Social media can be a very effective and genuine way to connect with golfers from all over the world. If you like to post about your passion for golf, whether it's on Twitter, Instagram, or golf-focused apps or message boards, eventually someone will interact with what you're posting and connections will be established. It can also lead to invitations to a round at a fellow golf partner's club online if you're visiting their city. Local golf consultant Jake Weaver posts everything related to golf on his Twitter feed and has helped him make many new connections and golf friends, some of whom have invited him to his club (and vice versa).
“I pointed someone to a job application and I was so thankful I got the job that they invited me,” Weaver said. In the end, probably the simplest and most underused method of climbing a private golf course is to simply call the professional shop and ask what is possible. Many private clubs have ambassadors who will welcome potential members for a round; you will have to pay the guest fee. This will work best if you're interested in joining the club, but generally you won't have any commitments other than a conversation with the club's membership director.
Like many classic clubs of its time, Firestone has on-site accommodations for out-of-town members and their guests, including 30 rooms in its huge locker room, spanning two levels with two full-service bars. There are also four-bedroom cabins on the other side of the golf courses. For decades, these have been as private as golf, but this year the club decided to open them on a limited basis to the general public for stay and play packages. The decision was made before the pandemic, which delayed the opening until the end of June.
Instead of a resort with a private club component, we do the opposite: a private club with a small resort component within it. We explore the options to play on the world-famous Los Angeles course. For example, the famous Firestone Country Club offers limited Stay %26 Play packages to the general public. It is a free network of members of golf clubs from all over the world who correspond to each other.
Even so, it might be the best chance to play on a field that you would otherwise never be able to play while supporting a good cause. With millions of Americans stuck at home, the outdoors has attracted attention and the number of participation has skyrocketed for all kinds of activities, such as hiking, cycling and golf. Oh, and as he travels around doing that, he also plays golf as much as humanly possible in his quest to reach eighty for the first time in history. San Diego's Rancho Valencia, a five-star boutique hotel, has no on-site golf component, but offers guests exclusive access to two private clubs in the area, The Farms and Del Mar Country Club.
It certainly helps (or is it mandatory) if you are a near-zero index to play in the amateur or open state. On Instagram, local Michigan golf advisor Noah Jurik posts aerial and terrestrial photographs of golf courses in northern Michigan, and his stunning visuals have helped generate new connections in the sport across the country. As a result, many private clubs have quietly, or not so quietly, started to accept limited outdoor or public games. Now a freelance writer for Golf Monthly, he is dedicated to covering the sport's most journalistic stories.
Mike has 25 years of experience in journalism, including articles on sports such as golf, football and cricket. Equipment sales have skyrocketed to record levels (July was the biggest selling month since the industry began tracking these statistics 23 years ago) and Golf Digest recently reported that “golf is increasing through the COVID-19 pandemic, as it is a perfect outdoor social distancing recreational activity and the retail results confirm what many retailers and PGA professionals have been feeling. It was the first place to host three televised golf events in a single year and has members all over the world. I've always been a muni guy, but I played more private golf clubs in high school than I do now, by a large margin.
As mentioned above, the financial reality of many private golf clubs has been brutal for some time, as they have struggled to attract new members. . .