DougE wrote:Public tee times are usually only available after members have had plenty of time to pick and choose what times they want to play. Whatever doesn't get booked by membership is released for public play only a few days ahead of time.
Doug, how many members at your current place? (non-equity memberships - right?).
What perks do you get? Obviously unlimited golf with cart extra.
BK, yes, all members here are non-equity. The course is owned privately by one family and the managing owner is on site everyday. There are only about 15-20 full members who get all the perks, however there are some other lesser membership options, of which there are a bunch more members, but not enough to have a total membership of more than 35-40 total. And those other options do not offer anywhere near the benefits I get as a full 7-day member. 7-day Platinum/Preferred members get access to a nice country club-style, personalized varnished wood locker (with name inscribed) in a very clean locker room, with private shower and bathroom reserved only for members. I can leave my push cart and/or clubs there if I so choose. (I leave my cart, but like to have my clubs with me all the time. I do sometimes leave extra clubs there.) I can make tee times a month in advance if I want. I get a discount in the pro shop and a small discount for my guests' green fees. It's usually only 10 bucks, but, a buck's a buck. It also includes my USGA handicap index. There are no monthly minimum food & beverage requirements.
Though not something specifically listed as a perk, I get preferential treatment. They treat their members there like gold. If the course is packed and I just show up, they will go out of their way to get me out. In fact, they have accommodated me during outings where the course was basically full, allowing me to find open holes and just stay out of the way of the outing. They will not do that for someone who is not a member. Also, from time to time, they tell me to take a cart, no charge. As I have mentioned elsewhere on these boards, the club teaching pro gives me lots of free help when I ask him or sometimes I don't even need to ask. I have only paid for a 1/2 hour lesson this year, which went on for almost two hours. It's nice to belong here. And everybody knows my name. That counts for me. I feel at home here now. These are just some of the non-tangible benefits I feel I get from my membership.
On top of all this, the course itself is a 4-star track and rates up there with some of the nicest I have played anywhere in the country. And I get to play it as often as I want.