Should I go the private club route?

I'm tired of waiting to get off as a single, I want to meet other golfers and find a group to play with, I'm tired of 5+ hour rounds of golf. Should I go private?
Been talking to my local private courses. As far as the monthly dues go, I pay at least that amount for golf already.
I'm ready to pull the trigger, just need a little encouragement to do it. Help me out here guys.
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sounds like you're mind's made up already...do we really need to convince you further?
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Bogeypro,
Here are some things to consider:
1. Initiation fee. How much and how is it paid? Is it an equity club or not? With an equity club, you get back all or a portion of your initiation fee if you leave. If it's not an equity club, you forfeit the initiation when you leave.
2. Assessments, food & beverage minimums, automatic gratuities, etc. While the dues may be equal to your current monthly outlay, these "fees" can add up quickly.
3. Do you like playing different courses, or will you be OK playing the same course most or all of the time?
4. Age of the club's membership. Make sure there are a bunch of members in your age category. If you are under 30 and the rest of the membership is older, you might not have as much fun and could feel out of place.
5. Does the club have a regular game? You'll meet people faster if there is a regular Saturday and/or Sunday game. Ask to see a copy of their current newletter or calendar, plus the last couple of months. You can tell from those how many planned events would interest you.
6. Proximity to your home. You'll use the club more if you don't have to travel a long way. Trust me, my club is 50 minutes from my home. I have a great deal and use it for golf only. If the club is close to your home, you'll probably use it for meals, family activities, etc. which will only increase the amount of money you spend at the club.
There are other factors to consider, but this should get you started. Good luck!
Kevin
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DO IT. I JUST DID FOR THE SAME REASONS.
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Best thing I ever did...met a bunch of great people and having recips at other courses helps with breaking up playing the same course all the time...go for it!!!
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It really depends on the expense involved and what you're looking for.
Locally here, it takes $50K+ to ove $100K for initiation on the average. on top of that is the $500-$700 monthly dues, which 10% is mandatory food and drink tap.
I figured it out that if I put this money in the bank, I could go play all the great courses I wish worldwide and have no strings attached, for at least 10 years.
But if you're looking for social functions, being a member of a nice local private club is great way to do it.
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It really depends on the expense involved and what you're looking for.
Locally here, it takes $50K+ to ove $100K for initiation on the average. on top of that is the $500-$700 monthly dues, which 10% is mandatory food and drink tap.
I figured it out that if I put this money in the bank, I could go play all the great courses I wish worldwide and have no strings attached, for at least 10 years.
But if you're looking for social functions, being a member of a nice local private club is great way to do it.
Fifty grand iniation
I belong to the cheap semi private club in our area its close to my home and has a great membership. The downside is the course could be nicer and occassionaly the owner has too many outings.
Then again the Private gigs in my area run between 1200 and 5000 initiation and dues under 150 a month
To the original poster definatly join but be careful where, it would help if you knew someone that was a member there
Ken
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Fifty grand iniation
I belong to the cheap semi private club in our area its close to my home and has a great membership. The downside is the course could be nicer and occassionaly the owner has too many outings.
Then again the Private gigs in my area run between 1200 and 5000 initiation and dues under 150 a month
To the original poster definatly join but be careful where, it would help if you knew someone that was a member there
Ken
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Unfortunately, a few of local golf courses cost not a bondle of money to join, but also has to have so called charater approval, after you cough up the initialtion, you'll have to have minimum of 10 existing members to vouch for your character which attesting that you'll fit in with the existing members.
Run of the mill private clubs recently is from $50K and up, and they're not so snoby like those mentioned above.
Most of the private courses are empty except for Saturday morning.
One of the guy I know joined a club here, he's loaded with money, but could not attach to a regular palying group, so he sold the membership after 2 years.
Before join up, do some research to see if you'll fit in with the existing members. Play there as a guest as most of the clubs will allow you to do so, to se if yo like the club and members.
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Wow with my membership I can play another half dozen courses for a reciprocal fee (fifteen to twenty bucks)
Two of those courses have Saturday and Sunday games anywhere from 15 to 30 people I can join anytime I do not even have to call.
We have the same type game at our club, you show up and you play its that easy.
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Wow with my membership I can play another half dozen courses for a reciprocal fee (fifteen to twenty bucks)
Two of those courses have Saturday and Sunday games anywhere from 15 to 30 people I can join anytime I do not even have to call.
We have the same type game at our club, you show up and you play its that easy.
Lucky you Ken,
Our city Muni green fee is around $30 to start. Additional for weekends rate.
Bargain hunters have to search for early bird or twilight rates.
Sounds like you have a great set up over there.
Bogeypro might as well join the club membeship, but as I memtioned, check ithe course progam and members out before hand over the check for initiation.
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Wow with my membership I can play another half dozen courses for a reciprocal fee (fifteen to twenty bucks)
Two of those courses have Saturday and Sunday games anywhere from 15 to 30 people I can join anytime I do not even have to call.
We have the same type game at our club, you show up and you play its that easy.
Lucky you Ken,
Our city Muni green fee is around $30 to start. Additional for weekends rate.
Bargain hunters have to search for early bird or twilight rates.
Sounds like you have a great set up over there.
