I understand that and it may not apply to Commonwealth but surely the writing is on the wall in some way and somewhat 'future proofing' your club should be on the minds of administrators. Unfortunately I don't know the history of say a Kingswood but do you think management would have been considering a merger 20/30 years ago when club golf was strong? Bring it forward to 2015 and Keysborough, Patterson River, Rossdale, woodlands, Long Island, Southern and many others all seem to be vulnerable and could be in trouble in the coming years, if they had of maybe considered their options to mitigate these problems earlier things could be different, or maybe not... who knows? I think it is important to recognise the environment you and your counterparts are in and learn from the misfortunes of others to ensure it doesn't happen to you also...
LI merge with The Nash to preserve their shoe term future, Woodlands has heavily discounted rates for under 40's, Keysie has a strategic plan to sell up and build a new course, Southern membership is over flowing (last I heard), Patto and Rossdale are always talking to each other about mergers.
They are all taking steps to preserve their future, they all are also clubs you can walk straight Into with one phone call.
Isn't your original argument about it being too hard to get into a club?