Deciding to join a golf club is a no-brainer for some golfers; however, this isn't always an easy decision. If you don't know any other members of the club and haven't played golf there, then you might not want to sign up for a membership package just yet.
Many golf clubs offer trial deals where you pay a set amount of money for a short-term membership package. This is a great way to try out a club before you make a long-term commitment. Why?
Play the Course
Sometimes, you get to play golf at a members-only club. For example, some clubs are open to the public a few times a week. Or, you might have played a round with someone you know who is a member.
However, if you haven't played at a club, you can't know much about its course. You won't know how easy or hard the holes are. You won't know how well the club looks after its course. You won't know whether you really can book a round when you want to.
A trial membership gives you the chance to play golf at the club. You can find out more about the course and how it plays. You'll also find out if you'll play golf enough to get value for money for your fees.
Check Out the Club's Services and Members
You don't just play rounds of golf at a club. You'll also get access to a range of different golf-related and social services.
For example, clubs might have bars and restaurants for their members. They might organize regular social events. They'll also usually have a golf shop, access to pro tuition, and regular tournaments.
You pay for these services as well, so you should make sure that you like what's available. A trial membership helps you do this. You can see if you like going to the club's bar or if you like the food at its restaurant. You'll have an opportunity to mingle with other members and see how you get along.
Compare Different Clubs
If you've recently moved to a new place or have a new interest in golf, then you might not know how to choose between different local clubs. They might all look good in different ways.
You can book a trial membership with multiple clubs. You can try a few different clubs to see which one you like best before you take out a full membership.
So, to get started, contact clubs you're interested in joining and ask about their golf club memberships.