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“Dear Club, I Quit.” – Not so fast my friend!

Resigning from a private club is a very serious proposition for both parties involved. Club leadership needs to be aware of the desire of the current member to leave/resign from the club. A resignation from the club has a significant effect... Continue Reading →

23 Can’t Miss Booths at the CMAA World Conference – Club Business Expo

Creative Golf Marketing is honored to be listed as one of the 'can't miss' exhibitors at the CMAA World Conference - Club Business Expo in the January/February issue of the Club Management magazine. The two-day Club Business Expo features 250... Continue Reading →

Maximizing the Membership Director

Consultant Steve Graves is a big fan of membership directors and their function in bolstering membership numbers in clubs. "The private club industry has been improving because of these talented professionals," Graves declared during the World Conference on Club Management... Continue Reading →

Create New Relationships With Your Food

Membership Professionals and Communication Directors are always seeking out a story or a fun highlight to recognize a group or individual within the club. One leadership position in the private club industry that is not represented as publicly as other... Continue Reading →

How to Make the Most of a Fresh Start

Thorough planning will provide your private club with a road map for informed decision making. Starting 2018 with a solid game plan and the understanding of previous efforts, successes and failures, will ensure you are planning a productive strategy and,... Continue Reading →

Thank You For a Job Well Done

Like most clubs, members can be a little skeptical at trying new marketing strategies, but your enthusiasm, experience and business model for setting up our program was tremendous. From our first conversation and throughout the program, I had the utmost... Continue Reading →

2017 Excellence in Achievement Award

Creative Golf Marketing is grateful and honored to announce that we have been awarded the "Membership Marketing Firm of the Year" for 2017 by BoardRoom Magazine; representing the 16th designation in the last 18 years of the 'Excellence in Achievement' Awards!... Continue Reading →

Creative Golf Marketing a Proud Sponsor of the PCMA

Creative Golf Marketing is proud to announce our new sponsorship with the Professional Club Marketing Association and becoming one of only five Premier Professional Club Resources for Membership Professionals within the private club industry. "We are extremely pleased and excited... Continue Reading →

Making New Member Orientation a Top Priority

With most club staff members handling multiple duties, the new member introduction/orientation process many times falls through the cracks.

Advisers of the Year – Golf Inc.

Members of Fargo Country Club knew they needed help. For several years, the private club in Fargo, N.D., had suffered from the double whammy of a high membership attrition rate and difficulty attracting new members. "After 10 straight years of net membership loss, it... Continue Reading →

Addressing Adult Children

One of the best ways for golfing members to introduce the club to friends and business associates who might join, is through an invitation to play golf. Conversely, notes membership marketing specialist Steve Graves, one of the best ways to have members not invite prospects is to overcharge them for that privilege.

Golf Inc. Strategies Summit

The Smartest Minds in Private Clubs Steve Graves, President and Founder of Creative Golf Marketing, will be providing attendees with a forecast of current Trends, Challenges and Opportunities facing the private club industry. September 25 - 27, 2017 The Ritz-Carlton... Continue Reading →

Rethinking Guest Green Fees when Prospects Play

One of the best ways for golfing members to introduce the club to friends and business associates who might join, is through an invitation to play golf. Conversely, notes membership marketing specialist Steve Graves, one of the best ways to have members not invite prospects is to overcharge them for that privilege.

Private Club Radio Podcast with Steve Graves

In this episode, we’re joined by Steve Graves, President of Creative Golf Marketing. Steve discusses four of the false narratives that plague the private club industry. He’ll show you what those are and how you can combat them in your... Continue Reading →

PGA Magazine Cover Story – Fargo Country Club and Creative Golf Marketing

Fargo Country Club completes turnaround by flood-proofing course and hiring Creative Golf Marketing (Golf Digest Editor's Choice - Best Membership Marketing Firm) to assist in retaining and recruiting members. "We were seeing a net decrease of 10 members each year, which is... Continue Reading →

Engaging the New Millennial Legacy

An increasingly common question asked in Boardrooms of today is, “Can my adult children enjoy the privileges of our private club membership?” The private club industry would be wise to reconsider their stance on what is the most standard policies... Continue Reading →

Golf Digest Editor’s Choice – Best Membership Marketing

Golf Digest has recognized Creative Golf Marketing as the recipient of the 2017 Editor’s Choice Best Membership Marketing Firm in their May issue. Golfers have looked to Golf Digest’s ‘Best of’ rankings as the complete guide to services, products and... Continue Reading →

Knocked it out the park

"Steve, you knocked it out of the park. We have had very positive feedback tonight. Thank you!" Thad Fortin, Owner French Creek Golf Club

Thank you very much!

Your presentation was very valuable for the Members to get a broader perspective on the market for private club memberships.

The Results were Phenomenal!

Simply put, hiring Creative Golf Marketing may be one of the best decisions this club has ever made. After 10 straight years of net membership loss, new management felt it was time to do something different. After careful due diligence,... Continue Reading →

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