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#1 manku

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Posted 15 January 2019 - 07:34 PM

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Approximately...could be 14...or maybe more as he seemed to have difficulty remembering all of them.

It seems like certain clubs have members who belong to all (Cypress/PV/Seminole/National etc..).  I guess when you're that loaded, dropping six figures annually on dues, tips and assessments is a drop in the bucket!   I guess it's less expensive than women :)

I know a couple people who are members at 3 clubs...I clearly am hanging out with the wrong group.


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Posted 15 January 2019 - 07:45 PM

Don't forget you need a full bags of matching clubs and gear at each club.
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Posted 15 January 2019 - 07:54 PM

Didn’t read the story, that gentlemen is definitely on the high end. The average members at one of those four clubs you mentioned is up to just over 7. It has risen steadily every year the past 5 years or so. (If that was too wordy the average member of Cypress, PV, ANGC, Seminole etc belong to 6 other clubs, and you’re correct there’s a lot of members that are at say Pine Valley that are also members at Cypress and ANGC). We do a poll every year to see what we can do better what other clubs do etc but one of the questions is lost the other clubs you belong too.

Ship sticks has made it so much easier, we have shipments going in and out everyday Although I’m sure there’s more than a few members that have separate matching sets at each club.

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Posted 15 January 2019 - 09:15 PM

Umm if you have the resources why wouldnt you???

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Posted 15 January 2019 - 11:01 PM

View PostKAndyMan, on 15 January 2019 - 09:15 PM, said:

Umm if you have the resources why wouldnt you???

I'll always value money...way I was raised.  So pissing away 10K a year on a club I never play, or play once or twice at most, will never be something I'll do...even if I hit the billion dollar lottery.

I might fly private though...just to avoid the TSA would be worth it!


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Posted 16 January 2019 - 09:00 AM

If money is not an issue, which it is clearly not for this guy, then good for him. Cant imagine most of us here, in his shoes, would not love to do the same.

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Posted 16 January 2019 - 09:09 AM

Makes you realise how lucky St Andrews residents are, could be a part time shelf stacker and still be able to play one of the most revered courses in the world every day for about £400 a year!
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Posted 16 January 2019 - 09:25 AM

I'll take offense at the "intent" of the article that I took away from it, that being - Seth Waugh is the only person in the history of the wor to become CEO of the PGA of America with a business background, or at least, as having been the CEO of a major company.

For those of you too young to remember, there was a time when tour players did not look like NASCAR drivers, with logos of every sponsor - major or minor - splashed everywhere over his/her body.

When the very first players on the PGA Tour putting logos on something - hats specifically - it was Amana, and it was Lou King, CEO at Amana at the time, who was responsible for this.

Mr. King was CEO of the PGA of America in the 1980's, and good or bad, many of the things that the PGA is today is a result of his initiatives.


The other takeaway from this article was this: there is always going to be a very wide gap between the wealthiest and the common man. Whether it's getting to be a bigger gap or not, I will leave for another time's discussion.

If I had the financial wherewithall as some of these individuals did, I too would belong (and play) these clubs. And, so would every one else here on this board.

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Posted 16 January 2019 - 09:32 AM

He didn't list Augusta National.

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Posted 16 January 2019 - 09:36 AM

A lot of clubs have out of town memberships that are more reasonable for someone that may only play once or twice a year. Reasonable being all relative.

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Posted 17 January 2019 - 05:39 PM

Don't forget you can't buy your way into these clubs.
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Posted 17 January 2019 - 08:11 PM

View Postaugustgolf, on 16 January 2019 - 09:25 AM, said:


If I had the financial wherewithall as some of these individuals did, I too would belong (and play) these clubs. And, so would every one else here on this board.

Ya'll have a good day

I live in LA...while I never turn down an invite, places like LACC and Bel Air are not places I want to spend anytime at aside from the first tee to the eighteenth green.  I've had similar feelings playing most elite courses on the east coast.

I love to golf, but no way would I ever join (nor would I ever be invited to join) most of these places.

