This was the conclusion reached by wolfgang hertrich, president of the bad kissingen golf club, at this year’s members’ meeting. Hertrich attributed this result above all to the catchment area of the bad kissingen golf club: "here, we can’t make the most of it like other golf clubs with big-city connections". Furthermore, the average age in the club is disproportionately high compared to the national average, so that the resignation rate is naturally higher due to the club’s age.
No more admission fee
the suspension of the admission fee at the neighboring golf club in maria bildhausen also made this club particularly attractive for new golfers a few years ago. This has resulted in a certain amount of pressure and the golf club has now also abolished the admission fee for new members. At the same time, the annual membership fee was raised from 990 euros to 1200 euros.
The annual general meeting of the bad kissingen golf club was held at the parkwohnstift with a record attendance of 187 voting members. And that was a good thing, because the decisions that had to be made were far-reaching: it is about nothing less than securing the future of the golf club.
The new administrative structures for tighter cost control and the work with budgets in the individual areas had taken effect, said hertrich. The club was able to meet its 2012 savings budget. Costs in 2012 had always been kept under control, but income had not developed as desired. This was the reason for the board to develop a concept for the future, which was presented by treasurer jurgen hohmeier. Key points: abolition of the admission fee, increase in the annual membership fee. The self-financing capability of the business operations and investments had to be ensured. Target: up to 100 new members to join the club in the next five years.
with the abolition of the admission fee, the bad kissingen club is also following a trend: 46 percent of all clubs now no longer charge an admission fee. At the same time, the board is proposing the establishment of a financing fund, into which the additional income from membership growth and other surpluses should flow. These funds are to be used exclusively for necessary investments and to secure the future of the golf club. This also includes the construction of a new practice area with five short courses, which can be used by new golfers, for example. This decrease will significantly increase the attractiveness of the bad kissingen golf course and improve the practice and training facilities for all members. It also strengthens the club’s competitiveness, since the surrounding golf courses already have a so-called short course, hohmeier explained.
The necessary investments
since a large part of the work required for the construction of the fairways can be carried out by the club itself, the estimated investment was around 30,000 euros. The focus is still on extensive marketing measures to attract new members and to increase the number of guests playing golf on the course (green fee players). The demand of the youth golfers will be further developed from a high level, should be for young people how to make parents more attractive.
In the vote, the members followed the board’s proposals unreservedly with a large majority in each case: the increase in the annual membership fee was approved, as was the groundbreaking abolition of the admission fee. The meeting also approved the establishment of the investment fund – one member spontaneously promised a donation as the first contribution to the fund – and spoke in favor of the realization of the practice lanes. Consequently, the 2013 budget presented was also approved.
Karl schatzle, the club’s manager, reviewed the 2012 golf season from a sporting point of view. The goal of inspiring even more golfers to take part in the competitions was achieved with a total of 2019 tournament rounds played. Men, seniors, midseniors and midladies – all had succeeded in 2012 in maintaining their class, all had represented the golf club bad kissingen supraregionally worthy. The chairman once again drew the assembly’s attention to the sporting highlight of 2012 – the new course record set by sebastian appold – a member of the bad kissingen golf club – with 63 strokes.
In focus: new golfers
in the context of an outlook on the upcoming golf season, karl schatzle particularly emphasized the new "golf beginner program special measures, which take into account the needs and sensitivities of new golfers, had to be.
Under the agenda item new elections jurgen hohmeier as treasurer and karl schatzle as game leader were confirmed in their offices. For roland berninger, who did not stand for election as an assessor, ulrike schatzle was elected.