So I got a flyer in the mail from a golf course in Virginia Beach called Kempsville Greens. I've played it a couple of times before. Short, tight, not all that well kept up. Not a horrible course by any stretch, but certainly not a favorite.
Anyway, the flyer introduces their latest "membership" offer (this is a muni). Deal is this: $49 a year (+$10 "processing fee"), three years paid up front gets you unlimited free green fees for three years. So, essentially, you make a one-time payment of $177, and you can play free for three years. No caveats about weekends, holidays, etc.
At first glance it seems like such a no-brainer. I'm even wondering how they can make such an offer.
Then I started thinking about it more. Green fee is free, but cart fee is charged ($9 for nine holes, $16 for 18, so it's not outrageous). But still, if I played it three times a year and walked all three times, I'm looking at $20 a round. I've gotten there twice or three times in 17 years. But sure, if I paid this money I'd go there more, but it's narrow and I really like more wide-open courses. I have a course a mile from my house that charges about $25 to play (maybe $30 on the weekends), cart included. I don't generally walk 18 in the summer when it's ridiculously hot. What if I mess up my knee and can't play, etc. I also don't want to feel obligated to play a course I don't really like much.
I don't know. What do you guys think? Ever heard of anything like this before?