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Hi - first of all, I am new to this forum. Followed it for years, but now posting for the first time.

 

I am turning 40 this year and am looking at possibly joining a nicer club before initiation becomes outrageous. I live in the Kennesaw/Acworth area and am currently a member of a club in the area. For various reasons, I’m looking to make a change.

 

That said, I’m looking for some higher end clubs that offer a pretty good deal to join right now for new members under 40. Some examples of clubs I’d like to explore include:

 

Atlanta Country Club

Cherokee T&C

Marietta Country Club

Atlanta Athletic Club

Governor’s Town Club

 

I don’t mind driving a bit, and we may even consider moving to another area of the city. That said, I’m curious on thoughts of these courses, current opportunities for new members under 40, and other nicer clubs in the area to consider.

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Typically you would need 6 or so memebers to vouche for you and then go on a wait list. 

ACC doesn't have a reduced initiation fee. It can be spread out over time (either until 40 or 45) at no interest, but that probably won't help you. Dues there will run $700+/mo when everything is added on.

 

Are you looking at a country club feel or would you be good with more of a golf club? You could look at Ansley and have access to Settindown which may not be too far from you now. Gives you the in-town club as well for the country club vibe.

 

If you go AAC, you will pretty much need to move to get much use out of it. No really good way to get out there from your area. Cherokee, I've heard, had a decent price, but I've never heard much in terms of what that actually amounted to. Might want to move closer to take full advantage of it.

 

For some reason, I think Marietta CC turned to full membership before 40. Maybe at 36? Although I could be wrong on that. That said, it's going to be cheaper there than your other top four listed at full freight. I don't know much of GTC.

 

You should reach out to the membership director at those clubs just to inquire. I'd guess that several have waiting lists, and you would probably need to find out if you can join and put money down now to get the pre-40 initiation and be on a waitlist rather than have a spot open up after you turn 40 and have them say you are joining as a full member (vs. intermediate or whatever the clubs call them).

 

As far as the clubs go...

 

Atlanta CC - smaller membership, 18 holes, always in great shape, bent greens, lots of topography, not the easiest course to walk, smaller range that goes downhill that when the tees are on a lower deck, you really can't hit driver. The back 9 is a great stretch of golf holes that's fun to play. Good short game area. Course winds through houses and neighborhood, but you don't ever feel like you are playing residential golf.

 

Cherokee - bigger membership, 36 holes, again - great shape. They did a lot of work on the North (championship) Course to clear out trees, bushes, etc a couple years ago. Bermuda greens. Good-sized range. South Course is a little quirky but fun. Two locations of the club. In-town has the main pool and tennis and requires jackets to go in the clubhouse. Golf club up in Sandy Springs (but has Atlanta address) is more casual and has a pool there as well. North is more walkable than the South and they have a good caddie program there.

 

Marietta CC - 27 holes. 18 are the "Championship" and the third 9 is across the road. Bent grass greens. Course is usually in very good shape. With a bigger membership than ACC and more play, the bent can take a beating more than it does at Country Club. Great golf staff there. Big range that has been recently renovated. I think they did a big bunker project too and renovated bunkers on all 27 holes in the last year. Smaller short game practice area. Probably wouldn't have to move from Kennesaw/Acworth.

 

Atlanta Athletic Club - 36 holes plus 9 hole par 3 course. BIG membership. Both courses are championship caliber courses. Lots going on out there it seems. Big pool/tennis/family programming/fitness things. Sometimes the golf aspect seems to get lost with all that's going on. Courses were in pretty good shape, but with a new superintendent in place, he's done a good job in having them in even better shape. Both courses have bermuda greens. I think they have some renovation projects coming up soon on one of the courses with some re-grassing and some other changes - especially with one of the holes that runs alongside the river. Giant range that has a few different short game practice areas. Both courses are walkable. Lots of activities and a very active "mid-am" age golf membership. They hired a new GM who is going to be really good out there. He came from Ansley and the few AAC members I know are excited to have him return to AAC, which is where he was years ago.

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Atlanta Country Club - Bent greens, unless you are Peachtree get slow and soft in the summer. Great layout, last year had a waiting list.

Cherokee T&C - waiting list, monthly dues over 800. Good layouts, bit of a snobbyish membership. Initiation is north of 40k.

Marietta Country Club - great clubhouse, 9 good holes. 9 junk holes, 9 ok holes. Not worth it

Atlanta Athletic Club - completely other side of town, waiting list.

Governor’s Town Club - good layout, nice clubhouse, greens struggle in the summer. Were still booking golf now rounds earlier this year, not sure if they still are.

 

I spent a year looking at clubs. From settindown, atl national, marietta, govenors, dunwoody, and a few others. Most of big named clubs your dues will be north of 700 and some of them over 800, and I just didnt think they were worth it. You can join Settindown, but the in town course has a waiting list. Settindown ended up being my second choice, I was looking for a good group of members( a big name coursemis nice, but in the end the membership is what makes a country club). I wanted a great course, decent clubhouse with some pretty good food and good events. My main desire was a tough layout, in great shape and good membership. Although we just punched our greens you should check out Pinetree. Reasonable dues and initiation, great layout and conditions( I would put it up against any course not named east lake or peachtree). Great mens association, good junior program, ok clubhouse and great members.

 

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sollem2 - From your post, I would guess that you are currently at Brookstone or Bentwater. If you are looking for the status of a higher-end club, Marietta CC is pretty much your only option unless you are willing to move, as travel time to & from the others make them much less practical options. If you are looking for the best golf experience, and status isn't the end-all-be-all, then Pinetree, Governors, and maybe even Cartersville CC would be options to consider and a step up above your current experience. Governors probably has the swankiest feel of those three, but is also probably the riskiest in terms of continuing to offer an exclusively private club experience.

 

If you are willing to move, you should probably consider where specifically you are willing to live, and then look at club options based upon those locations. Regardless, you probably need to temper your expectations on finding a "pretty good deal" on anything approaching the clubs you list, as clubs in that league typically aren't hurting for members and thus don't offer deals. Plus, you will be tasked with stepping up to a full membership in the very near future which will offset any 40 & under membership deal you get.

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Really appreciate all of the feedback. I am currently a member of a Brookstone - which is about to become a ClubCorp course. I like the challenging layout, we have some friends there, and it’s 5 minutes away from my house.

 

I’m mostly concerned about how ClubCorp may negatively impact my ability to get good tee times, and I’m sure there are other risks. I like the idea of getting access to other courses in the Atlanta area, but I’m not sure how often I will use that perk. Lastly, I’m not sure how the new ownership will impact the profile of our members. Given my career, I’d like to have a solid network of potential business partners.

 

If turning 40 isn’t going to have an impact on initiation fees at a new club, perhaps I wait things out to see what happens. Seems like I hear equal negative and positive opinions regarding ClubCorp.

