It’s fall in Minnesota, and the 2018 golf season will soon be coming to a close, which makes it the perfect time to start thinking about a golf membership.
What?! Why would someone join a golf club when the golf season is over? Good question. There are a whole host of reasons why fall is the best time to join a golf club. Read on and find out how beginning your membership in the fall will make you the early bird who caught the worm.
Time to Get to Know the Club
First and foremost, fall is a great time to start getting acquainted with the club and its members. Joining the club after peak golf season will give you the opportunity to see the actual clubhouse in action. Take some time during the off-season to meet existing members, get to know staff, and attend social events.
Community is huge for golf clubs, so you'll want to start meeting people as soon as possible. As the golf season winds down, spend some time around the clubhouse and introduce yourself to a few people each time you visit. The more you get to know other members now, the more comfortable and excited you'll feel for next golf season; when you can hit the tee box with your new friends.
Join in on the Events
You may have missed the peak-season events, but did you know that many can’t-miss social events take place in the off-season? Since you can't play a round in the winter (unless your club has a golf simulator), this is the perfect time to take advantage of some of the clubs’ other amenities and events.
To make sure the whole family is included, many clubs pride themselves on family-friendly programming during this time. Since the course is closed, the staff has extra time and attention to put on these events which is why they are usually spectacular!
Joining in the fall gives you a few months to get acquainted with members, the club, and the events schedule, before the annual activities program goes out after the new year. Unlike members who join mid-peak season, you'll have first dibs on registering for the programs or leagues you’d like to join.
Evaluate the Course
Meeting members and enjoying social events with others is all well and good, but we all know what you're here for — golf. So, go on! Don't be shy! Try out the course and decide for yourself if it's the right club for you. Evaluate whether the course meets your skill level while also providing some challenges along the way.
If you join before the season is over, you'll have a few weeks of prime golf season to enjoy. After all, fall is the best time to golf because fewer people are on the course, temperatures are moderate, course conditions are great, and there are less of those pesky mosquitos!
Quite possibly, you'll avoid having to pay a higher initiation fee next spring and be able to enjoy, arguably, the best time of year to golf dues free or for reduced dues. This makes your decision to join sooner, rather than later, even easier.
So, what are you waiting for? Go online, do some research, and get out to visit your favorites!
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