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Four Oman golf industry professionals recently received their Club Management Diplomas.

Four Oman golf industry professionals recently received their Club Management Diplomas. The Diploma is awarded across Europe and the Middle East by the Club Managers Association of Europe (CMAE) as a key qualification in its Management Development Programme’s (MDP) education pathway.

The four successful recipients were Mubarak Hill, Club Manager Al Mouj Golf Club; Jamie Wood; Brett Merrell PDO Golf Club and Marcus Casey; Al Mouj Golf Club.

All four attended MDP Parts One and Two over a two year period, and attained their Diplomas by passing the end of programme exam, successfully fulfilling the requirements of an executive case study (that takes place during the week of MDP 2) and submitting and passing a work based assignment on a problem at their club that they resolved by applying the key learnings from the MDP curriculum.

Pictured – From left to right Brett Merrell, Marcus Casey, Mubarak Hill, Jamie Wood

Launched in 2011 the highly regarded MDP Pathway has already been promoted and delivered in Scotland, England, Ireland, France, Spain, Italy and United Arab Emirates. Each course delivers top class education to club managers and club industry professionals on the 10 core competencies of modern club management.

Michael Braidwood CCM, CMAE’s out going Director of Education said of their success “it always gives me pleasure to hand out the Diploma certificates to industry peers. I have seen them work incredibly hard during their time at MDP, and then apply that knowledge in their clubs. They are putting their knowledge and experience to great use in Oman and are growing the quality and professionalism of the clubs in the Sultanate.”

Commenting on his success Mubarak said “The CMAE MDP Diploma has been a tough learning curve and has helped me gain knowledge and experience that would have taken several years to obtain. I am grateful to CMAE, Chris May CCM and Michael Braidwood CCM for bringing the brilliant facilitators and MDP courses closer to home and for bringing the regional industry leaders together”, whilst Brett added “It was exciting to receive my diploma at the NBO Golf Classic alongside my fellow colleagues within the golf industry.

I hope to put the knowledge and skills learnt from the greats speakers we had at MDP 1 and 2 to good use in my new role as General Manager of Ras Al Hamra golf club, Oman.

The CMAE education has made it possible and I would encourage anyone who wants to be in club management to attend, as it opens up many pathways and opportunities within the golf industry.”

Jamie who recently achieved his PGA Director of Golf designation said, “Since graduating as PGA Trainee of the Year in 2005 I have always been, and still am, a strong advocate of the PGA’s ongoing education programme. Earlier this year I embarked upon the CMAE learning pathway and was immediately struck with the quality of both the courses and the presenters, all of whom without exception were not only extremely knowledgeable and engaging but also very generous with their time both during and after the week long courses. I believe that the MDP provides a fantastic opportunity to develop key management skills and to draw from the experiences of both the presenters and the other delegates. The standard of golf courses in the Middle East and the expectations of those visiting them is exceptionally high and it is clear that the CMAE educational pathway is a valuable tool for those working within the industry to meet and ultimately try to exceed these”.

Marcus is an increasing number of PGA professionals who has achieved the diploma said of his award “The CMAE Diploma has really helped me in every aspect of the day to day running of my golf club. The knowledge and experience that I have gained from doing this course has transformed the way I approach my business. The network within the members of the CMAE “tribe” allows me to call on many different people with a wealth of knowledge.”

The MDP pathway was originally developed by the Club Managers Association of America and thanks to their vision and insight has been shared with CMAE, who adapted the materials for the Golf, Sports and City Club Markets across Europe and the Middle East.

In 2017/18 CMAE will roll out another 12 MDP courses throughout the UK, Europe and the Middle East, with two programmes taking place in Dubai in May 2018.

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