 

 

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Not sure if you travel at all, but ClubCorp has been great to me from a networking perspective, including when I travel. I've played some great courses across the country and met a few strong networking partners along the way (thanks to ClubCorp), so don't knock it quite yet. Like you said, wait it out and see how it goes for you.

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Really appreciate all of the feedback. I am currently a member of a Brookstone - which is about to become a ClubCorp course. I like the challenging layout, we have some friends there, and it’s 5 minutes away from my house.

 

I’m mostly concerned about how ClubCorp may negatively impact my ability to get good tee times, and I’m sure there are other risks. I like the idea of getting access to other courses in the Atlanta area, but I’m not sure how often I will use that perk. Lastly, I’m not sure how the new ownership will impact the profile of our members. Given my career, I’d like to have a solid network of potential business partners.

 

If turning 40 isn’t going to have an impact on initiation fees at a new club, perhaps I wait things out to see what happens. Seems like I hear equal negative and positive opinions regarding ClubCorp.

 

I’ve had a great experience with clubcorp. If you find a good home club, you’ll love all the benefits.

 

There’s only a few SLAMMED clubcorp facilities and everyone knows which ones to avoid.

 

Recently I joined the champions club membership, which makes me a FULL member at Polo, Manor, White Columns, and Atlanta National. Unlimited golf no cart fees.

 

 

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Really appreciate all of the feedback. I am currently a member of a Brookstone - which is about to become a ClubCorp course. I like the challenging layout, we have some friends there, and it’s 5 minutes away from my house.

 

I’m mostly concerned about how ClubCorp may negatively impact my ability to get good tee times, and I’m sure there are other risks. I like the idea of getting access to other courses in the Atlanta area, but I’m not sure how often I will use that perk. Lastly, I’m not sure how the new ownership will impact the profile of our members. Given my career, I’d like to have a solid network of potential business partners.

 

If turning 40 isn’t going to have an impact on initiation fees at a new club, perhaps I wait things out to see what happens. Seems like I hear equal negative and positive opinions regarding ClubCorp.

 

I’ve had a great experience with clubcorp. If you find a good home club, you’ll love all the benefits.

 

There’s only a few SLAMMED clubcorp facilities and everyone knows which ones to avoid.

 

Recently I joined the champions club membership, which makes me a FULL member at Polo, Manor, White Columns, and Atlanta National. Unlimited golf no cart fees.

 

Since I live in the Kennesaw area, it makes no sense for me to do that, but I would like access to higher end clubs for the cart fee. Is there a membership option to do that without having to select one of those clubs as my home course?

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Really appreciate all of the feedback. I am currently a member of a Brookstone - which is about to become a ClubCorp course. I like the challenging layout, we have some friends there, and it’s 5 minutes away from my house.

 

I’m mostly concerned about how ClubCorp may negatively impact my ability to get good tee times, and I’m sure there are other risks. I like the idea of getting access to other courses in the Atlanta area, but I’m not sure how often I will use that perk. Lastly, I’m not sure how the new ownership will impact the profile of our members. Given my career, I’d like to have a solid network of potential business partners.

 

If turning 40 isn’t going to have an impact on initiation fees at a new club, perhaps I wait things out to see what happens. Seems like I hear equal negative and positive opinions regarding ClubCorp.

 

I’ve had a great experience with clubcorp. If you find a good home club, you’ll love all the benefits.

 

There’s only a few SLAMMED clubcorp facilities and everyone knows which ones to avoid.

 

Recently I joined the champions club membership, which makes me a FULL member at Polo, Manor, White Columns, and Atlanta National. Unlimited golf no cart fees.

 

Since I live in the Kennesaw area, it makes no sense for me to do that, but I would like access to higher end clubs for the cart fee. Is there a membership option to do that without having to select one of those clubs as my home course?

 

Have you looked at Pinetree CC or Governors Towne GC? I live in Kennesaw as well and was looking at both of these clubs.

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I am a member at GTC (joined in January). I’m not sure if it’s taken full effect yet, but there’s no longer GolfNow tee times available. The clubhouse is completely done and open. And the Men’s Locker Room and Bar is fantastic. Great layout and good MGA.

 

PM me and I would be more than happy to share my experience in more detail.

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sollem2,

I would expect the ownership transition to ClubCorp to be positive (or at worst neutral) for Brookstone & its members. In addition to the club network access which includes free rental clubs when you travel, ClubCorp typically invests capital into some sort of "reinvention" (additional amenities and/or renovated look) when they acquire a club. Also, it's important to note that ClubCorp is an owner & operator of almost exclusively private clubs, whereas American Golf (the previous owner) is predominantly a daily-fee operator. Operating a private country club and trying to meet the expectations of members is ClubCorp's core business, whereas it is more of an outlier for American Golf.

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I am a member at GTC (joined in January). I'm not sure if it's taken full effect yet, but there's no longer GolfNow tee times available. The clubhouse is completely done and open. And the Men's Locker Room and Bar is fantastic. Great layout and good MGA.

 

PM me and I would be more than happy to share my experience in more detail.

 

 

GTC is great course. I played it several time when it was available on golf now. Matthew who is the pro there is also great as my son has taken some lessons with him. I will reach out to you as i am interested to hear you experience.

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Really appreciate all of the feedback. I am currently a member of a Brookstone - which is about to become a ClubCorp course. I like the challenging layout, we have some friends there, and it’s 5 minutes away from my house.

 

I’m mostly concerned about how ClubCorp may negatively impact my ability to get good tee times, and I’m sure there are other risks. I like the idea of getting access to other courses in the Atlanta area, but I’m not sure how often I will use that perk. Lastly, I’m not sure how the new ownership will impact the profile of our members. Given my career, I’d like to have a solid network of potential business partners.

 

If turning 40 isn’t going to have an impact on initiation fees at a new club, perhaps I wait things out to see what happens. Seems like I hear equal negative and positive opinions regarding ClubCorp.

 

I’ve had a great experience with clubcorp. If you find a good home club, you’ll love all the benefits.

 

There’s only a few SLAMMED clubcorp facilities and everyone knows which ones to avoid.

 

Recently I joined the champions club membership, which makes me a FULL member at Polo, Manor, White Columns, and Atlanta National. Unlimited golf no cart fees.

 

Since I live in the Kennesaw area, it makes no sense for me to do that, but I would like access to higher end clubs for the cart fee. Is there a membership option to do that without having to select one of those clubs as my home course?

 

No, your home club has to be one of these 4.

 

You’ll pay a “premium” fee to play some of these.

 

If GTC can get its shyt together, it would be a really nice facility. Sounds like they’re on their way. The layout is fantastic.

