Typical benefits include reduced or free greens fees, priority tee times, access to club amenities and reduced or free entry to tournaments. However, the benefits a golfer receives by becoming a paying member of a golf club, course or organization vary.
Other frequent club membership benefits include pro-shop discounts, course handicap tracking, discounted or free lessons and dining at the clubhouse. Members at many clubs also receive guest passes that allow friends or family to play the course at a discounted price. Other country club amenities may include tennis courts, weight rooms, clubhouses, restaurants and access to member-only events. Some clubs also allow members to rent the club halls or restaurants for private events, such as weddings.
In addition to individual club and course memberships, some courses participate in membership associations that provide benefits at all courses within the organization. For example, the ClubCorp organization links over 300 clubs across the United States, with various reciprocal benefits for golfers traveling from their home club, as well as hotel and other travel discounts.
The United States Golf Association (USGA) also offers memberships, with benefits including a free hat, the official USGA rule book, special offers and invitations and preferred purchase options for the U.S. Open.