Glasgow Golf Club’s new General Manager John Caven has had a busy time since his appointment this summer, and having had time to review the operations of the Club is now in a position to set out his plans for the future of the world’s 9th oldest golf club, and it’s not quite ‘business as usual’.
Yes, maintaining the history and traditions of this iconic golf club is vital but equally important is driving the club forward to be the best that it can be. John’s mantra is always this; ‘How can we do this better?’
This might seem like a strange question to ask of an already hugely successful club, but John knows that Glasgow Golf Club will prosper only through a continuing commitment to excellence and improvement. The members, partners and visitors alike have come to expect the best from a golf club that has been at the top of its game for decades and John’s appointment demonstrates the Club’s commitment to the future very clearly.
He says; “My career has been shaped by my strong belief that if you want to be the best you must continually challenge yourself and encourage those around you to excel at what they do.”
Those comments come from a man who knows the golf business very well, having been previously Operations Manager at Dundonald, Golf Director at Loch Lomond and Paul Lawrie’s Business Manager. This experience will serve the Club well as he looks to the future.
His appointment comes at a time when the Club’s Gailes Links course is midway through their four consecutive year tenure as Scotland’s current Open Final Qualifying venue, and although the Club enjoys the kudos that this R&A appointment undoubtedly brings neither John nor the Club will ever rest on their laurels. The Club has prospered for almost 230 years; not by sitting back and waiting for things to happen, but by showing initiative and leadership. It can look towards the next chapter in a remarkable story with confidence, purpose and a sense that the best is yet to come.
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