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sollem2,

I would expect the ownership transition to ClubCorp to be positive (or at worst neutral) for Brookstone & its members. In addition to the club network access which includes free rental clubs when you travel, ClubCorp typically invests capital into some sort of "reinvention" (additional amenities and/or renovated look) when they acquire a club. Also, it's important to note that ClubCorp is an owner & operator of almost exclusively private clubs, whereas American Golf (the previous owner) is predominantly a daily-fee operator. Operating a private country club and trying to meet the expectations of members is ClubCorp's core business, whereas it is more of an outlier for American Golf.

 

This. There will almost certainly be some type of capital improvement done to Brookstone.

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If GTC can get its shyt together, it would be a really nice facility. Sounds like they're on their way. The layout is fantastic.

 

The challenge that GTC has is that outside of the gated GTC development, the surrounding demographic is more in line with a club like Bentwater. So they will probably continue to struggle with attracting members willing to pay dues needed to support the amenities of GTC.

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sollem2,

I would expect the ownership transition to ClubCorp to be positive (or at worst neutral) for Brookstone & its members. In addition to the club network access which includes free rental clubs when you travel, ClubCorp typically invests capital into some sort of "reinvention" (additional amenities and/or renovated look) when they acquire a club. Also, it's important to note that ClubCorp is an owner & operator of almost exclusively private clubs, whereas American Golf (the previous owner) is predominantly a daily-fee operator. Operating a private country club and trying to meet the expectations of members is ClubCorp's core business, whereas it is more of an outlier for American Golf.

 

This. There will almost certainly be some type of capital improvement done to Brookstone.

 

My guess is that ClubCorp will convert any fine dining area at Brookstone into upscale casual dining (they've done this quite well at other clubs), add outdoor patio dining if it doesn't already exist, and if it is available, convert some clubhouse space to a fitness center.

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sollem2,

I would expect the ownership transition to ClubCorp to be positive (or at worst neutral) for Brookstone & its members. In addition to the club network access which includes free rental clubs when you travel, ClubCorp typically invests capital into some sort of "reinvention" (additional amenities and/or renovated look) when they acquire a club. Also, it's important to note that ClubCorp is an owner & operator of almost exclusively private clubs, whereas American Golf (the previous owner) is predominantly a daily-fee operator. Operating a private country club and trying to meet the expectations of members is ClubCorp's core business, whereas it is more of an outlier for American Golf.

 

This. There will almost certainly be some type of capital improvement done to Brookstone.

 

My guess is that ClubCorp will convert any fine dining area at Brookstone into upscale casual dining (they've done this quite well at other clubs), add outdoor patio dining if it doesn't already exist, and if it is available, convert some clubhouse space to a fitness center.

 

This is precisely what the club needs. The course itself is fun and challenging, and the members are great too! BTW - I just sent you a PM.

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Saw an article in the Marietta journal that said Pinetree initiation was $5K-$10k with monthly dues of $359-$479.

 

Anyone with knowledge of the club confirm if that's ballpark accurate??

 

I am a member at Pinetree, sending you a PM

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I didn't want to start a new thread but I thought I'd ask for input here. Live in north midtown / south Buckhead area and am looking to join a club somewhere. Hoping to spend <$340 per month with initiation less than $5,000. Needless to say, everything that's affordable will be OTP and ~30-40 minutes away depending on traffic.

 

I've played at while looking and am considering:

1. Rivermont - great course conditions and quality. The biggest downside is their range and practice facilities. Short and not that good. As someone who is ~16 handicap, I know that I need to practice and play more to get better. Not sure how much quality practice I can do here. I really enjoy the fact that it seems like you're secluded and don't see houses from the course. Another downside, though not a deal breaker, is that the facilities are dated in appearance and you don't really get to enjoy anything except the golf. Again, not a deal breaker but something I'm considering. They told me they get ~36,000 rounds per year. I don't know how much this is and how difficult it will be to get a tee time or a walk-up during the week, but I do know that this is higher than some of the other clubs I've looked at.

2. Pinetree - Great conditions and quality of the course. Practice facilities and range is much better than Rivermont. They also have tennis and a pool and a more updated clubhouse. Same distance/time away as Rivermont (well, it may be about 5 minutes shorter depending on the time of day). Only hesitation here is that my dad is moving back to Georgia in about 2 years and I've considered the idea of switching clubs (unless I'm in love with a club) to play with him weekly. I don't know how quickly I would grow tired of playing the same course for 5+ years in a row. But with their cheap initiation fees and monthly dues, making a switch to here isn't a barrier. They said they get ~26,000 rounds per year

3. The Standard Club - by far the best course I've played while searching for a club. The facilities, course, clubhouse were impeccable. This course is ~10 minutes further away than Pinetree and Rivermont which is really pushing the distance for me (37-45 minutes typically). The biggest hesitation here (aside from the distance) is they seem to be struggling financially. They only have 410 members (16,000 rounds annually -- seemed like I was the only one out on the course when I played which I loved), but the various fees and rates are increasing. Dues are about to increase ~10%, they're about to issue an assessment to members, and when I asked about holding my dues steady for 2 years and whether I could be shielded from assessments for a short period of time, the GM denied that request. The dues are higher here than the other two (not by much though) but the unknown due and assessment increases worry me. Also seems to be an older club (member age) -- not a deal breaker, but something I did notice.

 

Courses I haven't played yet but are financially within range it seems:

1. Berkeley Hills - This keeps coming up as a recommendation, Haven't had an opportunity to get out and play

2. Governors Towne Club - their associate memberships are very affordable compared to the others (a bit less so when you add in the $100/month F&B minimum). Played here over a year ago and I remember I really liked it and the facility. 10 minutes further away than Rivermont and Pinetree.

3. Horseshoe Bend - I would have one year in a tier where it's financially in line with the other clubs, but then it jumps $200/mo. I've asked if we could be tiered based on my fiance's age and am hoping that there can be an exception made. If not then I have to exclude this club. If so, then this enters the mix.

 

Are there any other clubs I'm missing that are out there that would be affordable for me? I'm 31 and my fiance is 3 years younger which puts us in a lot of the young executive / junior categories.

 

Of the courses on the list, what do people think? Any experiences that you've had that I should know about or anything I should consider?

 

Things that are important to me:

1. Quality of the course (lush fairways that are nice to hit off, good layouts, I prefer a bit more isolated and not necessarily lined with homes, greens that are well maintained with no ball marks on the greens)

2. Practice facilities with short game practice areas for chipping and pitching up to 50-100 yards - I know I need to practice to get better so I want an area where I can hit off grass and work on my short game which needs to be worked on.

3. Quick pace of play - I'm tired of 5+ hour rounds at the public courses. I'd like to play a 4 or sub-4 hour round.

4. Members - I'd love to find a group of guys around my age that I could play with and socialize with

5. Financial security - I don't want to be in jeopardy of unexpected thousand dollar plus assessments or increasing costs.

