Here is what our previous delegates have to say about our Management Development Programme.
MDP 1 was an incredible experience right from the get go. The energy and enthusiasm around the room throughout the week provides such a buzz. Listening to the passionate presenters, networking and sharing with all the like-minded individuals makes this a course a must for anyone in the Club industry, regardless of your position or experience. Can’t wait for MDP 2. - Josh Moses, Competitions & Handicaps Manager, Walton Heath
Where do I start… What an incredible week I had in Stirling on MDP1, this course is without doubt the best educational course I have ever attended in my 20+ years of working in the golf industry. The content is superb, the quality of presenters was exceptional. All the topics provide you with the tools & knowledge to develop yourself and I look forward to putting it into to practice.
Another key area for me was the networking, you get to meet so many great people who are on the journey with you who you can tap into for advice and knowledge to help you in the future, you feel part of the “Tribe” mentality straightway.
The course somehow exceeded my already high expectations. I would highly recommend MDP1 to all club managers or aspirating club managers within the club management arena in their educational pathway - Chris Hanks, Golf Operations & Deputy General Manager, West Herts Golf Club
Absolutely loved MDP 1 in Stirling. The course brings all aspects of Club Management into light, it gives you great knowledge to bring back to your club. Throughout the week you learn from the best people in the industry, they are full of knowledge and motivation. You also get to meet amazing people on the course from a wide range of clubs and countries, each of whom have their own skillset which you can tap into. I would highly recommend this course to anyone looking to develop into a Club Manager role and even for their assists to attend as well. - Kieran Maclean, Office Manager, Nairn Dunbar Golf Club
MDP1 was a fantastic week, from meeting everyone in the hotel on the Sunday night to the goodbyes on the Friday afternoon. Kevin Fish and the presenters ensured the week was informative and entertaining, in a way that kept the whole rooms attention. I came away with a different outlook on club management, remembering that we work in the ‘Club’ world and that ensuring our members and guests are happy is the basis to a successful club. Excited for MDP2! - Martin Edge, Secretary, Hesketh Golf Club
The MDP1 course was an eye opening experience. The speakers were some of the best I have seen at a seminar. Overall I felt the week was hugely valuable and educational and would not hesitate in recommending the course to any prospective club managers. - Warren Ryan, Director of Golf, Castleknock Golf Club
It was a great week of education and learning in a fun filled atmosphere. I was especially pleased with the standard of presentations from the speakers and this culminated in a very worthwhile week for me personally. Thank you again CMAE. - Adam Robertson
A lot of my colleagues highly recommended the MDP 1 course, I attended the course in Stirling and it did not disappoint. There was a lot of information but all the speakers were great and very engaging, it’s also a great opportunity to network with like-minded professionals. I would highly recommend to anyone like myself who are starting their careers in Club Management. - James Matharu, Events Administrator, Roehampton Club
What an amazing week! A 5 star experience and lots of hands-on learning. Every Club Manager should make this a priority in their further education pathway. - Ben Hatch, General Manager, Thonock Park Golf Club
As always being on a MDP course has exceeded my expectations. The Food and Beverage Management programme has been a great mix of theory and practice which has, of course, developed "immensely" my knowledge within the matter. As well expanded my network connections, getting to know Club managers from all over the word and sharing experiences is something inexplicable. Joining the CMAE tribe and taking part of their education programme has been one of the best decision I have ever made! - Debora Drago, Operations Manager, Army & Navy Club
Having attended MDP 1,2 and Golf, I was keen to experience Strategy & Leadership. The course was excellent from start to finish with takeaways from all the topics covered. The passion and delivery from the educators made it a fun learning environment and with likeminded colleagues in attendance it’s a must do course. It’s a full-on week of learning, which can only enhance your knowledge and it’s a great way to expand your industry network. - Dean Nelson, Director of Golf, Hong Kong Golf Club
Attending MDP3, Strategy & Leadership, was extremely enjoyable and hugely relevant for my current role within Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. I learnt an awful lot through the week and in particular enjoyed listening about Leadership versus management and the benefits of coaching your colleagues to gain the best results. Lumina Leadership was also a very insightful session which continued on from the previous Lumina Spark topic. As ever, the guest speakers and presenters were of a world class quality, all delivering relevant topics to assist in the progression of our managerial skills within the golf industry - Craig Waddell, Director of Golf Operations, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
Great programme; very professionally managed. The presentations were excellent. I found this MDP I to be full of useful information and I would highly recommend The CMAE's Management Development Programme (MDP) for anyone looking for a certification program. thank you! Alexandra Betâmio de Almeida
