lot to do when it comes to on-course service because, as I explained, we do not have a lot of people in the marshalling team, the buggy bar, the starter, or speaking to the players on the course and asking if they need anything, for example. This area, admittedly, we can still improve upon and we will improve this aspect of the customer experience. I’m not saying we will be perfect but it will be a better experience – nobody’s perfect.

Much of this can be put down to the expense of employing people in France – as I have already mentioned – but the client expects a certain level, with a starter and a marshal, and somebody to take their golf clubs for them at the end of a round. We do have wonderful employees, really, because on some days we may have 200 people on the golf course and it’s very tough for them with so much to cover, yet our customer satisfaction figures remain good.

I would have no hesitation in recommending the services of 59club because it helps professionalise the service one offers to golfers. I think we need this is France. I recently visited a golf club with three of my colleagues from Le Golf National and was astonished that of the three people at the reception desk, not one looked up and said ‘Hello’ or welcomed us in any way. And that’s the simplest thing to do anywhere in the world.

In France we need to continue to professionalise our service teams because this is often the case at golf clubs in the country. We receive a lot of feedback from visitors to Le Golf National, and, because of 59club and what it does for us, they’re saying the services and quality of service here is one of the best they’ve experienced in France. 

The problem is not the people, it is a management issue. The team needs to know what it has to do and, I believe, in France, they’re not sure what they should be doing, and that comes from the management. People come in, they take the credit card and take 50€ and send them out to the course and the job is done. But there’s so much more to it than that – or there should be. Sadly, in France, people on the front desk are not sure of what they need to do, so there is much training to be done across the industry.

Working with 59club has helped me, personally, to concentrate on the right things and I think that would help many general managers in France. I think it’s a ‘magic’ tool and has helped elevate Le Golf National to where it is now.

For those wanting a proven strategy to retrain and upskill their workforce, measure in-house standards, elevate customer acquisition, satisfaction, and profits, there has never been a better time to engage with 59club.

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El servicio destacado de 59club con Kristoff Both del Club de Golf Alcanada.

Kirstoff Both en los premios 59club 2021
Iqda-drcha: Dan Walker (presentador BBC), Kristoff Both (Alcanada), Mark Reed (Director 59club) & Simon Wordsworth (CEO 59club)

Kristoff Both, el director del Club de Golf Alcanada, en la isla de Mallorca, cuenta todo sobre su tiempo trabajando con 59club, el éxito que ha tenido y los múltiples galardones de servicio al cliente celebrados durante sus siete años de compromiso.

Todos pensamos, como directores de golf, que conocemos nuestro producto; que no necesitamos que nadie de fuera nos diga si el césped es verde o no, porque jugamos al golf y la mayor parte lo vemos desde fuera.

Pero hay ciertos procedimientos con los que, sentado en su oficina, no siempre se familiariza, que podrían ser los diferentes puntos de contacto: el restaurante, la tienda profesional, el caddymaster o el buggy bar, donde necesitamos saber sobre el amabilidad y profesionalidad del personal.

Entonces, para nosotros, las auditorías de mistery shopping de 59club son realmente productivas, ¡además me sacan de la línea de fuego! No soy yo quien le dice a alguien ‘no creo que estés haciendo esto o aquello’, es alguien independiente y está ahí en blanco y negro.

Una o dos veces al año, también recibimos una formación presencial con un miembro del equipo de 59club cuya experiencia en la industria habla por sí misma, por lo que también es muy convincente y constructivo para el equipo aquí. Tienes un profesional ayudándolos que ha estado allí e implementó esa práctica en la industria.

La mayoría de la formación o la educación superior que recibimos aquí en España no son específicos al golf, pero están dirigidas al servicio al cliente en general. Tener a alguien que hable sobre las habilidades de ventas, la gestión del tee time y la experiencia general del cliente en el golf lo hace más entretenido, práctico y relevante para el equipo.

Como consecuencia, el equipo es más consciente de cosas como la venta adicional y la venta cruzada y, aunque estamos lejos de estar al 100%, es un recordatorio constante de que tenemos que hacer estas cosas, y tenemos que hacerlos mejor.

La herramienta de comparación, donde podemos medir nuestros niveles de servicio y aptitud de ventas frente a nuestros competidores, es muy útil y esclarecedora. No es una carrera, pero es beneficioso poder demostrar y preguntar ‘¿Por qué otros se están desempeñando mucho mejor?; ¿Qué están haciendo diferente? ¿O qué están ofreciendo que es diferente o se percibe como mejor? Aprender de los demás es otra forma en que podemos progresar como equipo y como club.

Creo que el mayor cambio que hemos implementado desde que trabajamos con 59club está en nuestro procedimiento de reserva, que ahora es mucho más profesional.

Cuando observa los resultados de las auditorías de mistery shopping junto con algunos de los otros lugares, debe tenerse en cuenta que algunos lugares tienen personal dedicado simplemente a tomar reservas, por lo que tienen procedimientos diferentes a los del personal aquí que atiende a otras llamadas por teléfono y trata con los clientes en la tienda. Pero nuestras prácticas y confirmaciones en escrita ahora son más completas en relación con la información que contienen.

También creo que ha habido una mejora notable con los caddymasters en la forma en que interactúan con los clientes. De hecho, todo lo relacionado con los puntos de contacto con el cliente ha evolucionado a lo largo de los años que llevamos trabajando con 59club, y los resultados de las auditorías han sido fundamentales en esa evolución.

Tengo muchas ganas de trabajar en colaboración con la nueva división 59club Europe South, encabezada por James Beesley. Me complació saber que proporcionarán documentación traducida al español para el mercado español. Poder darle a mi equipo acceso al sistema, en lugar de tener que traducir todo, lo hará mucho más fácil.

Para el personal que no tiene la capacidad de leer inglés, sería muy ventajoso y beneficioso para Alcanada en su conjunto, tener todo en español. Y me imagino que eso también se aplica a los clubes en el resto del país, para poder trabajar en su lengua materna.

La historia de nuestra relación con 59club habla por sí: llevamos siete años trabajando con 59club y estamos muy contentos. Son muy profesionales y muy útiles en todos los aspectos. Y solo hay que mirar la gama de productos que siguen introduciendo para ver que no es una empresa que se quede parada. Ellos están progresando y, como su cliente, nosotros también podemos avanzar.

Los premios a la excelencia en el servicio comenzaron como un pequeño extra, pero a medida que más clientes se vuelven elegibles y 59club se vuelve más internacional, los premios se convertirán rápidamente en los ‘Oscar’ del golf en Europa; tal como se han considerado en el Reino Unido desde hace algún tiempo.

Siempre es bueno recibir reconocimiento por el arduo trabajo que ha realizado, por lo que apreciamos los premios 59club. También hay un elemento de competencia entre colegas en otros lugares que se conocen desde hace tiempo, por lo que se suma al atractivo.

Es alentador para el personal ser honrado con un premio: Alcanada es actualmente un destino con bandera oro de 59club, el galardón más alto disponible para el desempeño de un lugar. Es un gran logro que se nos mencione al mismo tiempo que los lugares que se consideran los mejores del juego.

He estado en el sector durante unos 20 años, y en mi 18.º año en Alcanada, lo que es muy importante para mí es no quedarme quieto, y los productos de 59club me ayudan a estar alerta y al tanto de lo que sucede y está disponible en la industria.

Tenemos que seguir buscando formas de mejorar y cambiar las cosas, y 59club me ayuda a hacerlo. Me anima a mirar por los rincones y no hacer las cosas como siempre se han hecho.

Si tuviera que resumir 59club en una palabra, sería “progresivo”: siempre está progresando y superando los límites, y eso, a su vez, empuja a sus clientes a lograr más, lo que beneficia a toda la industria del golf.

Anexo: Un año después de trabajar con 59club, Alcanada recibió una bandera de plata en reconocimiento a su excelencia en el servicio y, posteriormente, ha sido reconocida todos los años desde entonces, culminando con una designación Gold Flag.

Para aquellos que desean una estrategia comprobada para volver a capacitar y mejorar las habilidades de su fuerza laboral, medir los estándares internos, elevar la adquisición de clientes, la satisfacción y las ganancias, nunca ha habido un mejor momento para comprometerse con 59club.

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59club’s Spotlight on Service Featuring Kristoff Both of Club de Golf Alcanada.

Kristoff Both at the 2021 Service Excellence Awards
From L-R: Dan Walker (BBC Presenter), Kristoff Both (General Manager CdG Alcanada), Mark Reed (Director 59club), & Simon Wordsworth (CEO 59club)

Kristoff Both, the director of Club de Golf Alcanada, on the holiday island of Mallorca, tells all about his time working with 59club, the success it has borne, and the many customer-service accolades celebrated during their seven-year engagement.

We all think, as golf managers, that we know our product; that we don’t need anybody from the outside to tell us if the grass is green or not, because we play golf and we see most of it from the outside.

But there are certain procedures that, sitting in your office, you don’t always get to grips with – that might be the different touchpoints: the restaurant, the pro shop, the caddymaster or the halfway house, where we need to know about the friendliness and professionalism of the staff.

So, for us, 59club’s mystery shopping audits are really productive – plus it takes me out of the line of fire! It’s not me who is saying to somebody ‘I don’t think you’re doing this or that’, it’s somebody independent and it’s there in black and white in front of them.

Once or twice a year, we also receive an on-site teaching seminar with a member of the 59club team whose experience in the industry speaks for itself, so it’s also very convincing and constructive for the team here. You have a professional helping them who’s been there and implemented that practice in the industry.

Most of the seminars or further education we can get here in Spain are not specific to golf, it’s for customer service in general. But to have somebody talking about retail skills, tee-time management and the overall customer experience in golf makes it more entertaining, hands-on, and relevant to the team.

As a consequence, the team is more conscious of things like upselling and cross-selling, and, while we’re some way from being on it 100 per cent, it’s a constant reminder that we have to do these things, and we have to do them better.

The comparison tool, where we can measure our service levels and sales aptitude against our competitors, is very useful and insightful. It’s not a race, but it’s beneficial to be able to demonstrate and ask ‘Why others are performing so much better?; what are they doing differently? Or what are they offering that is different or perceived to be better?’ Learning from others is another way we can progress as a team and as a facility.

I believe the biggest change we have implemented since working with 59club is in our booking procedure, which is now far more professional.

When you look at the results of the mystery shopper audits alongside some of the other venues, it has to be borne in mind that some venues have staff dedicated to simply taking bookings, so they have different procedures to the staff here who are answering other telephone calls and dealing with customers in the shop. But our written confirmations and practices are now more thorough in terms of the information within.

I also believe there’s been a noticeable improvement with the caddymasters in the way they interact with customers. Indeed, everything around the customer touchpoints has evolved down the years we have been working with 59club, and the results from the audits have been instrumental in that evolution.

I’m looking forward to working closely with the new southern Europe 59club division, headed by James Beesley. I was pleased to learn that they will be providing documentation translated into Spanish, for the Spanish market. To be able to give my team access to the system, instead of me having to translate everything, will make it a lot easier.

For the staff who do not have the ability to read English it would be hugely advantageous, and beneficial for Alcanada as a whole, to have everything in Spanish. And I imagine that goes for clubs in all other countries, too, to be able to work in their native tongue.

The history of our relationship with 59club speaks for itself – we have been working with 59club for seven years and we’re very happy. They’re very professional and very helpful in all aspects. And you only have to look at the range of products they continue to introduce to see that it’s not a company that is standing still. They’re progressing and, as their client, we can progress too.

The service excellence awards began as a nice little extra, but as more and more clients become eligible and, as 59club becomes more international, the awards will quickly become the ‘Oscars’ of golf in Europe; just as they have been regarded in the UK for some time now.

It’s always nice to receive recognition for the hard work you have done, so we do appreciate the 59club awards. There’s also an element of competition between colleagues at other venues who’ve known each other for some time, so that adds to the allure.

It’s encouraging for the staff to be honoured with an award – Alcanada is currently a 59club gold-flag destination, the highest accolade available for a venue’s performance. It’s a great achievement for us to be mentioned in the same breath as venues which are regarded as at the top of the game.

I’ve been in the business for some 20 years, and in my 18th year at Alcanada, so it’s very important for me not to be standing still, and products from 59club help me stay alert and abreast of what’s happening and available in the industry.

We need to continue looking for ways to improve and change things, and 59club helps me to do that. It encourages me to look around corners and not to do things the same way they’ve always been done.

If I had to sum up 59club in one word, it would be ‘progressive’: it’s always progressing and pushing the boundaries, and that, in turn, pushes its clients to achieve more, which is of benefit to the whole golf industry.

Addendum: One year after working with 59club, Alcanada received a silver flag in recognition for its service excellence, and has, subsequently, been recognised every year since, culminating with a Gold Flag designation.

For those wanting a proven strategy to retrain and upskill their workforce, measure in-house standards, elevate customer acquisition, satisfaction, and profits, there has never been a better time to engage with 59club.

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59club Putting the Success in Succession

59club, the leading sales & service analysts and training provider, have today announced its exciting new personal development program, ‘Succession’.

The initiative is open to all managers, their deputies, and other rising stars within their business, whether they work with 59club or not. It is designed to support you to reach your full potential within your current role, whilst expanding learning opportunities, career progression and personal growth. What’s more, annual membership is priced at just £59 per annum per person. The key contract holder at any 59club client venue will receive access to Succession at no cost throughout 2021.
59club CEO Simon Wordsworth said; “59club’s mantra is to ‘Measure-Train-Support’, and Succession delivers on the latter two core elements. By making it affordable and open to all managers/prospective managers, it allows us to engage with the forward thinkers in our industry, people that want to learn and improve”.

Taking on many forms, in its simplest guise Succession contains 3 core elements; ‘In the ether’ acts as a hub that connects individuals with the goal of developing fresh ideas and new perceptions. Learning is supported by an extensive library furnished with video, audio, and documents, plus access to online monthly panels and live webinars hosted by experts from differing industries. These learning vehicles centred around relevant topic matter, are designed to expand an individual’s performance and their ability to make an impact. 59club has worked with a number of contributors to develop unique e-learning courses that are creative, interactive, and truly relevant to either the manager or the team under them. This area of the platform will grow significantly over the coming months.

To give a flavour of what’s to come; a small soft launch pre-Christmas saw a number of 59club associates join England Manager, Gareth Southgate as he led a seminar around ‘leadership styles & changing cultures’. An earlier panel were also invited to join Harry Redknapp as he discussed his 34 years experiences managing at all levels of professional football, with Succession aiming to take much of its inspiration from other sports & leading individuals from outside the world of golf. When Succession launches on Monday, January 18th, it will host a really insightful piece based on “leading teams” with England Cricket Captain, Joe Root just before he flew to Sri Lanka.

Succession’s second element ‘On the road’; will include a number of live events throughout the year. The first ‘learn and play’ event, subject to COVID-19 measures being relaxed will be hosted in April, at England’s National Football Training Centre, St George’s Park, conceived around a morning of education of the highest quality, a tour of the venue, and in the afternoon, a walking football tournament with training from LMA ambassador managers.

