-RCGA and ClubLink Enter Into 10 Year Agreement in Support of Canadian Golf-
Cooperation within an industry is always great to see and in an early afternoon press conference on Wednesday, December 2nd the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) and ClubLink Corporation announced that they will be working together in a stronger capacity support of golf in Canada.
The RCGA says they have entered into a comprehensive 10-year partnership with ClubLink, the largest owner and operator of golf courses in Canada. That agreement will see ClubLink support a number of the RCGA’s golf programs and services.
The agreement comes at a good time for the RCGA, an organization that is working to right its financial ship and get their programs fully aligned with the needs of Canadian golfers. The agreement dictates that ClubLink will invest close to $4 million, including in-kind services, into a wide range of RCGA initiatives. These include the National Golf in Schools Program, Team Canada, CN Future Links, the RCGA Foundation, the Canadian University Colleges Championship and the RBC Canadian Open.
“We are thrilled to welcome ClubLink as a proud partner helping the RCGA support the growth of the game of golf in Canada,” said Scott Simmons, RCGA Executive Director and CEO. “ClubLink has long been at the forefront of course operations and customer service and having them invest in so many touch points of our business truly reinforces their commitment to the game on so many levels. From our grassroots programs and national championships to elite player development and our philanthropic efforts, I want to thank ClubLink for their continued support of Canadian golf.”
For ClubLink President and CEO Rai Sahi, supporting excellence in Canadian golf, especially at the grassroots level through the CN Future Links junior golf program and National Golf in Schools, was a driving force behind ClubLink’s decision.
“This partnership is a natural progression of our longstanding relationship with the RCGA and, like them, ClubLink and our 18,500 members are vitally interested in helping to grow the game of golf,” said Sahi. “ClubLink has always taken a long-term view and it is obvious from our commitment of almost $4 million over the next 10 years that we wholeheartedly support the RCGA’s goals of broadening the interest and participation in golf in the country. We hope that our investment, financial and otherwise, will raise the profile of the RCGA’s golf initiatives and encourage others to do likewise.”
The relationship between the RCGA and ClubLink dates back to the RCGA’s sale of the renowned Glen Abbey Golf Club to ClubLink in 1999. Glen Abbey and the RBC Canadian Open share a long and storied history as the Nicklaus-designed Oakville layout has played host to Canada’s national Open championship 25 times including both 2008 and 2009.
Through their involvement with the National Golf in Schools Program, ClubLink will be sponsoring a minimum of 11 schools per year as part of the program’s ‘Adopt a School’ initiative. To date, the program – launched in May and fully endorsed by Physical Health and Education Canada (PHE Canada) – has been integrated into the physical education curriculum of more than 400 elementary schools across Canada.
In addition to their grassroots involvement with the Golf in Schools program, the corporation will continue its involvement with CN Future Links, Canada’s national junior golf program. ClubLink has been a proud partner of the CN Future Links program since its inception in 1996.
ClubLink’s investment will also benefit the RCGA’s National Amateur Team Program and its High Performance initiatives with ClubLink becoming an Official Partner Club of Team Canada.
Through its support of the RCGA Foundation, the ‘ClubLink Scholarship of Excellence’ program will grant two $5,000 scholarships per year to students attending a Canadian University. ClubLink will also become presenting sponsor of the RCGA’s University College Golf Championship.
The corporation will also continue to contribute to the RBC Canadian Open’s philanthropic efforts in support of the Mike Weir Foundation, the event’s national charity partner.
ClubLink is the largest owner and operator of courses in Canada with 33 clubs and approximately 18,500 members. Sahi hopes that ClubLink’s commitment will encourage more golf courses, individuals and potential sponsors to support the RCGA’s mission to grow participation and passion for the sport.
“We are certain that as more and more sponsors, clubs and individual golfers realize that the new RCGA is sincerely committed to growing the game, they will join us as proud supporters of these efforts from coast to coast.”