Anyone Joining Private Country Clubs?

Just curious who out there is taking advantage of the economic situation and the deals that are out there for private clubs. I joined one here in Maryland about 7 months ago as they offered me a great deal.
I golfed all through the winter, I hit a ridiculous amount of balls on the range, and play till my hearts content. Doesn't get much better to be honest. Oh and no bs tee times, I show up and they get me off the 1st hole when I'm good and ready. So anyone else taking advantage? If your on the fence, do it. It's a dream come true.
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One of the clubs that I belong to was a private equity club until this year when they opened up play Tuesday to Friday for non-members. They are now running the place like a semi-private muni, which is not a bad thing unless you paid the coin to by an equity certificate.
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I almost joined a club that my freind belongs to.. actually my freind and i were both going to join.. but the members at this club have their heads so far up their _____'s that it wasnt worth the drive or the $$ to play with a bunch of ____.
The kind of club where a typical conversation would start with:
"Hey Jim, what's your handicap? Fantastic."
Right now I'm a member of a semi-private club so I guess its somewhat a best of both worlds type thing..
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Grimace that would make me pretty mad as well. The good thing about the club I belong to is it's member owned and everything gets voted on.
Probably the best thing about the club I joined are the down to earth people. No snobby guys walking around just good guys who like to get the games going sat and sunday mornings. They were really the reason why I considered it as there are a few clubs around here that are very stuck up.
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Some historically exclusive private clubs in my area are offering single year rates with no initiation fee. I became a "social member" at a private club last year which entitled me to a dozen rounds and after experiencing the people I wouldn't play there for free. This year I bought an annual pass at a local public/municipal course and couldn't be happier. The price was right and the course is awesome.
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We're pretty lucky here in Australia. Most of us that that play regularly are members of private clubs of various sizes and descriptions. Probably one of the greatest advantages we have is that private clubs are still relatively affordable over here. There are a few notable exceptions like Australia GC, and Royal Melbourne but not everyone that owns a car can own a Rolls Royce. That's life. I think the affordability aspect keeps the w-ker numbers managable. I've heard that memberships in the US are pretty steep generally so its not surprising that it is seen as some sort of status symbol to be flaunted.
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Yeah I looked at a few semi privates and liked one in particular but when it came down to it the group of guys at the private club were good ol "give me a beer and lets play texas hold em" type of guys. Plus the number of active playing members is like 240 compared to 650 of the sem private.
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Thinking about joining one at the moment. Hard to pull the trigger on the good deals because of the economy
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I joined in the fall of last year, and I love it.
It's all private, member/board operated, so prices for everything are reasonable.
We have a top notch superintendent, so the course is in superb condition.
It's a relaxed kind of place, but members have been respectful and well dressed.
I have been impressed with the quality of the golfers, and I'm not easy to impress.
I have not played with anyone that I would not play with again.
The best part is I can play just a couple, 6, 9, 15, or 18, however many I can get in, I play. If I want to hit two balls and play 9 after work, I can.
The annual range plan...perfect for getting your short game up to snuff. Go ahead, hit 100 wedges...you don't have to feel like you wasted them because you did not work on your whole game. Need to putt awhile? There's one other person there, maybe, and the green is in the same great shape as the greens on the course.
You need to know the club you are going to join, but if you find the kind of club you want, it is worth every dime.
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I'm debating it right now-the private clubs out here are just starting to see the economic pinch so they haven't really reduced the initiation fees or offered enough incentive for me to drop the coin, yet.
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I'm debating it right now-the private clubs out here are just starting to see the economic pinch so they haven't really reduced the initiation fees or offered enough incentive for me to drop the coin, yet.
i'm three hours south of you and from everyone that i have talked to our area started to feel the pinch a little bit earlier. we have been lucky in the nw to hold out for as long as we did... with that in mind i am heavily debating joining a club - royal oaks which is arguable home to the best greens in the nw. amazingly smooth and lightning quick. i have a couple of unofficial deals on the table for non-equity and equity memberships. i would have another 7 years at half dues - before i turn 35. the wife is due next week with our first baby, but surprisingly enough she is ready to grab the pen and sign the check. i'm too conservative to actually pull the trigger just yet, even though i know that i wouldn't regret doing it. the real question now is how long should i hold out. thinking that get our family life started and rolling for a month or two then CTC. i know that each one of us is in a different economic situation, but i would like some opinions to whether i'm an idiot one way or the other. monthly dues are equal to what i pay per month to play 5 hour rounds at decent public/muni's.