Finally, but by no means least, the ‘On the course’ activities will see business leaders and golf loving sports personalities quizzed around their life lessons & achievements, in a regular spot called ‘Buggy Banter’ and ‘Mower Mayhem’ – supported by 59club partners; Club Car and Toro of course!!

Wordsworth added; “Succession aims to build upon the talents and qualifications that managers already possess, by providing a vault of additional information, learning resources and unique opportunities to further enhance those prerequisite skills.

“We’re looking to expand the horizons of those in managerial positions, assisting them to thrive within their existing role, whilst supporting them and their deputies to succeed throughout their chosen career paths.

“We have built Succession with your time in mind, so you consume it at your pace, when and wherever you wish. One of the best examples of this ‘time focus’ is the ‘tombola’ carousel where each week managers will be able to access a 30-minute staff training session of bitesize learning. As a manger, you want to learn and should do, but you simply have no time – Succession will help.

“We’re not going to sit there and teach you how to analyse a P&L or complete a VAT return, we’ll leave that to other bodies. Succession is here to top up, add the finishing touches to you as an individual”.

Succession is a credit to the collaboration between 59club and its long-term major partners Club Car, Golf Genius and Toro, plus 3dIFS and CGI Insurance. For more information either visit or reach out to your regional 59club Manager today.


59club, el analista de ventas y servicios y proveedor de formaciones, ha anunciado hoy su nuevo y emocionante programa de desarrollo personal; ‘Succession’.

La iniciativa está abierta a todos los gerentes, sus delegados y otras estrellas emergentes dentro de su negocio, independientemente de si trabajan con 59club o no. Está diseñado para ayudarte a alcanzar tu máximo potencial dentro de tu puesto actual, mientras amplía las oportunidades de aprendizaje, la progresión profesional y el crecimiento personal. Además, la membresía anual tiene un precio de solo € 59 por persona al año. El principal titular en los lugares con un contrato 59club recibirá acceso a Succession sin costo durante 2021.

El CEO de 59club, Simon Wordsworth, dijo; “El mantra de 59club es ‘Medir-Forma-Apoyar’, y Succession cumple con los dos últimos elementos fundamentales. Al hacerlo asequible y abierto a todos los gerentes / posibles gerentes, nos permite involucrarnos con los más avanzados pensadores de nuestra industria, personas que quieren aprender y mejorar”.

Aunque adopta varias formas, en su forma más simple, Succession contiene 3 elementos centrales; “En el éter” actúa como un eje que conecta a las personas con el objetivo de desarrollar nuevas ideas y nuevas percepciones. El aprendizaje está respaldado por una extensa biblioteca equipada con video, audio y documentos, además de acceso a paneles mensuales en línea y seminarios web en vivo organizados por expertos de diferentes industrias. Estos vehículos de aprendizaje centrados en un tema relevante, están diseñados para expandir el desempeño del individuo y su capacidad para generar un impacto. 59club ha trabajado con varios contribuyentes para desarrollar cursos de aprendizaje electrónico únicos que sean creativos, interactivos y verdaderamente relevantes para el gerente o el equipo a su cargo. Esta área de la plataforma crecerá significativamente en los próximos meses.

Para dar una idea de lo que está por venir; En un primer lanzamiento previo a la Navidad, varios socios de 59club acompañaban al gerente de fútbol de Inglaterra, Gareth Southgate, mientras dirigía un seminario sobre “estilos de liderazgo y cambio de culturas”. También se invitó a un panel anterior a unirse a Harry Redknapp mientras hablaba de sus 34 años de experiencia de gestión en todos los niveles del fútbol profesional, con la idea de que Succession se inspire en otros deportes e individuos clave de fuera del mundo del golf. Cuando Succession se lance el lunes 18 de enero, incluirá un artículo perspicaz sobre los “equipos líderes” protagonizado por el capitán de cricket de Inglaterra, Joe Root, justo antes de su vuelo a Sri Lanka.

El segundo elemento de Succession “En el Camino”; incluirá una serie de eventos en vivo durante todo el año. El primer evento de ‘aprender y jugar’, sujeto a la relajación de las medidas de COVID-19, se llevará a cabo en abril, en el Centro Nacional de Entrenamiento de Fútbol de Inglaterra, St George’s Park. Se trata de una mañana de capacitación de la más alta calidad, un recorrido por el lugar y, por la tarde, un torneo de fútbol con entrenamiento de los gerentes embajadores de la LMA.

Por último, y no menos importante, en ‘En el Campo’ hablamos con los amantes del golf entre los líderes empresariales y personalidades deportivas sobre las lecciones y los logros de sus vidas, en la sección de ‘Buggy Banter’ y ‘Mower Mayhem’ – apoyado por nuestros socios 59club: Club Car y Toro por supuesto !!

Wordsworth añadió; “Succession tiene como objetivo aprovechar los talentos y las calificaciones que los gerentes ya poseen, proporcionando un repositorio de información adicional, recursos de aprendizaje y oportunidades únicas para mejorar aún más esas habilidades prerrequisito.

“Buscamos ampliar los horizontes de quienes ocupan puestos gerenciales, ayudándoles a prosperar dentro de su función actual, mientras les apoyamos a ellos y a sus adjuntos para que tengan éxito en las trayectorias profesionales que elijan.

“Hemos creado a Succession pensando en tu tiempo, para que lo consumas a tu ritmo, cuando y donde quieras. Uno de los mejores ejemplos de este “enfoque en el tiempo” es el carrusel de la “tómbola” en el que cada semana los gerentes podrán acceder a una sesión de capacitación del personal de 30 minutos. Como gerente, deseas aprender y debes hacerlo, pero no dispones del tiempo: Succession te ayudará.

“No nos vamos a sentar ahí y enseñarle cómo analizar la cuenta de resultados o rellenar una declaración de renta; eso lo dejaremos a otras entidades. Succession existe para aumentar el valor personal, para darte los toques finales como individuo”.

Succession es mérito a la colaboración entre 59club y sus principales socios a largo plazo: Club Car, Golf Genius & Toro, más 3dIFS y CGI Seguros. Para más información, visite o póngase en contacto con su representate de zona hoy.


James Beesley, Director 59club Europe South

O 59club, líder no sector de formação e analise do serviço de atendimento ao cliente e vendas, anunciou hoje a sua expansão, no Sul da Europa, com uma equipa regional de apoio a clubes de golfe e lazer, hotéis, restaurantes e destinos de spa, para impulsionar o atendimento ao cliente e o desempenho de vendas nas diferentes áreas do seu negócio.

A nova divisão é liderada por James Beesley, cuja experiência de trabalho, no Monte Rei Golf & Country Club (Portugal) e, actualmente na Finca Cortesin Hotel & Golf Resort (Espanha), dois resorts de luxo e referencia da Europa, reforçará ainda mais a posição do 59club na riqueza de hotspots de golfe em Espanha, Portugal, Itália e Grécia.

A sua formação em Business, Marketing & Sports Management, como membro da PGA e Club Managers Association of Europe e, experiência enquanto cliente do 59club nos resorts por onde trabalhou, irão certamente beneficiar as diferentes empresas da região.

Comentando sobre o seu novo empreendimento, James disse; “Como cliente do 59club, experimentei em primeira mão os benefícios dos seus produtos e serviços, aplicando as suas análises à tomada de decisões e testemunhando a melhoria tanto nos resultados operacionais como financeiros! Estou entusiasmado por poder assumir este papel adicional e estou ansioso por trabalhar em conjunto com a nossa equipa regional, cujo conhecimento e experiência local proporcionarão um serviço dedicado e personalizado aos nossos actuais e futuros clientes!

Com clientes, com os quais mantêm relações prósperas de longa data, como a PGA Catalunya (Barcelona), Finca Cortesin (Marbella), Quinta do Lago (Algarve) e Verdura Resort (Sicília), conhecidos entre os 20 melhores Resorts da Europa continental, o 59club certamente irá contribuir para a melhoria dos padrões locais, à medida que mais empresas são atraídas pela apelativa vantagem de uma maior satisfação e aquisição de clientes e aumento de receitas e lucros, descrito por muitos como o efeito ’59’.

Cliente de longa data do 59clube, Julián Romaguera, Diretor Geral de Los Naranjos disse; “Fomos recomendados para o 59club pelo La Manga Club, durante o PGA show e, 30 minutos depois da nossa reunião tínhamos assinado como clientes. Para mim, era importante ter uma ferramenta externa para identificar os nossos pontos fortes e fracos e, embora possamos ter a perceção de que se é bom em alguma coisa, esta ferramenta contribui para mantermos os pés assentes no chão e saber exatamente onde temos de nos focar, quais são as urgências e o que precisa ser prioritário. O 59club tem de ser partilhado entre o pessoal e a administração ao mesmo tempo, de modo a que todos estejam envolvidos e dedicados a trabalhar em conjunto para promover os elevados níveis de serviço que estamos empenhados em alcançar. Estamos a usar as ferramentas para nos tornarmos mais orientados para a hospitalidade, afastando-nos apenas do golfe e, assim, introduzir um serviço mais personalizado. O 59club permite compreender como os outros funcionam, comparar e usar o seu desempenho de vendas e serviços contra eles.”

Simon Wordsworth 59club CEO disse; “Estamos muito entusiasmados por trabalhar com o James na expansão do 59clube pelo Sul da Europa. Estes são tempos difíceis, mas, independentemente disso, os estabelecimentos que oferecem a melhor experiência de serviço em todo o golfe e hospitalidade irão sempre estar em vantagem. O James e a sua equipa são o ajuste perfeito para ajudar os estabelecimentos que se esforçam por progredir, à medida que trazem as nossas ferramentas de gestão de desempenho e serviços de formação de colaboradores, para um mercado mais vasto“.

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James Beesley leads 59club’s European expansion serving Spain, Portugal, Italy & Greece

James Beesley, Regional Director 59club Europe South

59club, the industry’s leading Customer Service & Sales Analysts and Training Provider, has today announced additional growth across the South of Europe with the formation of a dedicated regional team supporting golf and leisure clubs, hotels, restaurants and spa destinations to drive customer service & sales performance across their respective properties.

The new division is led by James Beesley, whose previous experience at Monte Rei Golf & Country Club (Portugal) and current role at Finca Cortesin Hotel & Golf Resort (Spain) – two of Europe’s leading luxury resorts – will further strengthen 59club’s position within the wealth of golfing hotspots across Spain, Portugal, Italy & Greece.

James joins with an educational background in Business, Marketing & Sports Management, and as a member of the PGA and Club Managers Association of Europe. Venues across the region will also benefit from James’ practical expertise, having heightened sales performance and customer service standards as a client of 59club at multiple venues.

Commenting about his new venture, James said; “As a client of 59club I have experienced first-hand the incredible insights and benefits of their products and services, applying their analyses to decision-making and witnessing the improvement in both operational as well as financial results! I’m thrilled to be able to take on this additional role and looking forward to working together with our regional team, whose local knowledge and expertise will provide a dedicated and personalised service to our current and future customers!

With leading venues such as PGA Catalunya (Barcelona), Finca Cortesin (Marbella), Quinta do Lago (Algarve), and Verdura Resort (Sicily) – all listed amongst the top 20 Resorts in continental Europe – enjoying long-standing prosperous relations with 59club, local standards are set to rise as more properties are attracted to the appealing advantage of enhanced customer satisfaction and acquisition and increased revenues and profits – described by many as the ‘59club effect’.

Long standing 59club client, Julián Romaguera, General Manager at Los Naranjos said; “We were referred to 59club by La Manga Club during the PGA show, and within 30 minutes of our meeting we had signed up. For me, it was important to have an external tool to identify our strengths and weaknesses, and whilst you may have the perception that you are good at something, this tool keeps your feet on the ground and lets you know exactly what you have to focus on, what are the urgencies, and what needs to be prioritised. 59club has to be shared between the staff and by the management at the same time, so that everyone is engaged and dedicated to working together to advance the high levels of service we are committed to achieving. We are using the tools to become more hospitality orientated, moving away from just golf, to introduce a more personalised service. 59club allows you to understand how others work, and you can benchmark your sales & service performance against them.”

Of the announcement, Simon Wordsworth 59club CEO said; “We are so excited to be working with James on expanding 59club across the South of Europe. These are difficult times; regardless, those venues who afford the best service experience across golf and hospitality will always win. James and the team are the perfect fit to assist venues who strive to progress as they bring our performance management tools and employee training services to a wider market”.

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James Beesley, Director General de 59Club Europe South

59club, el Analista de Ventas y Servicio al Cliente y Proveedor de Capacitación líder del sector, hoy ha anunciado un crecimiento adicional en el sur de Europa con la formación de un equipo dedicado regional que apoya a los clubes de golf y de ocio, hoteles, restaurantes y destinos de spa para impulsar el servicio al cliente y el desempeño comercial en sus respectivas propiedades

La nueva división está dirigida por James Beesley, cuya experiencia previa en Monte Rei Golf & Country Club (Portugal) y en su puesto actual en Finca Cortesin Hotel & Golf Resort (España), dos de los principales resorts de lujo de Europa, reforzarán la posición de 59club dentro de la amplia selección de destinos golf en España, Portugal, Italia y Grecia.

James posee una formación académica en Negocios, Marketing y Gestión Deportiva, y es miembro de la PGA y de la Asociación de Gerentes de Clubes de Europa. Los lugares de la región también se beneficiarán de la experiencia práctica de James, habiendo aumentado el desempeño comercial y los estándares de servicio al cliente como usuario del 59club en varios lugares.

Al comentar sobre su nuevo emprendimiento, James dijo: Como cliente de 59club, he experimentado de primera mano los increíbles percepciones y beneficios de sus productos y servicios, aplicando los análisis a la toma de decisiones y siendo testigo de la mejora tanto en los resultados operativos como en los financieros. ¡Estoy encantado de poder asumir este rol adicional y espero trabajar junto con nuestro equipo regional, cuyo conocimiento y experiencia locales brindarán un servicio dedicado y personalizado a nuestros clientes actuales y futuros!

Con lugares líderes tales como PGA Catalunya (Barcelona), Finca Cortesin (Marbella), Quinta do Lago (Algarve), y Verdura Resort (Sicilia) – todos nombrados entre los 20 principales centros turísticos de Europa continental – disfrutando de relaciones prósperas con 59club desde hace mucho tiempo, los estándares locales se elevarán a medida que más propiedades se sienten atraídas por la ventaja seductora de una mayor adquisición y satisfacción del cliente y mayores ingresos y ganancias, descrito por muchos como el ‘efecto 59club’.

Julián Romaguera, director general de Los Naranjos y cliente de 59club desde hace mucho tiempo, dijo: Fuimos remitidos al 59club por La Manga Club durante el show de la PGA, y a los 30 minutos de nuestra reunión nos habíamos inscrito. Para mí, era importante tener una herramienta externa para identificar nuestras fortalezas y debilidades, y aunque puede tener la percepción de que es bueno en algo, esta herramienta mantiene los pies en el suelo y le permite saber exactamente en qué tiene que concentrarse, cuáles son las urgencias y qué se debe priorizar. 59club debe ser compartido entre el personal y por la dirección al mismo tiempo, para que todos estén involucrados y dedicados a trabajar juntos para avanzar en los altos niveles de servicio que estamos comprometidos a lograr. Estamos utilizando las herramientas para orientarnos más hacia la hospitalidad, alejándonos del énfasis en golf, para introducir un servicio más personalizado. 59club le permite comprender cómo trabajan los demás, y puede comparar su desempeño de ventas y servicio con ellos.”