Fantastic week. Exceeded my expectations. Great content, I have taken a lot of things home to implement. Met some amazing people. Looking forward to the next course already - Andrew Minty, Director of Golf, Langland Bay Golf Club
MDP1 for me was a huge step forward in fulfilling my desire to become a golf course general manager. The personal belief that has been instilled in me by the CMAE team is as invaluable as the up to date course content provided. A great list of fantastic speakers and a seamless week provided by Torbjorn and the team has left me with some amazing networking opportunities and the added bonus of making lots of new friends. - James Lillitou, Assistant Greenkeeper, Beaconsfield Golf Course
The MDP Level 1 course is without a doubt one of the best courses I’ve been on. I learned so much during the course of the week that I will take home and implement in my current role as Club Manager. The presenters were fantastic, especially Darshan and Kevin, who really knew their stuff and brought the best out of us. Another highlight was meeting so many new people and making contacts for life. Overall the whole week was such a good experience and I would definitely recommend to anyone looking to further their career - John Jackson, Club Manager, Sale Golf Club
A thoroughly enjoyable week of learning and fun. I met some great people who were like minded and happy to share their experiences and offered a lot of advice. A great first step towards your CCM qualification - John Herity, Food & Beverage Manager, The Caledonian Club
The course content was excellent with a good balance between theory and practical application, which I think was a great way to learn. The material we covered was up to date and highly relevant to my role and the sharing experiences with tutors and delegates have given me valuable new tools and techniques that I seek to apply into my golf management activities - Miguel Palhota, Golf Director, Igassu Falls Golf Club
This course is a must take for any current or aspiring Club Managers. A week packed full of information as well as providing invaluable connections for my future in the industry - Ryan Evans, Golf & Games Assistant, Roehampton Club
Thank you for organising such a fantastic week. It was very inspirational time for me and made me realise how much I love what I’m doing now. There is still a lot to learn but I feel confident that with the support of the other delegates (rather friends now!) and Presenters I will be able to achieve all the goals I’ll set for myself. I look forward to MDP 2! - Marta Kepinska, Milltown Golf Club
Fantastic week in London for the CMAE MDP1! Very engaging and influential. I have taken a lot from the week and have already put some in to practice at work. I met some great people during the week and now have some great contacts for advice and guidance. Looking forward to continuing my CMAE pathway - Jack Clegg, Golf Operations Manager, Worplesdon Golf Club
xcellent overview of club management, very interactive and would have you thinking what to bring back to your club every day!""A defined career path with practical examples used throughout the entire week - James Curran, Vice-Captain, Killarney Golf & Fishing Club
I had a great experience on the CMAE MDP1 and would highly recommend it to anyone who is considering taking up the challenge of becoming CCM. The course itself covers some excellent topics from F&B through to Club Governance and with the clear focus of delivering leading education its an exciting time to get involved. Not only do you learn a lot throughout the course of the week but you get to share a room full of like minded individuals who are only to happy to share their opinion and advice with one another. The CMAE talks of a tribe mentality and how being part of that tribe is of great value to you as an individual, which after experiencing first hand I couldn’t agree with more, the people I met on the course I will most certainly remain in contact with both professionally and personally. CMAE MDP provides a great platform for education and networking and I look forward to progressing my education with them - Gary Beves, Assistant Manager, Golf at Goodwood
The course was challenging without being too difficult and the speakers passion for the subject matter was impressive. The new app and learning material was cutting edge and was great to be able to follow the course and schedule on my cell phone - Paul Adams, Director of Golf, Turtle Hill Golf Club
The course content was well planned and covered all areas of golf club management. All the speakers were professional, passionate and entertaining!This course has given me so much information in one week and I'm looking forward to putting it into practice. Brilliant, Thank you - Bina Ranshi, Assistant Secretary, Harewood Downs Golf Club
Even after being a GM for more than six years, I still learnt lots from MDP 1 and would recommend it to any Manager in our industry. The week was tiring but enjoyable and worth every penny of the training cost. It was great for me to meet Managers from other clubs, the City Clubs in particular and this has certainly broadened my knowledge, which was exactly what I was after from MDP 1 - Howard Craft, Club Manager, Berkhamsted Golf Club
The chance to share experiences and learn from the delegates was invaluable. I would recommend the course for all levels of staff - Richard Goodley, Finance Controller, The Wisley Golf Club
I thought that the MDP 3 Strategy & Leadership course I attended in Edinburgh in January was excellent. With 28 delegates from 9 different countries, the interaction between the group, with the presenters, both in the classroom and out , was fantastic. It was educational, emotional, challenging, fun, revealing, thought provoking, entertaining and humbling. I would highly recommend this course to anyone in Club Management. This course will change your working life for the better - Jim Callaghan CCM, General Manager, Haggs Castle Golf Club