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I live in NYC and am a member of a club in NJ. Pretty much every club is looking for members and offers deals now. But do your due diligence, understand the financial structure and how much debt the club has. When I joined mine, I made sure the club has no debt (on top of other factors)...
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Just joined Canongate here in the Atlanta area. Ridiculous to pass it up. I live 5 minutes from my 'home' club so paratice is possible at least when the wife allows it . Small initiation and reasonable dues. Access to 19 clubs mostly in the metro Atlanta area.
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One of the clubs that I belong to was a private equity club until this year when they opened up play Tuesday to Friday for non-members. They are now running the place like a semi-private muni, which is not a bad thing unless you paid the coin to by an equity certificate.
I think that might become a new trend, at least in the Philly area.
I can't imagine many people at this stage would join an equity club with the possibility of getting a fat assessment at the end of the season to offset the loss of members as a result of the economy.
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Been a member for (3) years now at a private club and it's fantastic. I was/am still young enough to get a junior membership so it's very reasonable for me. Also, I will not have to pony up any extra initiation fee when I turn forty, only pay the increase in annual dues which is fine.
I'm a working stiff and it's great to get off of work, go to the locker room and change and play till the lights go out. It's great for my wife also because she uses the facilities as much, if not more than I do.
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Just curious who out there is taking advantage of the economic situation and the deals that are out there for private clubs. I joined one here in Maryland about 7 months ago as they offered me a great deal.
I golfed all through the winter, I hit a ridiculous amount of balls on the range, and play till my hearts content. Doesn't get much better to be honest. Oh and no bs tee times, I show up and they get me off the 1st hole when I'm good and ready. So anyone else taking advantage? If your on the fence, do it. It's a dream come true.
J do you mind saying what club it is? Sounds like a nice club? if you don't want to publish it you could PM me. I'm just curious as I've often cconsidered that route but the fees were a bit too steep. But I have read recently where a lot of the clubs in this area have slashed the Initiation fees.
If you don't want to say I respect your privacy. Thanks.
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It is hard to justify given the economy but i just joined a private course....for those under 40 there was no initiation and unlimited golf and range for under $300 per month.
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Just curious who out there is taking advantage of the economic situation and the deals that are out there for private clubs. I joined one here in Maryland about 7 months ago as they offered me a great deal.
I golfed all through the winter, I hit a ridiculous amount of balls on the range, and play till my hearts content. Doesn't get much better to be honest. Oh and no bs tee times, I show up and they get me off the 1st hole when I'm good and ready. So anyone else taking advantage? If your on the fence, do it. It's a dream come true.
J do you mind saying what club it is? Sounds like a nice club? if you don't want to publish it you could PM me. I'm just curious as I've often cconsidered that route but the fees were a bit too steep. But I have read recently where a lot of the clubs in this area have slashed the Initiation fees.
If you don't want to say I respect your privacy. Thanks.
Pm'd you.
The fact that I can go out to practice and then decide I want try some of it on the course but only play 3-4 holes is great. Obviously our economy is hurting right now and many people close to me have or are about to lose jobs ect.. but if you are in a job that's secure I would evaluate how much you play/pay each month then call some local private clubs and get some prices and compare. Pro's/Cons for both and take it from there.
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Just curious who out there is taking advantage of the economic situation and the deals that are out there for private clubs. I joined one here in Maryland about 7 months ago as they offered me a great deal.
