Jump to content

Spoiled by being a member of a golf club


Recommended Posts

I am playing almost always only at my club and realize how spoiled I am. It is a "top tier" club and very lucky to have joined when they opened up the membership and made the initiation minimal.

 

Prior I too was lucky and play a lot of good courses and had a standing invite to what was a top-rated facility where we knew the GM/VP and were invited late days with tournaments off the course.

 

I am not a snob at all (at least didn't think I was) but went back to that old course and thought meh....... Granted they are letting it go, but just was not the course I remembered.

 

This is not the first time this has happened and wondering am I now a snob, as I look at our course and am complaining (under my breath) that our reciprocals are all not at the same standards and that I'd rather play my course than spend more then $50 on any invite (average A tier public courses are $100+ here).

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Replies 26
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

I am playing almost always only at my club and realize how spoiled I am. It is a "top tier" club and very lucky to have joined when they opened up the membership and made the initiation minimal.

 

Prior I too was lucky and play a lot of good courses and had a standing invite to what was a top-rated facility where we knew the GM/VP and were invited late days with tournaments off the course.

 

I am not a snob at all (at least didn't think I was) but went back to that old course and thought meh....... Granted they are letting it go, but just was not the course I remembered.

 

This is not the first time this has happened and wondering am I now a snob, as I look at our course and am complaining (under my breath) that our reciprocals are all not at the same standards and that I'd rather play my course than spend more then $50 on any invite (average A tier public courses are $100+ here).

 

How lucky you are to be a member of a Top Tier course!

 

The rock pile that I play on is the best I can do; but someday...!

Link to post
Share on other sites

^^^^

This

 

 

As you get older...there those who are lucky enough to progress in their careers and increase their household income to a point where they can enjoy some things they previously couldn't. Some folks used to eat ramen noodles in their early 20's and now can enjoy and appreciate sushi. Some folks used to drive a beater and now savor the daily commute in their BMW or Lexus. As your income increases...typically, your lifestyle does as well and the things you consume, experience and appreciate change over time. The balance is not letting your lifestyle obsession outstrip your growth in income (living too heavily in debt and not building wealth)...but that is a different discussion.

 

All that said, it's not a bad thing to appreciate nicer things, but those people who brag about their ability to live a certain lifestyle or look down upon others who cannot afford those nicer things truly need a lesson in humility.

Link to post
Share on other sites

You are a golf snob, but that's ok, you've earned the golf membership you have. And never feel guilty for your own success. Actually, we all want to be the snob you speak of, including myself, someday :)

 

sooooo.........need a 4th?

 

^^^^

This

 

 

As you get older...there those who are lucky enough to progress in their careers and increase their household income to a point where they can enjoy some things they previously couldn't. Some folks used to eat ramen noodles in their early 20's and now can enjoy and appreciate sushi. Some folks used to drive a beater and now savor the daily commute in their BMW or Lexus. As your income increases...typically, your lifestyle does as well and the things you consume, experience and appreciate change over time. The balance is not letting your lifestyle obsession outstrip your growth in income (living too heavily in debt and not building wealth)...but that is a different discussion.

 

All that said, it's not a bad thing to appreciate nicer things, but those people who brag about their ability to live a certain lifestyle or look down upon others who cannot afford those nicer things truly need a lesson in humility.

 

agreed.

Link to post
Share on other sites

I am playing almost always only at my club and realize how spoiled I am. It is a "top tier" club and very lucky to have joined when they opened up the membership and made the initiation minimal.

Anthony:

In Toronto......a "top tier' golf course and a minimal initiation are an oxymoron.

 

So what do you consider a 'minimal' initiation.

And what so called 'top tier' private club in Toronto are you now a member?......that other premier privates/reciprocals now pale in comparison.

 

Do you still get mad when you hand a guest/friend a ProV1 only to see him/her lose it after their first tee shot.

Link to post
Share on other sites

I'd say one isn't a snob at all if they prefer the better things of the world. However when they begin to tell everyone that things less than theirs are to be looked down upon then that person is a snob.

 

Wonder no more....