As someone with 3 MDP courses and the CCM already under their belt, attending MDP Strategy & Leadership was very much a choice rather than a necessity, but it was a week I had been looking forward to for a long time, and the course content and experience did not disappoint. Having recently stepped into a role where careful planning is crucial, the skills learnt will be put to good use immediately! Once again, CMAE has met and exceeded my expectations for facilitating personal and professional development. Thank you all! - Richard Pennell CCM, Club Secretary, Woking Golf Club
Attending the MDP3 Strategy and Leadership course in Edinburgh has been such a great experience! An intense week of learning and sharing knowledge with professionals who are always willing to progress in the club industry. The course added all of the necessary skills to ensure that Club Managers fully understand how to make this industry work and develop in the near future. But also, meeting talented Club Managers from all across Europe provided us an amazing opportunity to expand our personal network within the industry. - Debora Drago, Front Hall Manager, Army & Navy Club
This was my first MDP and it was an excellent insight into our shared challenges of the world of private members’ clubs. I learned a lot both from the course, and my fellow delegates and would thoroughly recommend this to all those who aspire to a long and successful career in Clubland. - Claire Llewellin, Sports Executive, The Hurlingham Club
A really enjoyable and educational week at MDP3. A strong mix of effective and varied presenting styles, interactive sessions, networking and social activities ensured the week was fully maximised – we even found time for our tribe to sample haggis on Burns night! - Fraser
Liston, Director of Golf, Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club
A fantastic week of learning at MDP Strategy and Leadership with great insight passed from the best in the business. As with all MDP courses, the subject matter, the sharing of experiences and the networking are essential for any successful club manager serious about progressing in the industry. - Phil Jones, General Manager, Dreamland Golf Club
The CMAE F&B course was a revelation, the attention and skills required to run a successful operation should not be underestimated, which is why I gave the speakers such respect. Their mentoring and understanding of our background made it all the easier to soak up the invaluable information throughout the week. I have come back with knowledge, a plan and a vision, thanks to the CMAE education programme. - James Fuller, General Manager, Gog Magog Golf Club
Excellent course, learning many aspects of golf operations and management and covering Best Practice in a number of disciplines. An added benefit was having delegates from 9 different countries in attendance. A must for any Golf Club Manager who wants to increase their knowledge of the business. Hosted at the Home of Golf and a game round the old course also, what more can you ask. - Fraser Jervis, Club Manager, Harburn Golf Club
What a wonderful week in Marbella for the MDP F&B course. It really was a great insight into the side of the business that I am less familiar with and was a bonus to spend the week with such a fantastic bunch of people. Thank you CMAE! - Stephen Hubner, Director of Golf Operations, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
It is clear, and in today’s market fully needed, that CMAE is trying to bring its Club Managers up to a standard level of Management. The MDP 1 course is intense and thorough, with some very good presenters – this course definitely sets the benchmark on what Club Managers need to know - Anon
MDP1 was an invaluable week of learning and networking. The dynamic and relevant course content to the modern day world of club management was delivered by a high calibre of engaging speakers and industry professionals. The course’s comprehensive material helps build integral tools that can be used day to day, and provokes an open minded approach to contemporary club management. I personally left the course not only with an abundance of new knowledge and tactics to approach day to day operations, but with a new network of like-minded industry professionals. I would recommend this course not only as a must for aspiring club managers but also an essential mechanism to help develop ambitious junior and middle management managers/leaders. I am already looking forward to starting MDP2 - Alistair Webster
I recently attended MDP1 of the CMAE course and can't speak highly enough of the first stage of this course. The presenters all showed great passion for their particular topic and ensured that we gained a huge amount of practical knowledge and ideas from each element of the programme. I look forward to attending MDP2 next year and implementing some of my new knowledge and skill set in the meantime - Jack Woods, Golf Professional, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
Having attended MDP1 earlier this year I was very much looking forward to MDP2 and it did not disappoint. A great course with a wealth of information delivered in the classroom by very experienced and engaging presenters and also the opportunity to share experiences and opinions with other delegates outside of the classroom throughout the week. Highly recommended for anyone in the industry looking to further their knowledge and progress their career - Jamie Wood, Director of Golf, Almouj Golf
For an experienced golf club manager, MDP1 helped underpin the knowledge I already have and give me confidence that I am working to best practice. It also opened up opportunities for improvements that will both benefit the club I manage and my career. The administration, venue and presenters were first class. I look forward to MDP2 - Chris Donovan, General Manager, Hindhead Golf Club