Simon Wordsworth, director general de 59club, dijo sobre el anuncio: Estamos muy ilusionados de trabajar con James en la expansión de 59club en el sur de Europa. Estos son tiempos difíciles; no obstante, aquellos lugares que ofrecen la mejor experiencia de servicio en golf y hotelería siempre ganarán. James y el equipo son la opción perfecta para ayudar a los lugares que se esfuerzan por avanzar mientras llevan nuestras herramientas de gestión del rendimiento y los servicios de formación de empleados a un mercado más amplio.

Aquellos interesados en una estrategia probada que mide, analiza y aumenta el desempeño del personal, la experiencia general del cliente y, en consecuencia, los resultados operativos, deben visitar o comunicarse con para obtener más información.

Para información a la prensa, póngase en contacto con: Marielle Meulenberg, Director Comercial Regional –


59club, leader de l’industrie de l’analyse du service client et fournisseur de formation, a lancé trois modèles d’enquêtes sur les ressources humaines qui traitent de la mesure de l’expérience des nouveaux employés, de la satisfaction générale des employés et d’une enquête de départ des employés.

Quand il s’agit de clients, les sondages de satisfaction ont été un élément essentiel de la mission de 59club visant à promouvoir l’expérience des membres et des clients dans notre secteur. Si la réalité est que « des employés heureux sont des clients satisfaits », il est grand temps que nous accordions également la priorité au bien-être des employés. Comme le disait J. Willard Marriott, « Prenez bien soin de vos employés, ils prendront bien soin de vos clients et les clients reviendront ».

Les nouveaux modèles de sondages peuvent être utilisés pour quantifier les niveaux de bien-être, d’engagement et de satisfaction des employés. L’équipe de management sera également en mesure d’identifier ce qui motive les individus et comment ils peuvent soutenir la formation continue de leurs employés dans le cadre de leur rôle actuel, en apportant également clarté et vision sur la progression de carrière personnelle.

Les modèles de satisfaction des employés sont disponibles dès maintenant et « gratuitement » pour tous les détenteurs de licence my59 Survey, ainsi qu’une multitude de modèles de satisfaction des membres et des clients Golf & Loisirs.

Les modèles de questions sont immédiatement disponibles pour tous en anglais et seront bientôt déployés en d’autres langues dans tous les territoires de 59club. Pour vous renseigner sur l’adhésion My59 Survey, veuillez visiter .

Le logiciel peut être adapté et moulé pour s’adapter à chaque personnel de lieux différents, ce qui signifie que l’industrie peut désormais obtenir des données de ressources humaines précieuses à l’intérieur de ses quatre murs, avec la possibilité de faire des comparaisons directes avec l’industrie pour surveiller et améliorer l’expérience de ses employés. 

Simon Wordsworth, PDG et fondateur de 59club, a déclaré : « Votre personnel est votre principal atout, s’il est formé, autorisé à se développer et à progresser, il n’y a que des avantages pour l’entreprise, des économies de coûts et sans aucun doute des revenus plus élevés et des clients fidèles. En tant qu’entreprise, nous avons toujours été impliqués dans la mesure de la performance du personnel et dans la fourniture de solutions de formation pour remédier à ces faiblesses, ce nouveau développement permet d’évaluer et d’améliorer les performances des employés, des managers et des employeurs. »

« Dans ce climat actuel, avec tant d’insécurité, le personnel « hors de leur poste habituel » et assumant des rôles nouveaux et multiples, nous devons nous assurer de remonter le moral et de donner la priorité à la satisfaction des employés. En tant qu’entreprise et industrie, nous serons en mesure de récolter et de retenir les talents pour mieux servir nos clients et stimuler le facteur de plaisir dans le jeu que nous aimons tous.

« Si vous avez accès à my59mentor, notre plate-forme de formation virtuelle en ligne, alors que les besoins du secteur commencent à évoluer en raison des données, nous et nos partenaires pourrons travailler ensemble pour renforcer notre offre pour éduquer votre équipe in situ ».

Pour discuter des besoins de votre entreprise et de la façon dont 59club peut vous aider à atteindre l’excellence du service en utilisant une variété d’enquêtes de satisfaction, d’audits mystères, d’outils de comparaison financière et de programmes de formation des employés ; contactez votre responsable régional 59club – et faites un changement positif dès aujourd’hui pour réaliser votre plus grand potentiel. 

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59club, el Analista de Servicio al Cliente y Proveedor de Capacitación líder del sector, ha lanzado tres plantillas de Encuesta de Recursos Humanos que abordan todos los aspectos de la lista de empleo, incluso la medición de la Experiencia del Nuevo Empleado, la Satisfacción General del Empleado y una Encuesta de Salida del Empleado.

Cuando se trata de los clientes, las encuestas de satisfacción desempeñan un papel fundamental a la misión de 59club de impulsar la experiencia de los miembros e invitados en toda nuestra industria. Si es verdad que “empleados felices es igual a clientes felices”,  ya es hora de dar prioridad al bienestar de los empleados. Como dijo el famoso J. Willard Marriott: “Cuide bien a sus empleados, ellos atenderán bien a sus clientes, y los clientes volverán”.

Las nuevas plantillas de encuestas se pueden utilizar para cuantificar los niveles de bienestar personal, compromiso laboral y satisfacción profesional de los empleados. Permiten también al equipo directivo de identificar lo que motiva a las personas y cómo la dirección puede apoyar el desarrollo continuo de sus empleados dentro de su función actual, proporcionando también claridad y visión en la progresión de su carrera personal.

Las Plantillas de Satisfacción del Empleado ya están disponibles y “gratuitas” para todos los titulares de licencias my59 Survey, junto con una gran cantidad de Plantillas de Satisfacción del Miembro e Invitado de Golf & Hotelería.

Las plantillas de versión inglés están disponibles inmediatamente y en breve se pondrán en marcha en todos los idiomas de nuestros territorios 59club. Para solicitar información sobre la Licencia de Encuestas my59, visite

El software inteligente se puede ajustar y moldear para adaptarse al carácter de las distintas propiedades, lo que significa que el sector puede obtener valiosa información de Recursos Humanos desde dentro de sus cuatro paredes, con la capacidad de realizar comparaciones directas en el sector para controlar y mejorar la experiencia de sus empleados.

Simon Wordsworth, director general y fundador de 59club, dijo: “Su personal es su activo principal, si se les fomenta, se les permite desarrollar y avanzar, no hay nada más que aspectos positivos para el negocio: ahorros de costos y, sin duda, mayores ingresos y clientes habituales. Como empresa, siempre hemos estado involucrados en medir el desempeño del personal y brindar soluciones de capacitación para remediar los puntos débiles; este nuevo desarrollo permite evaluar y mejorar el desempeño del empleado, del gerente y de los empleadores.

“En el clima actual, con tanta inseguridad, con personal ‘fuera de posición’ y la necesidad de emprender funciones nuevas y múltiples, debemos asegurarnos de elevar la moral y priorizar la satisfacción de los empleados. Como negocio e industria, seremos capaces de capturar y retener el talento para ofrecer un mejor servicio a nuestros clientes e impulsar el disfrute del juego que todos apreciamos.

“Si tiene acceso a my59 Mentor, nuestra plataforma de formación virtual, a medida que las necesidades de la industria evolucionen como resultado de los datos, nosotros y nuestros socios podremos trabajar juntos para fortalecer nuestra oferta de educar a su equipo in situ.

Para hablar de sus necesidades comerciales y cómo 59club le puede ayudar a lograr la excelencia en el servicio utilizando una variedad de Encuestas de Satisfacción, Auditorías de Compra Misteriosa, Herramientas de Comparación Financiera y Programas de Capacitación para los Empleados, comuníquese con su agente regional de 59club y haga hoy mismo un cambio positivo para realizar todo su potencial.

Advance employee satisfaction & engagement with 59club’s NEW HR Survey Suite

59club, the industry leading Customer Service Analyst and Training Provider has launched three Human Resource Survey templates that address all areas of the employment roster, from measuring the New Employee Experience, general Employee Satisfaction, plus an Employee Exit Survey.

When it comes to customers; satisfaction surveys have been a vital part of 59club’s mission to drive the member and guest experience across our industry. If the reality is that ‘happy employees equals happy customers,’ then it’s high time we also prioritise employee well-being. As J. Willard Marriott famously said, “Take good care of your employees, and they’ll take good care of your customers, and the customers will come back”.

The new survey templates can be used to quantify employee wellbeing, engagement & satisfaction levels.  The venues management team will also be able to identify what motivates individuals and how they can support their employees continued growth within their existing role, also providing clarity and vision over personal career progression.

The Employee Satisfaction Templates are available right now and ‘free to use’ for all my59 Survey licence holders, alongside a wealth of Golf & Hospitality Member & Guest Satisfaction Templates.

The question templates are available to all in English immediately and will be rolled out in other languages across all 59club territories shortly. To enquire about owning a my59 Survey Licence, please visit

The intelligent software can be adapted and moulded to suit every differing properties persona, meaning that the industry can now gain valuable Human Resource data from inside their own four walls, complete with the ability to make direct industry comparisons to monitor and advance their employee experience. 

Simon Wordsworth, 59club CEO and Founder said; “Your staff are your number one asset, if they are nurtured, allowed to develop and progress, there are nothing but positives for the business, cost savings throughout and without doubt greater revenues and repeat clients. As a business we have always been involved with measuring staff performance and providing training solutions to remedy those weaknesses, this new development allows the employee, manager, and the employers performances to be evaluated and improved.

“In this current climate, with so much insecurity, staff “out of position” and undertaking new and multiple roles, we need to ensure that we boost morale and prioritise employee satisfaction. As a business and industry, we will be able to harvest and retain talent to better service our customers and drive the enjoyment factor within the game we all love.

“If you have access to my59mentor, our online virtual training platform, as the industry’s needs start to evolve as a result of the data, we and our partners will be able to work together to strengthen our offering to educate your team in situ”.

To discuss your business needs and how 59club can assist you to achieve Service Excellence utilising a variety of Satisfaction Surveys, Mystery Shopping Audits, Financial Comparison Tools & Employee Training Programs; contact your local 59club Area Manager – and make a positive change today to realise your greatest potential. 

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O 59clube, líder na indústria de analise de serviço ao cliente e formação lançou três modelos de Pesquisa de Recursos Humanos que abordam todas as áreas da lista de emprego, desde a avaliação da Nova Experiência dos Colaboradores, Satisfação Geral dos Colaboradores, a um Inquérito de Saída de Funcionários.

Quando se trata de clientes; os inquéritos de satisfação têm sido uma parte vital da missão do 59club para impulsionar a experiência dos membros e dos clientes em toda a nossa indústria. Se a realidade é que “empregados felizes são iguais a clientes felizes”, então é tempo de também darmos prioridade ao bem-estar dos colaboradores. Como J. Willard Marriott disse notoriamente: “Cuide bem dos seus empregados, e eles cuidarão bem dos seus clientes, e os clientes voltarão”.

Os novos questionários podem ser usados para quantificar o bem-estar dos colaboradores, os níveis de envolvimento e satisfação. A equipa de gestão dos clubes também será capaz de identificar o que motiva os indivíduos e como podem apoiar o crescimento dos seus colaboradores dentro de cada função, proporcionando também clareza e visão sobre a progressão na carreira pessoal.

Os questionários de Satisfação dos Colaboradores estão disponíveis neste momento e gratuitos a todos os detentores de licenças my59 Survey, tal como os questionários Satisfação de Membros e Clientes, Golfe e Hospitalidade.

Os modelos de perguntas estão de momento disponíveis para todos em inglês e em breve estarão também disponíveis nas línguas dos territórios do 59Club. Para mais informações acerca de como obter a licença do my59 questionários, visite

O software pode ser adaptado e moldado de acordo com todas as necessidades de cada usuário, o que significa que a indústria pode agora obter dados valiosos de Recursos Humanos de dentro das suas próprias quatro paredes, e com capacidade de fazer comparações directas entre campos para monitorizar e promover a experiência do colaborador.

Simon Wordsworth, CEO e Fundador do 59Club disse: A sua equipa é o seu activo número um, se for alimentado, autorizado a desenvolver-se e progredir, não há nada além de positivos para o negócio, redução de custos em tudo e sem dúvida maiores receitas e clientes repetidos. Como negócio, sempre estivemos envolvidos na avaliação do desempenho do pessoal e na disponibilização de soluções de formação para corrigir algumas deficiências. Este novo desenvolvimento permite que o desempenho dos colaboradores e gestores sejam avaliados e melhorados.

“Neste clima actual, com tanta insegurança, com staff “fora de posição” e a assumir novas e múltiplas funções, é necessário garantir que aumentamos a moral e priorizamos a satisfação dos colaboradores. Como negócio e indústria, seremos capazes de obter melhores resultados e reter talento para melhor atender os nossos clientes e impulsionar o factor de prazer dentro do jogo que todos gostamos.

Se tiver acesso ao my59mentor, a nossa plataforma de formação virtual online, à medida que as necessidades da indústria começam a evoluir como resultado dos dados, nós e os nossos parceiros poderemos trabalhar em conjunto para fortalecer a nossa oferta de formação à sua equipa in situ“.

Para discutir as necessidades do seu negócio e como o 59club pode ajudá-lo a alcançar a Excellence Service, utilizando uma variedade de Questionários de Satisfação, visitas cliente mistério, Ferramentas de Comparação Financeira e Programas de Formação de Colaboradores; entre em contacto com o Manager do 59club da sua área e faça uma mudança positiva hoje que pode aumentar o seu potencial.

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Golf Business News Interview with Paul Armitage, partner in 59club Europe West and North Africa

Paul Armitage, new COO of Open Golf Club and managing partner for 59club Western Europe & North Africa

Golf Business News Interview with Paul Armitage, a partner in 59club Europe West and North Africa, covering France, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Morocco and Tunisia and recently appointed COO of Open Golf Club

GB Paul, your new roles must involve you in a lot of travelling. How are you coping in the COVID-19 crisis?

PA  Well, we can still travel around in France, which is most important for the new job because we have got golf courses dotted around all over the country.

GBN How many courses are in the group?

PA Owned and operated there are 11 – one of them is in Belgium and ten are in France – and then we run a ‘marketing network’ in addition. Golf courses have been brought in under the banner of Open Golf Club and we actively promote them in exhibitions and IGTM. There are about 40 at the moment, all over Europe.

GBN You previously spent six years as Managing Director at Le Golf National, host of The Ryder Cup Matches in 2018. You must look back on that period with enormous pride and satisfaction because it all went so well.