I golfed all through the winter, I hit a ridiculous amount of balls on the range, and play till my hearts content. Doesn't get much better to be honest. Oh and no bs tee times, I show up and they get me off the 1st hole when I'm good and ready. So anyone else taking advantage? If your on the fence, do it. It's a dream come true.
what country club in Maryland did you join? im pretty familiar with courses ther and im just wondering where you joined.
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Member of a semi-private club for about $120 a month for unlimited golf plus $175 per year for unlimited range balls. The club was full private and went semi-private just before I joined the club due to slipping membership. I wouldn't have joined if I had not been able to get on as a member of the public and realize what a good deal it was to join the club. I will not hesitate to look at private clubs when I move out of this area.
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I'm debating it right now-the private clubs out here are just starting to see the economic pinch so they haven't really reduced the initiation fees or offered enough incentive for me to drop the coin, yet.
I am with ya on this one......though a few nice clubs do have some openings that one did not see much in the past.
Looking at TPC, Sahalee, Rainier, and my old home course Glendale.
BG
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I'm debating it right now-the private clubs out here are just starting to see the economic pinch so they haven't really reduced the initiation fees or offered enough incentive for me to drop the coin, yet.
I am with ya on this one......though a few nice clubs do have some openings that one did not see much in the past.
Looking at TPC, Sahalee, Rainier, and my old home course Glendale.
BG
Glendale, huh-I worked there on the greenscrew about a billion years ago!!! what're their rates these days?
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I recently joined a semi private club, mostly to reduce my golf budget. I got in with zero initiation fee and its unlimited golf and range time. The best part is I have access to 2 regulation courses and a par 60 course which is a fun little track.
They let the members walk which I really like. It can be a bit slow on the weekends, but the main course is fun, the greens are superb and quick which I love. Its a bit short for me at 6780 yards, but there are some good par 3's, some challenging driving holes and some nasty pin placements.
I was not crazy about having to play the same place all the time or the 30 min drive, but It worked out well since they just took over the other regulation course and all we have to pay is a cart fee, and drive another 15-20 min
The biggest plus is I can play when I want and I can get in at least 8-10 rounds a month which equates to just under 20$ a round. much better than the 40-60 I was spending per round
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I switched private clubs back in October and honestly wish I had not. I do get to play a ton of golf on a Dye course, but right now it would be better to have that money elsewhere....like in the bank or under a mattress where it will not get lost!
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I'm thinking about it. The club my boss belongs to just dropped to $220/month for the 5day membership. They don't do a lot of leagues and BS so I could get out for 9-18 just about every evening. Plus they play part of the RI Amateur there and last years champ plays out of there. It's one of the tougher courses around so would be good for taking my game up a notch. You know, if I quit smoking, that's about the membership $$.
You know what, this is a no-brainer. We often work on weekends anyway and I'm more likey to have 2-3 weekdays off. Even if I only played twice a week, which is very little for me, I still spend avg. of $35 a round walking. That's $280 a month. In actuality I avg. more like 3 times a week. I'll be signing up for this when he gets back from FL. I think they have free range balls too and a grass range.
I just "read the fine print" and not such a good deal now. They have minumum carts, food spending, range fees and an initiation fee. Throw all that in and it double to $440 a month. I'll stick to my 3 favorite public courses, which are better tracks anyway.
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I just joined one earlier in the week. This club has been struggling for members for a few years throw in the current economy and they were having a deal I just couldn't refuse. It's an old Tillinghast course that is a gem!
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Man I guess I got in just in time. I live here in north east louisiana (monreo) and joined Calvert Crossing Golf Club in december of 07
initiation was $500 and $110 a month for junior and then $135 a month once I turned 30. In May on 08 our club joined with another club that is just 2 miles away. our club is a really good golf course IMHO and the other course which is called Pine Hills Country Club is just as good. When the 2 courses joined dues only went to $185 month, which I thought was awesome. We are the only club in louisiana north of I-10 to have 2 18 hole course. I love it and the best thing is my company pays my dues and all i pay for are the cart fees and food & bev. so if any of you guys are in the north louisiana area and want to come play one of two nice courses just pm me. cost is only about $50 bones.