May 26, 2011 12:19:00 PM
I saw the article in the paper about the bankruptcy of the Country Club. I had some ideas to cook up some revenue for the club. Right now you are offering $35 for golfing fees. I think it would be a great idea to offer a summer fee to swim at the pool or one-time entrance of $5 per person a day. Offer hamburgers & hot-dogs at the pool make it a family event. At night offer to the young airmen pool party with beer & food, and a ride back to the base on a bus if they need one (of course charge for entry & ride).
Do the same for the University, for the young adult students. Get with the base and arrange a special discount for military family members to the club. Arrange for birthday parties at the pool, and advertise wedding events. In the dining area offer one time deals for people to try the Country Club''s dining experience; offer a special menu for them to try at a reasonable price. Offer early bird dinners & senior citizen meal deals. There are lots of ways to cook up business for the club to help them get out of trouble.
thegrish commented at 5/26/2011 3:45:00 PM:
Myra, I think that you have some good ideas, although maybe a little uninformed. If I may I will address your ideas one by one:
1. I think it would be a great idea to offer a summer fee to swim at the pool or one-time entrance of $5 per person a day.
At the Social level of membership you can actually enjoy the pool at a much less rate that $5 per day. The Social Membership is only $100 per month for the entire family to use not only the pool but the clubhouse too. So for example: you have a family of 4 with the wife and 2 children using the pool 5 days a week during the summer and the entire family 1 day a week, this would come to $95 per week using the $5 per day fee. This rate is based on being a member for the entire year - but the pool and clubhouse is there year round and has to be paid for year round. If you are a golfer you can be a full member with all privileges of the club for only $150 per month.
2. At night offer to the young airmen pool party with beer & food, and a ride back to the base on a bus if they need one (of course charge for entry & ride).
I do not think that this promotes responsible drinking.
3. Offer hamburgers & hot-dogs at the pool make it a family event.
You can have lunch at the pool Tuesday through Sunday - and not even have to limit it to hamburgers and hotdogs - although they are on the menu. I challenge you to find a more family oriented atmosphere than the pool at Columbus Country Club.
4. Get with the base and arrange a special discount for military family members to the club.
The Country Club used to have a "Special Military Rate" for all active military, but last year when the dues we lowered in every category across the board, the new rates were lower than the Military Rate, so of course it was dropped.
5. Arrange for birthday parties at the pool, and advertise wedding events.
Anyone can have a party at the Country Club and Members do not have to pay a room rental. There have already been 4 pool parties since the pool opened last week. There was a wedding last weekend and the weekend before at the club.
6. In the dining area offer one time deals for people to try the Country Club's dining experience; offer a special menu for them to try at a reasonable price.
To the best of my knowledge anyone who has ever asked if they could come out to the club and "try" a meal has been welcomed. There are events all year that are open to non-members, and members are always welcome to bring guests. A 16-ounce ribeye at the Club is $21 - or 1.31 per ounce - a 12-ounce ribeye at Harvey's is $18.99 (and very good I must say) - or $1.58 per ounce. So I would say that apples to apples the Club is very reasonable with the areas pricing.
7. Offer early bird dinners & senior citizen meals.
I think this is a great idea and to the best of my knowledge it has not been done before!
I would like to say in closing that the largest problem I can see is that the club needs members. I hear all the time: "I can't believe that we might lose the Country Club" or "Columbus has to have a Country Club". The funny thing is that most of the time I hear this it is from someone who isn't a member Myra this is obviously something you care about, or you wouldn't have taken the time to write your article, are you a member?
dude commented at 5/29/2011 8:11:00 AM:
I know what I am about to say will be unpopular but here goes. I think the club should be treated as the average joe, that if you get yourself in debt up to its eyeballs and can't pay your bills you should be put out of business. Although I realize that the club membership or attendance is more of a symbol for people so I am sure that this wont happen.
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