Just to add to Alison's comments, I was chatting with a guy today, obviously a retiree.
He used to be a member at Croydon Vic. They moved to their new course at Yering in Yarra Valley. He indicated that many members (probably of similar vintage to him) had left because it was common to lose 6 to 10 balls per round ("water everywhere") and none could play to anywhere near their handicap.
Championship courses are fine for those of championship abilities. But most of us aren't so good at golf and we want to play somewhere that's achievable. Having a variety of course 'grades' available to the populace is important, and that can't necessarily be met with forward tee positions.
I've heard that complaint about Croydon/Yering before. Perhaps if they had done an analysis of their membership before the plans were set, they may have made different decisions. Perhaps they did do an analysis. Perhaps the membership didn't realise what they were agreeing to in reality.