PA  Yes, and that’s one of the reasons why it’s time to move on. When I was first employed back in 2014 I was handed a lot of missions and all those boxes have been ticked. I could have chosen to run all the day-to-day operations at the Club but I’m the sort of person that  needs a challenge. I like to be able to change things. That doesn’t mean I need full autonomy so I can do what I want – no – but I like to have an objective and to go through it from A-Z, changing things on my way to succeed.

GBN Who has been appointed as your successor?

PA When I announced my resignation, which was in December last year, I wrote a letter to my boss suggesting that he should give my deputy manager a chance. Philippe Pilato has been at Le Golf National for 25 years, almost since the day it opened.

He was a golf pro and he looked after the Academy. I thought we’ve got ‘a hidden gem’ here because we needed to implement customer service and a lot of tender loving care to put into what we were going to serve out to customers in the immediate future.

We were going to raise the bar, raise the prices and bring in a new experience. To get that to a successful end you need somebody who’s got a lot of empathy and love.

I said to Philippe look I think you are going to have to change jobs. He looked a bit down, thinking oh I’m going to get the sack here and I said no, no, you’re going to have to go home and think about this but I would like to identify a director of customer service for Le Golf National. Why do I want one? Because the Club needed someone who every day gets up and thinks about how they can give a wow or a great experience to customers. There was nobody in particular on the staff who was doing that.

He came back a few days later and said yes, let’s do it.

So that’s where he came from and he’s been a very, very, extremely good customer service manager. Then last year I took him up to Director of Operations – golf operations – and now he is GM!

GBN What have been the benefits to Le Golf National from hosting The Ryder Cup? Is there a payback for the huge investment of time, money and people?

PA There has definitely been a pay-back especially in the case of Le Golf National. First, the Ryder Cup obliged the French Golf Federation and Le Golf National to change, to not consider itself as a local pay-and-play public golf course but as a world class destination. I think we have created something there which is unique as a model because it’s probably, even at 150 euros or 175 euros, the cheapest round of Ryder Cup golf in the world. And it’s open. It’s not like many major golf destinations where you have to be invited by a member or you can’t get on. And the third thing is that we’ve got an extremely good standard for those who come from those kind of places where they’ll not be too surprised to come in and they’ll have customer service and a team, badged up and  welcoming, and bag-drops and buggies and everything you need at a world-class major tournament destination.

So I think that’s the major benefit. We have repositioned Le Golf National completely keeping at the same time a local, regional and national customer base happy.

GBN And what about golf in France generally?

PA  I think that this year everybody is struggling to have a normal year. I think COVID has knocked that on the head. There’s a lot of golf being played this year but there’s not a lot of normal golf, if you know what I mean: people travelling, playing in as many competitions as they have done in the past.

I think that France is resisting well though – official golfer numbers are down by around 3% this year.

The Ryder Cup in France also delivered as far as the media is concerned. Although we didn’t get live coverage on free to view terrestrial TV, we got a lot of media coverage, much more than we would have got from a French Open, so golf was definitely in the spotlight thanks to the event.

Now, when you talk to anybody about golf in France, there is the demystifying process which has been started so it looks and feels less elite. People in France definitely identify themselves more easily with golf.

A lot of people this September are coming into Open Golf Clubs for our ‘Golf Discovery Days’. They started last weekend and participation and sales have been quite good, in fact very, very encouraging for a COVID year when everything is supposed to be doom and gloom.

GBN  And then golf is coming in the Paris Olympics in 2024?

PA  Yes. I actually think that the Olympics could do even more good for golf in France.

We will get public TV coverage because it’s public television which has the rights to show the Olympics so there’s absolutely no reason why they should not put golf on TV. It’s almost definite that France will have both boys and girls in the Olympics. We probably won’t get a medal, but It won’t be like a Major Championship, at least we’ll have participation. I mean this month in the US Open there were four French players and I think that’s a record.

So from a ticketing point of view there should be a younger public coming to the Tournament because the ticket price will be very much accessible and it’s more of a general public environment. So, I think that the Olympics could do even more good for golf in France and is definitely great for French Golf 6 years after the Ryder Cup.

GBN Right, let’s talk about 59club because soon after you wrote your letter to your colleagues at Le Golf National in December, you must have been making your decision about getting involved with the 59club. We announced that in Golf Business News back in February.

PA Yes, indeed. I did everything the right order and there was absolutely no surprise to anybody about 59club. It was all talked through with the Federation and the staff and hopefully they will be using some of the 59club tools soon too. And the same with Open Golf Club.

There was absolutely no issue either with 59club because Open Golf Club will use the tools and are interested in the success of 59club. My role at 59club is to set up the business with Simon Wordsworth and our associate partner in France called Sylvain Marcati who comes from customer service in another industry to golf. I was determined to get this product on to the French market from 59club which helped me hugely at Le Golf National from 2017 onwards to improve our standards.

I think we were capable of improving them ourselves but we weren’t capable of benchmarking to know if we were doing enough and getting there quick enough and moving things in the right direction and also the training aspect of 59club, the tool is very powerful. I wanted the French market to benefit from the wealth of products which only Le Golf National and another golf club called Terre Blanche were using. Now we’ve got nearly 30 golf courses working on it already.

If golf in France wants to survive we have to stop, and this is important to say, we have to stop playing just the price game. We have to stop just using price as the way of satisfying the customer and getting new customers through the doors.

We have to use the service quality aspect to get results as well and get the prices up because golf has an insatiable thirst for investment in machinery and staffing. It costs a lot of money to run a golf course. So yes, if we all get on the bandwagon of customer service and improving our standards then there’s no way a customer can say, why did you put the price of the green fee up by a pound or two?

And that’s why I brought it in. So we’ve gone through quite a few weeks of translating it. COVID came along and to be honest it’s put us back half a year or a year on our business plans but I’m not bothered because it actually came at a perfect time to get it just right. So we have spent ‘lockdown’ getting the tools translated correctly into French and now German. They will be going into other languages soon.

GBN  Yes, because you’re involved in other countries too, aren’t you? Not just France?

PA Yes. We have created a company which will look after all of Western Europe apart from Spain and Portugal. We also have Morocco and Tunisia. We’ve got France, Germany, Austria, Holland, and Benelux so we’ve got a lot on our plate. A lot of it is taking shape right now and we are even looking at other European markets as we speak.

GBN Your objective to move away from concentrating on price, has that gone a long way?

PA  There were a lot of golf courses just communicating price and not service or standards. Online prices were going, and in fact are still going, way too low because if you start with a rack rate of £40 for a green fee and then you offer 50% off that price; or you are in a network  and you’re offering 50% off with a loyalty card then there’s not much left for the operator after commissions and you’re paying VAT. There’s probably only £15 a round left for you.

Out of that you’ve got to cut the grass, you’ve got to pay the staff to smile and you’ve got to get them in on a Sunday, which can be costly and difficult to recruit in France, etc., etc.

We should train up every single general manager in France, England, wherever about yield management. There’s no shame in saying we don’t know how to do it. Why would you sell a green fee on a Sunday morning for 15 euros? Well some people are doing it because they think that it’s the right thing to do. They think that if they don’t do it they won’t have a customer.

Well that’s not yield management, that’s shooting yourself in the foot. So, yes, I’m heavily into the business of helping managers to increase their customer satisfaction and their customer service which automatically, according to the lessons learned from Le Golf National, will turn into turnover.

People will come back. Repeat play thanks to quality is a reality. Customer service will do that once people have had a chance to compare. Word of mouth is still your best advertisement!

So all of that has gone through my thought process over the years.  I have moved away slightly from discounts without thought process. Which doesn’t mean that I don’t do it at all, but I have really professionalised my attitude towards yield management. I still do reductions, but I want to do them when I have a good chance of increasing my revenues! Not lowering them!

GBN What is the impact of COVID on golf in France?

PA  We’re pretty much back to what I would say is going to be normal as far as golfing is concerned.

GBN  Normal or better than normal? There’s been a lot of talk about an increase in rounds played during July and August.

PA  Oh yes, in terms of business July and August have been record months. They have been record months on a few Open Golf courses.

GBN  Just a few moments left so can we talk about The Open Golf Club specifically? That’s the most recent announcement we’ve had about your career to date. You have been appointed as COO, I believe.

PA   Open Golf Club is highly respected company here in France. They have been under the radar for quite a while. It’s a family business which today is still family-owned. Laurent Boissonas has taken up the reins. He wants to try and keep the spirit of a family company, but he definitely wants to modernise process and operations.

We have some wonderful facilities. They are premium places like Le Touquet with the hotels and 45 beautiful holes and then 30 minutes up the road is Hardelot, which is a European Tour qualifying stage venue – although not this year because there won’t be any, thanks to COVID, but next year I guess. Hardelot has 36 magnificent holes, very, very well-known to the Brits but not so well-known to the French.

Then we’ve got a van Hagge like Le Golf National at Seignosse, which is a magnificent golf course just north of Biarritz. In the mountains behind Cannes we have two golf courses and then around Marseille we have three and then in Paris we have two.

So we’ve got some wonderful sites. These golf courses are not desperate for investment either because the family have always kept high capex levels on the courses and they are pristine but we need to look at positioning the chain even more in the higher end of the golf market, making sure people know who we are and what we are about.

There’s a definite objective to do more customer service, modernising our approach by using modern tools such as online booking services. We also run all of the restaurants and hotels and we have a strategy there with some out of the box thinking.

So we will be coming up with new concepts in 2021, bringing in new lifestyle concepts.

The 9 hole concepts and the 6 hole concepts, they have a reason to be – there’s no doubt about it – but it’s still a lot about having a day out with friends or corporate friends. but you may need to do a couple of hours of work or an hour of work and deal with your emails before you go for the beer after a day of golf or after breakfast. We’re looking at that kind of aspect.

So yes there is lots of work to be done at the golf courses we own and then the other part of my job with Laurent is we’re going to kick off some new business revenue flows and we’re also going to be looking at good opportunities to grow.

GBN  Within France or beyond?

PA I think we would look beyond but not too far.

GBN  You are a very busy man, Paul.

PA  I just love it and my family know it. I just love to be thinking and creating. I like to get into the office early and jot things down. It gives me a couple of hours before everyone else comes in just to formalise ideas. It’s exciting working on new concepts and when I’m happy at work I also perform better at home.

GBN  That’s great Paul, thank you very much. Is there anything else that you would like to tell our readers?

PA  Yes. Stay safe during the COVID crisis but come over to France as soon as it’s over and play some golf!

GBN – Entretien avec Paul Armitage, partenaire du 59club Europe Afrique de l’Ouest et du Nord

Paul Armitage, le nouveau directeur général de l’Open Golf Club et partenaire du 59club Europe occidentale et Afrique du Nord

GBN Interview de Paul Armitage, partenaire du 59club Europe West and North Africa, couvrant la France, la Belgique, la Hollande, la Suisse, l’Allemagne, l’Autriche, le Maroc et la Tunisie et récemment nommé COO de l’Open Golf Club.

GB : Paul, vos nouveaux rôles doivent vous amener à voyager beaucoup. Comment faites-vous face à la crise COVID-19 ?

PA : Eh bien, nous pouvons toujours voyager en France, ce qui est très important pour notre nouveau travail car nous avons des parcours de golf dans tout le pays.

GBN : Combien y a-t-il de parcours dans le groupe ?

PA : Il y en a onze en propriété et en exploitation, dont un en Belgique et dix en France, et nous gérons en outre un “réseau de marketing”. Les parcours de golf ont été réunis sous la bannière de Open Golf Club et nous en faisons une promotion active dans les expositions et les IGTM. Il y en a une quarantaine actuellement, dans toute l’Europe.

GBN : Vous avez précédemment passé six ans en tant que directeur général du Golf National, qui a accueilli les matchs de la Ryder Cup en 2018. Vous devez vous souvenir de cette période avec une énorme fierté et satisfaction, car tout s’est si bien passé.

PA : Oui, et c’est l’une des raisons pour lesquelles il est temps de passer à autre chose. Lorsque j’ai été embauché en 2014, on m’a confié de nombreuses missions et toutes ces cases ont été cochées. J’aurais pu choisir de diriger toutes les opérations quotidiennes du club, mais je suis le genre de personne qui a besoin d’un défi. J’aime être capable de changer les choses. Cela ne veut pas dire que j’ai besoin d’une autonomie totale pour faire ce que je veux – non – mais j’aime avoir un objectif et le réaliser de A à Z, en changeant les choses vers la réussite.

GBN : Qui a été désigné comme votre successeur ?

PA : Lorsque j’ai annoncé ma démission, en décembre de l’année dernière, j’ai écrit une lettre à mon patron pour lui suggérer de donner une chance à mon directeur adjoint. Philippe Pilato travaille au Golf National depuis 25 ans, presque depuis le jour de son ouverture.

Il était un professionnel du golf et il s’occupait de l’Académie. Je pensais que nous avions là un “joyau caché”, car nous devions mettre en place un service à la clientèle et apporter beaucoup de soin et d’amour à ce que nous allions servir aux clients dans un avenir immédiat.

Nous allions relever la barre, augmenter les prix et apporter une nouvelle expérience. Pour réussir cela, il faut quelqu’un qui a beaucoup d’empathie et d’amour.

J’ai dit à Philippe : « je pense que vous allez devoir changer d’emploi. » Il a baissé la tête, pensant qu’il allait se faire virer et j’ai dit : « non, non, vous allez devoir rentrer chez vous et réfléchir à tout cela mais je voudrais identifier un directeur du service clientèle pour Le Golf National. Pourquoi est-ce que j’en veux un ? Parce que le club avait besoin de quelqu’un qui, chaque jour, se lève et réfléchit à la façon dont il peut donner un coup de foudre ou une expérience formidable aux clients. Il n’y avait personne en particulier dans le personnel qui faisait cela. »

Il est revenu quelques jours plus tard et a dit oui, faisons-le.

C’est donc de là qu’il vient et il a été un très, très, très bon directeur du service clientèle. Puis l’année dernière, je l’ai fait passer au poste de directeur des opérations – opérations de golf – et maintenant il est directeur général !

GBN :  Quels ont été les avantages pour Le Golf National d’accueillir la Ryder Cup ? Y a-t-il un retour sur l’énorme investissement en temps, en argent et en personnel ?

PA : Il y a certainement eu un retour sur investissement, en particulier dans le cas du Golf National. Tout d’abord, la Ryder Cup a obligé la Fédération française de golf et Le Golf National à changer, à ne plus se considérer comme un terrain de golf public local payant mais comme une destination de classe mondiale. Je pense que nous avons créé là quelque chose qui est unique comme modèle car c’est probablement, même à 150 euros ou 175 euros, le parcours de golf le moins cher du monde pour la Ryder Cup. Et c’est ouvert. Ce n’est pas comme dans beaucoup de grandes destinations de golf où il faut être invité par un membre. Et troisièmement, nous avons un très bon niveau pour ceux qui viennent de ce genre d’endroits où ils ne seront pas trop surpris de venir et où ils auront un service clientèle et une équipe, avec des badges et un accueil, un dépose sacs et des buggies et tout ce dont vous avez besoin dans une destination de tournoi majeur de classe mondiale.