I'll take my GV up to Bandon Dunes or to Mauna Kea...that'll do just fine.  And no one will force me to tuck in my shirt :)

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Posted 18 January 2019 - 08:35 AM

I'm a member at two. I'm a 7-day member at Cherwell Edge and a points member at Rye Hill. It's a struggle to justify the first one as it only makes financial sense because I play three times a week during the summer. That plus a few vacation days just about covers the cost. Rye is easy to justify as paying with points is cheaper but it's too far from my home to be convenient. It's also a longer course so needs more time and effort to go round. I can get round Cherwell in the evening after work or on a spare Saturday afternoon. When I retire in a few years Cherwell will be a better base for my golfing retirement :)

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Posted 18 January 2019 - 12:15 PM

Probably my basic laziness and anti-social nature, but belonging to that many clubs seems like an awful lot of work.  So many people, so much glad handing.
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Posted 18 January 2019 - 12:18 PM

You think St Andrews residents always play The Old Course? Think again. Plus it isclosed every Sunday.


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Posted 18 January 2019 - 01:55 PM

I once heard a funny story from a guy at a member-guest at a private club in Scottsdale. He was talking about his guests 14 club rule, but meant it in terms of how many clubs he could be a member at at one time. Must be nice!
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Posted 18 January 2019 - 06:08 PM

If its not a reciprocal deal, I am sure Deutsche Bank is ponying up the money for the Clubs as part of his Pension package or something

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Posted 18 January 2019 - 07:53 PM

17 club memberships, there is only one thing that it tells me and that it feeds this guys huge ego. To be a member at that many clubs of that caliber is absurd, I bet some of those he does not even play once a year. The older I get the more I am turned off by the country club scene, I spent a lot of time at Sand Valley over the last two years since I have a place very close and saw so many A Holes come up from High Dollar north shore clubs/Medinah and still kept the high brow attitude. One guy from Medinah was screaming at the starter because he did not have his requested caddy and then refused to play with me and my Dad, I about came to blows with this guy.

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Posted 19 January 2019 - 03:39 AM

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You think St Andrews residents always play The Old Course? Think again. Plus it isclosed every Sunday.
Ah, but you don't have to be a member of a golf club to play it. Not in the UK, at least not unless it's a very exclusive club. And I'd assume that if you can show proof of membership of St Andrews then even the few exclusive clubs would let you in.

But the vast majority of courses in the UK will let anyone play. Membership is only needed for official competitions and handicap so most golfers visit other courses all the time. My mate and I rotate around half a dozen local courses and I've visited a dozen more on my holidays.
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Posted 19 January 2019 - 12:42 PM

Seth actually received most of those memberships from his name drop in the famous song" Lady Marmalade" it went something like--Voulez-Vous Coucher Avec Moi oh Seth Waugh


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Posted 19 January 2019 - 01:15 PM

View Postmanku, on 15 January 2019 - 11:01 PM, said:

View PostKAndyMan, on 15 January 2019 - 09:15 PM, said:

Umm if you have the resources why wouldnt you???

I'll always value money...way I was raised.  So pissing away 10K a year on a club I never play, or play once or twice at most, will never be something I'll do...even if I hit the billion dollar lottery.

I might fly private though...just to avoid the TSA would be worth it!
I don't think you realize the whole picture here.

Seth is a 9 figure individual.  Even if he's fully invested in guaranteed treasuries, he's generating $3MM of unearned income.  To simply say you value $10K whether you are in your current financial situation or with a $1B lottery hit, that is quite a hyperbolic statement.
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Posted 19 January 2019 - 01:38 PM

When I built my first house in Kingwood, Texas in 1973 I bought a charter membership in Kingwood Country Club for $180.dues Including liquor pool 39.00 per month. The movie Tin Cup was later filmed there and Deerwood . I sold my membership in 78. Unless your wife got up early and booked your tee time you would never get a decent time. I played a lot of customer golf there but unless you brought you other three they never would put a single to fill out a foursome.i spent almost as much time waiting to get on the course over the years as I did playing it. After I was audited by IRS and most of my club expenses disallowed, I said to hell with it and sold my membership. Plus the fact I disliked playing the same course over and over. I calculated tha for the same amount of annual dues, I could play at the same rate of play the daily fee courses until I was 80 years old ( based on fees at the time). So since then, I don’t feel obligated to play because of the dues. Last I heard about 10 years ago a 2000 dollar lifetime membership from 1975 sold for 48,000. It a club Corp of America venue.  Now has 72 holes,  very beautiful courses. Don’t. Wan to disparage th Club but that seems to be the same story everywhere.







