The Private Club Advisoris a monthly business letter written for private club directors, officers, owners, and managers. PCA focuses on club policy issues, member relations, and legal and legislative developments affecting the club industry.

Since its launch in 1990, thousands of club leaders have come to trust the PCA as their most reliable source for relevant and unbiased information. Our readers depend on the PCA’s timely content and crisp presentation to keep them abreast of important industry trends and developments.The Private Club Advisor is a monthly four-page business letter which addresses policy-related issues for managers officers, directors and owners of clubs.Click hereto read a sample issue of The Private Club Advisor.

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Who we are...

The Private Club Advisor (PCA) was launched in 1990 by Eldon Miller, a journalist with more than 40 years experience in the club industry. Miller was joined in 2003 by former Club Management magazine Editor Teri Finan . In 2012, Jackie Carpenter joined the PCA as the third Editor in the history of this powerful and resourceful business letter. As a team, all of these people share a commitment to keeping managers and their boards up-to-date on the wide array of business aspects in this industry. Contact us



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Meet the Editor...

Meet Jackie Stevenson Carpenter, CCM, the editor of the Private Club Advisor!  Jackie has been in the hospitality industry 16 years, including almost 10 years with private clubs.  Her club work has included Cordillera in Vail, CO, the Wakonda Club, Des Moines, IA,  Dallas Country Club, Dallas, TX, where she was clubhouse manager for three years, and most recently the Nashville City Club, where she was director of club experiences.  Read More

Leadership Basics

Serving on the board of a private club can be challenging, particularly when it comes to understanding the complexities of what it means to be a private, tax-exempt, not-for-profit entity. Each of those three characteristics is important and they are closely interrelated. For a simple guide to knowing the difference, click here.


Club Industry News

Taking Club Cuisine to New Heights

Farmscape, California's largest urban farming operation, recently wrapped a first-of-its-kind project in Downtown Los Angeles, one that (literally) takes urban agriculture to new heights. AtopThe Jonathan Clubnow sits a large rooftop garden installation designed to grow fresh, organic greens. Plucked by the hands of the private social club's chefs, the produce will grace the plates of lucky club members. Read more


When Members Don't Play by the Rules

Would your business and solicitation policies go far enough to protect your members if a predatory hedge fund marketer found his way in to the club? Maybe not unless they are carefully written and enforced. Edward Seidle, a blog author, tells an unnerving tale about what may be transpiring poolside... Read more

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