Je pense donc que c’est là le principal avantage. Nous avons repositionné Le Golf National en gardant une clientèle locale, régionale et nationale entièrement satisfaite.

GBN : Et qu’en est-il du golf en France en général ?

PA :  Je pense que cette année, tout le monde a du mal à avoir une année normale. Je pense que COVID a mis cela sur le tapis. Il y a beaucoup de golf cette année, mais pas beaucoup de golf normal, si vous voyez ce que je veux dire : des gens qui voyagent, qui participent à autant de compétitions que par le passé.

Je pense que la France résiste bien cependant – le nombre officiel de golfeurs a baissé d’environ 3 % cette année.

La Ryder Cup en France a également été très bien accueillie par les médias. Bien que nous n’ayons pas bénéficié d’une couverture en direct sur la télévision terrestre gratuite, nous avons bénéficié d’une importante couverture médiatique, bien plus que ce que nous aurions pu obtenir d’un Open de France, de sorte que le golf a été définitivement sous les feux de la rampe grâce à cet événement.

Maintenant, quand vous parlez à quelqu’un du golf en France, il y a le processus de démystification qui a été entamé pour que le golf ait l’air et se sente moins élitaire. En France, les gens s’identifient plus facilement au golf.

En septembre, beaucoup de gens se rendront dans les clubs de golf ouverts pour nos “journées de découverte du golf”. Elles ont commencé le week-end dernier et la participation et les ventes ont été assez bonnes, en fait très, très encourageantes pour une année COVID où tout est censé être morose.

GBN :  Et puis le golf arrive aux Jeux olympiques de Paris en 2024 ?

PA : Oui. Je pense en fait que les Jeux olympiques pourraient faire encore plus de bien au golf en France.

Nous aurons une couverture télévisuelle publique parce que c’est la télévision publique qui a les droits de montrer les Jeux Olympiques, donc il n’y a absolument aucune raison pour qu’ils ne mettent pas le golf à la télévision. Il est presque certain que la France aura des garçons et des filles aux Jeux olympiques. Nous n’aurons probablement pas de médaille, mais ce ne sera pas comme un grand championnat, au moins nous y participerons. Je veux dire que ce mois-ci, à l’US Open, il y avait quatre joueurs français et je pense que c’est un record.

D’un point de vue billetterie, il devrait donc y avoir un public plus jeune qui viendra au tournoi car le prix du billet sera très accessible et c’est plutôt un environnement grand public. Je pense donc que les Jeux olympiques pourraient faire encore plus de bien au golf en France et qu’ils sont certainement une bonne chose pour le golf français six ans après la Ryder Cup.

GBN :  Bien, parlons du 59club car peu après avoir écrit votre lettre à vos collègues du Golf National en décembre, vous avez dû prendre votre décision de vous impliquer dans le 59club. Nous l’avons annoncé dans le Golf Business News en février dernier.

PA : Oui, en effet. J’ai tout fait dans le bon ordre et personne n’a été surpris par 59club. Tout a été discuté avec la Fédération et le personnel et nous espérons qu’ils utiliseront bientôt certains des outils de 59club. Il en va de même pour Open Golf Club.

Il n’y a eu absolument aucun problème non plus avec 59club car Open Golf Club utilisera les outils et s’intéresse au succès de 59club. Mon rôle chez 59club est de mettre en place l’entreprise avec Simon Wordsworth et notre partenaire associé en France, Sylvain Marcati qui vient du service client d’une autre industrie que le golf. J’étais déterminé à lancer ce produit sur le marché français, qui m’a énormément aidé au Golf National à partir de 2017 à améliorer nos normes.

Je pense que nous étions capables de les améliorer nous-mêmes, mais nous n’étions pas capables de faire du benchmarking pour savoir si nous en faisions assez et si nous y arrivions assez vite et si nous faisions avancer les choses dans la bonne direction, et aussi l’aspect formation de 59club, l’outil est très puissant. Je voulais que le marché français bénéficie de la richesse des produits que seuls Le Golf National et un autre club de golf appelé Terre Blanche utilisaient. Aujourd’hui, nous avons déjà près de 30 terrains de golf qui y travaillent.

Si le golf en France veut survivre, nous devons arrêter, et c’est important de le dire, nous devons arrêter de jouer uniquement sur le jeu des prix. Nous devons cesser de nous servir du prix comme d’un moyen de satisfaire le client et d’attirer de nouveaux clients.

Nous devons utiliser l’aspect qualité du service pour obtenir des résultats et faire monter les prix, car le golf a une soif insatiable d’investissements en machines et en personnel. L’exploitation d’un terrain de golf coûte très cher. Donc oui, si nous nous mettons tous à la page en matière de service à la clientèle et d’amélioration de nos normes, il n’y aura aucune raison pour un client de dire, pourquoi avez-vous augmenté le prix du green fee d’un euros ou deux ?

Et c’est pour cela que je l’ai introduit. Nous avons donc passé plusieurs semaines à le traduire. Le COVID est arrivé et, pour être honnête, il nous a permis de revenir six mois ou un an en arrière sur nos plans d’affaires, mais cela ne me dérange pas parce qu’il est arrivé au moment idéal pour le mettre au point. Nous avons donc passé un certain temps à faire traduire correctement les outils en français et maintenant en allemand. Ils seront bientôt disponibles dans d’autres langues.

GBN :  Oui, parce que vous êtes aussi impliqué dans d’autres pays, n’est-ce pas ? Pas seulement en France ?

PA :  Oui. Nous avons créé une société qui s’occupera de toute l’Europe occidentale, à l’exception de l’Espagne et du Portugal. Nous avons aussi le Maroc et la Tunisie. Nous avons la France, l’Allemagne, l’Autriche, la Hollande et le Benelux, donc nous avons beaucoup à faire. Beaucoup de choses se dessinent en ce moment et nous sommes même en train d’examiner d’autres marchés européens en ce moment même.

GBN :  Votre objectif de ne plus vous concentrer sur les prix, a-t-il fait du chemin ?

PA : Beaucoup de terrains de golf se contentent de communiquer les prix et non les services ou les normes. Les prix en ligne étaient, et sont toujours, beaucoup trop bas, car si vous commencez avec un tarif à la carte de 40 € pour un green fee et que vous offrez ensuite 50 % de réduction sur ce prix, ou si vous êtes dans un réseau et que vous offrez 50 % de réduction avec une carte de fidélité, il ne reste pas grand-chose pour l’opérateur après les commissions et vous payez la TVA. Il ne vous reste probablement que 15 € par green fee.

De cela, vous devez couper l’herbe, vous devez payer le personnel pour qu’il sourit et vous devez le faire travailler un dimanche, ce qui peut être coûteux et difficile à recruter en France, etc.

Nous devrions former tous les directeurs généraux en France, en Angleterre, partout où il est question de gestion du rendement. Il n’y a pas de honte à dire que nous ne savons pas comment le faire. Pourquoi vendre un green fee un dimanche matin pour 15 euros ? Eh bien, certaines personnes le font parce qu’elles pensent que c’est la bonne chose à faire. Ils pensent que s’ils ne le font pas, ils n’auront pas de client.

Ce n’est pas de la gestion de rendement, c’est se tirer une balle dans le pied. Donc, oui, je suis très impliqué dans l’aide aux managers pour augmenter la satisfaction de leurs clients et leur service clientèle qui, selon les leçons tirées du Golf National, se transformera automatiquement en chiffre d’affaires.

Les gens reviendront. La répétition du jeu grâce à la qualité est une réalité. Le service clientèle le fera une fois que les gens auront eu l’occasion de comparer. Le bouche à oreille reste notre meilleure publicité !

Tout cela a donc fait l’objet de ma réflexion au fil des ans.  Je me suis légèrement éloigné des rabais sans réflexion. Ce qui ne veut pas dire que je ne le fais pas du tout, mais j’ai vraiment professionnalisé mon attitude vis-à-vis de la gestion du rendement. Je fais toujours des réductions, mais je veux les faire quand j’ai une bonne chance d’augmenter mes revenus ! Pas de réduction !

GBN :  Quel est l’impact du COVID sur le golf en France ?

PA :  Nous sommes à peu près revenus à ce que est normal en ce qui concerne le golf.

GBN :  Normal ou meilleur que la normale ? On a beaucoup parlé d’une augmentation du nombre de parties jouées en juillet et août.

PA : Oh oui, en termes d’activité, juillet et août ont été des mois records. Ils ont été des mois records sur quelques terrains de golf ouverts.

GBN :  Il ne reste que quelques instants, alors pouvons-nous parler de Open Golf Club en particulier ? C’est l’annonce la plus récente que nous ayons eue sur votre carrière à ce jour. Vous avez été nommé directeur de l’exploitation, je crois.

PA :  Open Golf Club est une entreprise très respectée ici en France. Elle est restée sous le radar pendant un certain temps. C’est une entreprise familiale qui, aujourd’hui encore, appartient à la famille. Laurent Boissonnas a pris les rênes. Il veut essayer de conserver l’esprit d’une entreprise familiale, mais il veut absolument moderniser les processus et les opérations.

Nous disposons de magnifiques installations. Ce sont des endroits de premier choix comme le Touquet avec ses hôtels et ses 45 magnifiques trous, et à 30 minutes de là se trouve Hardelot, qui est un lieu de qualification pour le Tour européen – mais pas cette année car il n’y en aura pas, à cause du COVID, mais l’année prochaine je suppose. Hardelot a 36 trous magnifiques, très, très connus des Britanniques mais pas autant des Français.

Ensuite, nous avons un van Hagge comme Le Golf National à Seignosse, qui est un magnifique terrain de golf juste au nord de Biarritz. Dans les montagnes derrière Cannes, nous avons deux terrains de golf, puis autour de Marseille, nous en avons trois et ensuite à Paris, nous en avons deux.

Nous avons donc des sites merveilleux. Ces terrains de golf ne sont pas non plus désespérés pour l’investissement car la famille a toujours maintenu des niveaux d’investissement élevés sur les parcours et ils sont vierges mais nous devons chercher à positionner la chaîne encore plus dans le haut de gamme du marché du golf, en nous assurant que les gens savent qui nous sommes et ce que nous sommes.

L’objectif est clairement de renforcer le service à la clientèle et de moderniser notre approche en utilisant des outils modernes tels que les services de réservation en ligne. Nous gérons également tous les restaurants et les hôtels et nous avons une stratégie dans ce domaine, avec des idées originales.

Nous proposerons donc de nouveaux concepts en 2021, en introduisant de nouveaux modes de vie.

Les concepts de 9 trous et de 6 trous ont leur raison d’être – il n’y a aucun doute à ce sujet – mais il s’agit toujours de passer une journée avec des amis ou des collègues de travail. Mais vous devrez peut-être faire quelques heures de travail ou une heure de travail et vous occuper de vos e-mails avant d’aller prendre une bière après une journée de golf ou après le petit déjeuner. Nous nous penchons sur ce genre d’aspect.

Donc oui, il y a beaucoup de travail à faire sur les terrains de golf que nous possédons et l’autre partie de mon travail avec Laurent est de lancer de nouveaux flux de revenus commerciaux et nous allons également chercher de bonnes opportunités de croissance.

GBN : En France ou au-delà ?

PA : Je pense que nous regarderons au-delà, mais pas trop loin.

GBN :  Vous êtes un homme très occupé, Paul.

PA :  J’adore ça et ma famille le sait. J’aime penser et créer. J’aime aller tôt au bureau et prendre des notes. Cela me donne quelques heures avant que tout le monde n’arrive, juste pour formaliser les idées. C’est passionnant de travailler sur de nouveaux concepts et quand je suis heureux au travail, je suis aussi plus heureux à la maison.

GBN :  C’est super Paul, merci beaucoup. Y a-t-il autre chose que vous aimeriez dire à nos lecteurs ?

PA : Oui. Restez en sécurité pendant la crise du COVID, mais revenez en France dès que la situation sera meilleure et jouez au golf !


59club the leading sales & service analysts and training provider, have today released my59 Mentor, their intelligent virtual learning experience, safeguarding clients triumphant return to golf.

The new virtual platform features 59club’s acclaimed sales & service training programs – from membership sales and retention strategies, to perfecting corporate sales enquiries and advancing the overall guest experience – across golf & hospitality.

Venues can take advantage of the virtual mentor experience to expand their existing knowledge, educate new staff, upskill relief staff and providing personal development pathways for all aspiring individuals. Additional white papers, videography and supplementary contributor content from the likes of the infamous Gregg Patterson, are also accessible within the platform, available now 24/7 at staff member’s convenience.

The platform also acts as the perfect vehicle for venues to store and communicate all in-house company policies and training manuals direct with their team, also providing the technology to build online training courses, verify learning outcomes and track liability acceptances within one user-friendly, easily accessible and white-labelled virtual platform.

Simon Wordsworth 59club CEO said: “We recognised the need for organisations to have control over their online learning experience, so we built a platform that our partners can manage without any knowledge of coding. My59 Mentor has been developed with simplicity in mind; its clean, intuitive design makes the platform a user-friendly experience for admins and students across all devices.

“During this difficult time, we understand the challenge of motivating staff and the need to enhance personal development, and for this reason education has to remain a priority. Our entire educational content is waiting to be discovered within the platform, what better way to engage staff and build momentum, ensuring they are on top of their game and raring to go.

“There isn’t a single golf club, restaurant or hospitality venue on the planet that will, in the short term, continue to operate as usual. Each club or venue will have acute and significant challenges stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic – problems my59 Mentor can alleviate.”

Intelligent push notifications will link directly to a venue’s mystery shopping and survey performance data, directing the member of staff to the relevant lesson within the platform, as My59 Mentor instinctively acts to upskill staff and address any shortcomings.

Venues can build their own in-house digital education programmes and customise the appearance of the platform. Host staff handbooks and support files to communicate knowledge & company policy direct to the team, while collating all existing digital and paper content into one media library. The platform also provides an efficient way for managers to communicate with their staff around their initial COVID-19 policies and procedures, and phased protocol thereafter.

Within my59 Mentor there is an integrated ‘Quiz’ function which tests knowledge both before and after courses to evaluate progress. Upon completion, individuals can download certificates to authenticate their achievement. This process will naturally lend itself to organise and communicate new COVID-19 operating procedures efficiently, demonstrating that all staff members throughout the operation have read and gained a clear understanding of any new policies as they come into force.


59club, el proveedor líder de formación y principales analistas de servicios y ventas, ha lanzado my59 Mentor, una experiencia inteligente de aprendizaje virtual, que salvaguarda el regreso triunfal de los clientes al golf.

La nueva plataforma virtual presenta los aclamados programas de formación de 59club dirigidos a las ventas y el servicio – desde estrategias de ventas y retención de membresías hasta perfeccionar las consultas de ventas corporativas y mejorar la experiencia general del cliente – en golf y hospitalidad.