6. Quality of Clubhouse - I'd like a nice bar area with TVs to hang out and spend time with people after a round

7. Other amenities (pool, tennis, fitness) - maybe this could or should be a bit higher, but I do want my finance to be able to come and spend time here if I can't get her to get involved and love golf like I do. I'd also like for a place where I could spend time and do things other than just golf

 

Thanks for any advice or suggestions

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Hi - first of all, I am new to this forum. Followed it for years, but now posting for the first time.

 

I am turning 40 this year and am looking at possibly joining a nicer club before initiation becomes outrageous. I live in the Kennesaw/Acworth area and am currently a member of a club in the area. For various reasons, I'm looking to make a change.

 

That said, I'm looking for some higher end clubs that offer a pretty good deal to join right now for new members under 40. Some examples of clubs I'd like to explore include:

 

Atlanta Country Club

Cherokee T&C

Marietta Country Club

Atlanta Athletic Club

Governor's Town Club

 

I don't mind driving a bit, and we may even consider moving to another area of the city. That said, I'm curious on thoughts of these courses, current opportunities for new members under 40, and other nicer clubs in the area to consider.

 

come to cobblestone! thats my local! i love it. definitely not a CC, but if golf is the focus, it has that.

 

they have a contract with county water so they are always green. gotta use a certain amount of water per month

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200$ yearly club fee, gets me out on the course for $15 dollars. . .

 

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I didn't want to start a new thread but I thought I'd ask for input here. Live in north midtown / south Buckhead area and am looking to join a club somewhere. Hoping to spend <$340 per month with initiation less than $5,000. Needless to say, everything that's affordable will be OTP and ~30-40 minutes away depending on traffic.

 

I've played at while looking and am considering:

1. Rivermont - great course conditions and quality. The biggest downside is their range and practice facilities. Short and not that good. As someone who is ~16 handicap, I know that I need to practice and play more to get better. Not sure how much quality practice I can do here. I really enjoy the fact that it seems like you're secluded and don't see houses from the course. Another downside, though not a deal breaker, is that the facilities are dated in appearance and you don't really get to enjoy anything except the golf. Again, not a deal breaker but something I'm considering. They told me they get ~36,000 rounds per year. I don't know how much this is and how difficult it will be to get a tee time or a walk-up during the week, but I do know that this is higher than some of the other clubs I've looked at.

2. Pinetree - Great conditions and quality of the course. Practice facilities and range is much better than Rivermont. They also have tennis and a pool and a more updated clubhouse. Same distance/time away as Rivermont (well, it may be about 5 minutes shorter depending on the time of day). Only hesitation here is that my dad is moving back to Georgia in about 2 years and I've considered the idea of switching clubs (unless I'm in love with a club) to play with him weekly. I don't know how quickly I would grow tired of playing the same course for 5+ years in a row. But with their cheap initiation fees and monthly dues, making a switch to here isn't a barrier. They said they get ~26,000 rounds per year

3. The Standard Club - by far the best course I've played while searching for a club. The facilities, course, clubhouse were impeccable. This course is ~10 minutes further away than Pinetree and Rivermont which is really pushing the distance for me (37-45 minutes typically). The biggest hesitation here (aside from the distance) is they seem to be struggling financially. They only have 410 members (16,000 rounds annually -- seemed like I was the only one out on the course when I played which I loved), but the various fees and rates are increasing. Dues are about to increase ~10%, they're about to issue an assessment to members, and when I asked about holding my dues steady for 2 years and whether I could be shielded from assessments for a short period of time, the GM denied that request. The dues are higher here than the other two (not by much though) but the unknown due and assessment increases worry me. Also seems to be an older club (member age) -- not a deal breaker, but something I did notice.

 

Courses I haven't played yet but are financially within range it seems:

1. Berkeley Hills - This keeps coming up as a recommendation, Haven't had an opportunity to get out and play

2. Governors Towne Club - their associate memberships are very affordable compared to the others (a bit less so when you add in the $100/month F&B minimum). Played here over a year ago and I remember I really liked it and the facility. 10 minutes further away than Rivermont and Pinetree.

3. Horseshoe Bend - I would have one year in a tier where it's financially in line with the other clubs, but then it jumps $200/mo. I've asked if we could be tiered based on my fiance's age and am hoping that there can be an exception made. If not then I have to exclude this club. If so, then this enters the mix.

 

Are there any other clubs I'm missing that are out there that would be affordable for me? I'm 31 and my fiance is 3 years younger which puts us in a lot of the young executive / junior categories.

 

Of the courses on the list, what do people think? Any experiences that you've had that I should know about or anything I should consider?

 

Things that are important to me:

1. Quality of the course (lush fairways that are nice to hit off, good layouts, I prefer a bit more isolated and not necessarily lined with homes, greens that are well maintained with no ball marks on the greens)

2. Practice facilities with short game practice areas for chipping and pitching up to 50-100 yards - I know I need to practice to get better so I want an area where I can hit off grass and work on my short game which needs to be worked on.

3. Quick pace of play - I'm tired of 5+ hour rounds at the public courses. I'd like to play a 4 or sub-4 hour round.

4. Members - I'd love to find a group of guys around my age that I could play with and socialize with

5. Financial security - I don't want to be in jeopardy of unexpected thousand dollar plus assessments or increasing costs.

6. Quality of Clubhouse - I'd like a nice bar area with TVs to hang out and spend time with people after a round

7. Other amenities (pool, tennis, fitness) - maybe this could or should be a bit higher, but I do want my finance to be able to come and spend time here if I can't get her to get involved and love golf like I do. I'd also like for a place where I could spend time and do things other than just golf

 

Thanks for any advice or suggestions

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I didn't want to start a new thread but I thought I'd ask for input here. Live in north midtown / south Buckhead area and am looking to join a club somewhere. Hoping to spend <$340 per month with initiation less than $5,000. Needless to say, everything that's affordable will be OTP and ~30-40 minutes away depending on traffic.

 

I've played at while looking and am considering:

1. Rivermont - great course conditions and quality. The biggest downside is their range and practice facilities. Short and not that good. As someone who is ~16 handicap, I know that I need to practice and play more to get better. Not sure how much quality practice I can do here. I really enjoy the fact that it seems like you're secluded and don't see houses from the course. Another downside, though not a deal breaker, is that the facilities are dated in appearance and you don't really get to enjoy anything except the golf. Again, not a deal breaker but something I'm considering. They told me they get ~36,000 rounds per year. I don't know how much this is and how difficult it will be to get a tee time or a walk-up during the week, but I do know that this is higher than some of the other clubs I've looked at.

