I know a lot of people that play ocassionally, 100 being the score to beat.
I don't know anyone with a membership, or who plays more than once a month.
I think for them and me, it is having a young family, so time and money isn't there, couldn't make use of a membership to make it economical.
Secondly, my experience with some other groups on the golf course is very poor
I am so happy to have people play through, give them a smile and everything, but I get many stuffy responses, not even any thank yous at times. I don't need my butt kissed, but you know I don't have to ask if you want to play through either. I don't want to pay almost a grand to be associated with crappy people like that, so I'll just play at all the different courses I want, monthly or less, on special deals I find, and leave the exclusive memberships and rank attitude to them...
I know of two other people that have gone to play, but also been harranged by these blokes, and neither want to go play again. They were learning and needed some understanding. But most in golf just expect walk up players to know everything.
It seems golfers in general are quite tense, many seem to have little humour on the course, and it's all rush rush rush around, tense tense tense. Thinking about it, grumpy old white men seems to sum up the group I have problems with, any younger guys or ladies in general are always more friendly. Somehow, someone else paying to play on a course, just like they have, and isn't getting in their way, is ruining their day.
Their attitude seems to be - OMG, there is someone else on MY COURSE! Whatever, it's not like you get exclusive use. I reason, playing golf is like going on the bus, you can pick the people in your group to travel with, but the rest of the bus could be filled with all manner of different people. So just chill, you'll all get there (for a beer) in the end...
It would probably help if the ones with a problem just rolled up and say, hey you don't mind if we go in front do you? And then said THANK YOU.
I guess the young ones are the only selfish ones around these days!
Just my experience and those of a couple others trying out the game.