Public vs Private Golf Courses: What Are The Advantages and Disadvantages of Each?

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Public vs Private Golf Courses: What Are The Advantages and Disadvantages of Each?

Golf is your game, and you want to play it as much you can. You find yourself wondering more and more, "Is a country club membership worth it?" To help you decide, here are five benefits of country club membership that may help you take the plunge into the golf club way of life.

Benefit 1: It's All About the Golf

For avid golfers, one of the very best benefits of a country club membership is the club's emphasis on golf. Because the game is a top priority at a golf club, the facilities are first-rate. You can play as often as you like, and you'll have multiple opportunities to improve your game.

Quality Course

A golf club's passion for golf is reflected in the quality of the course. Many private courses were planned by top architects whose passion for design was reflected in the final product. Run-of-the-mill courses don't usually benefit from such a well-thought-out design.

Not only do private clubs boast courses that were artfully designed from the beginning, but they also benefit from quality upkeep. Maintaining the course is a priority at country clubs, so the necessary money and effort are put into keeping the facilities in great shape.

Playing Opportunities

When you have a golf club membership, you can play as often as you'd like. You're paying for your membership anyway, so you might as well get as many rounds of golf for your money as you like. That's a no-guilt approach to frequent golfing. You may even be able to sneak in a few holes now and then on days when you don't have time for a full round.

Skills Improvement

If you want to become a better golfer, one of the best choices that you can make is to join a private club. For three reasons, your game can improve when you become a club member.

  1. You play more often.

  2. You learn from the club's golf pros.

  3. You watch other passionate golfers play and pick up tips from them.

Benefit 2: These Become Your People

Everyone needs a place to belong, and if you join a country club, that's where you can find your place. Country clubs emphasize social interaction and community events because the club should feel like a family.

Part of relationship-building comes from simply spending time at the club. The more you dine in the restaurant, sit at the bar, and hit balls on the course, the more opportunities you will have for interacting with other members.

Another reason that it is easy to make new friends at the club is the busy social calendar that keeps members engaged. Join a country club, and you can add parties, golf gatherings and other activities to your regular routine.

Although golf is a priority at a club, you will receive so much more than just golf with your membership. You can't put a price tag on the relationships you will form.

Benefit 3: There's Something for the Whole Family

Many country clubs are committed to making their facilities places where the entire family is welcome to play. Imagine how skilled at golf your children will be by adulthood if you start them playing young! In the video below showing Tiger Woods at 2 Years Old, see how small this champion was when he first learned to play:

Paying greens fees for your tots can make you reluctant to bring them along to a public course. When your whole family has a golf club membership, you can bring the kids along without racking up extra costs.

Because the club is fun for the whole family, you'll find that you can spend more time there. Whether your spouse and kids are in the clubhouse or on the greens, they'll be happily occupied, so you can golf away without feeling like you should be hanging out with them at home.

Benefit 4: The Connections are Priceless

Meeting others at the country club is about more than making new friends. You can also form new business connections. Make the right connections, and your membership could pay for itself.

If you join a club specifically to improve your business, you won't be alone. According to one study, 19 percent of club members listed this as their primary motivation for joining. For 30 percent of people, even if satisfying business goals isn't their top reason for joining, it still factors into the decision to become a country club member.

Country club membership can benefit your business directly or indirectly. Directly, the people you meet at the country club may become new clients or business associates. Indirectly, you can glean tips for wealth accumulation by spending time with other businesspeople. Their success can rub off on you.

Benefit 5: The Clubhouse Becomes Your Second Home

The golf course isn't the only place to spend time at a country club. In fact, you may soon find that the clubhouse becomes one of your favorite places to be. The people know your name, you can indulge in a delicious meal, and there's always someone to see or something to do.

Clubhouse amenities vary, but there is usually a pro shop and a restaurant. Enjoy your food and drinks on your own, with your family, or with fellow club members.

Your membership is your pass to this welcoming place. Without a club membership, you miss out on the opportunity to develop this home away from home. You may be able to play on any old course, but you'll find the full experience of the golf lifestyle at a private course with a clubhouse.

What have you decided? Is a country club membership worth it? For those who value the game and the role it plays in their lives, I will always recommend joining a club. Leave your thoughts on the matter in the comments, and please share this article with your friends.

Posted: 3/7/2018 5:07:28 PM by Brian Curtin | with 0 comments

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