Maybe of interest to readers - given to be by a client this evening.
Woodlands waives double entrance fees for dedicated golfers
Woodlands Golf Club has launched an innovative project to waive entrance fees for golfers joining from other clubs who have a proven commitment to golf through their established memberships.
The initiative acknowledges that many applicants have already paid entrance fees once, and provides an opportunity – subject to strict criteria – to join Woodlands without paying a second entrance fee.
This initiative is aimed at people who may be relocating to the area due to work, family or sea change or because of a merger or relocation of their existing club – or who may simply wish to belong to more than one club.
Club President Martin Fothergill said the Club’s normal entrance and annual fees were unchanged, as were its membership procedures and conditions of acceptance.
“We believe private golf clubs should charge an entrance fee for new members, but we feel if people have already spent a significant time as a member at another club, this shows they have the commitment to long term membership which fits our Woodlands culture,” he said.
There are two main criteria to qualify for the waiver, in addition to normal membership requirements.
Firstly, applicants must have a current private golf club membership that they have maintained for five continuous years or more.
Secondly, they must have previously paid an entrance fee commensurate with industry standards and in accord with the Woodlands fee criteria.
Mr Fothergill said the Club had a limited number of six-day and seven-day memberships available, and would apply the waiver to any appropriate applications.
“After more than a century as a highly regarded club, we are deeply committed to the concept of private golf clubs, and see this initiative as a way of modernising the membership model” he said.
“If it is as successful as we hope, I would not be surprised to see other clubs adopt a similar concept for the greater good of our industry.”
Golfguy - perhaps you may like to provide member view. If other clubs adopted such an idea would Woodlands members move to similar club offering such an option.