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Both my clubs recognize significant others as members.
No wonder US golf is so expensive, sounds like 70% of the club aren’t paying full subs with juniors and seniors getting cheap golf and spouses getting free golf. A single chap in his 50s is getting butchered by all the free loaders.
Kevin the if you don't like it leave doesn't seem appropriate as an answer to a constantly changing business. For many years member retention was a critical issue to clubs , even if today it's not.As to freebies for children til age 27 that's quite generous. Given the demand for tee times in our area. I'm guessing there are some restrictions? For clubs owned by membership they can craft their own rules and regulations but someone who understands logistics ought to be involved. We've see architecture by committee over the last fifty years and for the most part it's been a failure.
As an aside, one of the great benefits we have always offered is to allow junior members (14-17) who have been "certified" by the pro (for etiquette and basic golf skills) to bring their non-member friends as guests for a low guest fee (something like $10-15). My sons enjoyed taking their friends out for afternoon rounds via this policy. We also open the course to the local high school's boys and girls golf team...another way to invest in the future of the club.