The MDP program reaches across all industries and teaches you the fundamental principles that you can apply to your day to day situation at work and at home. I am a golf course superintendent and took away just as much value as a club manager would from the education seminars. Those who deliver the courses do so with passion, knowledge and an appreciation for “real life” situations to apply this to. Do yourself a favour and invest in your future - Craig Haldane, Director - Golf Course Maintenance, Dubai Golf
An amazing course! Throughout the entire course I felt very involved, it provided tools and taught me new skills to become an even better leader. I now feel much more confident and competent as a Club Manager. It really has been a great addition to my MDP educational path - Fernando Padron, Director de Operaciones, Real Club Valderrama
The course was very worthwhile and I would highly recommend it to anyone currently in the golf industry or considering a career in the future. Once again the CMAE attracted people from all over the world so the networking opportunities allowed you to learn from some best practice examples in the world of golf - Stuart Finlay, Regional Club Development Officer, Wales Golf
My week on MDP 2 was a productive mix of both education and networking. The CMAE is without doubt at the cutting edge of club management and I have already enjoyed putting to use some of the fantastic training that I received from a top class roster of presenters. It truly is the essential programme for anyone wishing to forge a successful career in our industry - Adam Walsh, General Manager, Farleigh Golf Club
Great speakers, great delegates, MDP2 takes your management and self management skills to next level - Salman Nasser Al Khanji, Qatar Golf Association
The course has been great, very dynamic, I have taken with me many ideas that I will implement at my club. Also, the networking with other delegates has been fantastic - Agustín Mazarrasa, Manager, Sotogrande Golf Club
The F&B week in Marbella was superb! To be able to spend time with like-minded people on a course that incorporated education, hands on experience at both Les Roches and Valderamma and networking was invaluable. - Mary Lou Watkins, Assistant Secretary, North Berwick Golf Club
The MDP golf management course is a must for anyone who is serious about furthering their knowledge within this area of the industry. Both the wide range of experienced speakers and fellow delegates from around the world gave me a greater insight into effective club management and hospitality operations. I drove home from St Andrews after five days of fun learning full of fresh ideas to put into practice for when I return to work at my club - Alex Day
The MDP Food & Beverage course was sensational. It provided so much information and guidance for running all types of club catering operations, and I have an enormous list of potential improvements to work on. The course is great value and I highly recommend it to anyone working in a club that serves food & beverages! - Richard Pennell CCM, Club Secretary, Woking Golf Club
Another great week with CMAE on Golf Ops, a variety of knowledgeable presenters, topics and once again great tribe to network with and build relationships. The venue made it all the more special with almost a ‘behind the scenes’ look into the golf operations at St Andrews Links Trust, a very special opportunity. Thanks - Iain Lancaster, Club Engagement Manager, England Golf
This was my third MDP course since becoming a Club Manager three years ago and I simply cannot think of a better way to improve my ability to perform effectively in my current role than to continue towards my goal of attaining the CCM designation - Patrick Dean, General Manager, Malone Golf Club
MDP1 was a fantastic week of learning and networking with a great mix of like-minded people from the Golf, Leisure and Hospitality Industries. The calibre of speakers was really high and all of the sessions were thoroughly engaging. As a development officer for England Golf, I feel I have already been able to pass on a lot of the elements learnt on the course. I’m already looking forward to doing MDP2 - Charles Molony, Club Support Officer, England Golf
the power of Networking: it was my 4th MDP in 14 month and in this period I've meet a lot of people in every course... the constant rotation of delegate gives at MDP Education Program a great appeal...The feeling is: i want more - Alessandro Napoli, Director of Instruction, Canavese Golf & Country Club
MDP1…The most amazing training I ever had! A month has passed and I’m still full of energy and enthusiastic about work! The academic part of the training is great but people is what made the experience amazing!. From the organisers, always ready to help, the presenters, knowledgeable and fun, and my colleagues..! Wonderful people that I hope to have the pleasure to see again at MDP2! Really looking forward to it!! - Rosa Davies, Events Manager, Victory Services Club
I thought the course was excellent, the knowledge and teaching standards of the tutors were superb. As a new club manager this was an essential insight and network I can rely on. I felt fully supported and confident in what I was learning at all times and would highly recommend the course to anyone interested in becoming a club manager. A fabulous experience - Niall Watson, Club Manager, Peebles Golf Club
MDP 3 has given me a deeper understanding of the effect of my leadership on my team and how to improve on my self. An indispensable course for any one that wants to focus on self improvement for the betterment of the team - Carlos Ladios Boluda, Management Trainee, Royal Mid Surrey Golf Club
A must for anyone in the industry who wants to develop themselves and their Club.
