Originally Posted by Harmonious
I was just trying to point out that there are many places where $5000 a year more than pays for golf. You don't like this particular course, but I just picked this course because it was close to you. The OP said he wanted to walk, and wanted to play other courses. This course seemed to fit the bill.
I get what you were looking up, but nothing is as advertised - of those 13 courses - 4 are in ohio, maryland and virginia, 3 more are in the palm bay area leaving 5 others nearby. The rates for those courses are anywhere from $20-$70 *cart fee* depending on the time of year. (walking is not allowed on reciprocal courses)
Of those the preserve in bradenton and northdale in tampa have been in rough shape. 2 of the other 3 are private courses and the other is a *tourist* course so rates are high.
His best bet for cost certainty would be to buy a home on a course (let's be honest - housing prices are still dropping), buy a cart and pay the trail fees.
Example - where I am a member - full membership is $333/month. Trail fees for the private cart owner is around $150/month. (can not use a private cart without being a full member.) He could even use me as a referral and we both get a $35/month discount on dues. Without taking your cart home, I think trail fees are $250/month for them to store it there too - still not in budget but there is cost certainty
No matter what, I would play a course a few times before joining a club (and try to get paired up with a member when playing each time) - they all have 1-2 year contracts. I say more than once because someone will tend to hear all the positive from me while hearing all the bitching from the old grumps. I would never join a public/semi-private course again. Membership is down everywhere so outside tourneys are bringing in the cash. Nothing worse than paying for membership and not being able to play when you can.
oops - almost forgot about Lansbrook - the one other course I enjoy in the group - it's in Palm Harbor but has always been a pleasure to playEdited by meenman - 12/10/12 at 9:35pm