29 Nov '13, 9pm

Should clubs retain their joining fees or is it time for them to be scrapped?

Should clubs retain their joining fees or is it time for them to be scrapped?

TI: But if I have paid no joining fee where is the incentive to stay for 10 years? Your model is comparable to the membership policy that most gyms adopt, where there are incentives to join with little regard to usage thereafter. Gyms would rather have thousands of members who never use the facility, but in golf clubs an active, loyal, membership with predictable behaviour patterns is what really counts. A membership who play regularly, at the same time, and have incremental spend on club events and will spend money in the bar, shop and restaurant are worth far more than those that play infrequently at unpredictable times. JT: I don't believe that golf clubs should effectively charge you to keep you as a member of their club, which is what a joining fee does. If the course is good enough then people will want to keep playing it. If the off-course facilities are good then p...

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