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#1 schley

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Posted 09 December 2018 - 12:43 PM

Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays, whichever you prefer.  As is the season wanted to give everyone some of the Christmas/Holiday bonus collections active at our private clubs we are privileged to be members of.  My club has a formal $75 employee holiday fund that gets tacked on to your November Dues and distributed by the GM as he sees fit.  Also other envelopes can be given, but not expected.  At a club of over 600 members this yields a nice chunk of money to divide up.

How does your club handle the holiday given to staff?  Don't post the names of the clubs etc.


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Posted 09 December 2018 - 04:24 PM

At my last club it was an automatic $50 "Holiday Employee Fund" charge on the monthly bill received in early December that you could lower or increase if you wished. It was supposedly split up among all employees but I don't know if they got equal shares or if it was based on the position, length of service, etc.

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Posted 09 December 2018 - 04:48 PM

View Postschley, on 09 December 2018 - 12:43 PM, said:

Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays, whichever you prefer.  As is the season wanted to give everyone some of the Christmas/Holiday bonus collections active at our private clubs we are privileged to be members of.  My club has a formal $75 employee holiday fund that gets tacked on to your November Dues and distributed by the GM as he sees fit.  Also other envelopes can be given, but not expected.  At a club of over 600 members this yields a nice chunk of money to divide up.

How does your club handle the holiday given to staff?  Don't post the names of the clubs etc.

That’s awesome! Glad to hear that your members take care of the people that make it happen!

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Posted 09 December 2018 - 05:22 PM

We have an optional $100 charge that goes on our October bill.  Pretty much every member I know pays it, GM divides the money up as seen fit.
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Posted 09 December 2018 - 05:24 PM

$40 charge unless you opt out. Distributed to employees.


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Posted 09 December 2018 - 06:32 PM

We have no mandatory charge (it's not a gift if you are forced to pay.  It's just part of the CC price).

So we collect $50++ from each of the guys we play with and distribute to employees that exhibit outstanding service.

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Posted 09 December 2018 - 06:39 PM

We have no mandatory charge but I give 1/2 to 1 month worth of dues depending on how much I have used the club for the year. This year that wasnít much so I gave 1/2 a month of dues. I also gave my pro some extremely expensive basketball tickets for a game on 12/29 as he helped me pull together an afternoon event for several of my works peers so in total my contribution was a bit higher an a month of dues but, eh, Iíll live. My pro is a huge basketball fan and the gift was meaningful to him so that makes me happy. Heís an awesome head pro.

Edit: we have a no tipping policy (other than caddies) during the year so it seems quite reasonable.

Edited by az2au, 09 December 2018 - 06:39 PM.


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Posted 09 December 2018 - 08:12 PM

I give the following
Head Pro 100
1st Asst 50
2nd Asst 20
F&B Mgr 100
Day Bartender 50
Night Bartenders 200/3 ways
Servers 10
Steaks to the supt. And his crew

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Posted 09 December 2018 - 08:39 PM

$100 automatically added to Nov statement the club then distributes. Can opt out or choose to add more.

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Posted 15 December 2018 - 09:15 PM

Optional with around 90% participation in past with $400 avg per person across the 250 members.  I also keep the pros and caddiemaster hydrated throughout the season with vodka and gin.


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Posted 16 December 2018 - 07:40 AM

400 per person from 225 people? So you have 90k divided up between the employees? I mean Jesus how many employees are there. That is a big pot.
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Posted 16 December 2018 - 08:12 AM

Recommended bonus was $250 per member at my club.

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Posted 16 December 2018 - 08:47 AM

View Postpinhigh27, on 16 December 2018 - 07:40 AM, said:

400 per person from 225 people? So you have 90k divided up between the employees? I mean Jesus how many employees are there. That is a big pot.

Even if upper level manager positions are excluded - GM, Director of Golf, Superintendent - a club can easily have 50 employees. 4 in the golf shop, 5 for clubroom/cart staff, 15 on grounds, 15 restaurant, 2 locker room attendants, 2 in the business office, accountant/controller, etc. Remember, for every position you see staffed, there are likely 3 people that do that job.