A comprehensive course with opportunities to not only learn from industry experts but also from the other individuals on the course – a fantastic, highly beneficial week. - Claire Hodgson, Head of Participation, England Golf
The learning through social networking was possibly even more than that in the formal class setting and both equally valuable. I have left this course completely energised and ready to face the challenges in the career I have chosen. - Joyce Burnett
As a volunteer Council member at Ratho Park Golf Club, the MDP1 course was extremely valuable to me in order to ensure that I can help provide the correct direction for my Council at the club. The depth of detail we went into in Finance, Managing Change, Legal & Regulatory, HR and Food & Beverage will ensure that I have a greater understanding and will be in a strong position to support the club secretary going forward - Ian Forbes, Vice-Captain, Ratho Park Golf Club
Great to spend a week immersed in learning – specific to the role of the Club Manager, with a group of like-minded individuals. - Phil Graham, Club Support Officer, England Golf
The MDP course on Food and Beverage is very exciting. It was indeed a great learning experience for a person like me who has no much knowledge about restaurant. The course taught us on how to prepare a big event, banquet, going through hygiene and knowing what kind of food that can cause allergy to the customers. It is also worth noting that it is important to control the cost of the food and recycle it (food wastage). I was also able to learn on how to prepare the menu, evaluate and update it. All information from the course is very important for me as a Deputy General Manager as it gives a tool to handle a restaurant and communicate with food & beverage personnel. Overall, it was an excellent course with valuable information that I can use in my professional career. - Mohammed Al Naimi, Deputy General Manager, Education City Golf Club
Ho sempre pensato che il 90% del mio successo sul lavoro dipendesse dalla mia attitudine, dal mio comportamento. Durante l’MDP3 Strategy&Leadership ho capito quanto sia importante lavorare su me stesso per ottenere grandi risultati con gli altri - Cristian Fiora
Thank you, I have developed an informal peer support network that I am sure will be valuable to me in the coming years.
I got a brilliant response back at my club to what I have learned. It was intense,hard work at times but a lot of fun and very entertaining. I learned so much,gained new friends and contacts that I know will help me for years to come.Thank you.
Invaluable insight, fun, professional, for life network – priceless.
Lit my fire and left me with a burning desire to go ahead and continue to develop as a manager and enable me to drive my club forward
Excellent platform for developing effective professional management at golf clubs in Scotland and ultimately ensuring a successful future for golf in Scotland. Thank you.
A one-stop shop that covers all areas of golf club management
Educational & Entertaining. A must for Club Managers of any age!
A great insight in to the breadth of skills required to be a club manager of the future
Anybody not undertaking the course is at a clear disadvantage in the industry
Fully recommend it, amazing, loads of information to think about and you can digest, think about it and put it into action
Thought provoking - if you are not doing this course, what are you doing?
I learned more in one week than in 5 years of college
What a great week of information overload!
Of benefit to people about to start as well an aid to people already in post
The future and possibly saviour of golf clubs in the UK and Ireland
To meet so many like minded people who have the same desires and issues, with whom we can discuss and find the best way forward –superb!
Education is the key to success. If you want to have a successful club and career, this is the best place to start
What a week, the amount of information was just phenomenal! My head feels like it’s going to explode, so I‘ll take the weekend to relax. Next week I’ll start looking at the information I’ve been given. I’m sure it will last for years and years to come and help me in my career
The week provided me with the confidence and knowledge to take back a bit more control at the golf club
This week has proven to me yet again that the learning journey is never over
Se aspiri ad un futuro da Club Manager moderno e qualificato, niente di meglio che il percorso formativo MDP. Cinque giorni che valgono oro!”
Il percorso formativo di Club Managers of Europe si e' rivelato una delle migliori decisioni prese per la mia carriera. Mi ha fornito la migliore formazione, nuove opportunita' professionali ed una enorme quantita' di relazioni! Dedicatevi al vostro aggiornamento e formazione, partecipate ai corsi MDP!
Ho sempre pensato che il 90% del mio successo sul lavoro dipendesse dalla mia attitudine, dal mio comportamento. Durante l’MDP3 Strategy&Leadership ho capito quanto sia importante lavorare su me stesso per ottenere grandi risultati con gli altri