How much golf do you play? Can you justify the cost of membership against the amount you spend on green fees every time you play a round at your country club golf course?
Lets say you only play once a week and the green fee is $25 for the round. That means your golf is costing you $1300 annually. If the membership is $2K a year, its not making much sense to join on the strength of the golf alone. If you play at least twice a week though then you would be saving money and it would be wise to join the country club even if you were only going to use the golf facilities.
While primarily considering joining the country club for its golf course, you will want to know if there is an in house league, how often competitions are held, is there a spa, swimming pool etc. If you are taking out a family membership you will want to know what facilities they have that will interest your partner and children while you are on the course.
Some club memberships carry a lot of status for their chosen members and this could be important if you run your own business and your target market are the affluent. These clubs can also give your teenage children a step up the ladder once they reach adult hood. Being known to the wealthy and elite of their community is going to be a big advantage once college is out of the way and a job is required.
For true golfers though, these are just added bonuses to being a member of what is hopefully a great golf course. As a golfer, what might be of interest is that many country club golf shops offer discounts to their members. These can range from 10% up to 20% and you could also be offered discount green fees to any none members who accompany you for a round of golf.
Some country clubs offer a monthly membership which can be a good idea if you are new to the area and want to try several golf courses before deciding on which country club you will be joining.
Many country clubs now have property available within their borders. These homes are designed with the retirement couples in mind and often come with country club golf membership, or at the very least, a discount. One such club is the Pinewild Country Club in Pinehurst, North Carolina. As well as golf it offers tennis, swimming and a lake for fishing. What a way to spend your remaining days!
These live in country club golf courses are very popular in Europe, in particular Portugal and Spain. Already tens of thousands have taken early retirement from northern european countries such as England and made a new life for themselves with a warmer climate and world class golf.