59club; the leading sales & service analysts and training provider, have today announced its exciting new personal development program; ‘Succession’. www.succession.digital

The initiative is open to all managers, their deputies, and other rising stars within their business, whether they work with 59club or not. It is designed to support you to reach your full potential within your current role, whilst expanding learning opportunities, career progression and personal growth. What’s more, annual membership is priced at just £59 per annum per person. The key contract holder at any 59club client venue will receive access to Succession at no cost throughout 2021.

59club CEO Simon Wordsworth said; “59club’s mantra is to ‘Measure-Train-Support’, and Succession delivers on the latter two core elements. By making it affordable and open to all managers/prospective managers, it allows us to engage with the forward thinkers in our industry, people that want to learn and improve”.

Taking on many forms, in its simplest guise Succession contains 3 core elements; ‘In the ether’ acts as a hub that connects individuals with the goal of developing fresh ideas and new perceptions. Learning is supported by an extensive library furnished with video, audio, and documents, plus access to online monthly panels and live webinars hosted by experts from differing industries. These learning vehicles centred around relevant topic matter, are designed to expand an individual’s performance and their ability to make an impact. 59club has worked with a number of contributors to develop unique e-learning courses that are creative, interactive, and truly relevant to either the manager or the team under them. This area of the platform will grow significantly over the coming months.

To give a flavour of what’s to come; a small soft launch pre-Christmas saw a number of 59club associates join England Manager, Gareth Southgate as he led a seminar around ‘leadership styles & changing cultures’. An earlier panel were also invited to join Harry Redknapp as he discussed his 34 years experiences managing at all levels of professional football, with Succession aiming to take much of its inspiration from other sports & leading individuals from outside the world of golf. When Succession launches on Monday, January 18th, it will host a really insightful piece based on “leading teams” with England Cricket Captain, Joe Root just before he flew to Sri Lanka.

Succession’s second element ‘On the road’; will include a number of live events throughout the year. The first ‘learn and play’ event, subject to COVID-19 measures being relaxed will be hosted in April, at England’s National Football Training Centre, St George’s Park, conceived around a morning of education of the highest quality, a tour of the venue, and in the afternoon, a walking football tournament with training from LMA ambassador managers.

Finally, but by no means least, the ‘On the course’ activities will see business leaders and golf loving sports personalities quizzed around their life lessons & achievements, in a regular spot called ‘Buggy Banter’ and ‘Mower Mayhem’ – supported by 59club partners; Club Car and Toro of course!!

Wordsworth added; “Succession aims to build upon the talents and qualifications that managers already possess, by providing a vault of additional information, learning resources and unique opportunities to further enhance those prerequisite skills.

“We’re looking to expand the horizons of those in managerial positions, assisting them to thrive within their existing role, whilst supporting them and their deputies to succeed throughout their chosen career paths.

“We have built Succession with your time in mind, so you consume it at your pace, when and wherever you wish. One of the best examples of this ‘time focus’ is the ‘tombola’ carousel where each week managers will be able to access a 30-minute staff training session of bitesize learning. As a manger, you want to learn and should do, but you simply have no time – Succession will help.

“We’re not going to sit there and teach you how to analyse a P&L or complete a VAT return, we’ll leave that to other bodies. Succession is here to top up, add the finishing touches to you as an individual”.

Succession is a credit to the collaboration between 59club and its long-term major partners Club Car, Golf Genius and Toro, plus 3dIFS and CGI Insurance. For more information either visit www.succession.digital or reach out to your regional 59club Manager today.

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Excellent article below written when one of the 59club team, Will Hewitt recently spoke to editor of Golf Retailing,  discussing how 59club can help your business in 2021.

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– Sponsored by 3difs, CGI Insurance, Comesto, Golf Genius & Toro, 59club’s regular accolades reward individual staff performance throughout the year –

59club, the leading specialist customer service analysts and training provider, today announce their prestigious quarterly Service Excellence Award winners, as they continue to recognise staff excellence throughout the year across their affiliate golf venues. The designated UK & European awards focus on four categories spanning Golf Operations, Golf Course, Retail, and the Food & Beverage experience.

The honours saw Brad Gould of The Grove recognised for his outstanding performance within the Leading UK & European Golf Operation category, which saw him achieve a 3-percentage point advantage over his closest rival.

Chris Fitt of Foxhills Country Club & Resort, Christopher Reeve of The Belfry Hotel & Resort, Andrew Jowett of Gleneagles Hotel and Stuart Collier of Stoke Park Country Club, Spa & Hotel all narrowly missed out following a run of very successful audit reviews, as adjudicated by 59club in accordance with its objective benchmarking criteria.

