I have gotten addicted to golf over the last year and have now sucked in my wife and all three kids. With 5 golfers in the household, I'm thinking seriously about a country club membership. Our local club is pretty pricey. Since everyone has different economics, rather than state the price suffice it to say that there is no way that I could financially justify it on pure economics (i.e., rounds played * greens fees at even a very nice public course will never equal buy-in + monthly dues).
So the question is whether the other benefits outweigh the cost issue. Here is my short list and I'd appreciate hearing from others who have made the decision one way or another:
easy access; club is 1 mile from our home;
flexibility to play on the spur of the moment;
chance to play the occasional 5-some with the whole family when the course is slow;
beautifully maintained, challenging course
once you pay that much, probably want to play your home course all the time and miss some variety;
buddies from work who I like to play with are not members;
In any case, would appreciate input from the group. I played 40 rounds in 2012 and took my average score down from 125+ to high 90's and legitimately broke 100 several times. I have LONG way to go, but I think I've crossed over from "hack" to "golfer" and I absolutely love being out there.
I expect I'll play at least 50% more this year now that my wife has the bug too.