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Posted 19 January 2019 - 08:29 PM

We had a member that was filthy rich, when he said that he had joined Whisper Rock his buddies gave him crap about breaking the 14 club rule. He gave it right back and said he broke that 4 clubs ago and our jaws dropped. We knew he was a member at several clubs but no one really thought it was over 14 until he counted him them up. Super guy, very humble and kind to all people and animals. Hope heís still enjoying them all.

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Posted 19 January 2019 - 08:32 PM

View PostCaddiesFault, on 18 January 2019 - 01:55 PM, said:

I once heard a funny story from a guy at a member-guest at a private club in Scottsdale. He was talking about his guests 14 club rule, but meant it in terms of how many clubs he could be a member at at one time. Must be nice!

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Posted 20 January 2019 - 10:53 AM

View Postckay, on 19 January 2019 - 01:15 PM, said:

View Postmanku, on 15 January 2019 - 11:01 PM, said:

View PostKAndyMan, on 15 January 2019 - 09:15 PM, said:

Umm if you have the resources why wouldnt you???

I'll always value money...way I was raised.  So pissing away 10K a year on a club I never play, or play once or twice at most, will never be something I'll do...even if I hit the billion dollar lottery.

I might fly private though...just to avoid the TSA would be worth it!
I don't think you realize the whole picture here.

Seth is a 9 figure individual.  Even if he's fully invested in guaranteed treasuries, he's generating $3MM of unearned income.  To simply say you value $10K whether you are in your current financial situation or with a $1B lottery hit, that is quite a hyperbolic statement.

You are correct, sir.  However, there is no way to know how I would react if I became an overnight billionaire.  Candy Spelling still clipped coupons, Warren Buffet lives in his first house (or close to it) and I could name a thousand more instances where people with fortunes act really funny when it comes to money.  

I know one thing:  I don't like to waste money.  I makes me feel ill.  I don't see how that would change regardless of my financial situation.  Even my kids say I'd still be shopping at Costco, and searching for deals if I won lotto.  And they're probably right.


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Posted 21 January 2019 - 11:47 AM

View Postckay, on 19 January 2019 - 01:15 PM, said:

View Postmanku, on 15 January 2019 - 11:01 PM, said:

View PostKAndyMan, on 15 January 2019 - 09:15 PM, said:

Umm if you have the resources why wouldnt you???

I'll always value money...way I was raised.  So pissing away 10K a year on a club I never play, or play once or twice at most, will never be something I'll do...even if I hit the billion dollar lottery.

I might fly private though...just to avoid the TSA would be worth it!
I don't think you realize the whole picture here.

Seth is a 9 figure individual.  Even if he's fully invested in guaranteed treasuries, he's generating $3MM of unearned income.  To simply say you value $10K whether you are in your current financial situation or with a $1B lottery hit, that is quite a hyperbolic statement.

I think this is right. To me, you have to look at it as a percentage of income. At $3M a year in investment income the 10k is 0.003%. If someone made 100k, that would equate to $333. Would I waste $300 on something I didnít use? Nope. But itís not like itís going to ruin me financially. I made plenty of $333 dollar wasted investment over the years. So itís relative. Plus, from what I read about the wealthy, (granted this guy is in the Bís) is that the are very careful with how they spend their cash. Itís not about what you make, itís also about what you keep.

If I had a net worth in the billions and I wanted to join many clubs and blow 10,000 on ones I didnít use, I would not sweat it.

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Posted 21 January 2019 - 01:39 PM

View Poststhompson42, on 21 January 2019 - 11:47 AM, said:

View Postckay, on 19 January 2019 - 01:15 PM, said:

View Postmanku, on 15 January 2019 - 11:01 PM, said:

View PostKAndyMan, on 15 January 2019 - 09:15 PM, said:

Umm if you have the resources why wouldnt you???

I'll always value money...way I was raised.  So pissing away 10K a year on a club I never play, or play once or twice at most, will never be something I'll do...even if I hit the billion dollar lottery.

I might fly private though...just to avoid the TSA would be worth it!
I don't think you realize the whole picture here.

Seth is a 9 figure individual.  Even if he's fully invested in guaranteed treasuries, he's generating $3MM of unearned income.  To simply say you value $10K whether you are in your current financial situation or with a $1B lottery hit, that is quite a hyperbolic statement.

I think this is right. To me, you have to look at it as a percentage of income. At $3M a year in investment income the 10k is 0.003%. If someone made 100k, that would equate to $333. Would I waste $300 on something I didn't use? Nope. But it's not like it's going to ruin me financially. I made plenty of $333 dollar wasted investment over the years. So it's relative. Plus, from what I read about the wealthy, (granted this guy is in the B's) is that the are very careful with how they spend their cash. It's not about what you make, it's also about what you keep.

