July 23, 2018 at 02:02 AM
By Smokey W
Smokey WColorado Springs, CO
I wanted to introduce myself and ask a few questions of the group. I have recently made a re-re-commitment to the game of golf. I played a bit when I was a teenager with my buddies or my dad, but never seriously. Once college arrived, I couldn’t afford to play the game any longer so I gave my brother my lightly used Wal-Mart Dunlops and wrote the game off for 15 years or so. Fast forward to 2015... I am a father of 4 and my two oldest end up joining The First Tee with their cousin. We buy some clubs for them (png Moxie) and I decide to spend some money on a sudo-fitted set of clubs (half-set of Titleists) and some lessons for myself. Both the lessons (6 of them) and the clubs (7 of them) made an amazing difference in my enjoyment of the game and within 8-weeks I was playing better than I ever had (still very much a beginner though). For the rest of the summer, I enjoyed playing the local executive and par three courses with my boys. Unfortunately a variety of work/life/home factors kept me from touching the clubs again... until now.
Fast forward to 3 weeks ago... my wife and I have decided that we need to just bite the bullet and make golf the official family hobby since all four of our kids are involved in The First Tee at this point and the two boys are playing in local Junior PGA tournaments this summer. My wife has started taking lessons and I have dusted off my barely used clubs in an attempt to make a second go of establishing this crazy, costly (will explain shortly), and somewhat complicated game as a household commitment.
I say all of that not to bore you, but to give you some background for my current dilemma. We are a family of six, my kids are between ages 6-13, my wife has now played 2 rounds of golf total, and I am basically a beginner myself. We have A LOT of golf to play from this point forward if we want to get any good at this game but with the standard local green fees ranging from $35-65 per player x 6 people x range balls... the next few years are going to require a fairly hefty financial investment. So at this point... I am beginning to think that joining a private golf/country club may actually be the CHEAPER way to go. There are a couple of clubs in the area with fairly reasonable initiation fees and monthly dues (as golf clubs go anyway) and offer a lot of other amenities we could utilize as well. My question is... is this a wise/appropriate step for a family so young/inexperienced/new?
Such a step is financially possible for us at this point in life (I wouldn’t necessarily say comfortable), but I don’t know if it would help or hurt us at this stage. I believe I have thoroughly researched all of the pros and the cons of joining a club... but unfortunately little of the advice relates directly to the brand-spanking new golfer (or the junior golfer). Will club members accept such novices? Will we hurt our game by not playing a variety of courses in the area and just sticking to one? Is the culture of a country club/golf club a good learning environment for the sport or more of a social environment for those who have mastered it (and life) a bit more?
I could go on... but this post is long enough! I am somewhat of a brand loyalist in all areas of my life, so that is why I joined this forum. I will explain how/why I ended up choosing Titleist as my personal preferred gear of choice at a later date, but for now just know that I am very glad I have. Looking forward to learning more from this group and any feedback on my dilemma is appreciated!
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