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  • Writer's pictureDamien Connolly

Mickey Mouse Golf - What Can Your Club Learn From Disney?

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In today's highly competitive landscape, businesses across industries seek inspiration from successful organisations that have consistently raised the bar in customer service and experience. One such organisation is The Walt Disney Company, renowned for its magical experiences and exceptional guest service.

I recently finished reading The Disney Way by Bill Capodagli and Lynn Jackson, which presents an in-depth analysis of Disney's customer-centric approach, emphasising key principles and strategies that have driven its success over the years (I highly recommend checking it out!).

The book encapsulates the core values, leadership styles, and operational practices contributing to Disney's unique brand of excellence. By examining these principles, golf clubs can gain valuable insights into how they can enhance their offerings and engage with members in a more impactful manner. The Disney Way holds the potential to inspire golf clubs to elevate their member experiences, create lasting memories, and cultivate loyalty.

I have shared my top three takeaways below, along with how your club could consider adding some Disney magic to its experience:

Top Three Takeaways:

1. Create a Memorable Experience:

Disney is renowned for creating unforgettable experiences and transporting guests to different worlds. Your club can apply this principle by focusing on crafting extraordinary moments for its members. By paying attention to the smallest details and infusing creativity into every aspect of the club experience, golf clubs can create an atmosphere that is engaging, immersive, and leaves a lasting impression. This may include personalised greetings, unique member events, and creating visually appealing environments that evoke a sense of enchantment.

2. Empower and Engage Employees:

Disney places great emphasis on hiring, training, and empowering its employees, known as "cast members." Golf clubs can adopt this approach by investing in comprehensive training programs, fostering a culture of exceptional service, and empowering their staff to go above and beyond to meet member needs. By creating a supportive and inclusive work environment, clubs can foster a sense of ownership and pride among employees, leading to improved member interactions and overall satisfaction.

3. Continual Improvement and Innovation:

Disney consistently strives for excellence and embraces a culture of innovation. Golf clubs can follow suit by regularly evaluating and improving their offerings. By actively seeking member feedback, leveraging technology to enhance operational efficiency, and embracing new trends in the golf industry, clubs can stay ahead of the curve and provide a fresh and relevant experience. This might include implementing mobile apps for convenient tee time bookings, introducing innovative golfing formats, or leveraging data analytics to personalise member experiences.

How Golf Clubs Can Adopt These Takeaways:

1. Member-Centric Approach:

Golf clubs should prioritise the needs and preferences of their members at every touchpoint. This entails understanding member expectations, preferences, and aspirations. Clubs can conduct member surveys, gather feedback, and utilise the insights to tailor their offerings accordingly. By personalising services, anticipating member needs, and creating customised experiences, golf clubs can forge deeper connections and foster loyalty among their members.

2. Training and Empowerment:

Investing in comprehensive training programs for staff members is crucial. By providing ongoing training on customer service, effective communication, and problem-solving, clubs can equip their employees with the skills and knowledge needed to deliver exceptional experiences. Empowerment is equally important, as clubs should encourage employees to take ownership of member interactions and provide the flexibility to make decisions that prioritise member satisfaction.

3. Embrace Technology and Innovation:

Golf clubs should leverage technology to enhance the member experience. This could involve implementing streamlined online tee time reservations, mobile apps for seamless communication, and innovative course management systems (GPS tracking, .etc). Furthermore, clubs can explore collaborations with technology providers to integrate emerging technologies such as virtual reality golf simulators or data analytics tools that can provide valuable insights into member preferences and behaviour.

By embracing the principles outlined in The Disney Way, your club can transform its member experiences, foster loyalty, and create a unique brand identity. Creating memorable experiences, empowering employees, and embracing innovation can elevate its offerings and stand out in a competitive market. Let the spirit of Disney inspire your golf club to embark on a journey of #alwaysimproving (our company motto) and enchanting members with exceptional service at every turn.



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Damien Connolly, the Director of Consulting Services at mygolfGroup, brings over sixteen years of experience in the #businessofgolf. Throughout his career, Damien has held various roles in operations, sales, and management, working with renowned venues and management companies. He has also provided consultancy and training to golf clubs across Ireland as part of the Confederation of Golf in Ireland.

Damien's expertise lies in areas such as sales and marketing growth, membership development, governance, operations, change management, and strategic planning.

As the leader of mygolfGroup's Club Consultancy Services, he oversees company operations and works closely with our partners. Damien's primary focus is on guiding clubs towards achieving their goals and sharing best practices to drive continuous improvement within the golf industry.

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