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#1 ripper911

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Posted 12 November 2015 - 03:47 PM

So, a course that I like to play is having a special membership drive.  It's almost 20 miles from where I live, so I don't make it out there very often.  The deal includes greens fees, so to play with a cart would be $15 any time I want to, which is about the same that I can get the weekday hot deals for on golfnow.    

I get the feeling that they might not doing that well and are desperate for members, since they're in the middle of nowhere. As much as I like the course I've only played there three times this year because of the distance.

Even at such a low price, is membership worth it?
I'm talking about less than $200 for three years!
I know that they have reciprocity with at least one other course that I like, but I doubt that it's included at this price.

It almost has to be worth it as long as I take advantage of it...  But I'm not exactly rolling in dough, and paying for it would mean no golf for a couple of weeks unless I drive out there to play cheap or walk for free.

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Posted 12 November 2015 - 06:22 PM

That they're only $200 tells you why they are in financial trouble

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Posted 12 November 2015 - 06:25 PM

$200 for 3 years and $15 per round. Does this include a cart?
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Posted 12 November 2015 - 06:30 PM

View PostCwing, on 12 November 2015 - 06:25 PM, said:

$200 for 3 years and $15 per round. Does this include a cart?

Would it make a difference?

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Posted 12 November 2015 - 06:32 PM

$15 is the cart fee, or walk for free.

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Posted 12 November 2015 - 06:37 PM

I have paid more than that for 36 holes

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Posted 12 November 2015 - 06:59 PM

+1 on that.

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Posted 12 November 2015 - 07:28 PM

How can you go wrong for $200?

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Posted 12 November 2015 - 07:29 PM

ive paid more than that for like 9+ holes,

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Posted 12 November 2015 - 07:34 PM

View Postgolfandfishing, on 12 November 2015 - 07:28 PM, said:

How can you go wrong for $200?

You can't, unless......

We had a club around here (Highland CC) that had a huge, cheap membership drive. It got a few hundred folks to sign up, and then almost immediately folded.


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Posted 12 November 2015 - 07:54 PM

Still, get 10 rounds in and your gravy. The twilight at some courses here is north of $200.

Put it on a credit card if concerned with folding. Even then, a guy is out $200 max.

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Posted 12 November 2015 - 08:08 PM

A course near me did this 2 years ago and it really seemed to help them. I took them up on the deal.

The idea is you do what you can to get golfers to show up. Then make your money off of cart fees, alcohol sales, etc.

This course used to be fairly empty most of the time. They're doing a nice consistent business now.

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Posted 12 November 2015 - 09:05 PM

Oh, heck yes.

What course is it? PM me if you care to, I may take a flyer on a deal like that too.
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Posted 12 November 2015 - 09:31 PM

View Postripper911, on 12 November 2015 - 03:47 PM, said:

So, a course that I like to play is having a special membership drive.  It's almost 20 miles from where I live, so I don't make it out there very often.  The deal includes greens fees, so to play with a cart would be $15 any time I want to, which is about the same that I can get the weekday hot deals for on golfnow.

I get the feeling that they might not doing that well and are desperate for members, since they're in the middle of nowhere. As much as I like the course I've only played there three times this year because of the distance.

Even at such a low price, is membership worth it?
I'm talking about less than $200 for three years!
I know that they have reciprocity with at least one other course that I like, but I doubt that it's included at this price.

It almost has to be worth it as long as I take advantage of it...  But I'm not exactly rolling in dough, and paying for it would mean no golf for a couple of weeks unless I drive out there to play cheap or walk for free.

20 miles is not a long ride............take the deal and enjoy every round.
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Posted 12 November 2015 - 09:44 PM

Summer here in Phoenix the elite primo courses drop to $50-100 per TT, which constitutes me getting up at 4am driving up to 50 miles each way just to be there when it opens at sunrise. $200 for three years is a no brainer, take the deal for what it is and make an excuse to play as much as you can!

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Posted 13 November 2015 - 10:28 AM

Alright...

It's St. Andrews in Winston, GA.  I think it's only for their email subscribers, but there's no harm in asking about it.
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Posted 13 November 2015 - 10:37 AM

we had a local course here drop initiation from 70k to 10.5 a few years back  ... they picked up 200 members in a week and are now SOLID!  The market is changing

Top course in Canada is 20 mins south of me and you can join for 25k now
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Posted 13 November 2015 - 10:40 AM

View Postripper911, on 12 November 2015 - 03:47 PM, said:

So, a course that I like to play is having a special membership drive.  It's almost 20 miles from where I live, so I don't make it out there very often.  The deal includes greens fees, so to play with a cart would be $15 any time I want to, which is about the same that I can get the weekday hot deals for on golfnow.

I get the feeling that they might not doing that well and are desperate for members, since they're in the middle of nowhere. As much as I like the course I've only played there three times this year because of the distance.

Even at such a low price, is membership worth it?
I'm talking about less than $200 for three years!
I know that they have reciprocity with at least one other course that I like, but I doubt that it's included at this price.

It almost has to be worth it as long as I take advantage of it...  But I'm not exactly rolling in dough, and paying for it would mean no golf for a couple of weeks unless I drive out there to play cheap or walk for free.


How much do you normally pay for golf at this course?   How many rounds do you tend to play each year?