Los lugares pueden aprovechar de la experiencia virtual del mentor para aumentar su conocimiento existente, educar al nuevo personal, mejorar las capacidades del personal de ayuda y proporcionar vías de desarrollo personal para todos los aspirantes. También se puede acceder a documentos técnicos, videografía y contenido complementario de colaboradores tal como el famoso Gregg Patterson, disponible ahora las 24 / 7, según la conveniencia del personal.

La plataforma también es una manera perfecta para que los lugares almacenen y comuniquen todas las políticas internas de la empresa y los manuales de formación directamente, y proporciona la tecnología para crear cursos de formación virtuales, verificar los resultados del aprendizaje y realizar un seguimiento de las aceptaciones de responsabilidad en una sola plataforma virtual de fácil acceso y etiqueta blanca.

Simon Wordsworth, director ejecutivo del 59club, dijo: “Reconocimos la necesidad de que las organizaciones tengan control sobre su experiencia de aprendizaje en línea, por lo que creamos una plataforma que nuestros socios pueden administrar sin ningún conocimiento de codificación. My59 Mentor se ha desarrollado pensando en la sencillez; su diseño limpio e intuitivo hace que la plataforma sea una experiencia fácil de usar para administradores y estudiantes en todos los dispositivos.

“Durante este momento difícil, entendemos el reto de motivar al personal y la necesidad de mejorar el desarrollo personal, por lo que la educación debe seguir siendo una prioridad. Todo nuestro contenido educativo está esperando ser descubierto dentro de la plataforma. ¿Qué mejor manera de involucrar al personal y generar impulso, asegurándose de que estén en la cima de la ola y con muchas ganas de comenzar?”

“No existe ni un club de golf, restaurante o lugar de hospitalidad que, a corto plazo, sigue funcionando como de costumbre. Cada club o lugar enfrentará retos agudos y significativos derivados de la pandemia de COVID-19, problemas que my59 Mentor puede aliviar”.

Las notificaciones automáticas se vincularán directamente a las compras misteriosas y a los datos de rendimiento de la encuesta, dirigiendo el personal a la lección relevante dentro de la plataforma, ya que My59 Mentor actúa instintivamente para mejorar las habilidades del personal y mejorar cualquier deficiencia.

Los lugares pueden crear sus propios programas internos de educación digital y personalizar la apariencia de la plataforma. Guardar manuales y archivos de soporte para comunicar el conocimiento y la política de la empresa directamente al equipo, al mismo tiempo que recopila todo el contenido digital y en papel en una biblioteca multimedia. La plataforma proporciona también una manera eficaz para que los gerentes se comuniquen con el personal sobre las normas y los procedimientos de COVID-19, y el protocolo por fases a partir de entonces. Dentro de my59 Mentor hay una función de “Examen” integrada que evalúa el conocimiento antes y después de hacer un curso para averiguar el progreso del aprendizaje. Al finalizar un curso, el personal puede descargar un certificado para autenticar sus estudios. Este proceso se prestará  a la organización y la comunicación de los nuevos procedimientos operativos de COVID-19 de manera eficaz, demostrando que todos los miembros del personal han leído y adquirido una comprensión clara de las nuevas políticas a medida que entran en vigencia.


59club, le principal fournisseur de formation et d’analyse des ventes et des services, a publié aujourd’hui my59 Mentor, son expérience d’apprentissage virtuel intelligent, qui permet aux personnels de revenir triomphalement au golf.

La nouvelle plateforme virtuelle présente les programmes de formation de vente et de service de 59club, qui ont été acclamés par la presse, depuis les stratégies de vente et de fidélisation des membres jusqu’au perfectionnement des demandes de renseignements sur les ventes aux entreprises et à l’amélioration de l’expérience globale des clients, en passant par le golf et l’hôtellerie.

Les sites peuvent profiter de l’expérience du mentor virtuel pour élargir leurs connaissances existantes, former de nouveaux employés, améliorer les compétences du personnel et offrir des parcours de développement personnel à tous les aspirants. Des marques blanches supplémentaires, des vidéos et du contenu supplémentaire provenant de contributeurs comme le célèbre Gregg Patterson, sont également accessibles sur la plateforme, disponible 24 heures sur 24 et 7 jours sur 7 à la convenance des membres du personnel.

La plateforme est également le véhicule idéal pour stocker et communiquer directement avec l’équipe toutes les politiques et les manuels de formation internes à l’entreprise, en fournissant également la technologie nécessaire pour créer des cours de formation en ligne, vérifier les résultats de l’apprentissage et suivre les acceptations de responsabilité au sein d’une plateforme virtuelle conviviale, facilement accessible et en marque blanche.

Le PDG du 59club Simon Wordsworth a déclaré : “Nous avons reconnu la nécessité pour les organisations de contrôler leur expérience d’apprentissage en ligne, nous avons donc construit une plateforme que nos partenaires peuvent gérer sans aucune connaissance en matière de codage. My59 Mentor a été développé dans un souci de simplicité ; sa conception propre et intuitive fait de la plateforme une expérience conviviale pour les administrateurs et les étudiants, quel que soit le dispositif utilisé.

“En cette période difficile, nous comprenons le défi que représente la motivation du personnel et la nécessité de renforcer le développement personnel, et c’est pourquoi l’éducation doit rester une priorité. L’ensemble de notre contenu éducatif attend d’être découvert sur la plateforme, quel meilleur moyen de motiver le personnel et de lui donner un élan, en s’assurant qu’il est au top de sa forme et prêt à partir.

“Il n’y a pas un seul club de golf, restaurant ou lieu d’accueil sur la planète qui, à court terme, continuera à fonctionner comme d’habitude. Chaque club ou établissement sera confronté à des problèmes aigus et importants découlant de la pandémie de COVID-19 – problèmes que my59 mentor peut atténuer”.

Les notifications intelligentes “push” seront directement liées aux données de l’évaluation mystère et de l’enquête de performance d’un lieu, orientant le membre du personnel vers la leçon pertinente au sein de la plateforme, car My59 Mentor agit instinctivement pour renforcer les compétences du personnel et remédier à toute lacune.

Les sites peuvent créer leurs propres programmes d’éducation numérique en interne et personnaliser l’apparence de la plateforme. Héberger les manuels du personnel et les fichiers d’aide pour communiquer les connaissances et la politique de l’entreprise directement à l’équipe, tout en rassemblant tous les contenus numériques et papier existants dans une médiathèque. La plateforme offre également un moyen efficace pour les responsables de communiquer avec leur personnel au sujet de leurs politiques et procédures COVID-19 initiales, et du protocole progressif par la suite.

Dans my59 Mentor, il y a une fonction intégrée de “Quiz” qui teste les connaissances avant et après les cours pour évaluer les progrès. Une fois le test terminé, les personnes peuvent télécharger des certificats pour authentifier leur réussite. Ce processus se prête naturellement à l’organisation et à la communication efficaces des nouvelles procédures opérationnelles COVID-19, démontrant que tous les membres du personnel ont lu et compris clairement les nouvelles politiques au fur et à mesure de leur entrée en vigueur.


59club, los analistas líderes de ventas y servicios y el principal proveedor de formación del sector, siguen apoyando a los clubes de golf con un movimiento para producir datos financieros comparables junto con sus famosas herramientas de evaluación comparativa.

Simon Wordsworth director de 59club dijo: “El lanzamiento de my59 Metrics estaba ya previsto para la primavera. Hemos estado trabajando duro para proporcionar la información que la industria había faltado sobre varios datos monetarios de pérdida y ganancia. Los eventos recientes nos han empujado a adaptar esta tecnología para proveer la retroalimentación adicional a los gerentes sobre los efectos de COVID-19 en sus clubes en el primer trimestre, y posteriormente a lo largo de 2020, brindando análisis a corto, medio y largo plazo.

“Estos son datos en vivo que todos necesitan en este momento, no solo ahora en esta crisis, sino para siempre. Queremos apoyar a la industria para que pueda tomar las decisiones financieras correctas en el futuro, basadas en evidencia estadística real del sector.

“Durante mucho tiempo, el golf ha tenido pocos datos sobre los que tomar las decisiones, y sentimos que esto tenía que cambiar. Producimos datos en vivo de servicio al cliente durante años y ahora hemos desarrollado la inteligencia dentro de my59 Metrics para medir las finanzas. La confidencialidad siempre ha encabezado nuestra lista de tareas pendientes, cual ética nos pone en la posición perfecta para llegar a toda la industria y a todas las diferentes partes interesadas para ofrecer un producto que se necesita y se necesita ahora”.

My59 Metrics, es una plataforma analítica que proporciona datos comparables sobre las tasas operativas de la industria, como ganancias brutas, el volumen total de negocios, ingresos y atrición de membresías, tasas de compra, niveles de existencias, promedio de ventas mensuales, nóminas, niveles de personal y otras variables.

Todos los datos permanecen anónimas salvo al titular único de la cuenta de su club. Tal como todos los productos de 59club, las aplicaciones inteligentes contienen una gran cantidad de filtros que generan datos comparables con lugares parecidos, lo que permite a la administración del club tomar decisiones y hacer juicios astutos sobre su operación financiera. Todos los lugares podrán filtrar los resultados por estilo de negocio (privado, resort, etc.), por provincia / región, por tamaño del lugar (número de hoyos) y por estilo de campo (zonas verdes, brezales, etc.). La funcionalidad adicional está disponible dentro de una licencia prima.

Hace 12 años que 59club evalúa el servicio al cliente, el rendimiento de ventas del personal y la gestión de operaciones, proporcionando indicadores claves de rendimiento en golf y hospitalidad. Ahora con el lanzamiento de my59 Metrics, completamos el círculo de datos, ayudando a los clubes de golf a medir y fortalecer sus operaciones financieras.

Los gerentes, los proveedores de la industria y las partes interesadas han participado en la configuración de la primera versión de my59 Metrics, que incluye las principales medidas claves que facilitarán la claridad sobre los ingresos, las partidas jugadas, los costes y los márgenes. Los lanzamientos posteriores permitirán a los clubes de golf profundizarse en esas ámbitos principales y comprender los costes de mantenimiento, las ofertas de servicios profesionales y los salarios de los clubes.

El primer lanzamiento tendrá lugar el 8 de mayo para los clubes de Inglaterra, Irlanda del Norte, Escocia y Gales, y se invitará a los gerentes a completar el my59 Metricsdataset antes de los finales de mayo. Al completar los datos de 2019 al mismo tiempo, se dará cuenta del efecto que COVID-19 ha tenido en su club y en el sector en general.

Los datos mensuales se coordinarán a partir de entonces, generando datos comparables en toda la industria. 59club también planea trabajar con otros proveedores de tecnología para automatizar el proceso, con el ambicioso objetivo de que para los fines de 2020 el golf pueda tener datos EN VIVO. Para aprovechar de esta oportunidad y tomar decisiones informadas sobre la mejor manera de capear el temporal y los efectos financieros del COVID-19, visite


Los analistas de servicio al cliente y la empresa de evaluación comparativa 59club anunciaron hoy que proporcionarán herramientas de encuesta de COVID-19 para los empleados diseñadas específicamente para el golf y otros lugares de hospitalidad, de forma gratuita en medio de la crisis actual. Las herramientas de encuesta capturan los desafíos, las preocupaciones y las oportunidades potenciales de los empleados, todo en una instantánea fácil de usar.

Esta adición se produce poco después de que 59club pusiera a disposición herramientas de encuesta equivalentes para dirigirse a los clientes, miembros e invitados de los sectores del golf y la hospitalidad. Estas ofertas complementarias permanecerán disponibles durante la crisis actual.

“Muchos clubes se preguntan si es apropiado encuestar a sus empleados durante este tiempo”, dijo Will Hewitt, gerente general de 59club UK. “Las implicaciones a largo plazo de la mala gestión de las necesidades de los empleados son insuperables, y hay datos disponibles que muestran que los comentarios de los empleados y la comunicación directa no solo son apropiados, sino necesarios durante esta crisis. Las empresas de alto rendimiento buscan constantemente formas de mejorar ellas mismas y mejorar a sus empleados”.

Las herramientas de encuesta propias de 59club permiten a los gerentes identificar las necesidades tanto de los empleados como de los clientes, fortalecer los niveles de retención y da una dirección clara sobre cómo mejorar la experiencia general. El panel de control inteligente analiza los datos de una manera clara y concisa y proporciona filtros demográficos para segmentar aún más la información, creando una instantánea completa, manejable e inmediata de las opiniones y actitudes de los usuarios.

Los gerentes y responsables pueden usar las plantillas de preguntas COVID-19 para construir una encuesta personal, con la libertad de incluir preguntas adicionales personalizadas dentro de una plantilla, también tienen la posibilidad de construir una encuesta propia utilizando el software para adaptarse mejor a sus propios necesidades y objetivos.

“La retroalimentación efectiva, tanto positiva como negativa, es un conocimiento crítico en cada momento, y puede ser más importante ahora que nunca durante estos tiempos de cambio continuo” dijo Hewitt.

“Los clubes de mejor rendimiento siguen siendo los que tienen los mejores resultados porque buscan constantemente las formas de hacer el mejor aún mejor. Los gerentes que piden comentarios a propósito obtendrán un valioso conocimiento que puede abordar cualquier debilidad o descuido dentro de su negocio. Con tanta incertidumbre, el personal y los clientes necesitan ser nutridos ahora más que nunca, ese proceso comienza con hacer las preguntas correctas, en el momento correcto”.


High-profile venues across the UK and Europe recognised for service excellencein glitzy ceremony at the Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club

The golf industry’s very best clubs, resorts and individuals descended on The Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club, on Thursday March 12, 2020, with the hope of claiming an industry ‘Oscar’ at 59club’s 10th annual Service Excellence Awards.

A day which started with a series of inspirational educational seminars, ended in a glittering awards ceremony honouring the finest customer service providers for having achieved the highest standards of excellence across 2019.

59club’s illustrious accolades are determined by scores collected from their impartial mystery shopping audits, which evaluate the experience afforded to visiting golfers and prospective members, in accordance with 59club’s objective benchmarking criteria. On the night, 59club presented 64 awards across 27 categories, recognising ‘service excellence’ across all areas of the businesses – sales, service, operations, retail, golf course, food & beverage and management. With 59club continuing to reflect the very best performances, regardless of a venue’s size, scale or profile, by segmenting several individual accolades based on a venue’s average green fee rate, of either above or below £75 per person.

Stoke Park and The Belfry Hotel & Resort picked up the highest prized awards of the evening, The Ultimate Members’ Club, and The Ultimate Golf Resort respectively, withThe Belfry retaining their title for a second consecutive year and Stoke Park having claimed The Ultimate accolade previously in 2015.

Stuart Collier, Stoke Park Director of Golf, said; “It’s a huge honour for the entire team at Stoke Park to be awarded the prize of Ultimate Members’ Club at this year’s 59club annual awards dinner. We have worked very closely with 59club since 2011 and this has enabled us to review, develop and improve the overall member and visitor experience at the club.

“At Stoke Park we are blessed to have world class facilities but we feel the interaction with the staff is the most important element of any visit and we rely on the 59club to provide us with real feedback to monitor, manage and improve this”.  

