Crail boss David joins king of clubs elite

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THE managing secretary of Crail Golfing Society, David Roy, has joined a select band of only 20 club bosses in Europe to achieve the highest qualification for club management.

In November, at the end of a five-year process, he passed the final seven-hour examination to be awarded the accolade as a Certified Club Manager.

The CCM qualification, held by only one other club manager in Scotland, is awarded by the Club Managers’ Association of Europe (CMAE).

“I’m sure all our members will join me in offering David our heartiest congratulations on his terrific success,” said Richard Clifford, captain of Crail Golfing Society.

“Like all clubs in Scotland, the Society is facing challenges in the current economic climate and it’s a great reassurance to know we have a manager who is qualified to the highest standard.”

Commenting on his achievement, David, pictured left, said: ”It’s been an arduous and long journey, but very worthwhile.

“The training courses that have to be taken cover all aspects of managing a golf club and include obvious topics such as membership, green keeping, clubhouse management, finance and marketing, but also extend to club law, governance and human resources.”

David (43) has been in charge at Crail since March 2005, having previously occupied the same position for five years at Shirley Golf Club in Surrey and for five years at Linlithgow Golf Club in West Lothian.

Although the CCM qualification is internationally recognised, the CMAE training courses which lead up to it are adapted to each country, to take account of differing legal and regulatory issues.

In Scotland, the Scottish Golf Union oversees the necessary changes and also arranges the courses, with places on all the current ones being fully taken up.

“The CCM qualification is tough to achieve,” said Kevin Fish, club development manager for the SGU.

“It requires candidates to have a minimum of six years club management experience and to have attended intensive training courses on the 10 core subjects, as well as passing the final examination.”

The CMAE started 10 years ago with the support of the Club Managers’ Association of America, which has been operation for 75 years.

“Europe is a long way behind the USA in training club managers,” said Mr Fish.

“CMAE’s aim is to start closing that gap and Scotland is at the forefront of that drive.”

Crail Golfing Society, formed in 1786, is the seventh oldest golf club in the world.

It has two courses - Balcomie Links, laid out in 1895 by Old Tom Morris, and Craighead Links, designed by the 2009 winner of the Golf Course Architect of the Year award, Gil Hanse.

It has a membership of 1400 from all parts of the world.