Join the Club(s)

If you are a member of a golf club or are thinking of joining a club, there’s a new trend in private golf clubs, as they endeavor to stay alive in this very tough golf economy. Changes in demographics, aging golf population, more family activities, less disposable income, you name it, many private clubs are in trouble.

Your choice in 2010 can be, “Join one club, full golf privileges at two, three or even four golf clubs. Several local club owners in the region are acquiring clubs in trouble, offering this multiple choice membership.

I got a great deal at Talamore, where my wife and I play, and we can also play the Talamore Resort courses in Pinehurst, and next year, the new Nicklaus designed club at Applecross in Chester County. the Lehigh Valley, four courses put together a group membership plan this year, not sure what will happen in 2010.

Blue Bell owner Bud Hansen has been meeting with several local private clubs, looking to build his golf business. Ron Jaworski took over ownership of Running Deer GC and is managing the River Winds GC just across the Walt Whitman. Keep your eyes and ears open this fall. I think they’ll be even better deals coming along.


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