Amen. Being a snob isn't so much about you preferences for higher quality. Being a snob is about how you treat other people, the ones who either don't share your preferences, or can't afford them.

Link to post
Share on other sites

^^^^

This

 

 

As you get older...there those who are lucky enough to progress in their careers and increase their household income to a point where they can enjoy some things they previously couldn't. Some folks used to eat ramen noodles in their early 20's and now can enjoy and appreciate sushi. Some folks used to drive a beater and now savor the daily commute in their BMW or Lexus. As your income increases...typically, your lifestyle does as well and the things you consume, experience and appreciate change over time. The balance is not letting your lifestyle obsession outstrip your growth in income (living too heavily in debt and not building wealth)...but that is a different discussion.

 

All that said, it's not a bad thing to appreciate nicer things, but those people who brag about their ability to live a certain lifestyle or look down upon others who cannot afford those nicer things truly need a lesson in humility.

 

 

happy to have driven Ferraris since age 15 to now...still play public courses...avoid the country clubs at all cost...dislike the sameness, everyone looks like a chip off mutton block. act the same, have to behave this way...all that pretense when most are just barely trying to keep up with the jones's ...some are great people...age or progress has little to do with it,

Ping G410 LST 9* Ozik F6M2/Ozik TP6HD/EVO III FUJI
Cobra LTD PRO / Graffaloy Blue
Cobra Ltd 4-5  16 Kaili 80
Cobra F6 Baffler 18.5 Kaili 80
Adams XTD TI  22 Hybrid
Nike VaporProCombo 4-AW DG XP S300/Original Nike Blades 3-PW s300
Ping 3.0 EYE 54, 58 

Nike B1-05 Origin (Rare)
Slazenger 508/Kirk Currie KC02B

Link to post
Share on other sites

It's good to take pride in ownership. I'd only offer that if you seek variety maybe consider a golf vacation. There are many fine courses around the world.

 

I don't think preferring to play the course you are a member at over others that aren't as well maintained or interesting to you doesn't make you a snob. I think being a snob implies something about how you treat others. You could be a member at Augusta and not be a snob if you treated others courteously.

Link to post
Share on other sites

It's good to take pride in ownership. I'd only offer that if you seek variety maybe consider a golf vacation. There are many fine courses around the world.

 

I don't think preferring to play the course you are a member at over others that aren't as well maintained or interesting to you doesn't make you a snob. I think being a snob implies something about how you treat others. You could be a member at Augusta and not be a snob if you treated others courteously.

 

 

isn't that reverse arrogance too?

Ping G410 LST 9* Ozik F6M2/Ozik TP6HD/EVO III FUJI
Cobra LTD PRO / Graffaloy Blue
Cobra Ltd 4-5  16 Kaili 80
Cobra F6 Baffler 18.5 Kaili 80
Adams XTD TI  22 Hybrid
Nike VaporProCombo 4-AW DG XP S300/Original Nike Blades 3-PW s300
Ping 3.0 EYE 54, 58 

Nike B1-05 Origin (Rare)
Slazenger 508/Kirk Currie KC02B

Link to post
Share on other sites

It's good to take pride in ownership. I'd only offer that if you seek variety maybe consider a golf vacation. There are many fine courses around the world.

 

I don't think preferring to play the course you are a member at over others that aren't as well maintained or interesting to you doesn't make you a snob. I think being a snob implies something about how you treat others. You could be a member at Augusta and not be a snob if you treated others courteously.

 

 

isn't that reverse arrogance too?

 

Wouldn't the reverse of arrogance be humility?

Link to post
Share on other sites

I think "spoiled" is probably the right word.

 

A good club provides benefits that you don't even expect at first. And once those things have been provided for awhile, you *do* come to expect them. And then perhaps you come to expect even a few things that aren't provided. It's a slippery slope. It can ruin you for lesser experiences.

 

On the flip side, you can also spoil club membership IMO. Depending on how you're wired, you can either enjoy and appreciate the benefits proportionately and appropriately, or you can become obsessed with "getting your money's worth." It can start to eat up more of your time than it deserves. That's been my experience, which is why I don't belong to a club now. I have other interests that are just as deserving of my time and money, and neither of my sons have any interest in golf.

Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm in the honeymoon phase, but really appreciate the grooming, design, playability and almot everything about it.

 

After 18 I'm always asked how did I enjoy myself, and respond "how can I not" sheepishly as I am playing and they are working.

 

Was just an observation as the kids are grown and 80% of rounds are at my pace and my schedule.

Link to post
Share on other sites

I love 'top tier' clubs when they open up their doors and drop their initiation fee.

 

Me and Chuck (you might know him better as Charles, Charles Schwab) were having a cocktail one afternoon after a round, looking out over Monterey Bay and I couldn't help but bug him about that deal I got compared to him paying full whack.

[url="http://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vTOZNxdsDKajrKxaUCRjcU8eB7URcAMpaCWN-67Bt6QG8rmBUPYW3QAQ7k87BlYizIMKJzEhuzqr9OQ/pubhtml?gid=0&single=true"]WITB[/url] | [url="http://tinyurl.com/CoursesPlayedList"]Courses Played list[/url] |  [url="http://tinyurl.com/25GolfingFaves"] 25 Faves [/url]

F.T.

Link to post
Share on other sites

I love 'top tier' clubs when they open up their doors and drop their initiation fee.

 

Me and Chuck (you might know him better as Charles, Charles Schwab) were having a cocktail one afternoon after a round, looking out over Monterey Bay and I couldn't help but bug him about that deal I got compared to him paying full whack.

:cheesy:

Link to post
Share on other sites

I grew up on all types of golf courses. For past six years I paid yearly fee at semi-private club that was pretty nice. Then this year I took advantage of an under 40 deal at a fully private club. This fully private club has 45 holes of golf, two ranges, three short-game areas and three putting greens. I play in 3 hours 7 days a week at anytime of day.... and it cost the same as the semi-private club. Maybe some people don't like being contracted to a club. Anyways, not sure if I am a snob but I now think less of golf clubs with only 18 holes of golf and only one range... hahahahaaaaa. Thats a joke. Sort of.

G425 LST 

G425 Max 14.5* 

G425 19* Hybrid 

TM P7MC 4-PW

RTX Zipcore 50*/54*/58*

PING Sigma2 Anser

Link to post
Share on other sites

I just joined a private club a few weeks ago. I am wishing I did it a decade ago. When I would get done work I would rush to one of the public courses and often find the tee swamped and the entire course swamped. It would be a 4-5 hour round after work and I would be drained. With my club I can go at anytime and can finish my 18 in 3 hours. On weekends the course has a ton of different groups and matches you can play and even better is the pro shop opens at 8. So if your a walker you can literally tee off at sunrise and be done by 930. I am not a snob by any means and still play a good deal of golf at the public courses but I will become spoiled by the convenience of my club.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Our picks

    • Wichita Open (Korn Ferry) - Discussion and Links
      Please put any question or comments here.
       
      Links to the galleries...
      2021 Wichita Open (Korn Ferry) - Tuesday #1
      2021 Wichita Open (Korn Ferry) - Tuesday #2
      2021 Wichita Open (Korn Ferry) - Tuesday #3
      2021 Wichita Open (Korn Ferry) - Tuesday #4
      2021 Wichita Open (Korn Ferry) - Tuesday #5
      2021 Wichita Open (Korn Ferry) - Tuesday #6
      2021 Wichita Open (Korn Ferry) - Tuesday #7
      2021 Wichita Open (Korn Ferry) - Tuesday #8
      2021 Wichita Open (Korn Ferry) - Tuesday #9
       
      Adam Svensson with new model of Puma golf shoes - 2021 Wichita Open (Korn Ferry)
       


       
      2021 Wichita Open (Korn Ferry) - Tuesday #1
      2021 Wichita Open (Korn Ferry) - Tuesday #2
      2021 Wichita Open (Korn Ferry) - Tuesday #3
      2021 Wichita Open (Korn Ferry) - Tuesday #4
      2021 Wichita Open (Korn Ferry) - Tuesday #5
      2021 Wichita Open (Korn Ferry) - Tuesday #6
      2021 Wichita Open (Korn Ferry) - Tuesday #7
      2021 Wichita Open (Korn Ferry) - Tuesday #8
      2021 Wichita Open (Korn Ferry) - Tuesday #9
       