Bogeypro might as well join the club membeship, but as I memtioned, check ithe course progam and members out before hand over the check for initiation.
I hate golf in the NW -- particularly anywhere within 50 miles of the Seattle area. It's kind of the same way here.
I wish we lived in a region where courses with memberships are a dime a dozen. I'd save so much and play a whole lot more.
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I just cancelled my private membership because my marriage to the course was fizzling out.
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Bogeypro, who/what is the model golfer in your avatar?
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I have a couple of responses on these 2 threads, in response to Private vs. Public.
In short: PRIVATE is the only way to go (for me at least). Here's why.............
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I joined a private club this season after 3 years at a semi-private, and muni's before that. It is well worth the money. We have a great well run course and club with a tremendous membership. Every guest I bring raves about the course and quality of people both members and employees of the club.
I would check the underlying finances of the club prior to applying if it involves a big initiation fee. You want to make sure your joining where there is a good mix of older and younger members-this will be the most stable. Signs of a good club are a clubhouse in good-great condition, waiting list for entry, and the positive attitude of members around the club.
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If you are already shelling out the money to play on public courses equal to what your dues would be, then there is no question. I joined a country club this year in my town, and it is well worth it. Not only for the golf, but for the other amenities that come along with it (reciprocal with other private courses in the state, restaurants, pool, free range balls, good deals on golf equipment, etc).
However, being able to just charge stuff to your account can get nasty if you get silly during Men's league, lmao.
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I am getting ready to go private also, I played the course last week and it is nice but the condition will be worth it especially here in the NW where drainage is an issue. The initiation is cheap and non equity so I can walk away at any time. The range is nice with good balls and is included with unlimited balls. With golf ranges getting to almost $9 a large bucket to hit crappy balls this is a definite plus. The ability to go play nine holes after work in about an 1:30 is a major plus, I never play unless I can go eighteen because of fees but with the club it doesn't matter. Lessons are discounted and I am sure they will spend a little extra time making sure you are happy due to being a member.
The last sentence just made it even more clear to me, Happy, most courses don't care if you are happy but the club always will. When we played there was a greater sense of relaxation and it was peaceful to be out there, not usually so at Muni's.
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I too would like to join a private course because I like to play in a reasonable 3 hours, and most public courses around here are waaayyyy slow. Unfortunately, I live in Santa Barbara, CA, whihc only has a few private courses. They are either too expensive, have a long waiting list, or are difficult to get accepted as a member.
I would love to join Valley Club, but that is not going to happen. Oh well, I can dream.
Cliff
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I think I'm going the private route next year. I get a great deal at my semi-private course but it is murder getting a tee time and as I routinely play as a single it makes it even worse. The upside is the unlimited range use and they have a members only short-game area. Everything is included, down to tee's and the cart. The course has changed owners three times in two years and each owner is worse than the next. The downside is there is a relatively inexpensive private course less than a mile from my home. But.. I went there to inquire about membership and they charge some ridiculous fee's. $5 per bucket of range balls, $15 for a cart, $40 a month min in the restaurant, which really isn't a restaurant, more like a snack area with sandwiches and such. And guests are $40 a round. I'm not sure how that is in comparison to some other private courses, but it kind of turned me off to feel like they would always had their hand in my pocket.
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I think that is going to be the norm for private courses, some have unlimited range time others are pay as you go. Food will always be there if they have any kind of food area and guests will always be charged and usually limited number of guests per year. Being a single most of the time I am sure you will find new partners and the guest issue may be irrelevant.
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I am very interested in the variance of rates at the private clubs as posted. I have been a member of private clubs, semi private club, munis, daily fee. I am a big private club fan. Key though is the membership makeup, unless you are bringing your own group with you. I would also investigate the ownership-is it member owned or investor owned? Equity or non-equity? Is it a golf club or a social club with golf, and what do you want? Pool, tennis of any importance?
The private club I am a member at currently is investor owned but they have a vision that the club is an intregal part of the community, important for attracting business and their only concern is to try to break even, but not overly concerned if they don't. They want a great course, great food, great service. And they try to keep it as reasonable as possible. Sort of like nirvana. They also realize that if the club is not kept private and outside play (events, etc) kept at a minimum, there is no incentive to join.
I am off topic. Sorry. I say go private, but expect your bill to be higher than estimated. Enjoy.
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I say go private, but there are a couple of types of private clubs.
Working mans private clubs, of which I am a member, decent course, place to get a burger and a beer. Free range balls 12 dollar cart and 120 a month. Not bad
Snobby private clubs, 10-100 grand initiations and all sorts of red tape. If you have the means....sure, if not, look for a working mans private club, there is usually 1 or 2 in most metropolitan areas. Where I live, Chattanooga, has 2, Battlefield and Creeks Bend.
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I say go private, but there are a couple of types of private clubs.
Working mans private clubs, of which I am a member, decent course, place to get a burger and a beer. Free range balls 12 dollar cart and 120 a month. Not bad
Snobby private clubs, 10-100 grand initiations and all sorts of red tape. If you have the means....sure, if not, look for a working mans private club, there is usually 1 or 2 in most metropolitan areas. Where I live, Chattanooga, has 2, Battlefield and Creeks Bend.
i gotta find one of those working man clubs around here :p
There isn't jack for anything like that.