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6 Questions to Ask Before Joining a Golf Club

Joining a golf club is not for everyone. But there are some undeniable benefits a golf club membership will bring. From being able to enjoy various privileges to the social aspect of it all, signing up for a golf membership can really bring you a plethora of benefits.

However, with such an opulent offer nowadays, choosing a club to sign up with can be somewhat challenging. Trying to figure out which club would suit your needs best is not always a super easy thing to do. But there are certain questions you can ask before joining any golf club that should help you determine which route to take. 

Know what you’re looking for

Before you start browsing various golf clubs and checking their offers, you first need to determine exactly what you’re looking for. Take some time to define what your ideal golf club should have and offer and start from there. If you’re simply looking around without first determining exactly what you’re looking for, finding that thing will be significantly more difficult. On the other hand, if you do know what you’re looking for, it will be easier for you to determine exactly which questions to ask when trying to find the perfect match.

How can joining a club help me?

As mentioned earlier, joining a golf club offers plenty of benefits. The most notable one is the fact that, by joining a golf club, you’ll be able to play more golf. No matter if we’re talking about indoor or outdoor facilities, more practice is always a good thing. Statistically speaking, members of a golf club are far better golfers. This is simply due to the fact that practice makes perfect, and by becoming a golf club member, you’ll be able to practice as much as your heart desires. 

Which additional benefits will I get?

Aside from the most obvious benefit – which is more golf, golf club members are oftentimes presented with other benefits that may include – but are not restricted to – various membership events and competitions. On top of that, some memberships offer discounts for golf equipment servicing and even purchases. Additionally, various memberships offer golf clinic discounts for all of their members as well, which can come in really handy, particularly if your entire family joins a golf club in question. 

What are the golf courses like?

Another important thing to inquire about is the golf courses themselves. A golf club may offer some amazing benefits, perks and amenities, but if the golf courses they have in their establishment are not ideal for you, chances are you won’t be too happy with your choice. So, make sure you ask about and even ask to visit some of their golf courses to ensure that the particular golf club is the right choice for you. Of course, this part won’t be a problem if you’re becoming a member of a quality indoor golf facility, as the majority of them have quite a wide offer.

What is the club’s resignation policy?

When looking to become a member of a golf club, the last thing on your mind will most likely be the club’s resignation policy. What’s more, most people don’t actually read through the agreement before signing up, which may lead to some unpleasant surprises down the line. Some clubs offer a “2 to 1” or “5 to 1” refunds, and it’s important to understand upfront what that means. A “2 to 1” refund means that a single person will be taken off the resignation list only once the club acquires 2 new members. So, this may mean you’ll be stuck as a member in a club you’re not satisfied with as long as these conditions are not met.

What’s the age and demographic of the club’s membership?

Finally, if you’re looking to join a golf club, you may also want to ask a membership director about the overall demographic of the club’s members. Since by becoming a member you’ll become a part of a certain group of people, you want to ensure that those people share the same values as you do. This provides some social benefits that are good for your mental health as well. For instance, if you’re a young individual and you’re looking to join a golf club, membership in a family golf club may not be the best choice for you.

So, when looking to become a member of a golf club in your area, make sure you prepare some questions upfront that will help you determine if the club you’ve chosen is the right one for you.

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