      Adam Svensson with new model of Puma golf shoes - 2021 Wichita Open (Korn Ferry)
       

       
      • 0 replies
    • 2021 Palmetto Championship @ Congaree - Discussion and Links
      Please put any questions or comments here
       
       

       
      2021 Palmetto Championship @ Congaree - Tuesday #1
      2021 Palmetto Championship @ Congaree - Tuesday #2
      2021 Palmetto Championship @ Congaree - Tuesday #3
      2021 Palmetto Championship @ Congaree - Tuesday #4
      2021 Palmetto Championship @ Congaree - Tuesday #5
      2021 Palmetto Championship @ Congaree - Tuesday #6
       
       

       
       
      Bryson Nimmer's Bettinardi putter - 2021 Palmetto Championship @ Congaree
      Dustin Johnson's got the putter try-outs going on - 2021 Palmetto Championship @ Congaree
      Scotty Cameron putters - 2021 Palmetto Championship @ Congaree
       
       
       
       
        • Like
      • 35 replies
    • 2021 Memorial - Discussion & Links
      Please put any questions or comments here
       
       
       
       

       
      2021 Memorial - Tuesday #1
      2021 Memorial - Tuesday #2
      2021 Memorial - Tuesday #3
      2021 Memorial - Tuesday #4
      2021 Memorial - Tuesday #5
      2021 Memorial - Tuesday #6
      2021 Memorial - Tuesday #7
      2021 Memorial - Tuesday #8
      2021 Memorial - Tuesday #9
       
       
       

       
       
       

       
      Piretti putter & cover for Hideki - 2021 Memorial
      Odyssey putters - 2021 Memorial
      New Odyssey (play like a kid) putter over - 2021 Memorial
      Bettinardi putters & covers - 2021 Memorial
      Ben An's Cameron putter - 2021 Memorial
       
       
      • 27 replies
    • 2021 Charles Schwab Challenge  - Discussion & Links
      Please put any questions or comments here
       
       

       
      2021 Charles Schwab Challenge - Tuesday #1
      2021 Charles Schwab Challenge - Tuesday #2
      2021 Charles Schwab Challenge - Tuesday #3
      2021 Charles Schwab Challenge - Tuesday #4
      2021 Charles Schwab Challenge - Tuesday #5
      2021 Charles Schwab Challenge - Tuesday #6
      2021 Charles Schwab Challenge - Tuesday #7
       
       

       
      2021 Charles Schwab Challenge winner will get this Power wagon
      Eric Compton testing Axis 1 putter - 2021 Charles Schwab Challenge
      Cameron putter and new cover - 2021 Charles Schwab Challenge
       
       
      • 7 replies
    • Phil Mickelson Winning WITB from the 2021 PGA Championship
      Phil Mickelson's Winning What's In The Bag? 
       
      Driver: Callaway Epic Speed Triple Diamond (6 degrees @5.5 , green dot cog) Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X (47.9 inches)
      2-wood: TaylorMade “Original One” Mini Driver (11.5 degrees) Fujikura Ventus Black 7 X
      4-wood: (Sunday only): Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero (16.5 degrees) Fujikura Ventus Blue 8 X
      Irons: Callaway X Forged UT (16) (Thursday-Saturday), Callaway X21 UT Proto (19 degrees @20.5, 25), Callaway Apex MB ‘21 (small groove) (6-PW) Shafts- 16* MCA MMT 105 TX, KBS Tour V 125 S+
      Wedges: Callaway PM Grind ’19 “Raw” ([email protected]*, 55-12*, 60-10*) Shafts: KBS Tour V 125 S+
      Putter: Odyssey Milled Blade “Phil Mickelson” SuperStroke Pistol GT Tour
      Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X (Triple Track)
      Grips: Golf Pride MCC
       
      Link to more pics on the front-page... https://www.golfwrx.com/654804/phil-mickelson-witb-2021-may-pga-championship/
       

       
       
        • Thanks
        • Like
      • 86 replies

×
×
  • Create New...