How is your weekend golf? Are you having fun? Is paying $65 for a rinky-dinky course worth it just to play golf? Are you really getting your money’s worth?
COST OF WEEKEND GOLF
Those who are not members of a private golf club are paying a premium to play golf during the weekend. It is not easy to book times either – unless you know the trick.
This is why social golf associations or clubs exist. They pre-book times during the summer to guarantee members a chance to play. This eliminates the headache of “finding someone to play with” and “finding a course”.
Unfortunately, there are a few problems with such clubs. If they are managed by “less than competent” or “less than honest” individuals, there are difficult issues. One of these difficult issues is “transparency” and accountability.
If club members are charged a fee to belong to such club, they would want to be fully informed of how such fee is spent. If they are charged a “premium” for a weekend game, they want to know where the money goes.
SOME COURSES DO CHARGE A PREMIUM
To book a tee-time for a weekend mini-tournament, some courses (not ALL) charge a premium. If the regular green fee is $60, as much as $10 above the green fee could be charged per player.
GREAT ELEMENT OF TRUST IS REQUIRED
When a club collects money from a member of the public, such club is identified by civil law as a “trustee” and is obliged to annually report to members its state of affairs and must provide full disclosure of how funds are used and where they are kept. Intermingling of club funds and personal funds is a No-No!
IS YOUR WEEKEND GOLF INTERESTING AND FUN ENOUGH?
If you have to suffer long wait at every hole and if you have to play with someone other than your regular golf buddy, what fun is there with weekend golf?
If an individual has to shell our “extra money” just to play with a week-end club, there has to be more incentive than just whacking the ball here and there. If you feel that you have been “had” to belong to a week-end golf club, ask yourself the question: “Is this really worth it!” If all you get is frustration, do you really have to pay for that?
YES IT CAN BE FUN!
…but it takes leadership, charisma, integrity, people- skill, creativity and imagination.
- Who says you should play at “prime time”? Great golf clubs have “early bird” or “twilight fees”. A bit of ingenuity and persuasion could guarantee week-end golf at a great price.
- Provide an atmosphere of friendship, camaraderie, competition, and excitement. Greet people with a smile. Crack a joke.
- Create a challenge. Organize a team tournament. Get players to compete for a pot, or a free snack after the game-anything for members to party together.
- Above all, there is no room for distrust, animosity, obnoxious behavior, or arguments. A well organized week-end club has a respectable leader who mediates issues, resolves problems, commands the respect and admiration of every member, and knows how to win friendship.
- It has a team of volunteers who mirrors the quality of their leader.
HOW DO YOU RATE YOUR WEEK-END GOLF CLUB?