Toronto, Canada: Asian Golf Industry Federation (AGIF) Golf Facility member Suzhou Jinji Lake International Golf Club has been named among the winners in the inaugural Global Golf Advisors Institute for Best Practice (GGA IBP) Excellence Awards.
The seven winners of the GGA IBP Excellence Awards – an undertaking supported by the AGIF – have been announced in anticipation of the awards ceremony which will take place at the CMAA World Conference in San Antonio, Texas on March 9.
A delegation of 34, including representatives from the seven winning clubs, will travel from China to the city of the Alamo to join golf industry dignitaries from North America and Europe in a celebration aimed at recognising excellence in Chinese club management.
Guest speakers will include Club Corp Chief Executive Officer Eric Affeldt and Jim Singerling, recently retired Chief Executive Officer of the Club Managers Association of America.
The awards are the culmination of 12 months of research and analysis co-ordinated by Global Golf Advisors with 100 of the world’s top clubs from China, North America and Europe.
The Excellence Award Panel which determined those clubs worthy of acknowledgement, includes; Dr Aylwin Tai (CMAA-China Chapter); Henry DeLozier (Global Golf Advisors); Jim James (Augusta National Golf Club); Arthur Yeo (Reignwood Group); Steve Mona (World Golf Foundation) and Jonathan Smith (Golf Environment Organisation).
The clubs accepting awards are;
-Foshan Golf Club (Customer and Member Service)
-Agile Golf & Country Club (Community Contribution)
-Guangzhou Nansha Golf Club (Commitment to Junior Golf)
-Nicklaus Club Beijing (Golf Course Maintenance)
-Suzhou Jinji Lake International Golf Club (Environmental Sustainability)
-Kunming Sunshine Golf Club (Human Resource Management)
-CITIC Lake Golf Club (Excellence in Sales and Marketing)
The Global Golf Advisors Institute for Best Practice is a collaboration with CMAA-China Chapter, Golf Magazine China Edition and has the support of the World Golf Foundation, the Club Managers Association of America, the AGIF, Golf Environment Organisation and the Tourism College of Sun Yat-Sen University.
It aims to research, analyse and share best practices among participating clubs with a view to improving the performance of clubs in an array of management disciplines.
Rob Hill, a partner with Global Golf Advisors EMEA Office and Director of the Institute said: “The Institute for Best Practice exists to facilitate a culture of information sharing amongst golf clubs and resorts around the world committed to improving operational performance whilst saving time and money.
“Sharing best practices is a key part attributing to the success of any golf business. While it’s important to learn from individual experiences, it can be more effective to learn from the experiences, mistakes and successes of others.”
Managed by IMG, Jinji Lake International Golf Club is located in the Suzhou Industrial Park, between Jinji Lake and Dushu Lake. The Gary Player-designed 27-hole course is a creative and unique combination of three different styles of nine-hole layout – Links, Wetlands, and the night lighted Forest course.
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