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Country Club or Invited, a decision that could dramatically change your personal, professional, and playing career.

If you are reading this article, you're either looking to take the next step in expanding your professional network, finding a facility to support your dedication to athletics, or both. The obvious choice is joining your local country club, but other options may better suit your lifestyle. So today, we will compare the pros and cons of choosing your local country club or Invited, formally ClubCorp, the largest owner and operator of private golf and country clubs in the country, with more than 200 golf and country clubs worldwide.

Both Invited and your local country clubs offer members a wide variety of amenities and benefits. Still, there are some key differences to consider when deciding which option is right for you.

One major benefit of an Invited membership is the ability to access over 200 private clubs across the country. This can be especially useful for frequent travelers or those who have multiple homes in different locations. With Invited, you can enjoy the same privileges and perks at clubs in other cities, giving you a sense of familiarity and continuity no matter where you go.

On the other hand, local country clubs often have a stronger sense of community and local flavor. These clubs are often smaller and more intimate, with a tight-knit group of members who share similar interests and backgrounds. This can create a sense of camaraderie and belonging that may be harder to find at larger, more impersonal clubs.

Another benefit of local country clubs is that they are often more affordable than Invited memberships. Depending on your home Invited club, membership fees will range anywhere from $300 to $500, with an initiation fee ranging from $2,500 to $50,000. That typically covers a few rounds of golf and meals per month and access to the club's amenities. Be aware, added costs and “extras” could push your bill into the stratosphere. 

While reaching these financial commitments are possible at your local country club, dues and fees are typically lower, and there is often a smaller initiation fee. Additionally, local country clubs may offer more flexible membership options, such as pay-as-you-play, seasonal memberships, or dramatically discounted age discounts. 

When it comes to amenities, both Invited and local country clubs typically offer a wide range of activities and facilities. However, invited clubs tend to be larger and more opulent, with more extensive golf courses, tennis courts, and other luxury amenities. Local country clubs may have fewer amenities, but they may be more personal and tailored to the needs and interests of the members.

In summary, Invited and local country clubs both have their own unique benefits. Invited offers a wide range of locations and luxury amenities, while local country clubs offer a strong sense of community and affordability. Ultimately, the decision between the two comes down to your personal preferences and lifestyle. Before you choose, ask yourself these questions:

  • Professionally, how valuable is a local network?
  • Do you need consistency or do you thrive in the unknown?
  • What can you afford financially?
  • What is most beneficial for your family and their needs?

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I needed to hear that country clubs close to home frequently have a better feeling of neighborhood and regional culture. You even added that these clubs frequently have a smaller, more intimate membership with a close-knit group of people who have similar backgrounds and interests. This is great because my husband and I are interested in getting a country club membership now that we both have time to spend on leisure. Also, we love golfing so it’ll be great.

Taylor Abrams

It was interesting when you mentioned that local country clubs tend to have a stronger sense of community and local flavor, which is why they’re often more intimate and tight-knit, creating a sense of camaraderie that can be hard to find at larger clubs. My dad enjoys playing golf, and now that he’s retired, he’s thinking of joining a country club for it. I’ll be sure to help him find a country club he can join with all the services and amenities he needs.

Elina Brooks

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