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Posted 13 November 2015 - 10:51 AM

View PostChipDriver, on 13 November 2015 - 10:40 AM, said:

View Postripper911, on 12 November 2015 - 03:47 PM, said:

So, a course that I like to play is having a special membership drive.  It's almost 20 miles from where I live, so I don't make it out there very often.  The deal includes greens fees, so to play with a cart would be $15 any time I want to, which is about the same that I can get the weekday hot deals for on golfnow.    

I get the feeling that they might not doing that well and are desperate for members, since they're in the middle of nowhere. As much as I like the course I've only played there three times this year because of the distance.

Even at such a low price, is membership worth it?
I'm talking about less than $200 for three years!
I know that they have reciprocity with at least one other course that I like, but I doubt that it's included at this price.

It almost has to be worth it as long as I take advantage of it...  But I'm not exactly rolling in dough, and paying for it would mean no golf for a couple of weeks unless I drive out there to play cheap or walk for free.


How much do you normally pay for golf at this course?   How many rounds do you tend to play each year?

That's the thing, I usually play there for less than $20 anyhow with golfnow hot deals.  The only advantage would be having that price any time I want.  I usually play closer courses.

I think I've decided to use that money on another set of irons from eBay and a lesson or two.
I'll join Creekside soon, it's a course that would challenge me to play better and it's good for St. Andrews as well.
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Posted 13 November 2015 - 03:06 PM

View Postripper911, on 13 November 2015 - 10:28 AM, said:

Alright...

It's St. Andrews in Winston, GA.  I think it's only for their email subscribers, but there's no harm in asking about it.

I recently joined as a non resident... they sent me $200 and are going to send me $15 every time you take a cart.


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#21 ripper911

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Posted 13 November 2015 - 03:16 PM

View Postlandolakes, on 13 November 2015 - 03:06 PM, said:

View Postripper911, on 13 November 2015 - 10:28 AM, said:

Alright...

It's St. Andrews in Winston, GA.  I think it's only for their email subscribers, but there's no harm in asking about it.

I recently joined as a non resident... they sent me $200 and are going to send me $15 every time you take a cart.

I'll just walk then.
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Posted 13 November 2015 - 08:50 PM

View Postripper911, on 13 November 2015 - 10:51 AM, said:

View PostChipDriver, on 13 November 2015 - 10:40 AM, said:

View Postripper911, on 12 November 2015 - 03:47 PM, said:

So, a course that I like to play is having a special membership drive.  It's almost 20 miles from where I live, so I don't make it out there very often.  The deal includes greens fees, so to play with a cart would be $15 any time I want to, which is about the same that I can get the weekday hot deals for on golfnow.

I get the feeling that they might not doing that well and are desperate for members, since they're in the middle of nowhere. As much as I like the course I've only played there three times this year because of the distance.

Even at such a low price, is membership worth it?
I'm talking about less than $200 for three years!
I know that they have reciprocity with at least one other course that I like, but I doubt that it's included at this price.

It almost has to be worth it as long as I take advantage of it...  But I'm not exactly rolling in dough, and paying for it would mean no golf for a couple of weeks unless I drive out there to play cheap or walk for free.


How much do you normally pay for golf at this course?   How many rounds do you tend to play each year?

That's the thing, I usually play there for less than $20 anyhow with golfnow hot deals.  The only advantage would be having that price any time I want.  I usually play closer courses.

I think I've decided to use that money on another set of irons from eBay and a lesson or two.
I'll join Creekside soon, it's a course that would challenge me to play better and it's good for St. Andrews as well.


Based on what you said - the $200 deal doesn't sound like you would play MORE or better....so why do it?

I like your alternate use of funds/membership idea - sounds like a better use of your money.

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Posted 24 November 2015 - 03:20 AM

Only $200? Geez, where I am, every golfer would immediately join without question.
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Posted 24 November 2015 - 06:29 AM

One thing you are not thinking of as an added benefit, is that being a "member" of a course, you could have the pro call up other private courses when you travel and ask to get you on.  Not just reciprocal privs, but just the regular call up.

But if you are not going to get any benefit from the membership, then eh...pass it up.

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Posted 24 November 2015 - 10:50 AM

View Postputtnforthe8, on 24 November 2015 - 06:29 AM, said:

One thing you are not thinking of as an added benefit, is that being a "member" of a course, you could have the pro call up other private courses when you travel and ask to get you on.  Not just reciprocal privs, but just the regular call up.

But if you are not going to get any benefit from the membership, then eh...pass it up.

Probably won't get that benefit from this course.  It seems like it is always teetering on going under.  The two nines are pretty different and I think it's the back nine that is the better of the two if I remember right.  There are probably better ways to spend money if OP isn't going to go out there more often due to the drive.


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Posted 24 November 2015 - 11:02 AM

It sounds like you made a good decision for your situation.  I'm spoiled with having courses very close.  $200 is super cheap (especially for 3 years), but if it meant driving 20 miles I might not do it.  Between my new job and family I don't want to spend 40+ minutes in the car on top of warm up time and playing time.
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Posted 18 December 2015 - 11:52 AM

I want to join a private club next year (Philadelphia area), have done a lot of research, the best deal is DuPont Country Club, even at the Social member level that I would start with, but now that Dow and DuPont are merging I wonder if they will cut the country club, sell it, or have some other company run it, would hate to join if it ends up becoming public.
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