Since 2019, Smoerum Golf Club in Denmark has succeeded in boosting member satisfaction year after year. Their secret? Partly using member insights to respond confidently to feedback and make changes that fulfill most members desires without upsetting those who disagree.
In 2019, Smoerum Golf Club [Smørum Golfklub] laid out its strategy for 2025, setting clear goals on how to take the already successful Danish club to new heights. Now, let's fast forward to today. Not only has the club achieved most of its goals ahead of schedule, but it has also seen a steady rise in how satisfied their members feel.
Since they began tracking member satisfaction, the score has skyrocketed from 29 to 50, enabling the club to surpass the national benchmark for the first time in 2023.
Keld Østergaard Christensen, the club's general manager for the past five years, believes that one of their secret weapons has been using Players 1st software to strengthen their bond with their nearly 3000 members. Gathering feedback has given the club a treasure trove of data, with nearly 5000 responses collected over the past five years.
Together with a publicly available strategy with specific dates for when improvements will be made, this data has been a key element in the club’s decision-making and conversations with members.
First, it's crucial to understand that even the best golf club can't please everyone. After all, members have different preferences. For instance, some may not fancy the club restaurant's menu, while others can't get enough of the post-round sandwich.
But whose feedback should a club like Smoerum Golf Club prioritize? And how close could they get to making most of the members happy?
To tackle this challenge, the club turned to the Players 1st dashboard's priority map, which helped them understand what brings most joy to club members. The data revealed that their greens needed attention.
The results of prioritizing the greens were not to be missed in the dashboard.
It's not just long-term improvements that Smoerum Golf Club has used feedback for. The continuous increase in satisfaction levels can also be credited to their daily responses to negative feedback.
Since they began collecting feedback, the club has received over 1700 detailed comments in response to questions specifically about what the club does well for its members and how they can enhance the experience.
Keld Østergaard Christensen believes that their experience shows why all clubs should embrace feedback, both positive and negative.
The Danish club, renowned for junior golf, elite golf, and simulator golf, set a goal of achieving a net promoter score of 50 when implementing their strategy in 2019. If they continue leveraging feedback to enhance member experiences, they are likely to celebrate reaching their current goal very soon.
Boost your club’s member and guest experience to stay ahead of the game! Unlock expert insights, pro tips, inspiring club success stories, and more…