If I had a net worth in the billions and I wanted to join many clubs and blow 10,000 on ones I didn't use, I would not sweat it.
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Posted 21 January 2019 - 02:26 PM

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View Postckay, on 19 January 2019 - 01:15 PM, said:

View Postmanku, on 15 January 2019 - 11:01 PM, said:

View PostKAndyMan, on 15 January 2019 - 09:15 PM, said:

Umm if you have the resources why wouldnt you???

I'll always value money...way I was raised.  So pissing away 10K a year on a club I never play, or play once or twice at most, will never be something I'll do...even if I hit the billion dollar lottery.

I might fly private though...just to avoid the TSA would be worth it!
I don't think you realize the whole picture here.

Seth is a 9 figure individual.  Even if he's fully invested in guaranteed treasuries, he's generating $3MM of unearned income.  To simply say you value $10K whether you are in your current financial situation or with a $1B lottery hit, that is quite a hyperbolic statement.

I think this is right. To me, you have to look at it as a percentage of income. At $3M a year in investment income the 10k is 0.003%. If someone made 100k, that would equate to $333. Would I waste $300 on something I didn't use? Nope. But it's not like it's going to ruin me financially. I made plenty of $333 dollar wasted investment over the years. So it's relative. Plus, from what I read about the wealthy, (granted this guy is in the B's) is that the are very careful with how they spend their cash. It's not about what you make, it's also about what you keep.

If I had a net worth in the billions and I wanted to join many clubs and blow 10,000 on ones I didn't use, I would not sweat it.

I know a lot of people who are worth more than Seth Waugh...they have really odd money habits, often formed in their youth I'd imagine.  People who will drop 250K on a Bentley, but buy their beef at Ralphs.  People with membership at the swankiest clubs in LA, but drive clunkers and wear golf shoes with holes in them.  

Just read about Sam Walton and you'll see what I mean.

All I'm saying is that not EVERYONE who loves golf would join all those clubs if given the choice.

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ShipSticks? Pfft!   I would have my pilot load and unload my clubs.

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Posted 21 January 2019 - 08:26 PM

View Postmanku, on 21 January 2019 - 02:26 PM, said:

View Poststhompson42, on 21 January 2019 - 11:47 AM, said:

View Postckay, on 19 January 2019 - 01:15 PM, said:

View Postmanku, on 15 January 2019 - 11:01 PM, said:

View PostKAndyMan, on 15 January 2019 - 09:15 PM, said:

Umm if you have the resources why wouldnt you???

I'll always value money...way I was raised.  So pissing away 10K a year on a club I never play, or play once or twice at most, will never be something I'll do...even if I hit the billion dollar lottery.

I might fly private though...just to avoid the TSA would be worth it!
I don't think you realize the whole picture here.

Seth is a 9 figure individual.  Even if he's fully invested in guaranteed treasuries, he's generating $3MM of unearned income.  To simply say you value $10K whether you are in your current financial situation or with a $1B lottery hit, that is quite a hyperbolic statement.

I think this is right. To me, you have to look at it as a percentage of income. At $3M a year in investment income the 10k is 0.003%. If someone made 100k, that would equate to $333. Would I waste $300 on something I didn't use? Nope. But it's not like it's going to ruin me financially. I made plenty of $333 dollar wasted investment over the years. So it's relative. Plus, from what I read about the wealthy, (granted this guy is in the B's) is that the are very careful with how they spend their cash. It's not about what you make, it's also about what you keep.

If I had a net worth in the billions and I wanted to join many clubs and blow 10,000 on ones I didn't use, I would not sweat it.

I know a lot of people who are worth more than Seth Waugh...they have really odd money habits, often formed in their youth I'd imagine.  People who will drop 250K on a Bentley, but buy their beef at Ralphs.  People with membership at the swankiest clubs in LA, but drive clunkers and wear golf shoes with holes in them.  

Just read about Sam Walton and you'll see what I mean.

All I'm saying is that not EVERYONE who loves golf would join all those clubs if given the choice.

It’s really weird but true. One guy I’ve known for a long time is ultra-wealthy, a member at a very exclusive golf club, buys high dollar new cars, and used, not new, yes used shoes.


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