Aorangi Golf have begun a new chapter in the way it provides golf services to its 27 affiliate clubs and 4000 members in Mid and South Canterbury.
In late 2015, in an effort to improve the quality, efficiency and cost of the services it provides, the Aorangi Golf Board made the bold move to outsource its administration services to neighbouring district Canterbury Golf.
Four months later the Board agree that the move has been a resounding success.
All District communications and correspondence are being provided via the Canterbury Golf office in Christchurch, who have three full-time staff available to support Aorangi Golf. Clubs have already noticed an improvement in the timeliness and quality of information being provided, and interclub competitions.
As part of the offering, Aorangi Golf now has a new website with improved functionality. This direct communication link is proving to be a huge hit, particularly with members, who can now access up-to-date interclub information and news.
Increasing sponsorship income is also another goal, with a small success already gained. $13,000 was recently received from Trust Aoraki to help with representative costs.
Aorangi Golf remain an autonomous entity with the Board making all governance decisions. All finances are still overseen by Aorangi Golf.
“With the success of what we have done, I believe this will be a model for other golf districts, and sports to follow” says Canterbury Golf General Manager Grant Lewis. “Creating efficiencies around administration and operational services is something that all district sports bodies should look at, particularly smaller ones that sometimes do not have the income base to add value to their member clubs” continues Lewis.
“We could not have done this without the degree of goodwill and friendship that exists between us and Canterbury” says Aorangi Golf President Gavin Smith. “We have actually formalized a partnership between Aorangi, Tasman and Canterbury called Mainland Golf. This will be an important tool for providing golf services in the mid and upper South Island going forward.” continues Smith.
Community Golf Manager to be employed
An employment process has begun to employ a Community Golf Manager for the district. This full-time position will provide golf development and club capability services to clubs and members. The position is seen as critical for the district as many club are struggling to be sustainable in today’s sporting environment. Support will be provided on how to run their business operations, and engage people to take up golf and join the club. It is envisaged the role will start in June.