On receiving his prestigious accolade, Brad Gould, Head of Golf Sales, said; “I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of our exceptional team at The Grove, who have continued to deliver a 5 star guest journey in the most trying of circumstances.  We will continue to focus on how we can enhance our customer experience and rewarding staff members through the valuable feedback we receive from benchmarking within 59club visits.”

When it came to delivering the best golf course, it was a very close race which saw Alex Millar of Stoke Park Country Club, Spa & Hotel claim 59club’s Leading UK & European Golf Course Experience, with just half a percentage point between Alex and his closest competition, Phil Chiverton of The Grove.

Angus Macleod of The Belfry Hotel & Resort, Craig Parry of Edgbaston Golf Club and Terry Wharton of Haydock Park Golf Club came in third and joint fourth position thereafter, again with just the minuscule of percentages between these top performers.

Talking about his success, Alex Millar, Head of Estate said; “It’s a great acknowledgment for the greenkeeping crew for all their hard work this season, and to get the mark we did is very special. The 59club standards are a great way to see where you are in the industry, and what you have to strive for.”

Within the Retail category, it was Jack Heginbotham of Long Ashton Golf Club who claimed 59club’s Leading UK & European Retail Experience award, with a 1-percentage point margin over his closest rivals.

Sean Graham of Foxhills Country Club & Resort & Tom Davies of Ashburnham Golf Club came in joint second position, with Matt Lacey of Hurtmore Golf Club & Alyson Lilley of The Gleneagles Hotel claiming third and fourth, respectively.

Commenting on his winning performance, Jack Heginbotham, Head PGA Professional said; “I am delighted to receive this award on behalf of my talented Pro Shop team here at Long Ashton Golf Club.  Since starting our work with 59club we have learned so much relating to service, and it would be remiss of me not to thank my team for the hard work they have put in alongside me to improve our service levels and dramatically improve our mystery golfer scores across the board.”

When it came to recognising service excellence delivered within the clubhouse during a golf visitor mystery shopper experience, there was nothing to separate the leaders, which saw 59club’s UK & European Leading Food & Beverage Experience award presented to both Steven Marshall of Gullane Golf Club and previous winner Jacques Hobson of The Belfry Hotel & Resort.

Houssem Belabed of The Gleneagles Hotel was just 1-percentage point behind the joint winners, with Greg Smith of Edgbaston Golf Club and Simon Ibbotson of Kingswood Golf & Country Club sharing third position.

On receiving his shared accolade, Steven Marshall, Club House Manager said; “It is a great honour and a privilege for me to win the Service Excellence Award on behalf of Gullane Golf Club.  As one of Scotland’s most prestigious members clubs, we continually strive to provide a first-class experience for members and visitors alike.  Achieving a high level of customer service is always of upmost importance to all our F&B team, especially in these challenging times.”

Joint winner Jacques Hobson, F&B Outlets Manager added; “I am extremely proud to be part of a dedicated team that provides exceptional customer service at every level. To be recognised for this award two years running is a privilege and demonstrates how The Belfry goes above and beyond to deliver memorable experiences for its guests. I am confident that the service and hospitality myself and my team deliver will continue to exceed expectations for years to come.”

Commenting on the success of each of the winners, Will Hewitt, 59club UK General Manager, said: “Congratulations to all award winners, and of course to all of our contenders. It’s always an extremely close race with the smallest of margins splitting the very best, as we delve into the league tables each month. Now more than ever, amid what was a challenging period for many, for us to be able to continue recognising the industry’s best customer service providers and sales performances, despite the obvious restrictions and disruptions is something we are very proud of.

“We are equally as delighted to witness that standards at our client properties, regardless of those obstacles, has remained as you would always expect, at the very highest levels observed within the industry across the board, and we have enjoyed supporting these performances.

“Well done to all those individuals, teams and managers who contributed to delivering the very best experiences in golf. Standards like these will always set you apart! Be proud, enjoy the glory & keep up the great work”.

59club is the industry’s leading customer service & sales analysts and training provider, raising service standards across the golf & hospitality sector to new heights as they gather primary data and implement strategic solutions. 59club’s ultimate objective is to transform the revenue performance of its clients by enhancing their approach to customer service and sales procedures. By understanding where strengths and weaknesses lie (using live consumer data), 59club can help venues implement lasting change to benefit their members, guests, staff and profits.


59club, the industry’s leading Customer Service & Sales Analysts and Training Provider, has today announced additional growth across the South of Europe with the formation of a dedicated regional team supporting golf and leisure clubs, hotels, restaurants and spa destinations to drive customer service & sales performance across their respective properties.

The new division is led by James Beesley, whose previous experience at Monte Rei Golf & Country Club (Portugal) and current role at Finca Cortesin Hotel & Golf Resort (Spain) – two of Europe’s leading luxury resorts – will further strengthen 59club’s position within the wealth of golfing hotspots across Spain, Portugal, Italy & Greece.

