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PortHudsonPlaya
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Biggest pros/cons to joining a private club?
Thinking about joining a private club. Anyone ever do it and have regrets? Considering the initial investment is it worth the cost?

main reasons would be to have a nicer, more well kept course to play without the worry of randomly being paired up with obnoxious hackers and stuck playing 4-5 hour rounds on weekends.


b-rab2
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re: Biggest pros/cons to joining a private club?
I have zero regrets. Make sure you can easily afford the monthly “note”. If not, you’ll be thinking “ I have to play 2 more rounds to get my money’s worth.”


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CoachChappy
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re: Biggest pros/cons to joining a private club?
It binds you to 1 course.
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the worry of randomly being paired up with obnoxious hackers and stuck playing 4-5 hour rounds on weekends.



GeauxTigers0107
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re: Biggest pros/cons to joining a private club?
You up mighty early Coach. Morning.

I was a member once for about two years. It just got old playing the same course day after day after day. I use my PGA Golf Pass now and play all over.


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Mulat
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re: Biggest pros/cons to joining a private club?
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It binds you to 1 course.


My primary reason for not joining one club, however there is a manage company over here in the Pensacola area that manages, 3 different courses. If you join one it gives you access to the other two as a member, so in reality it is a 3 course membership.


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TaderSalad
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re: Biggest pros/cons to joining a private club?
I've looked into everything and had to determine my "average rounds of golf per month" to realize it wasnt worth it for me.

Pros:
- Range
- Select tee times
- Networking

Cons:
- $$
- limited to one course
- inevitable fee increases
- fact that I only play like 2-3x a month at best.


Golfnow and TeeOff have made it to easy to get great rounds. Normally spend no more than $100 a month on 3-4 outings.

BREC does have a "play all 7 courses 7 days a week for $1700" that i might consider one day... but not till I really start playing more.


lsu13lsu
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re: Biggest pros/cons to joining a private club?
Pros - Member Tournaments and events.
Networking / New Friendships.

I play other courses too so I don’t feel the Con of one course.





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Birdie225
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re: Biggest pros/cons to joining a private club?
I have no regrets.

I was worried about playing one course but it doesn’t cross my mind now. I also play other courses here and there. The course is also far superior than the other available around here.

If you do not face any financial constraints, I’d recommend it. You will meet new people and make some new friends. I also enjoy the games I have jumped in. That’s something I didn’t have before because most of my friends flakes out half the time.
This post was edited on 1/17 at 12:28 pm


lsu13lsu
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re: Biggest pros/cons to joining a private club?
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That’s something I didn’t have before because most of my friends flakes out half the time.


That is a big Pro. The benefits of always having a game or event or tournament to play in far out way the Con of being tied down to one course. I hated herding cats trying to get a game together before I joined a club.

Plus, with Golf Now you can always find a cheap round at another course. So, I am not really tied to one course.


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geauxfortwo
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re: Biggest pros/cons to joining a private club?
Club is the way to go. Mine has regular games 3-4 days a week, holiday scrambles, big tournaments, and there’s always somebody ready to jump in and play on any day.
You’ll meet a lot of people...even better if the club has a bar.


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BallChamp00
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re: Biggest pros/cons to joining a private club?
Ur not limited to one course. In fact u can get on to other private courses around you.


ell_13
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re: Biggest pros/cons to joining a private club?
That’s a good point but it’s not limited to the private clubs. We get a deal with other local clubs (private and public) when there’s a corporate tournament at ours, which is public. I like it for the people, games that are always available, range and proximity.


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Birdie225
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re: Biggest pros/cons to joining a private club?
Good point. That is a huge perk I enjoy.
This post was edited on 1/17 at 5:50 pm


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makersmark1
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re: Biggest pros/cons to joining a private club?
I like it.
We have a great practice facility.

It can be crowded on the weekend, but it's never impossible to play.

It is a high monthly bill, but I play or practice most days.
It is closed most mondays.

They treat us very good.


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KillTheGophers
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re: Biggest pros/cons to joining a private club?
Check reciprocal benefits at your club.

I have used them at a dining club out of town for a dinner meeting. And I have played courses as a reciprocal member. Our head Pro makes the call for me and I am in and playing - never had a problem.

Biggest factor - check the food service. Being able to take Mrs. KTG to a nice Sunday brunch after church is a huge asset...also, make sure there are plenty of non golf events that your lady will like.

Then she will be invested as well.

I have to drag my kids from the pool during the summer....


BuyloSellhi
Member since May 2017
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re: Biggest pros/cons to joining a private club?
Pros are much higher than the cons imho.

It is usually better after you have joined and find out all the extras that exist within the club.

Regular game, professional staff that knows you and your swing, locker room, workout facility, pretty good dining, etc. But the biggest PRO is having a large group to mix with at anytime for a game. If golf is your major thing. Hard to put a value on that.


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ell_13
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re: Biggest pros/cons to joining a private club?
That’s a good point about the pool. My wife and kid spend half the summer there.


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icegator337
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re: Biggest pros/cons to joining a private club?
pros- tournaments, social aspect, range access, easier to get a regular game, the pool tennis courts workout facilities and restaurant, course conditions are far superior to public courses in the area.

cons- same course, some people act like rich douche bags who think they own the course because they pay dues


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TaderSalad
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re: Biggest pros/cons to joining a private club?
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BallChamp00


Sure... but if you join the u-club their sister club is Greystone... I can play Grey for $35 and get a lunch on Wednesdays.

I'd rather score The Island, The Bluffs, Copper, Santa, Beaver Creek, Carter, Greystone without the hassle of fees and all off of Golfnow. I rarely pay more than $25 a round.


Tigerbythetale
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re: Biggest pros/cons to joining a private club?


The biggest con is the real possibility that your club may go belly up making your initial invesetment worthless


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