In addition to being crowned The Ultimate Golf Resort, The Belfry’s celebrations continued, as Chris Reeve retained his Golf Manager of the Year title (>£75 category) with Jacques Hobson crowned Food & Beverage Manager of the Year (> £75 category).

Upon collecting numerous awards personally and on behalf of The Belfry Hotel and Resort, Chris Reeve, Director of Golf, said: Having received crowning glory from 59club once is truly an honour, to maintain the highest prized accolade 2 years in a row across our entire operation amplifies the teams solidarity for delivering the greatest experiences in golf, cementing our position as Europe’s Ultimate Golf Resort. 

“It was fantastic to see Jacques Hobson crowned Food & Beverage Manager of the Year, and retaining the Golf Manager of the Year title is a personal highlight in my career – as we continue to deliver the unforgettable member and guest experience that The Belfry is synonymous with, we all have a lot to celebrate”!

59club’s Industry Benchmark of excellence, it’s Gold, Silver and Bronze Flag Designations, are always a highlight of proceedings. These highly prized accolades recognise member clubs’ and resorts that provide excellent facilities for golfers to enjoy, as well as having achieved the required standard of customer service throughout 2019.

This year, 59club presented 14 ‘Gold Flags’. The deserving winners were: Celtic Manor Resort, Club de Golf Alcanada, Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club, Foxhills Club & Resort, Gleneagles, Golf Son Muntaner, Los Naranjos Golf Club, Monte Rei, Mount Juliet Estate, Rockliffe Hall, Roehampton Club, Stoke Park, The Belfry Hotel & Resort and The Grove.

The Foxhills Collection were left revelling on the night having been awarded Golf Group of the year, with Foxhills Club & Resort achieving Gold Flag status, Golf Operations Team of the Year (> £75 category), and Golf Membership Sales Team of the Year. Further celebrations saw Sophie Whitmore honoured for her Leading Individual Golf Membership Sales Performance, and Sean Graham crowned Golf Retail Manager of the Year (>£75 category).

Marriott Golf also boasted numerous successes on the night, with Forest of Arden seeing Fraser Liston crowned Golf Manager of the Year (<£75 category), with 2 further team awards recognising their Golf Operations and  Golf Sales departments, the latter having been retained for the 4th consecutive year, as well as the venue retaining their Gold Flag status. Tudor Park provided more reason to celebrate after Rachel Palmer was honoured for her Leading Individual Group Golf Sales Performance. St Pierre continued the winning streak having scooped the Golf Membership Sales Team accolade, with Hanbury Manor achieving Silver Flag Status.  

Of this year’s awards, Simon Wordsworth, CEO at 59club, commented: “Forest of Arden was the perfect host for our 10th annual awards ceremony, and my unerring congratulations go to our nominees, tonight’s winners, our supporters and everyone involved with 59club for their commitment to perfecting service standards across our industry. 

10 years ago tonight, we celebrated our first award winning performances, and as I look back at that wealth of data, I am privileged to have witnessed 59club quite literally reinvent member and guest experiences across Golf & Hospitality using technology & data to measure, train and support our clients to achieve service excellence.

Our promise to our clients, and to those just embarking on their journey with 59club – as 12 Franchises take hold around the world servicing golf, leisure, spa & hospitality providers – has always been to continue supporting their customer journey, with new tools and more intel, to equip our most ambitious companies in their pursuit of excellence. The first half of 2020 sees ‘Business Metrics’ and our ‘Education Platform’ launch simultaneously, with many more progressive tools waiting in the wings”.

Other prestigious award winners on the night included Matt Aplin of Goring & Streatley who retained his Greenkeeper of the Year title (<£75 category), with Scott Fenwick & Craig Haldane from Gleneagles crowned Greenkeepers of the Year in the over £75 category.

Jonny Dye of Rockliffe Hall was hailed Golf Retail Manager of the Year (<£75 category), whilst the Food & Beverage Manager of the Year title (<£75 category) was presented to Glenn McNaughton of Long Ashton Golf Club.

Five-time winner, The Vale Resort was awarded Leisure Membership Sales Team of the Year, and Alice Cox-Cooper from The Mere was recognised for her Leading Individual Leisure Membership Sales Performance.

8 ‘Silver Flags’ went to Golf Club Castelconturbia, Frilford Heath Golf Club, Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel & Country Club, La Manga Club, Le Golf National, The Duke’s, St Andrews, The North Berwick Golf Club and Woodhall Spa.

A further 7 ‘Bronze Flag’ Awards were presented to Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club, Gullane Golf Club, Porters Park Golf Club, Royal Automobile Club, Royal Dornoch Golf Club, Sandy Lodge Golf Club and Slaley Hall.

To recognise venues which have shown continued commitment to engage, analyse and enrich their member and guest experience, utilising a collateral of survey tools across 59club’s software platform, 13 ‘Service Excellence’ designations were presented on the night. Recipients included Aldenham Golf & Country Club, Branston Golf & Country Club, Celtic Manor Resort, Cotswold Hills Golf Club, Edgbaston Golf Club, Goring & Streatley Golf Club, Long Ashton Golf Club, Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, Moor Park Golf Club, Mount Juliet Estate, North Middlesex Golf Club, The Scandinavian and Vale Resort. Radyr Golf Club and Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa received distinction in this category achieving the Ultimate Service Excellence honour.

Celebrations continued the following morning as guests re-assembled for the 59club golf day, sponsored by Golf Genius which teed off on the Arden Course, and saw the winning individual Phil Rowsell of Asbri Golf – 59club’s most recent industry partner – claim the Claret Jug, with an individual score of 40 points. The winning team consisted of Eryl Williams, Richard Dinsdale both of Asbri Golf, Chris Dowrick of Foxhills Club & Resort and Will Hewitt, 59club who led a 3-point team victory.

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Full list of award winners can be seen in the table below.

59club ‘Service Excellence’ Award Winners 2019/20:

The Ultimate Members’ Club: Stoke Park

The Ultimate Golf Resort: The Belfry Hotel & Resort

Golf Group of the Year: Foxhills Collection

Gold Flag Designations: Celtic Manor Resort, Club de Golf Alcanada, Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club, Foxhills Club & Resort, Gleneagles, Golf Son Muntaner, Los Naranjos Golf Club, Monte Rei, Mount Juliet Estate, Rockliffe Hall, Roehampton Club, Stoke Park, The Belfry Hotel & Resort and The Grove.

Silver Flag Designations: Golf Club Castelconturbia, Frilford Heath Golf Club, Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel & Country Club, La Manga Club, Le Golf National, The Duke’s, St Andrews, The North Berwick Golf Club and Woodhall Spa.

Bronze Flag Designations: Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club, Gullane Golf Club, Porters Park Golf Club, Royal Automobile Club, Royal Dornoch Golf Club, Sandy Lodge Golf Club and Slaley Hall.

My59 Ultimate Service Excellence Award: Radyr Golf Club and Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa

My59 Service Excellence Award: Aldenham Golf & Country Club, Branston Golf & Country Club, Celtic Manor Resort, Cotswold Hills Golf Club, Edgbaston Golf Club, Goring & Streatley Golf Club, Long Ashton Golf Club, Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, Moor Park Golf Club, Mount Juliet Estate, North Middlesex Golf Club, The Scandinavian and Vale Resort.

Golf Manager of the Year (<£75 green fee): Fraser Liston (Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club – Aylesford Course)

Golf Manager of the Year (>£75 green fee): Chris Reeve (The Belfry Hotel & Resort)

Greenkeeper of the Year (<£75 green fee): Matt Aplin (Goring & Streatley)

Greenkeeper of the Year (>£75 green fee): Scott Fenwick & Craig Haldane (Gleneagles – Kings Course)

Food and Beverage Manager of the Year (<£75 green fee): Glenn McNaughton (Long Ashton Golf Club)

Food and Beverage Manager of the Year (>£75 green fee): Jacques Hobson (The Belfry Hotel & Resort)

Golf Retail Manager of the Year (<£75 green fee): Jonny Dye (Rockliffe Hall)

Golf Retail Manager of the Year (>£75 green fee): Sean Graham (Foxhills Club & Resort)

Golf Operations Team of the Year (<£75 green fee): Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club (Aylesford Course)

Golf Operations Team of the Year (>£75 green fee: Foxhills Club & Resort

Leading Individual Group Golf Sales Performance: Rachel Palmer (Tudor Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club)

Golf Sales Team of the Year: Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club

Leading Individual Golf Membership Sales Performance: Sophie Whitmore (Foxhills Club & Resort)

Golf Membership Sales Team of the Year: Foxhills Club & Resort & St Pierre Marriott Hotel & Country Club

Leading Individual Leisure Membership Sales Performance: Alice Cox-Cooper (The Mere)

Leisure Membership Sales Team of the Year: Vale Resort


Des lieux prestigieux du Royaume-Uni et d’Europe reconnus pour l’excellence de leurs services – cérémonie de remise des prix au Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club

Les meilleurs clubs de l’industrie du golf se sont rendus au Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club, le jeudi 12 mars 2020, dans l’espoir de remporter un “Oscar” de l’industrie lors de la 10e édition des Service Excellence Awards du 59club.

La journée, qui a commencé par une série de séminaires éducatifs inspirants, s’est terminée par une cérémonie de remise de prix qui a honoré les meilleurs prestataires de services à la clientèle pour avoir atteint les plus hauts standards d’excellence en 2019.

Les illustres récompenses de 59club sont déterminées par les scores recueillis lors de leurs audits mystères impartiaux, qui évaluent l’expérience offerte aux golfeurs en visite et aux membres potentiels, conformément aux critères objectifs d’évaluation comparative de 59club. Au cours de la soirée, 59club a remis 64 prix dans 27 catégories, reconnaissant “l’excellence du service” dans tous les domaines des entreprises – ventes, service, opérations, vente au détail, terrain de golf, alimentation et boissons et gestion. 59club continue à refléter les meilleures performances, indépendamment de la taille, de l’échelle ou du profil d’un lieu, en segmentant plusieurs récompenses individuelles basées sur le tarif moyen des green fees d’un lieu, soit supérieur ou inférieur à 80€ par personne.

Stoke Park et The Belfry Hotel & Resort ont remporté les prix les plus prestigieux de la soirée, respectivement The Ultimate Members’ Club et The Ultimate Golf Resort, The Belfry conservant son titre pour une deuxième année consécutive et Stoke Park ayant déjà remporté le prix The Ultimate en 2015.

Stuart Collier, directeur du golf de Stoke Park, a déclaré : “C’est un grand honneur pour toute l’équipe de Stoke Park de recevoir le prix de l’Ultimate Members’ Club lors du dîner de remise des prix annuelle de 59club. Nous travaillons en étroite collaboration avec 59club depuis 2011 et cela nous a permis de revoir, de développer et d’améliorer l’expérience globale des membres et des visiteurs du club.

“Au Stoke Park, nous avons la chance d’avoir des installations de classe mondiale, mais nous pensons que l’interaction avec le personnel est l’élément le plus important de toute visite et nous comptons sur 59club pour nous fournir un véritable retour d’information afin de contrôler, gérer et améliorer cela”.

En plus d’avoir été couronné The Ultimate Golf Resort, les célébrations du Belfry se sont poursuivies, Chris Reeve conservant son titre de directeur de golf de l’année (catégorie > 80€) et Jacques Hobson celui de directeur de la restauration de l’année (catégorie > 80€).

Chris Reeve, directeur du golf, a déclaré après avoir reçu de nombreux prix en personne et au nom du Belfry Hotel and Resort : “Recevoir une fois le couronnement de 59club est un véritable honneur, maintenir la plus haute distinction deux années de suite sur l’ensemble de notre opération amplifie la solidarité des équipes pour offrir les plus grandes expériences de golf, consolidant notre position de Ultimate Golf Resort en Europe.

“C’était fantastique de voir Jacques Hobson couronné Food & Beverage Manager of the Year, et conserver le titre de Golf Manager of the Year est un point culminant personnel dans ma carrière – alors que nous continuons à offrir l’expérience inoubliable aux membres et aux invités dont le Belfry est synonyme, nous avons tous beaucoup à célébrer” !

La référence d’excellence de 59club, c’est-à-dire les drapeaux d’or, d’argent et de bronze, est toujours un point fort des procédures. Ces distinctions très prisées récompensent les clubs et stations membres qui offrent d’excellentes installations aux golfeurs et qui ont atteint le niveau requis de service à la clientèle tout au long de l’année 2019.

Cette année, le 59club a présenté 14 “Drapeau or”. Les gagnants méritants étaient : Celtic Manor Resort, Club de Golf Alcanada, Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club, Foxhills Club & Resort, Gleneagles, Golf Son Muntaner, Los Naranjos Golf Club, Monte Rei, Mount Juliet Estate, Rockliffe Hall, Roehampton Club, Stoke Park, The Belfry Hotel & Resort et The Grove.

La collection Foxhills a fait la fête ce soir-là, après avoir reçu le prix du groupe de golf de l’année. Le Foxhills Club & Resort a obtenu le statut de drapeau d’or, l’équipe des opérations de golf de l’année (catégorie > 80 €) et l’équipe de vente d’adhésions de golf de l’année. D’autres célébrations ont vu Sophie Whitmore récompensée pour ses performances en matière de ventes d’adhésions individuelles au golf, et Sean Graham couronné directeur de la vente au détail de golf de l’année (catégorie > 80 €).

Le Marriott Golf a également connu de nombreux succès au cours de la soirée, Forest of Arden ayant vu Fraser Liston couronné directeur de golf de l’année (catégorie < 80€), et deux autres prix d’équipe récompensant les départements des opérations et des ventes de golf, ce dernier ayant été retenu pour la quatrième année consécutive, et le site conservant son statut de drapeau d’or. Tudor Park a donné une raison supplémentaire de célébrer après que Rachel Palmer a été honorée pour ses performances en matière de ventes de golf individuelles et de groupe. Saint-Pierre a poursuivi sa série de victoires en remportant le prix de l’équipe de vente de membres de golf, et le Hanbury Manor a obtenu le statut de drapeau d’argent.

Simon Wordsworth, PDG du 59club, a commenté l’attribution des prix de cette année : “Forest of Arden était l’hôte parfait pour notre 10e cérémonie annuelle de remise des prix, et mes félicitations infaillibles vont à nos nominés, aux gagnants de ce soir, à nos supporters et à tous ceux qui participent au 59club pour leur engagement à perfectionner les normes de service dans notre industrie.

Il y a 10 ans ce soir, nous avons célébré nos premières performances primées, et lorsque je regarde cette richesse de données, je suis privilégié d’avoir vu le 59club réinventer littéralement les expériences de ses membres et de ses invités dans le secteur du golf et de l’hôtellerie en utilisant la technologie et les données pour mesurer, former et soutenir nos clients afin d’atteindre l’excellence du service.

Notre promesse à nos clients, et à ceux qui viennent de se lancer dans leur aventure avec 59club – alors que 12 franchises s’implantent dans le monde entier au service des fournisseurs de services de golf, de loisirs, de spa et d’hôtellerie – a toujours été de continuer à soutenir le voyage de nos clients, avec de nouveaux outils et plus d’informations, pour équiper nos entreprises les plus ambitieuses dans leur quête de l’excellence. La première moitié de 2020 verra le lancement simultané de “Business Metrics” et de notre “Education Platform”, avec de nombreux autres outils progressifs qui attendent dans les coulisses”.

