With real estate and golf experiencing a bit of a resurgence, there’s a chance these days, that perhaps, you’re thinking of joining a private club. Here’s the thing, joining a club’s membership is not for everyone. But for some golfers, it is one of the best investments they can make.
Perks like unlimited golf, the ability to meet new people, play in competitive tournaments, and enjoy all the facilities, are just a few of the many benefits ot membership. Here are 5 things to consider when you’re ready and how to join a private club.
Step 1: Make a List of your Wants and Needs in a Club
Not everyone in your household may be interested in golf. Consider what other amenities would benefit your family when joining a club. Are you looking for a club that has a spa or gym to workout and relax? Maybe summer camp programs for your kids?
Step 2: Research The Golf & Country Clubs in Your Area
One of the worst things golfers can do is join the first club they visit. Think about it, you wouldn’t buy a car at the first lot you visit, would you? Then why would you do that with golf?
Instead, do a deep dive on all the golf clubs in your area. Research online, ask friends, golfing buddies, and more. Compile a list, think about its location to home/work, and if you know any members at the club already.
The majority of members live within a 15 minute drive of their club. So be mindful of how far you’re willing to drive to optimize your usage.
Step 3: Play a Round
Almost all clubs will usually offer a “Member for a Day” where you can trial the facilities. They typically wine and dine you, pair you up with some members or allow you to bring a guest or two to play 18 holes.
Also, some clubs might even offer a trial membership where you pay a certain amount per week or per month to give it a test run. If this is available, we highly recommend it as you’ll pretty quickly realize if it’s the right fit for you or not. Remember also, they’re feeling you out, as much as you are them.
Step 4: Calculate the Costs
Once you’ve tried out some courses or played a few rounds, now is time to compare the costs. Write down everything in a Google sheet or Excel spreadsheet to compare to your list of wants and needs in Step 1.
In this step, you will want to consider the type of membership you want and if any family members are joining.
Step 5: Apply to Join the Club
If you’ve done your research and found one you love (not like, but love), pull the trigger. Usually, you have to fill out an application with more information about yourself, job, income, etc. Depending on the course, they might also ask for letters of recommendations from others or even from fellow golfers already at the club.
Make sure to take everything slow and don’t feel like you have to make a decision instantly. Remember, if it doesn’t feel right or you don’t like the vibe of the club or members, run the other way. You want to join a place that makes you feel welcome and gives off a fun, inviting atmosphere. The last thing you want to do is join a club and end up hating it or are stuck in a long-term contract.