Global Golf Advisors Announces Exciting Brand Transformation

– Trusted advisor to the golf, private club and leisure industries becomes GGA Partners™
– New brand identity supports firm’s progression into a new era, beyond golf
– GGA Partners™ targets further expansion across a changing private club, leisure and investment landscape

(Toronto, Canada – February 6) Global Golf Advisors, the international consulting firm working with many of the world’s most successful golf courses, private clubs, resorts and residential communities, today announces the start of a new era as it becomes GGA Partners™.

Established in 1992 as North America’s KPMG Golf Industry Practice and headquartered in Toronto, Canada, the company has provided industry-leading advisory services to more than 3,000 clients worldwide.

Its team of experienced professionals assist owners, asset managers, club and community leaders, investors and real estate developers tackle challenges, achieve objectives and maximize asset performance.

Its evolution from Global Golf Advisors perfectly links its rich business heritage with new and significant market opportunities, reflecting a changing private club, leisure and investment landscape, while continuing to emphasize its perennial values and its trusted position across the global golf industry.

Over the past decade, the firm has been increasingly engaged in a multitude of successful consulting projects in the club and leisure space where golf amenities have not been present – from private city clubs to business clubs, beach clubs, mountain clubs, yacht clubs, destination resorts and residential real estate developments.

Derek Johnston, Partner at GGA Partners™, commented: “Today is an important milestone in the continued advancement of our business. Our new brand proudly celebrates the heritage of Global Golf Advisors by continuing with the acronym by which the firm has become commonly known; but it also acknowledges the growth we have enjoyed and communicates our bright future, as a consulting firm that has evolved into a club and leisure powerhouse.”

Significantly, three ‘progression bars’ that form the visual icon within the new GGA Partners™  logo reverberate the firm’s process, ‘Insight, Strategy, Success’, leveraging in-depth business intelligence and proprietary global data to deliver impactful strategic solutions and lasting success for its clients.

The company’s new brand colors symbolize stability, professionalism, trust, health, virtue, and force, while dynamic typography accents the bold, modern, and striking approach to its work.

Johnston concluded: “Our new brand excellently positions us for continued growth, reflects our status as a leading international consulting firm, and underlines how we work in partnership with clients to tackle challenges, achieve business objectives and maximize asset performance.”

GGA Partners™ has offices in Toronto, Canada; Phoenix, USA, and Dublin, Ireland.

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Press release issued on behalf of GGA Partners™, by Landmark Golf Marketing & Communications.


GGA Partners™ contact:

Bennett DeLozier
t: +1-602-614-2100

Media contact:

Michael Roberts
Head of Digital Marketing
Landmark Golf Marketing & Communications
t: +44 (0)1780 752790


About GGA Partners™

GGA Partners™ is an international consulting firm and trusted advisor to many of the world’s most successful golf courses, private clubs, resorts and residential communities.  We are dedicated to helping owners, asset managers, club and community leaders, investors and real estate developers tackle challenges, achieve objectives and maximize asset performance.

Established in 1992 as the KPMG Golf Industry Practice, our global team of experienced professionals leverage in-depth business intelligence and proprietary global data to deliver impactful strategic solutions and lasting success.

A Better Way to Communicate

Churning out communications to your members with little thought for who you are speaking to and what medium you are using is not a recipe for success.

As GGA’s Henry DeLozier explains, putting a little more thought and attention to detail into your communications is an impactful, and cost effective, way to make your members feel valued and included.

“Communication in our club is poor”

A phrase that is commonplace in surveys and focus groups we run on behalf of clients across North America – often despite the best efforts of club leaders to improve communications at their clubs.

As much as we would like to prescribe a formula that is guaranteed to improve member relations, the reality is that the communications world evolves continuously, including the ways members consume and exchange information, and the platforms on which they do so.

While this can present a challenge, the evolution in communications technology has also brought opportunities to the fore: opportunities to increase the relevance of your communications, learn more about your members habits and preferences, and branch out to networks of potential new members.

With that in mind, there are some tactics you may wish to consider to enhance your communications relationship with members and club stakeholders:

1. Keep your club website relevant.

As Linda Dillenbeck, a director at Global Golf Advisors and a communications expert, observes, “Most clubs’ websites are outdated, disconnected, and dysfunctional.” Dillenbeck estimates that a private club website has a relatively short shelf-life of around three years. When did you last update your website?

Incremental improvements which factor in the latest in web technology enhancements can increase the aesthetic appeal, user-friendliness and accessibility of your site ten-fold.

Think too about regular updates to your image portfolio and news sections. Investing the time and not letting them become dormant shows members that you care and invokes a sense of pride and belonging.

2. Empower club members to communicate.

The advent of mobile camera technology has handed the power for members to become regular content creators, some of whom may produce high quality photographs and videos of your club.

While you cannot control what they say or post, compelling content drawing on the attributes of your club and amplified to member and stakeholder networks can enhance the club’s reputation among members and the outside world.

Vindicate their efforts by engaging through club social media channels, via email or otherwise. It shows you are interested and supportive, and gives a sprinkling of kudos to what they have produced.

3. Organize information into communication “bites”.

The relative attention span of most recipients is shrinking, so the club should look to communicate in small “bites” – morsels of interesting activities, friends enjoying mutual interests or snippets from club events. Keep it short and to the point.

4. Use tailored media.

Rather than indiscriminately provide all things to all members, ask them to personalize their information expectations and preferences into a member profile so that the club may communicate with each member on the member’s terms.

Regular prompts to update their preferences can provide useful insights into any trends developing over time and how this should be translated to what and how you provision information to them.

5. Measure effectiveness.

Monitor engagement levels from all outgoing communications. Track which members are – and are not – receiving and engaging with information from the club.

By doing so you can start to build out segments of members (starting with engaged / not engaged) and begin to increase the relevance of your communications methods and messages.


Crafting the right messages takes time and attention, as does knowing how to communicate them. By better understanding what methods and messages are most influential to members and stakeholders, you can start making meaningful progress and increasing engagement.

In any case, make it personal.