2. Pinetree - Great conditions and quality of the course. Practice facilities and range is much better than Rivermont. They also have tennis and a pool and a more updated clubhouse. Same distance/time away as Rivermont (well, it may be about 5 minutes shorter depending on the time of day). Only hesitation here is that my dad is moving back to Georgia in about 2 years and I've considered the idea of switching clubs (unless I'm in love with a club) to play with him weekly. I don't know how quickly I would grow tired of playing the same course for 5+ years in a row. But with their cheap initiation fees and monthly dues, making a switch to here isn't a barrier. They said they get ~26,000 rounds per year

3. The Standard Club - by far the best course I've played while searching for a club. The facilities, course, clubhouse were impeccable. This course is ~10 minutes further away than Pinetree and Rivermont which is really pushing the distance for me (37-45 minutes typically). The biggest hesitation here (aside from the distance) is they seem to be struggling financially. They only have 410 members (16,000 rounds annually -- seemed like I was the only one out on the course when I played which I loved), but the various fees and rates are increasing. Dues are about to increase ~10%, they're about to issue an assessment to members, and when I asked about holding my dues steady for 2 years and whether I could be shielded from assessments for a short period of time, the GM denied that request. The dues are higher here than the other two (not by much though) but the unknown due and assessment increases worry me. Also seems to be an older club (member age) -- not a deal breaker, but something I did notice.

 

Courses I haven't played yet but are financially within range it seems:

1. Berkeley Hills - This keeps coming up as a recommendation, Haven't had an opportunity to get out and play

2. Governors Towne Club - their associate memberships are very affordable compared to the others (a bit less so when you add in the $100/month F&B minimum). Played here over a year ago and I remember I really liked it and the facility. 10 minutes further away than Rivermont and Pinetree.

3. Horseshoe Bend - I would have one year in a tier where it's financially in line with the other clubs, but then it jumps $200/mo. I've asked if we could be tiered based on my fiance's age and am hoping that there can be an exception made. If not then I have to exclude this club. If so, then this enters the mix.

 

Are there any other clubs I'm missing that are out there that would be affordable for me? I'm 31 and my fiance is 3 years younger which puts us in a lot of the young executive / junior categories.

 

Of the courses on the list, what do people think? Any experiences that you've had that I should know about or anything I should consider?

 

Things that are important to me:

1. Quality of the course (lush fairways that are nice to hit off, good layouts, I prefer a bit more isolated and not necessarily lined with homes, greens that are well maintained with no ball marks on the greens)

2. Practice facilities with short game practice areas for chipping and pitching up to 50-100 yards - I know I need to practice to get better so I want an area where I can hit off grass and work on my short game which needs to be worked on.

3. Quick pace of play - I'm tired of 5+ hour rounds at the public courses. I'd like to play a 4 or sub-4 hour round.

4. Members - I'd love to find a group of guys around my age that I could play with and socialize with

5. Financial security - I don't want to be in jeopardy of unexpected thousand dollar plus assessments or increasing costs.

6. Quality of Clubhouse - I'd like a nice bar area with TVs to hang out and spend time with people after a round

7. Other amenities (pool, tennis, fitness) - maybe this could or should be a bit higher, but I do want my finance to be able to come and spend time here if I can't get her to get involved and love golf like I do. I'd also like for a place where I could spend time and do things other than just golf

 

Thanks for any advice or suggestions

 

You might want to look at Ansley/Settindown. A long time ago I played at Settindown when they were building the clubhouse. It's a great course. I haven't been back in quite a while and don't know what the cost would be, but I would guess it's more than you said you wanted to spend. They have a small in-town course as well near the north end of the connector, which would be nice as you live in south buckhead. The drawback for you is the drive north. I found that you hit traffic if you tried to get there in the afternoon. Makes the trip north a day-trip. I'm sure it's only gotten worse. I think you'll face that problem with all the north-side courses.

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I didn't want to start a new thread but I thought I'd ask for input here. Live in north midtown / south Buckhead area and am looking to join a club somewhere. Hoping to spend <$340 per month with initiation less than $5,000. Needless to say, everything that's affordable will be OTP and ~30-40 minutes away depending on traffic.

 

I've played at while looking and am considering:

1. Rivermont - great course conditions and quality. The biggest downside is their range and practice facilities. Short and not that good. As someone who is ~16 handicap, I know that I need to practice and play more to get better. Not sure how much quality practice I can do here. I really enjoy the fact that it seems like you're secluded and don't see houses from the course. Another downside, though not a deal breaker, is that the facilities are dated in appearance and you don't really get to enjoy anything except the golf. Again, not a deal breaker but something I'm considering. They told me they get ~36,000 rounds per year. I don't know how much this is and how difficult it will be to get a tee time or a walk-up during the week, but I do know that this is higher than some of the other clubs I've looked at.

2. Pinetree - Great conditions and quality of the course. Practice facilities and range is much better than Rivermont. They also have tennis and a pool and a more updated clubhouse. Same distance/time away as Rivermont (well, it may be about 5 minutes shorter depending on the time of day). Only hesitation here is that my dad is moving back to Georgia in about 2 years and I've considered the idea of switching clubs (unless I'm in love with a club) to play with him weekly. I don't know how quickly I would grow tired of playing the same course for 5+ years in a row. But with their cheap initiation fees and monthly dues, making a switch to here isn't a barrier. They said they get ~26,000 rounds per year

3. The Standard Club - by far the best course I've played while searching for a club. The facilities, course, clubhouse were impeccable. This course is ~10 minutes further away than Pinetree and Rivermont which is really pushing the distance for me (37-45 minutes typically). The biggest hesitation here (aside from the distance) is they seem to be struggling financially. They only have 410 members (16,000 rounds annually -- seemed like I was the only one out on the course when I played which I loved), but the various fees and rates are increasing. Dues are about to increase ~10%, they're about to issue an assessment to members, and when I asked about holding my dues steady for 2 years and whether I could be shielded from assessments for a short period of time, the GM denied that request. The dues are higher here than the other two (not by much though) but the unknown due and assessment increases worry me. Also seems to be an older club (member age) -- not a deal breaker, but something I did notice.

 

Courses I haven't played yet but are financially within range it seems:

1. Berkeley Hills - This keeps coming up as a recommendation, Haven't had an opportunity to get out and play

2. Governors Towne Club - their associate memberships are very affordable compared to the others (a bit less so when you add in the $100/month F&B minimum). Played here over a year ago and I remember I really liked it and the facility. 10 minutes further away than Rivermont and Pinetree.

3. Horseshoe Bend - I would have one year in a tier where it's financially in line with the other clubs, but then it jumps $200/mo. I've asked if we could be tiered based on my fiance's age and am hoping that there can be an exception made. If not then I have to exclude this club. If so, then this enters the mix.

 

Are there any other clubs I'm missing that are out there that would be affordable for me? I'm 31 and my fiance is 3 years younger which puts us in a lot of the young executive / junior categories.

 

Of the courses on the list, what do people think? Any experiences that you've had that I should know about or anything I should consider?

