Reasons To Join A Golf Club [7 Best]

Golf is the greatest sport in the world. It’s an active and fun way to spend an afternoon with your mates (even if you’re still struggling to break 100).

For a lot of casual golfers, the idea of taking it more seriously and joining a golf club has crossed their minds, but there’s a few things holding them back.

However, there’s many benefits to golf membership, and we’ll take a look at a few of them in this article.

Why Join A Golf Club?

Why Join A Golf Club?

Reasons To Join A Golf Club

Joining a golf club is a great way to improve your golf and play the game you love. Here’s a few of the main reasons why joining a golf club is a good idea.

Save Money

Perhaps the most obvious reason to join a golf club is to save money across the year.

If you’re consistently playing golf, at least three or four times a month, your annual subscription fees will most likely be less than the total green fees across the year.

For example, the average golf club membership in the UK is around £900 a year. Say you were to play that course 3 times a month for 12 months as a non-member. At a fairly standard visitor rate of £35, you’d end up forking out an extra £360 more across the year than if you were a member.

It’s a far better deal if you’re able to play a few rounds a month. And if you’re worried about the large upfront cost of the membership, most golf clubs will allow you to spread it out as a monthly price.

Unlimited Golf

A golf club membership gives you the chance to basically play as much golf as you wish.

Depending on your membership type, it may vary. But if you’re a full member, you’ll be able to play golf as many times as you wish (or can physically manage).

Fancy a quick 9 holes after work? No problem. Want to play 36 holes on both Saturday and Sunday? No extra charge.

Golf memberships give you full flexibility to play just about whenever and however many times you like.

Quality Course

Although it depends on which club you join and how much you’re paying for the privilege, private golf clubs will tend to be in much better condition than public courses.

Private courses have more money available through subscription fees, so they, therefore, have more money to spend on the golf course, getting it into the best condition for the members.

Each week you can go out and play a top-quality golf course without having to turn up with cash for the pro shop.

Competitive Golf

If you really want to get better at golf, there’s nothing like a bit of competition to get your swing into shape.

As a club member, you’ll be able to play in weekly or monthly competitive tournaments. Most clubs offer regular tournaments for testing your golf game with a scorecard in hand and against other good players in the club.

Competitive individual tournaments are great fun but also a brilliant way to get the juices flowing and add some pressure to your game.

You’ll usually only pay a small fee to enter, which means that there will be chances for the top finishes to win prizes.

For me, the biggest weekend in the club calendar is the Club Championship Trophy, where the top players in the club all compete for the scratch trophy and the biggest prize of the year.

Alongside individual club competitions, you’ll also have the chance to play in club team events. If you’re good enough and available to play, you’ll get to play in matches against other clubs in the area.

This is a great way to play some other great golf courses, usually for free, as well as play against some other good players in the area.

Social Life

One of the best benefits of a golf club member has to be the social element.

As you spend time there, playing in competitions and joining up with other tee times, you begin to meet lots of new people.

After a round, everyone goes to the clubhouse and has a beer and a laugh about how bad the golf was. You meet people that you’d never usually get the chance to meet.

Even if you’re not playing golf, you’ll be able to pop down the club and there’ll be someone you can have a chat with.

Many golf clubs host social golf outings, where members travel to other clubs or go play abroad. Perhaps you’ll chuck some money in a pot and the winner collects it after the trip. You’ll have a great time, play some golf, whether good or bad and you’ll make friends for life.


The beauty of a private golf club is the potential networking opportunities available.

From business owners to salesmen, the golf club has all sorts of people that can make great business connections. If you’re looking to grow your business or perhaps want to climb the career ladder, the golf community is a valuable asset to have.

Some of the most valuable business connections I know were made through playing golf and being a member of a golf club.

If you’re serious about growing the network, golf memberships offer access to a great network of people.


You’ve got a great social scene which can be enjoyed in the bar and clubhouse, but golf clubs also have much more in terms of facilities which are on offer to members.

From restaurants to meeting rooms, golf shops to locker rooms, most golf clubs will have plenty of space to accommodate these facilities.

Usually, you can expect a good driving range where you can work on your game or grab a lesson from the PGA Professional.

If it’s a country club, you may even get access to a swimming pool or tennis courts.

Final Thoughts

Having been a member of a golf club for most of my life, I’ve always seen the benefits of having a club membership.

From meeting new people to holding a competitive handicap, there’s a whole host of membership benefits included in joining a golf club.


Why do you want to join a members club?

A members club allows you to save money on yearly green fees, but also play competitive golf as often as you can and meet new people to socialise and network with.

What does it mean to join a golf club?

Joining a golf club means that you’re a member of the club, having access to play the course and its facilities whenever you wish.

Each year you’ll pay a subscription fee which means you no longer have to pay a course green fee when you turn up to play golf.

Ed Welton

Founder, Editor

Ed is the founder and editor at EEE Golf. He’s been playing golf for over 20 years, competing in many top amateur events. He’s played courses all over the world and played with some of the best players in the game. His aim is to help educate people about the game of golf and give insights into the sport he loves most.

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