I spent two years in London, in 2012 joined a "prestigious" club with two great golf courses, well maintained. I ended my membership 4 months within having joined, $5000 flushed down the toilet. Spent 3 months not playing golf over the winter, then joined a more traditional golf club that April, ho-hum layout, so-so conditions. I absolutely loved it.
The difference? The people I met and the friends I made.
You can have all the bells and whistles, but if you don't have good people to share the experience with? You might as well spend the rest of your life hitting balls on the range.