James joins with an educational background in Business, Marketing & Sports Management, and as a member of the PGA and Club Managers Association of Europe. Venues across the region will also benefit from James’ practical expertise, having heightened sales performance and customer service standards as a client of 59club at multiple venues.

Commenting about his new venture, James said; As a client of 59club I have experienced first-hand the incredible insights and benefits of their products and services, applying their analyses to decision-making and witnessing the improvement in both operational, as well as financial results! I’m thrilled to be able to take on this additional role and look forward to working together with our regional team, whose local knowledge and expertise will provide a dedicated and personalised service to our current and future customers!”

With leading venues such as PGA Catalunya (Barcelona), Finca Cortesin (Marbella), Quinta do Lago (Algarve), and Verdura Resort (Sicily) – all listed amongst the top 20 Resorts in continental Europe –enjoying long-standing prosperous relations with 59club, local standards are set to rise as more properties are attracted to the appealing advantage of enhanced customer satisfaction, acquisition, increased revenues and profits – described by many as the ‘59club effect’.

Long standing 59club client, Julián Romaguera, General Manager at Los Naranjos said; “We were referred to 59club by La Manga Club during the PGA show, and within 30 minutes of our meeting we had signed up. For me, it was important to have an external tool to identify our strengths and weaknesses, and whilst you may have the perception that you are good at something, this tool keeps your feet on the ground and lets you know exactly what you have to focus on, what are the urgencies and what needs to be prioritised. 59club has to be shared between the staff and by the management at the same time, so that everyone is engaged and dedicated to working together to advance the high levels of service we are committed to achieving. We are using the tools to become more hospitality orientated, moving away from just golf, to introduce a more personalised service. 59club allows you to understand how others work and you can benchmark your sales & service performance against them.”

Of the announcement, Simon Wordsworth 59club CEO said; We are so excited to be working with James on expanding 59club across the South of Europe. These are difficult times; regardless, those venues who afford the best service experience across golf and hospitality will always win. James and the team are the perfect fit to assist venues who strive to progress as they bring our performance management tools and employee training services to a wider market”.

Those interested in a proven strategy to measure, analyse and elevate staff performance, overall customer experience, and consequently, operational outcomes, are urged to visit www.59clubeurope.com or reach out to james@59club.com for more information.

For all media queries, please contact: Sarah Connelly, Marketing Manager, 59club HQ.  E: sarah@59club.com


59club, the industry leading Customer Service Analyst and Training Provider has launched three Human Resource Survey templates that address all areas of the employment roster, from measuring the New Employee Experience, general Employee Satisfaction, plus an Employee Exit Survey.

When it comes to customers; satisfaction surveys have been a vital part of 59club’s mission to drive the member and guest experience across our industry. If the reality is that ‘happy employees equals happy customers,’ then it’s high time we also prioritise employee well-being. As J. Willard Marriott famously said, “Take good care of your employees, and they’ll take good care of your customers, and the customers will come back”.

The new survey templates can be used to quantify employee wellbeing, engagement & satisfaction levels.  The venues management team will also be able to identify what motivates individuals and how they can support their employees continued growth within their existing role, also providing clarity and vision over personal career progression.

The Employee Satisfaction Templates are available right now and ‘free to use’ for all my59 Survey licence holders, alongside a wealth of Golf & Hospitality Member & Guest Satisfaction Templates.

The question templates are available to all in English immediately and will be rolled out in other languages across all 59club territories shortly. To enquire about owning a my59 Survey Licence, please visit www.59club.com.

The intelligent software can be adapted and moulded to suit every differing properties persona, meaning that the industry can now gain valuable Human Resource data from inside their own four walls, complete with the ability to make direct industry comparisons to monitor and advance their employee experience. 

Simon Wordsworth, 59club CEO and Founder said; “Your staff are your number one asset, if they are nurtured, allowed to develop and progress, there are nothing but positives for the business, cost savings throughout and without doubt greater revenues and repeat clients. As a business we have always been involved with measuring staff performance and providing training solutions to remedy those weaknesses, this new development allows the employee, manager, and the employers performances to be evaluated and improved.

“In this current climate, with so much insecurity, staff “out of position” and undertaking new and multiple roles, we need to ensure that we boost morale and prioritise employee satisfaction. As a business and industry, we will be able to harvest and retain talent to better service our customers and drive the enjoyment factor within the game we all love.

“If you have access to my59mentor, our online virtual training platform, as the industry’s needs start to evolve as a result of the data, we and our partners will be able to work together to strengthen our offering to educate your team in situ”.

To discuss your business needs and how 59club can assist you to achieve Service Excellence utilising a variety of Satisfaction Surveys, Mystery Shopping Audits, Financial Comparison Tools & Employee Training Programs; contact your local 59club Area Manager – and make a positive change today to realise your greatest potential. 

For more information, visit: www.59club.com