Tip 1 - Variety of Memberships in Place
If you are thinking of joining a golf club ask questions on the different membership options, for example, if you have young children does the club have junior or family memberships in place.
Tip 2 - Balance of Tee Times
An important tip is to ensure that there is a fair and equal balance between members tee times and visitor tee times, particularly at the weekend. The last thing you want to do is join a new club and then discover that you can't get a game at the weekend. Ask the question to ensure you know what you're buying into.
Tip 3 - Try Before You Buy
Try out the golf course and the facilities before you buy your golf membership. Make sure to visit the golf club on members days and ask questions about competition types, being paired up with other members and general availability.
Tip 4 - Travelling Distance
How far away is your home from the golf club? Many people don't pay attention to this detail and are simply drawn to a golf club by the cost of the membership. However, how far you have to drive directly effects how much golf you play and in turn the value you get from your golf membership. You may think you're saving money on fees by going further away from your home but are you really? Fuel costs and the time it takes to get to the golf club are very important factors to consider before buying.
Tip 5 - Does It Suit Your Budget?
This is one of the most important factors to consider before buying a golf membership. In the current climate you need to be certain that golf membership is something that you can comfortably afford. You want the peace of mind in knowing that if you get into a little bit of financial difficulty the golf club has a flexible payment plans available to allow you some freedom in how you pay for your golf membership.
Tip 6 - Winter Golf
You need to find out what the golf course plays like in the winter. Does it have temporary greens? Does it have temporary tees? How good is the drainage? How many days was the golf course closed last winter? These are all important factor that you should inquire about.