I think clubs would be better off trying to sort out ways to convert social players into members. There are literally thousands of golfers out there that either through lack of time, money or other reasons cannot play more than maybe 20 max games a year. Asking them to pay joining fees, (not all clubs of course do this) membership, then comp fees is not feasible, so they continue to play social golf, generally with a bunch of mates and those potential members to forward thinking clubs are lost.
When I got back into golf I took up the Howlong remote membership because it was a fantastic deal and allowed my to obtain a handicap, something I had not had for some 20+ years. I played in comps at various clubs whilst I searched for somewhere I would/could call home as a member. The stigma attached to being a Howlong member soon reared it's head... NOT through the members I was playing with, but through the pro shop at the alleged direction of the various club boards. Howlong members are not welcome in the comps. You can play in the comp but can't win it. You have to have played at least 5 of your last 20 games at your home club to be able to play in the comp. Some still charged just the comp fee and a reduced green fee. Others charged full green fees and the comp fee, even though we could not win the comp.
I and Zoo ended up joining a club that was actually one of the "You can play in the comp as singles but you can't win the 4B comp" clubs. Why??? because there membership was reasonable, the course was generally in very good nick, the members were pleasant and shared a good time and they offered monthly direct debit payments for membership. Simples. Been a member there now for 3 years and the other clubs that were so short sighted we have not played at again. Others that did not care where you were from still get visits on Open days and happy to part with the $$'s.
Too many old stuffed shirts running things at clubs these days or have the OB thought process of "oh dear, all these social handicap players are only in it for the prizes. They will only play 10 games a year and then come along to take our $60 club voucher or even worse put a team in the Holden Scramble." What a load of ****!!!! When was the last time a team of social handicap players won anything in the Scramble.??
Almost forgot. Getting that Howlong handicap allowed me to join in the fun of the ISG Nats and ISG NSW days. Something I very much look forward to for the camaraderie and friendships that have been forged. I am sure there are others on here and some that are no longer, may not share the same thoughts about me being on here though..
Edited by Commish, 15 December 2017 - 06:41 AM.