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Justifying the Cost of Joining a Private Golf Club

Written by Hazeltine National on Jan 29, 2015 3:47:28 PM

Why Private Golf Clubs are Worth the Investment

It’s something most golfers dream about, and some golfers do. Joining a golf club. Finding a course they can call their own, to enjoy the game they love. But is it worth the price? Clubs are costly – both the kind you play with and the kind you play at. Still, when you consider all the time you’ll spend there, the convenience of having a home course, and the opportunity to meet and mix with people who love the game as much as you do, it becomes much easier to both understand and justify the cost of joining a private golf club.


More For Your Money

Let’s face it, the biggest obstacle for most golfers is financial. Private clubs require an initiation fee, monthly dues, and have restaurant/golf club usage requirements. That’s clearly much more than the green fees at a public course, but you also get so much more bang for your golfing buck.

Belonging to a golf club means convenience and flexibility become a part of your game. If time is indeed money, as they say, then a golf club pays you back, because it allows golf to fit so easily into your schedule with less competition for tee times, practice space, and time with the teaching pro.

There’s also a certain business value to private clubs. Everybody knows how much business gets done on the golf course, and there’s a real advantage to bringing a guest to a course they’ve always dreamed of playing, or a comfortable club where everybody knows your name (and at Hazeltine, we think we have both). Choosing the right club means clients will clear their calendar to play your course.

Find a Club That Fits

Every club has its own personality, but Hazeltine encourages golfers to play more often and mix together, with an open tee-sheet, which means if you see a tee time available, you are welcome to jump right in. You don’t have to know the other golfers, and you don’t have to book your own foursome, so it’s a great way to meet other members and get in some extra rounds.

There are many other benefits of membership that you can’t exactly put a dollar value on, but you know just how priceless they are. They include:

  • Hours of “unplugged” time with your spouse, children, friends or business associates.
  • Exercise and continued challenge/development in the game of golf.
  • The peace of being outdoors for long periods of time.
  • Lifelong friendships that develop by spending hours with people who love the game as much as you do.

And finally there’s the benefit to your game itself. Quality golfers love to play quality courses, and private club members get to do that every time out. When you play regularly at one of the better courses in your area – or even the world – it’s likely to elevate your level of play. As Mary Flynn, winner of numerous club championships at Hazeltine recently said, “if you can play well at Hazeltine, you can compete anywhere in the country and get around on those courses.”

Put it all together, and joining a golf club makes all kinds of sense.

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Hazeltine National Golf Club is a private golf club located in Chaska, Minn., about 30 minutes southwest of downtown Minneapolis. The club opened in 1962 with a mission to build and maintain a golf course suitable for the conduct of national championships. Hazeltine is one of only two courses in the United States to have hosted the U.S. Open, PGA Championship, U.S. Senior Open, U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Amateur, and Ryder Cup. Hazeltine’s meeting and event space, golf shop and specified services in the learning center are open to the public. More information about becoming a member at Hazeltine is available at www.hazeltinenational.com.

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