So, a bit of a twist here. My local club is what I will call quasi private, not a muni, and not a private CC. Its a course owned by Club Corp, the course is nice and well maintained, the family membership is $400 per month, single $300, unlimited golf with cart and unlimited range balls, at three area courses, no initiation fee with a year commitment. Men's club is extra $99 per year I think, which get Handicapping and invites to 10 plus tournaments at the home course and some other private courses in the area. No pool, no tennis, no bar, basic food and adult beverages served over the counter--nothing special, grade B and overpriced. We're in Cali, so we can golf year round. The Staff is very friendly and there are several teaching pro's that have privileges there. It isn't very often that I can't get on with short notice. I live across the street and can walk to the practice tee--the one negative is that the practice tee is primarily off mats, during the spring and summer Monday and Tuesday, during the day, we can hit off the grass---I hate the mats for anything except Driver practice.
Based on my current golf participation I will spend more than $400, next month probably not. I think over the course of a year, and based my current rate of play it would be a wash, however, with a membership I do see my wife and I going out after work and playing 5 or 6 holes before it gets dark, and being able to get tee times farther in advance. The Club Corp membership does include some travel benefits, playing at other courses for cart fees only, and some hotel and misc travel discounts--I'm skeptical as to whether there is a any savings though. Hawaii as several courses owned by Club Corp, and Palm Springs has four, so I see that as a nice side benefit, as we go to Hawaii every year, golf there is expensive, having the Club Corp courses would mean we could golf most every day, rather than just two or three times over the course of a week.
So I think I'll join. But I would be interested in any comments regarding Club Corp benefits etc.