Parmi les autres lauréats prestigieux de la soirée figurait Matt Aplin de Goring & Streatley qui a conservé son titre de Greenkeeper of the Year (catégorie < 80€), tandis que Scott Fenwick & Craig Haldane de Gleneagles ont été couronnés Greenkeepers of the Year dans la catégorie des plus de 80€.

Jonny Dye, de Rockliffe Hall, a été salué comme le directeur de la vente au détail de produits de golf de l’année (catégorie < 80€), tandis que le titre de directeur de la restauration de l’année (catégorie < 80€) a été remis à Glenn McNaughton, du club de golf Long Ashton.

The Vale Resort a remporté à cinq reprises le prix de l’équipe de vente de l’année dans la catégorie des membres loisirs, et Alice Cox-Cooper de The Mere a été récompensée pour ses performances en matière de vente de membres loisirs individuels.

8 “Drapeau d’argent” ont été décernés au Golf Club Castelconturbia, au Frilford Heath Golf Club, au Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel & Country Club, au La Manga Club, au Golf National, au Duke’s, à St Andrews, au North Berwick Golf Club et au Woodhall Spa.

7 autres prix “Drapeau de bronze” ont été décernés à l’hôtel Dalmahoy & Country Club, au Gullane Golf Club, au Porters Park Golf Club, au Royal Automobile Club, au Royal Dornoch Golf Club, au Sandy Lodge Golf Club et au Slaley Hall.

Afin de récompenser les établissements qui ont fait preuve d’un engagement continu pour engager, analyser et enrichir l’expérience de leurs membres et de leurs invités, en utilisant une série d’outils d’enquête sur la plate-forme logicielle du 59club, 13 désignations “Excellence du service” ont été décernées au cours de la soirée. Parmi les lauréats, on compte l’Aldenham Golf & Country Club, le Branston Golf & Country Club, le Celtic Manor Resort, le Cotswold Hills Golf Club, l’Edgbaston Golf Club, le Goring & Streatley Golf Club, le Long Ashton Golf Club, les Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, le Moor Park Golf Club, le Mount Juliet Estate, le North Middlesex Golf Club, le Scandinavian and Vale Resort. Le Radyr Golf Club et le Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa ont reçu une distinction dans cette catégorie, obtenant ainsi l’honneur de l’excellence du service ultime.

Les célébrations se sont poursuivies le lendemain matin, alors que les invités se sont rassemblés pour la journée de golf du 59club, sponsorisée par Golf Genius, qui a débuté sur le parcours Arden, et a vu le gagnant individuel Phil Rowsell de l’Asbri Golf – le plus récent partenaire industriel du 59club – remporter le Claret Jug, avec un score individuel de 40 points. L’équipe gagnante était composée d’Eryl Williams, Richard Dinsdale, tous deux d’Asbri Golf, Chris Dowrick du Foxhills Club & Resort et Will Hewitt, 59club, qui a mené une équipe victorieuse de 3 points.

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La liste complète des lauréats figure dans le tableau ci-dessous.

59clubs gagnants du prix “Excellence du service” 2019/20 :

Le Club des membres ultimes : Stoke Park

L’Ultimate Golf Resort : Le Belfry Hotel & Resort

Groupe de golf de l’année : Collection Foxhills

Désignations du drapeau d’or : Celtic Manor Resort, Club de Golf Alcanada, Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club, Foxhills Club & Resort, Gleneagles, Golf Son Muntaner, Los Naranjos Golf Club, Monte Rei, Mount Juliet Estate, Rockliffe Hall, Roehampton Club, Stoke Park, The Belfry Hotel & Resort et The Grove.

Désignations du drapeau d’argent : Golf Club Castelconturbia, Frilford Heath Golf Club, Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel & Country Club, La Manga Club, Le Golf National, The Duke’s, St Andrews, The North Berwick Golf Club et Woodhall Spa.

Désignations du drapeau de bronze : Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club, Gullane Golf Club, Porters Park Golf Club, Royal Automobile Club, Royal Dornoch Golf Club, Sandy Lodge Golf Club et Slaley Hall.

My59 Ultimate Service Excellence Award : Radyr Golf Club et Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa

My59 Service Excellence Award : Aldenham Golf & Country Club, Branston Golf & Country Club, Celtic Manor Resort, Cotswold Hills Golf Club, Edgbaston Golf Club, Goring & Streatley Golf Club, Long Ashton Golf Club, Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, Moor Park Golf Club, Mount Juliet Estate, North Middlesex Golf Club, The Scandinavian and Vale Resort.

Gestionnaire de golf de l’année (< 80€ de green fee) : Fraser Liston (Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club – Aylesford Course)

Gestionnaire de golf de l’année (> 80€ de green fee) : Chris Reeve (The Belfry Hotel & Resort)

Greenkeeper de l’année (<80€ de green fee) : Matt Aplin (Goring & Streatley)

Greenkeeper de l’année (>80€ de green fee) : Scott Fenwick & Craig Haldane (Gleneagles – Kings Course)

Responsable de l’année dans le domaine de l’alimentation et des boissons (<80€de green fee) : Glenn McNaughton (Club de golf Long Ashton)

Responsable de l’année dans le domaine de l’alimentation et des boissons (>80€ de green fee) : Jacques Hobson (The Belfry Hotel & Resort)

Responsable de l’année dans le secteur du golf (<80€ de green fee) : Jonny Dye (Rockliffe Hall)

Responsable de l’année dans le secteur de la vente au détail de produits de golf (>80€ de green fee) : Sean Graham (Foxhills Club & Resort)

Équipe de l’année pour les opérations de golf (<80€ de green fee) : Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club (Aylesford Course)

Équipe de l’année pour les opérations de golf (>80€ de green fee : Foxhills Club & Resort

Leader des ventes individuelles de golf en groupe : Rachel Palmer (Tudor Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club)

Équipe de vente de l’année pour le golf : Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club

Meilleure performance des ventes d’adhésions individuelles au golf : Sophie Whitmore (Foxhills Club & Resort)

Équipe de vente de l’année pour les adhésions au golf : Foxhills Club & Resort & St Pierre Marriott Hotel & Country Club

Leader des ventes d’adhésions individuelles de loisirs : Alice Cox-Cooper (The Mere)

Equipe de vente de l’année pour les membres loisirs : Vale Resort

C’est Paul Armitage qui pilotera l’expansion de 59club (services de satisfaction à la clientèle) à travers l’Europe de l’Ouest, le Maroc et la Tunisie.

-59club poursuit sa croissance avec la création de la division Europe de l’Ouest et Afrique du Nord afin d’améliorer les ventes et les services, en augmentant la satisfaction de la clientèle, le chiffre d’affaires et les bénéfices-

30 Janvier 2020: Les clubs de golf et de loisirs les hôtels, les restaurants et les destinations spa peuvent désormais bénéficier d’une vision approfondie de leurs succès opérationnels et des domaines en quête d’amélioration grâce à la formation d’une division dédiée à la France ; Belgique; La Hollande; Suisse; Allemagne; Autriche; Maroc et en Tunisie.

La nouvelle division sera pilotée par le très décoré Directeur Général du Golf National à Paris; Paul Armitage, qui, parallèlement à ses autres engagements sera également co-propriétaire et conduira l’expansion de 59club en Europe de l’Ouest eten Afrique du Nord. Il s’agit du tout dernier ajout aux plus grands spécialistes du service à la clientèle du monde – actuellement en activité à travers le Royaume-Uni, l’Europe, le Moyen-Orient, l’Afrique, l’Asie et les États-Unis.

59club est réputé pour leurs outils de gestion de la performance, leurs enquêtes sur la satisfaction de la clientèle, leurs audits d’achats mystères, tandis que leurs services de formation et d’éducation sont largement considérés comme les meilleurs de leur catégorie dans l’industrie.

Comptant de nombreux sites leaders mondiaux, 59club offre une voie acclamée pour mesurer et développer les niveaux de service à la clientèle et les performances des ventes du personnel. Leur savoir-faire et leur expertise détiennent la clé de la croissance, ce qui augmente considérablement l’acquisition, la satisfaction, la fidélisation et la rentabilité des entreprises de toutes tailles.

59club est présent à travers l’Europe depuis plus de 10 ans après avoir engagé avec de nombreux sites de golf et d’hospitalité de premier plan, y compris European Tour Destinations; Le Golf National, Terre Blanche, Diamond Country Club et Golf Club St Leon-Rot aux côtés de Monte Rei, Alcanada et La Manga parmi beaucoup d’autres. Avec une présence locale dédiée, l’emprise du 59club dans la région est prête à perfectionner l’expérience de golf, de loisirs et d’hospitalité offerte aux consommateurs tout en poussant les revenus du club vers de nouveaux sommets.

Le tableau de bord en ligne de 59club permet à ces gestionnaires de comparer les résultats à l’indice de référence de l’industrie, aux propriétés les plus performantes  et même aux sites concurrents directs de leur choix, ce qui en fait l’un des seuls moyens pour les sites de mesurer leur rendement à l’intérieur leur marché.

Après le lancement de 59club Europe de l’Ouest et Afrique du Nord, le PDG de 59club, Simon Wordsworth, a déclaré: «Nous sommes absolument ravis d’étendre notre gamme de services en Europe et en Afrique du Nord et de démarrer avec le lancement de cette nouvelle entreprise. 59club est une affaire de personnes, nous ne pouvions pas demander de meilleurs partenaires pour diriger cette division que Paul Armitage et Sylvain Marcati qui piloteront notre expansion dans la région. Nous avons la plus grande confiance en eux deux. Nos outils de collecte de données et d’analyse aideront les clubs de golf et autres établissements hôteliers à tirer le meilleur parti de leurs activités et à remettre le service client au premier plan de la gestion des clubs et des resorts. C’est formidable de voir notre produit maintenant disponible en français. “

Paul travaille dans l’industrie du golf depuis 2003. Il a occupé plusieurs postes de manager de site avant de rejoindre les sièges des groupes et mener à bien le développement de marques telles que LeClub Golf.

Paul a rejoint la Fédération Française de Golf en 2014 pour aider à préparer Le Golf National, non seulement pour accueillir la Ryder Cup 2018, mais aussi pour élever les niveaux de service et d’expérience pour ressembler à ceux d’autres destinations de golf de tournois majeurs à travers le monde.

Travailler avec les outils du 59club pour aider à améliorer les normes et avec la connaissance de Paul des besoins des golfeurs modernes – c’est une combinaison pour réussir. C’était donc un choix évident pour Paul d’aider à amener 59club sur des marchés plus larges à travers l’Europe occidentale, le Maroc et la Tunisie.

Le service client doit être la priorité numéro un de tous les gestionnaires de golf et hôteliers», a déclaré Paul Armitage, associé de 59club Europe de l’Ouest et Afrique du Nord. «Dans le monde d’aujourd’hui, la concurrence est féroce. Une fois que vous perdez un client à cause d’un mauvais service, il est probable qu’il ne reviendra jamais. C’est pourquoi 59club a été créé. Il s’agit du seul outil d’analyse comparative spécifique au golf, aux loisirs et à l’hôtellerie au monde qui fournit ce type d’analyse objective, garantissant que les opérateurs prennent des décisions éclairées pour accroître la fidélisation de la clientèle.

Je suis extrêmement fier d’avoir excellé avec l’aide d’outils fournis par 59club au Golf National, et tout aussi enthousiaste à l’idée de générer les mêmes succès importants pour mes pairs à travers la région, qu’une association avec 59club offre.


Paul Armitage to drive 59club’s expansion of customer satisfaction services across West Europe, Morocco & Tunisia.

59club continues growth with formation of West Europe & North Africa division to improve sales and service etiquette, increasing customer satisfaction, revenue and profits

January 30, 2020: Golf and leisure clubs, hotels, restaurants and spa destinations can now benefit from an in-depth vision into their operational successes and areas in need of improvement thanks to the formation of a dedicated division set to cover France; Belgium; Holland; Switzerland; Germany; Austria; Morocco and Tunisia.

The new division will be led by the highly decorated General Manager of La Golf National; Paul Armitage, who alongside his commitments with the club will also co-own and drive 59club’s expansion into Western Europe & North Africa, the latest addition to the world’s leading customer service specialists – currently operating across the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the USA.

59club are famed for their market-leading performance management tools, their customer satisfaction surveys, mystery shopping audits, whilst their training and education services are widely regarded as best-in-class across the industry.

Trusted by many of the world’s leading venues, 59club delivers an acclaimed route to measure and develop customer service levels and staff sales performance. Their intel and expertise hold the key to drive growth, providing a significant increase to customer acquisition, satisfaction, retention & profitability within businesses of all sizes.

59club has been trading across Europe for over 10 years having engaged with many of the leading golf & hospitality venues including European Tour Destinations; La Golf National, Terre Blanche, Diamond Country Club and Golf Club St Leon-Rot alongside Monte Rei, Alcanada and La Manga amongst many others.  With a dedicated local presence, 59club’s hold in the region is set to perfect the golf, leisure and hospitality experience afforded to consumers whilst driving club revenues to new heights.   

59club’s online dashboard allows these managers to compare results to the industry benchmark, elite-performing properties and even direct competitor venues of their choice, making it one of the only ways for venues to measure how well they are performing within their market.

Following the launch of 59club West Europe & North Africa, 59club CEO, Simon Wordsworth, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to extend our scope of service into Europe and North Africa and hit the ground running, with the launch of this new business. 59club is all about the people, we couldn’t ask for better partners to lead this division than Paul Armitage & Sylvain Marcati who will drive our expansion within the region. We have the utmost confidence in them both. Our objective data-collection and analytical models will help golf clubs and other hospitality properties to achieve more out of their operations and begin to put customer service at the forefront of club and resort management once again. It’s great to see our product now available in the French language.”

Paul has been working in the golf industry since 2003. He has filled several roles as GM and building brand reputation and business in various golf facilities, and also as Managing Director for one of Europe’s leading Golf Networks.

Paul joined the French Golf Federation in 2014 to help prepare Le Golf National, not only to host the 2018 Ryder Cup, but also to raise the levels of service and experience to resemble that of other major tournament golf destinations around the world. 

Working with 59club tools to help improve standards, and with Paul’s knowledge of the needs of modern golfers – it has been a recipe for success. It was therefore an obvious choice for Paul to help bring 59club to wider markets across Western Europe, Morocco & Tunisia.

Customer service has to be the number one priority for all hospitality providers” said Paul Armitage, Managing Partner of 59club Western Europe & North Africa. “In today’s world, competition is fierce. Once you lose a customer to poor service, they are likely never to return. That’s why 59club was created. It’s the only golf, leisure and hospitality-specific benchmarking tool in the world that provides this type of objective analysis, ensuring operators are making informed decisions to increase customer retention.

“I am extremely proud to have excelled under the armoury of tools provided by 59club at La Golf National, and equally as excited to drive the same significant successes for my peers across the region, that an association with 59club delivers.”

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