 

Things that are important to me:

1. Quality of the course (lush fairways that are nice to hit off, good layouts, I prefer a bit more isolated and not necessarily lined with homes, greens that are well maintained with no ball marks on the greens)

2. Practice facilities with short game practice areas for chipping and pitching up to 50-100 yards - I know I need to practice to get better so I want an area where I can hit off grass and work on my short game which needs to be worked on.

3. Quick pace of play - I'm tired of 5+ hour rounds at the public courses. I'd like to play a 4 or sub-4 hour round.

4. Members - I'd love to find a group of guys around my age that I could play with and socialize with

5. Financial security - I don't want to be in jeopardy of unexpected thousand dollar plus assessments or increasing costs.

6. Quality of Clubhouse - I'd like a nice bar area with TVs to hang out and spend time with people after a round

7. Other amenities (pool, tennis, fitness) - maybe this could or should be a bit higher, but I do want my finance to be able to come and spend time here if I can't get her to get involved and love golf like I do. I'd also like for a place where I could spend time and do things other than just golf

 

Thanks for any advice or suggestions

 

You might want to look at Ansley/Settindown. A long time ago I played at Settindown when they were building the clubhouse. It's a great course. I haven't been back in quite a while and don't know what the cost would be, but I would guess it's more than you said you wanted to spend. They have a small in-town course as well near the north end of the connector, which would be nice as you live in south buckhead. The drawback for you is the drive north. I found that you hit traffic if you tried to get there in the afternoon. Makes the trip north a day-trip. I'm sure it's only gotten worse. I think you'll face that problem with all the north-side courses.

 

Ansley is going to be a $48k initiation based on his age spread out over until the age of 40. Dues are going to be $440ish, plus capital dues, service fees other golf services fees.

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I didn't want to start a new thread but I thought I'd ask for input here. Live in north midtown / south Buckhead area and am looking to join a club somewhere. Hoping to spend <$340 per month with initiation less than $5,000. Needless to say, everything that's affordable will be OTP and ~30-40 minutes away depending on traffic.

 

I've played at while looking and am considering:

1. Rivermont - great course conditions and quality. The biggest downside is their range and practice facilities. Short and not that good. As someone who is ~16 handicap, I know that I need to practice and play more to get better. Not sure how much quality practice I can do here. I really enjoy the fact that it seems like you're secluded and don't see houses from the course. Another downside, though not a deal breaker, is that the facilities are dated in appearance and you don't really get to enjoy anything except the golf. Again, not a deal breaker but something I'm considering. They told me they get ~36,000 rounds per year. I don't know how much this is and how difficult it will be to get a tee time or a walk-up during the week, but I do know that this is higher than some of the other clubs I've looked at.

2. Pinetree - Great conditions and quality of the course. Practice facilities and range is much better than Rivermont. They also have tennis and a pool and a more updated clubhouse. Same distance/time away as Rivermont (well, it may be about 5 minutes shorter depending on the time of day). Only hesitation here is that my dad is moving back to Georgia in about 2 years and I've considered the idea of switching clubs (unless I'm in love with a club) to play with him weekly. I don't know how quickly I would grow tired of playing the same course for 5+ years in a row. But with their cheap initiation fees and monthly dues, making a switch to here isn't a barrier. They said they get ~26,000 rounds per year

3. The Standard Club - by far the best course I've played while searching for a club. The facilities, course, clubhouse were impeccable. This course is ~10 minutes further away than Pinetree and Rivermont which is really pushing the distance for me (37-45 minutes typically). The biggest hesitation here (aside from the distance) is they seem to be struggling financially. They only have 410 members (16,000 rounds annually -- seemed like I was the only one out on the course when I played which I loved), but the various fees and rates are increasing. Dues are about to increase ~10%, they're about to issue an assessment to members, and when I asked about holding my dues steady for 2 years and whether I could be shielded from assessments for a short period of time, the GM denied that request. The dues are higher here than the other two (not by much though) but the unknown due and assessment increases worry me. Also seems to be an older club (member age) -- not a deal breaker, but something I did notice.

 

Courses I haven't played yet but are financially within range it seems:

1. Berkeley Hills - This keeps coming up as a recommendation, Haven't had an opportunity to get out and play

2. Governors Towne Club - their associate memberships are very affordable compared to the others (a bit less so when you add in the $100/month F&B minimum). Played here over a year ago and I remember I really liked it and the facility. 10 minutes further away than Rivermont and Pinetree.

3. Horseshoe Bend - I would have one year in a tier where it's financially in line with the other clubs, but then it jumps $200/mo. I've asked if we could be tiered based on my fiance's age and am hoping that there can be an exception made. If not then I have to exclude this club. If so, then this enters the mix.

 

Are there any other clubs I'm missing that are out there that would be affordable for me? I'm 31 and my fiance is 3 years younger which puts us in a lot of the young executive / junior categories.

 

Of the courses on the list, what do people think? Any experiences that you've had that I should know about or anything I should consider?

 

Things that are important to me:

1. Quality of the course (lush fairways that are nice to hit off, good layouts, I prefer a bit more isolated and not necessarily lined with homes, greens that are well maintained with no ball marks on the greens)

2. Practice facilities with short game practice areas for chipping and pitching up to 50-100 yards - I know I need to practice to get better so I want an area where I can hit off grass and work on my short game which needs to be worked on.

3. Quick pace of play - I'm tired of 5+ hour rounds at the public courses. I'd like to play a 4 or sub-4 hour round.

4. Members - I'd love to find a group of guys around my age that I could play with and socialize with

5. Financial security - I don't want to be in jeopardy of unexpected thousand dollar plus assessments or increasing costs.

6. Quality of Clubhouse - I'd like a nice bar area with TVs to hang out and spend time with people after a round

7. Other amenities (pool, tennis, fitness) - maybe this could or should be a bit higher, but I do want my finance to be able to come and spend time here if I can't get her to get involved and love golf like I do. I'd also like for a place where I could spend time and do things other than just golf

 

Thanks for any advice or suggestions

 

You might want to look at Ansley/Settindown. A long time ago I played at Settindown when they were building the clubhouse. It's a great course. I haven't been back in quite a while and don't know what the cost would be, but I would guess it's more than you said you wanted to spend. They have a small in-town course as well near the north end of the connector, which would be nice as you live in south buckhead. The drawback for you is the drive north. I found that you hit traffic if you tried to get there in the afternoon. Makes the trip north a day-trip. I'm sure it's only gotten worse. I think you'll face that problem with all the north-side courses.

 

Ansley is going to be a $48k initiation based on his age spread out over until the age of 40. Dues are going to be $440ish, plus capital dues, service fees other golf services fees.

 

Correct, I reached out to them and they were (Limited Intermediate III) $30,000 initiation, $453/month, $65 capital dues, $50 fee for service charge, $20 golf services fee, and maybe even more. I stopped reading after I got past that part.

