Golf Club Governance

Understanding the dynamics of boards and committees at any golf facility is crucial to ensuring an effective operation. Board structures in a private course setting will be discussed in detail. The decision-making process at golf clubs and board and committee dynamics will also be covered. Club strategy and policy matters will be explored as well as the role of golf associations and their involvement in the golf industry. Throughout the course, students will acquire a working knowledge of the concepts associated with effective club management through insightful discussion groups, involved assignments and readings.

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On March 31, 2001 the membership of the Ontario Golf Association (est. 1923) and the Ontario Ladies' Golf Association (est. 1926) voted overwhelmingly to amalgamate the two organizations and form a single golf association to be known as the Golf Association of Ontario. The GAO gained official status in November 2001. The association was rebranded as Golf Ontario in 2015.

The OGA and the OLGA represented Ontario golfers for over 75 years. As such, Golf Ontario inherits a long and rich history. With over 420 member clubs and over 115,000 individual members, Golf Ontario is one of the largest golf associations in the world.

As the governing body of amateur golf in Ontario, it has an affiliation with Golf Canada, which serves a national mandate.

Golf Ontario plays an important role in supporting and promoting many aspects of the game, including a provision of services to member clubs and to individual members as well as contributing to the “Good of the Game.”

The GAO is a non-profit organization governed by a volunteer board of directors and supported by volunteer committees and club representatives throughout the province. Each member club has the opportunity to designate representatives to work with Golf Ontario and to represent the club's interests within the association. The strength of Golf Ontario lies in its broad range of membership support throughout Ontario. 

Course Professors

George Pinches George Pinches is a director with Global Golf Advisors. A former COO at Hamilton G&CC, Mr. Pinches boasts more than 30 years’ experience as a private club GM, having managed five clubs in three Canadian provinces. He has also been involved in a presidential capacity for both the Canadian Society of Club Managers and the Club Managers Association of America, while guest speaking at several industry events. A 2007 ScoreGolf Manager of the Year Award winner and former instructor in the Golf Management program at Grant McEwen College in Edmonton, Mr. Pinches has been involved in a number of PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, Canadian Tour and world championship golf events. With studious attention to the details of governance in private clubs over the course of career, Mr. Pinches honed his ability to work with boards and committees, and considers it a key factor to success in club management.
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