If heís at a non tipping club $2k bonus for someone in December is the equivalent of $40 a week in tips. Perfectly reasonable to get 2 grand at the holidays if you work a service position for an hourly wage all year.

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Posted 16 December 2018 - 09:02 AM

Or the club can just pay their employees an appropriate wage and then I can tip when I receive exemplary service.
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Posted 16 December 2018 - 09:06 AM

Just noticed you said non tipping. That would be more appropriate. If you were expected to tip and then 400 at end of yr that would be ridiculous imo

How to be in better shape for golf?
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Posted 16 December 2018 - 09:11 AM

View Postpinhigh27, on 16 December 2018 - 09:02 AM, said:

Or the club can just pay their employees an appropriate wage and then I can tip when I receive exemplary service.

Exactly!  A Christmas bonus should be paid by the employer.

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Posted 16 December 2018 - 09:11 AM

Optional amount added to November dues statement, donated $100.00. Additional $50.00 to the reservations staff, collected by the "commissioners" that run our weekly games. Passed out eighteen $25.00 gift cards to non tip staff.
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Posted 16 December 2018 - 09:23 AM

Ours is actually broken into twice per year, I think $250 is the "recommended" amount each time.

The issue is that we have (as I think most clubs do) a large seasonal workforce, so we pay bonuses in late August / early September to the seasonal group, and then in December for the year-round employees.

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Posted 16 December 2018 - 10:20 AM

Ours is 100% voluntary and the members donate any amount to the holiday fund that they think is appropriate. Our GM divides the fund amongst the staff. I am hopeful that our members are generous and I think that this is the case because we have never discussed changing our approach.

Edited by CheckJV, 16 December 2018 - 10:21 AM.


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Posted 16 December 2018 - 05:51 PM

Wait a minute!

You mean I can be greenskeeper somewhere where the members actually appreciate what we for under a living wage? And they will then give the employees a healthy holiday bonus?  

We did have 1 member buy our crew pizzas at the end of the season, does that count?


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Posted 17 December 2018 - 10:16 AM

View Postmallrat, on 16 December 2018 - 05:51 PM, said:

Wait a minute!

You mean I can be greenskeeper somewhere where the members actually appreciate what we for under a living wage? And they will then give the employees a healthy holiday bonus?  

We did have 1 member buy our crew pizzas at the end of the season, does that count?
Get back to work!!!!!! :busted_cop:

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Posted 21 December 2018 - 06:56 AM

Sent some amazon gift cards to all employees in the staff registry as I sent the pro something and felt like everyone deserves recognition. It is the Christmas season and as I'm not going home for the holidays giving certainly is what the spirit of the season is to my family.

Thanks to all those golf course employees at golf clubs / courses both public and private.  Our game wouldn't have the same enjoyment and lifelong love affair it enjoys with it's players if you didn't do what you do. :fan_1:

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Posted 29 December 2018 - 10:33 PM

View Postschley, on 17 December 2018 - 10:16 AM, said:

View Postmallrat, on 16 December 2018 - 05:51 PM, said:

Wait a minute!

You mean I can be greenskeeper somewhere where the members actually appreciate what we for under a living wage? And they will then give the employees a healthy holiday bonus?  

We did have 1 member buy our crew pizzas at the end of the season, does that count?
Get back to work!!!!!! :busted_cop:

I would have liked this but I am always on my phone but that made me laugh (even though being somewhat true)

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Posted 29 December 2018 - 10:34 PM

View Postschley, on 21 December 2018 - 06:56 AM, said:

Sent some amazon gift cards to all employees in the staff registry as I sent the pro something and felt like everyone deserves recognition. It is the Christmas season and as I'm not going home for the holidays giving certainly is what the spirit of the season is to my family.

Thanks to all those golf course employees at golf clubs / courses both public and private.  Our game wouldn't have the same enjoyment and lifelong love affair it enjoys with it's players if you didn't do what you do. :fan_1:

👍

Do people realize how much a thank you or thumbs up means to course workers?

And that is awesome. Kudos sir.

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