I am joining a local country club this season, and I ask: Is it wrong to ask my guests to pay their greens fees?
Before you answer, please let me clarify my question, and provide some color.
Although I am not wealthy, they dramatically discounted the initiation fee this year to attract new members, and I have now decided to join whereas I would not have normally considered it. I will still have the monthy food requirements and maintenance fees though.
I'm 31 with a 9 month old at home so I'm still getting accustomed to all of the new expenses that go along with that (which I am happy to pay).
The club is a 9-hole course; although it is very nice. Tom Doak ranked it as the 6th best 9-hole golf course in the world (designed by Hugh Wilson of Merion fame). My Dad used to be a member here, and now is a member of another 9 hole CC that I have played many times over the years so I am familiar with CC golf and customs.....just not when it comes to my question.
I am not living beyond my means by joining. I'm just conservative with my finances by nature. I would like to enable my friends to enjoy this wonderful course with me as much as possible, but the guest rates (on weekends) aren't exactly cheap. For certain people I invite, and on certain occasions, I would not ask for them to pay. For example, I would not ask my Dad or any of his friends to pay...ever; or if the club is having a tournament, and I invite people to play in it with me. I would only ask my buddies to kick in when we're just going out for a regular weekend round or something similar. Is this acceptable?
Thanks for your thoughts.