 

Others that are too expensive that I had asked include: St. Ives (just a bit out of my comfort level at 5k initiation and 379/month dues), Atlanta Athletic Club (40k initiation, 525 dues, 32 F&B, 57 capital contribution), TPC Sugarloaf (11k initiation, 395 dues, 200 quarterly F&B).

 

Marietta Country Club hasn't responded to me yet so I'm unsure where they sit.

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I didn't want to start a new thread but I thought I'd ask for input here. Live in north midtown / south Buckhead area and am looking to join a club somewhere. Hoping to spend <$340 per month with initiation less than $5,000. Needless to say, everything that's affordable will be OTP and ~30-40 minutes away depending on traffic.

 

I've played at while looking and am considering:

1. Rivermont - great course conditions and quality. The biggest downside is their range and practice facilities. Short and not that good. As someone who is ~16 handicap, I know that I need to practice and play more to get better. Not sure how much quality practice I can do here. I really enjoy the fact that it seems like you're secluded and don't see houses from the course. Another downside, though not a deal breaker, is that the facilities are dated in appearance and you don't really get to enjoy anything except the golf. Again, not a deal breaker but something I'm considering. They told me they get ~36,000 rounds per year. I don't know how much this is and how difficult it will be to get a tee time or a walk-up during the week, but I do know that this is higher than some of the other clubs I've looked at.

2. Pinetree - Great conditions and quality of the course. Practice facilities and range is much better than Rivermont. They also have tennis and a pool and a more updated clubhouse. Same distance/time away as Rivermont (well, it may be about 5 minutes shorter depending on the time of day). Only hesitation here is that my dad is moving back to Georgia in about 2 years and I've considered the idea of switching clubs (unless I'm in love with a club) to play with him weekly. I don't know how quickly I would grow tired of playing the same course for 5+ years in a row. But with their cheap initiation fees and monthly dues, making a switch to here isn't a barrier. They said they get ~26,000 rounds per year

3. The Standard Club - by far the best course I've played while searching for a club. The facilities, course, clubhouse were impeccable. This course is ~10 minutes further away than Pinetree and Rivermont which is really pushing the distance for me (37-45 minutes typically). The biggest hesitation here (aside from the distance) is they seem to be struggling financially. They only have 410 members (16,000 rounds annually -- seemed like I was the only one out on the course when I played which I loved), but the various fees and rates are increasing. Dues are about to increase ~10%, they're about to issue an assessment to members, and when I asked about holding my dues steady for 2 years and whether I could be shielded from assessments for a short period of time, the GM denied that request. The dues are higher here than the other two (not by much though) but the unknown due and assessment increases worry me. Also seems to be an older club (member age) -- not a deal breaker, but something I did notice.

 

Courses I haven't played yet but are financially within range it seems:

1. Berkeley Hills - This keeps coming up as a recommendation, Haven't had an opportunity to get out and play

2. Governors Towne Club - their associate memberships are very affordable compared to the others (a bit less so when you add in the $100/month F&B minimum). Played here over a year ago and I remember I really liked it and the facility. 10 minutes further away than Rivermont and Pinetree.

3. Horseshoe Bend - I would have one year in a tier where it's financially in line with the other clubs, but then it jumps $200/mo. I've asked if we could be tiered based on my fiance's age and am hoping that there can be an exception made. If not then I have to exclude this club. If so, then this enters the mix.

 

Are there any other clubs I'm missing that are out there that would be affordable for me? I'm 31 and my fiance is 3 years younger which puts us in a lot of the young executive / junior categories.

 

Of the courses on the list, what do people think? Any experiences that you've had that I should know about or anything I should consider?

 

Things that are important to me:

1. Quality of the course (lush fairways that are nice to hit off, good layouts, I prefer a bit more isolated and not necessarily lined with homes, greens that are well maintained with no ball marks on the greens)

2. Practice facilities with short game practice areas for chipping and pitching up to 50-100 yards - I know I need to practice to get better so I want an area where I can hit off grass and work on my short game which needs to be worked on.

3. Quick pace of play - I'm tired of 5+ hour rounds at the public courses. I'd like to play a 4 or sub-4 hour round.

4. Members - I'd love to find a group of guys around my age that I could play with and socialize with

5. Financial security - I don't want to be in jeopardy of unexpected thousand dollar plus assessments or increasing costs.

6. Quality of Clubhouse - I'd like a nice bar area with TVs to hang out and spend time with people after a round

7. Other amenities (pool, tennis, fitness) - maybe this could or should be a bit higher, but I do want my finance to be able to come and spend time here if I can't get her to get involved and love golf like I do. I'd also like for a place where I could spend time and do things other than just golf

 

Thanks for any advice or suggestions

 

You might want to look at Ansley/Settindown. A long time ago I played at Settindown when they were building the clubhouse. It's a great course. I haven't been back in quite a while and don't know what the cost would be, but I would guess it's more than you said you wanted to spend. They have a small in-town course as well near the north end of the connector, which would be nice as you live in south buckhead. The drawback for you is the drive north. I found that you hit traffic if you tried to get there in the afternoon. Makes the trip north a day-trip. I'm sure it's only gotten worse. I think you'll face that problem with all the north-side courses.

 

Ansley is going to be a $48k initiation based on his age spread out over until the age of 40. Dues are going to be $440ish, plus capital dues, service fees other golf services fees.

 

Correct, I reached out to them and they were (Limited Intermediate III) $30,000 initiation, $453/month, $65 capital dues, $50 fee for service charge, $20 golf services fee, and maybe even more. I stopped reading after I got past that part.

 

Others that are too expensive that I had asked include: St. Ives (just a bit out of my comfort level at 5k initiation and 379/month dues), Atlanta Athletic Club (40k initiation, 525 dues, 32 F&B, 57 capital contribution), TPC Sugarloaf (11k initiation, 395 dues, 200 quarterly F&B).

 

Marietta Country Club hasn't responded to me yet so I'm unsure where they sit.

 

Marietta CC is going to be slight step below Ansley. Dues schedule will probably be similar though. Indian Hills would hit your budget, but for items 1-3, they won't be great for you. I think Rivermont and Pinetree are two very good options for what you want. Berkeley is good as well, and depending on how you travel, a Peach Pass investment might help you out there. Same with going up to Pinetree. There are things that I like and don't like about the Rivermont/Pinetree/Berkeley facilities. Of the three, I'd probably go Rivermont, but they are all about level for me. I can't speak to GTC. Standard Club is good, but your concerns there are something to think about. Horseshoe Bend probably is the best in terms of the club atmosphere (F&B, pool, tennis), but you are going to take a jump in the cost like you mentioned.

