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So Im looking into becoming a member somehwere, but the thing that gets me is that it costs X amount of dollars to be a member, but then its like 20 dollar cart fee everytime you want to play.

Is this normal for all memberships or is this just a Florida thing?

Thanks!

Jim

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at my muni i am a member because thats where my golf team practices and carts are free along with range plus its only 250 a year

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So Im looking into becoming a member somehwere, but the thing that gets me is that it costs X amount of dollars to be a member, but then its like 20 dollar cart fee everytime you want to play.

Pretty normal. Some courses might have a yearly pass or a "buy 18, get two free" type deal... but probably not many.

You could walk............

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Thats the thing Iacas, I wouldn't mind walking at all, but out of everyone Ive called, only one place will let me walk.....

Kind of defeats the purpose of becoming a member somewhere I think. The cart fee discount nowhere near justifies the monthly dues.

The place that lets me walk is a muni, so its not the greatest place, but at least I can play unlimited golf as long as I walk for no extra charge.

So I guess its pretty normal then?? Seems weird as to why they'd even offer membership then.

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Every country club of which I've been member (six different ones over the years) charges a fee for cart use, and even an annual trail fee if you own your own cart. However, where I now play the most, you have an option -- you can opt for an annual fee to cover all golf and carts fees plus range balls or you can opt for unlimited golf and pay a cart fee each time you use one. The course allows daily fee play. The course allows walkers, I think because there are four or five university golf teams that play there.

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RC, so do you usually ride or walk?

If you ride, do you find you spend a lot more than if you just paid to play as opposed to paying member dues, plus cart fees?

I want to play a few times a week, but 135 a month, plus 240/month in cart fees is quite a bit for me right now ya know.....

I think I may just become a member at a course I dont "love" but can walk on whenever I want and its 107/month...., its a muni though.

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Thats ridiculous that they don't let you walk. I only walk now that my greens fees are covered. Sure I take a cart with certain friends who are against walking, but I have no problem lugging my bag on my back for 5+ miles. Besides, walking is pretty fast if you play fast.

Some days its so busy that they tell us to get a cart just because everyone else is so we dont hold up play. But honestly, if cart fees aren't included, they need to have an option to walk or its a pointless gesture to throw in greens fees.

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The reason you join is club is for relationships, the course, competition, business connections... after paying the upfront fees to join the cost per year at a CC are around

5k - 7k per year dues
1 - 1..5 min in kitchen
300 - 500 in capital
carts...10 to 20 per round. my course is 12 bucks a round.

bottom line is if you join a club, play regular, take a few guests, have a few drinks. it is gonna cost you around 1k per month...every month...every year...as long as you are a member.

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So Im looking into becoming a member somehwere, but the thing that gets me is that it costs X amount of dollars to be a member, but then its like 20 dollar cart fee everytime you want to play.

Unfortunately, yes. It makes sense to me that you would have a membership fee for those that want to walk and then another fee for those that want to ride which includes cart fees. If you're a member and play five times a week, cart fees can add up, quick. One private course here charges $18 for a cart fee. Yes, that's not a typo, $18 bucks! There is one course though that is semi private which has an all inclusive membership; all the golf you can play with cart for one fee. I like the idea of that.

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at my muni i am a member because thats where my golf team practices and carts are free along with range plus its only 250 a year

where the hell is that in Monty? f*ck mass and its 20$$$ cart fees and 1000$$$ muni memberships im movin to Alabama!!!!!!

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A privately owned public course:
Member Benefits

1. Reciprocation with private clubs across the country.
2. Additional "Member" Tournaments and Programs including Member/Guest
and Inter-Club Tournaments.
3. Ability to charge merchandise and cart rental fees in the Pro Shop.
4. Members can purchase range balls for only $2.00 a bucket.
5. 1/2 cart fees will be available to Members only,
depending on cart availability.
6. Golf seven days a week without paying additional green fees.

At our Munis as a "mens club" member you still have to pay a discounted fee for each round and carts are full fee.

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A lot of Florida courses don't allow walkers. I suppose it has a lot to do with the fact that so many courses there are residential courses where there can be long stretches between holes. Really long courses like that can be tough to walk and maintain the pace on a crowded day.

I would only consider joining a course where walking is allowed. I like the extra exercise and saving cart fees is icing on the cake.

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A lot of Florida courses don't allow walkers. I suppose it has a lot to do with the fact that so many courses there are residential courses where there can be long stretches between holes. Really long courses like that can be tough to walk and maintain the pace on a crowded day.

Well said man, which is why I think I'll go with the local muni out here, plus I get to choose from 3 courses with all the same benefits...

I think it will be a good decision. Just have to call there tomorrow and get a few more details. The guy I called just now was pretty much clueless about memberships. I guess you cant beat unlimited golf for 107/month!

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The reason you join is club is for relationships, the course, competition, business connections...

This is if you belong to a somewhere rediculous.

The club I will join is around 320 a month, includes 100 in food, I can walk and I will never have guest. I will not be spending more than 400 a month.

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I don't think that is true about walking being slow if you are smart about it. I heard that about Florida, that you have to cart it. It really adds to the cost. I can play a nice course up here for 33 bucks.

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I don't think that is true about walking being slow if you are smart about it. I heard that about Florida, that you have to cart it. It really adds to the cost. I can play a nice course up here for 33 bucks.

It isn't that walking makes you play slower, but that some of those residential course layouts have you walking upwards of a half mile or more between some greens and tees. Even if the walk isn't that far just a couple of hundred yards between a few holes can add to the time a walker takes to play significantly. Not only can that add to the time but it also adds to the fatigue factor considerably.

Older courses tend to be much more walker friendly. Newer courses have been designed specifically with carts in mind unless the designer went out of their way to accomodate walkers. Older courses, and I'm talking about courses that have been around for 50 years or more, were built when everyone walked, so the layout purposefully kept tees next to greens. Newer designs, especially those in residental neighborhoods, have streets running throughout the course not to mention other areas that are non-golf related. Such courses thread around those areas and quite often have sizable stretches between the green and the next tee box. The one way carts speed up play is the time they take going from one point to another, especially if those points are far apart.

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