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Old 07-21-2014, 07:03 PM   #1
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Last year, DW & I decided to join an exclusive golf club. Since we play 2 - 3 times a week (125 times a year plus or minus 20 times), the club membership cost divided by 125 was very good financial deal for us. Recently, we met up with other members who play very sparingly. How sparingly? Divided by number of times they play, they are paying $200 per round or more. Huh? That got me thinking that for these guys, joining the club was more important to them than making good use of it. I am a bit miffed by it but, hey, if they can afford it, why not?
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Divided by number of times they play...
Then, divide it by the number of strokes you take. If you golf as well as I do, my cost per stroke would be pennies every time I played. I would be getting probably the best deal if I played as much as you.
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If it is a course within a neighborhood, some people will join to help keep the golf club solvent and preserve the green space. One of the two courses in our neighborhood club was shut down for financial reasons several years ago and we fear there will be new development on what was green space.
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I belonged to a fairly nice golf course for a number of years probably close to six or seven years. Even though I played this course quite often and no doubt got my monies worth I found that I also enjoyed playing other course, and did so. Right now my game is in the bucket and I play sparingly at different courses during the week and always get the seniors rate. Recently played a Jack N. Bear Trace course for $38 which isn't bad.
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I once had neighbors who belonged to an exclusive golf club but didn't golf much because of bad knees. They were in it for the social aspect of the club, like the Sunday brunches and such.
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If it is a course within a neighborhood, some people will join to help keep the golf club solvent and preserve the green space. One of the two courses in our neighborhood club was shut down for financial reasons several years ago and we fear there will be new development on what was green space.
Not likely with this course. The course is doing very well.

I did my math wrong in OP. The two guys were playing about $300 - $350 per round based on how often they play. Admittedly, they are too busy.

We got our money's woth in 6 months , even after playing in other courses once in a while.
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You're only looking at the "dollars per game" aspect. Lots of people join golf/yacht clubs for the networking/social/business aspect which can be had without even setting foot on the green.

Someplace to take guests for dinner and drinks, meet contacts, make connections etc .
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You're only looking at the "dollars per game" aspect. Lots of people join golf/yacht clubs for the networking/social/business aspect which can be had without even setting foot on the green.

Someplace to take guests for dinner and drinks, meet contacts, make connections etc .
That's plausible although joining a country club is more advantageous for those seeking networking.
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I am a bit miffed by it but, hey, if they can afford it, why not?
They sound like perfect members, pay their dues but don't get in the way by using the course often!
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They sound like perfect members, pay their dues but don't get in the way by using the course often!
+Fore!

You should be thanking them (silently...we are on a golf course) every time you tee it up. They're subsidizing your play and are not even in the way.
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Many private clubs offer 'social memberships' for those who just want use of the club house, pool, restaurants, etc. At my club we tend to have members at the other end of the spectrum who never seem to take vacations and play golf 7 days a week and only skip golf if it's raining (which isn't often here in Arizona). The problem I found with playing one golf club exclusively is that your handicap doesn't travel well. If you have two 10 handicappers playing a match, one who plays multiple courses and one who plays only at his private club, the one who plays multiple courses will win most of the time (as long as they aren't playing at the other players private club).
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Membership price is out of whack in relation to daily green fees here with local courses. Decent courses are around $1000 -$1200 with cart
privilege. I can get daily discounts off special golf websites for $15 a day with cart. I could not save money buying a membership. Though we do have a local 9 hole "goat ranch" that I pay $250 a year to walk and play to get some exercise that is worth the cost.


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Membership price is out of whack in relation to daily green fees here with local courses. Decent courses are around $1000 -$1200 with cart
privilege. I can get daily discounts off special golf websites for $15 a day with cart. I could not save money buying a membership.
Are the membership prices you quoted the fee for a year or a month? In my area $1200/year would be a great deal but if for a month then ridiculously high.
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Are the membership prices you quoted the fee for a year or a month? In my area $1200/year would be a great deal but if for a month then ridiculously high.

This is for a year. Now keep in mind these are not posh resort or private big city courses. Just good solid 18 hole public courses with most not having any pool and tennis amenities. Just golf and drink beer in the clubhouse.


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This is for a year. Now keep in mind these are not posh resort or private big city courses. Just good solid 18 hole public courses with most not having any pool and tennis amenities. Just golf and drink beer in the clubhouse.


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As our kids got older and lost interest in the local swim club, I think the last year I paid for a family membership it cost something like $500 a visit, since they only went once.

The commercial waterpark was actually a much better deal - $40 or so for an annual pass person for all sorts of water slides, a river ride, flumes and all day entertainment. I wish I'd thought more about the cost per visit sooner.
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