What we can learn from John Wooden

John Wooden, the Hall of Fame basketball coach from UCLA was a great teacher and leader of men. When a new season began each fall, Coach Wooden started out with the basics, the extreme basics. During the first few practices, Wooden would instruct his players on the proper way to put their socks on! What? Yes, this is true. Wooden was teaching his team how to win championships, and part of that coaching was learning how to play 40 minutes a game minus blisters.   Each year Wooden created a great basics plan that led his UCLA Bruins to 10 NCAA championships, 7 in a row!

Honma Golf hires former TaylorMade chief

Former TaylorMade president and CEO Mark King has joined Honma Golf, a high-end Japanese clubmaker, as a consultant.

King, 58, who ran Adidas-owned TaylorMade from 1999 to 2014, is expected to direct Honma’s efforts to raise its brand profile in the U.S. Though officially listed as an adviser to Honma Golf Chairman Liu Jianguo, a Chinese businessman who purchased the company out of bankruptcy in 2005, a company employee told Golf Digest that King will be in charge of the firm.

Study: $1.1 billion spent on club upgrades

Clubs in Florida invested more than $1.1 billion in capital improvements between 2015 and 2017, according to a new report from the financial consulting firm RSM US.

The findings are included in the firm’s recently released 2018-19 edition of “Trends in Private Clubs.” This is the firm’s 44th annual report on the financial and operational trends in private clubs throughout Florida, the state with the highest concentration of clubs. 

Texas club completes $8.2 million project

Gleneagles Country Club recently wrapped up an $8.2 million improvement program.

Work at the Plano, Texas, private club included construction of a new restaurant and grill area, outdoor terrace, bar and wine cellar and women’s locker room. In addition, upgrades were made to Gleneagles’ two 18-hole course courses (originally designed by Robert von Hagge and Bruce Devlin), driving range, tennis courts, pool facilities, fitness club and kids club. 

The ClubCorp-managed facility, founded in 1985, made the improvements over a six-year period.

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