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I didn't want to start a new thread but I thought I'd ask for input here. Live in north midtown / south Buckhead area and am looking to join a club somewhere. Hoping to spend <$340 per month with initiation less than $5,000. Needless to say, everything that's affordable will be OTP and ~30-40 minutes away depending on traffic.

 

I've played at while looking and am considering:

1. Rivermont - great course conditions and quality. The biggest downside is their range and practice facilities. Short and not that good. As someone who is ~16 handicap, I know that I need to practice and play more to get better. Not sure how much quality practice I can do here. I really enjoy the fact that it seems like you're secluded and don't see houses from the course. Another downside, though not a deal breaker, is that the facilities are dated in appearance and you don't really get to enjoy anything except the golf. Again, not a deal breaker but something I'm considering. They told me they get ~36,000 rounds per year. I don't know how much this is and how difficult it will be to get a tee time or a walk-up during the week, but I do know that this is higher than some of the other clubs I've looked at.

2. Pinetree - Great conditions and quality of the course. Practice facilities and range is much better than Rivermont. They also have tennis and a pool and a more updated clubhouse. Same distance/time away as Rivermont (well, it may be about 5 minutes shorter depending on the time of day). Only hesitation here is that my dad is moving back to Georgia in about 2 years and I've considered the idea of switching clubs (unless I'm in love with a club) to play with him weekly. I don't know how quickly I would grow tired of playing the same course for 5+ years in a row. But with their cheap initiation fees and monthly dues, making a switch to here isn't a barrier. They said they get ~26,000 rounds per year

3. The Standard Club - by far the best course I've played while searching for a club. The facilities, course, clubhouse were impeccable. This course is ~10 minutes further away than Pinetree and Rivermont which is really pushing the distance for me (37-45 minutes typically). The biggest hesitation here (aside from the distance) is they seem to be struggling financially. They only have 410 members (16,000 rounds annually -- seemed like I was the only one out on the course when I played which I loved), but the various fees and rates are increasing. Dues are about to increase ~10%, they're about to issue an assessment to members, and when I asked about holding my dues steady for 2 years and whether I could be shielded from assessments for a short period of time, the GM denied that request. The dues are higher here than the other two (not by much though) but the unknown due and assessment increases worry me. Also seems to be an older club (member age) -- not a deal breaker, but something I did notice.

 

Courses I haven't played yet but are financially within range it seems:

1. Berkeley Hills - This keeps coming up as a recommendation, Haven't had an opportunity to get out and play

2. Governors Towne Club - their associate memberships are very affordable compared to the others (a bit less so when you add in the $100/month F&B minimum). Played here over a year ago and I remember I really liked it and the facility. 10 minutes further away than Rivermont and Pinetree.

3. Horseshoe Bend - I would have one year in a tier where it's financially in line with the other clubs, but then it jumps $200/mo. I've asked if we could be tiered based on my fiance's age and am hoping that there can be an exception made. If not then I have to exclude this club. If so, then this enters the mix.

 

Are there any other clubs I'm missing that are out there that would be affordable for me? I'm 31 and my fiance is 3 years younger which puts us in a lot of the young executive / junior categories.

 

Of the courses on the list, what do people think? Any experiences that you've had that I should know about or anything I should consider?

 

Things that are important to me:

1. Quality of the course (lush fairways that are nice to hit off, good layouts, I prefer a bit more isolated and not necessarily lined with homes, greens that are well maintained with no ball marks on the greens)

2. Practice facilities with short game practice areas for chipping and pitching up to 50-100 yards - I know I need to practice to get better so I want an area where I can hit off grass and work on my short game which needs to be worked on.

3. Quick pace of play - I'm tired of 5+ hour rounds at the public courses. I'd like to play a 4 or sub-4 hour round.

4. Members - I'd love to find a group of guys around my age that I could play with and socialize with

5. Financial security - I don't want to be in jeopardy of unexpected thousand dollar plus assessments or increasing costs.

6. Quality of Clubhouse - I'd like a nice bar area with TVs to hang out and spend time with people after a round

7. Other amenities (pool, tennis, fitness) - maybe this could or should be a bit higher, but I do want my finance to be able to come and spend time here if I can't get her to get involved and love golf like I do. I'd also like for a place where I could spend time and do things other than just golf

 

Thanks for any advice or suggestions

 

You might want to look at Ansley/Settindown. A long time ago I played at Settindown when they were building the clubhouse. It's a great course. I haven't been back in quite a while and don't know what the cost would be, but I would guess it's more than you said you wanted to spend. They have a small in-town course as well near the north end of the connector, which would be nice as you live in south buckhead. The drawback for you is the drive north. I found that you hit traffic if you tried to get there in the afternoon. Makes the trip north a day-trip. I'm sure it's only gotten worse. I think you'll face that problem with all the north-side courses.

 

Ansley is going to be a $48k initiation based on his age spread out over until the age of 40. Dues are going to be $440ish, plus capital dues, service fees other golf services fees.

 

Correct, I reached out to them and they were (Limited Intermediate III) $30,000 initiation, $453/month, $65 capital dues, $50 fee for service charge, $20 golf services fee, and maybe even more. I stopped reading after I got past that part.

 

Others that are too expensive that I had asked include: St. Ives (just a bit out of my comfort level at 5k initiation and 379/month dues), Atlanta Athletic Club (40k initiation, 525 dues, 32 F&B, 57 capital contribution), TPC Sugarloaf (11k initiation, 395 dues, 200 quarterly F&B).

 

Marietta Country Club hasn't responded to me yet so I'm unsure where they sit.

 

Marietta CC is going to be slight step below Ansley. Dues schedule will probably be similar though. Indian Hills would hit your budget, but for items 1-3, they won't be great for you. I think Rivermont and Pinetree are two very good options for what you want. Berkeley is good as well, and depending on how you travel, a Peach Pass investment might help you out there. Same with going up to Pinetree. There are things that I like and don't like about the Rivermont/Pinetree/Berkeley facilities. Of the three, I'd probably go Rivermont, but they are all about level for me. I can't speak to GTC. Standard Club is good, but your concerns there are something to think about. Horseshoe Bend probably is the best in terms of the club atmosphere (F&B, pool, tennis), but you are going to take a jump in the cost like you mentioned.

 

Horseshoe is a morgue.

 

Are you really that upset about a range? I mean it’s a freaking driving range dude. Your list should be in this order...

 

1. Members - atmosphere - games

2. Tee time availability

3. Member tournament availability (NO LOTTERYS)

4. Course conditions - most private clubs are very similar - up and down - pros and cons - unless you upgrade significantly

5. Clubhouse

 

I’ve been a member of a really nice club, which sucked honestly. Members were mostly huge DBAGS. Everyone uptight, etc.

 

I’m now at a lower level private club (like a rivermont/Berkeley) and its way better. Members are cool as shyt, games galore, etc. so much more relaxed.

 

 

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