The John Collier Survey is an essential tool for the golf industry, providing benchmark data for golf clubs to measure themselves against, uncover industry trends and awareness of issues such as governance, risk and compliance.

Areas of Research Include

Environmental Management Planning; Biodiversity; Landscape and Cultural Heritage; Water Resource Management; Turf-Grass Management; Waste Management; Energy Management; Education and Working Environment; Communication and Public Awareness; Governance, Risk and Compliance.


The John Collier Annual Survey Questionnaire consist of 80 unique questions covering key aspects of golf club governance and environmental management compliance. The questions focus on the principles, processes and best practices to guide and prepare golf club management.

These questionnaires are easy to complete, equally easy to maintain and act as a system of record for club reporting.

Questionnaires are sent out to all clubs in South Africa in May/June each year inviting participation by November. The data is collated and analysed and results are published in the John Collier Annual Survey in February/March the following year.

And let your data work for you!

The fifteenth John Collier Survey on Governance and Environmental Compliance for


2021 – 2022



Understanding the impending legislative changes that will impact South African golf clubs is imperative to driving a sustainable approach to business and stakeholder management. Corporate governance in South Africa is informed by common law, statue soft law and market regulation. These can be difficult to navigate, and it can be often be unclear how they can impact your golf club.

The John Collier Survey walks your golf club through the “16 principles of King IV” that apply to all entities including Golf Clubs in South Africa and guide your process to better align with the required government outcomes, namely:


he definition of risk in King IV consists of three parts, namely uncertainty of events, the likelihood of such events occurring and their effect, both positive and negative. The John Collier survey prepares your golf club to mitigate against these and positions you to thrive.

The John Collier survey demonstrates how the King IV’s understanding of risk balances the traditional, negative view of risk with one that recognises the potential opportunities inherent in some risks. Thus, an opportunity may present itself as the potential upside of a risk that could adversely affect the achievement of organisational objectives.


he John Collier Survey aids golf clubs to align with the recommendations of King IV to ensure continual monitoring of the regulatory environment in a convenient annual process.

The King IV code recommends that those responsible for a golf clubs governance should ensure that compliance is understood, not only as an obligation, but also as a source of rights and protection. A holistic view is needed on how applicable laws and non-binding rules, codes and standards relate to one another. The John Collier Survey does just that.

King IV principle II:

The governing body should govern risk in a way that supports the organisation in getting and achieving its strategic objectives