When you are considering joining a country club you may be holding some outdated ideas in your head. That’s okay. But golf clubs today are a lot different than they were 10 years ago. Here are the myths that should be put to rest on what being a member of a club is really all about.
Myth 1: Clubs are only for old rich guys who live exclusively for golf.
The truth: Many clubs have added a ton of amenities to diversify activities and a lot of them are meant to be kid and family-friendly. For example, Rogue Valley Country Club in Medford, Oregon has a Sports Center and offers things like tennis, pickleball, mini golf, a batting cage, a heated pool, a basketball court, bocce ball, and ping pong. With so many options, it’s much easier now to bring the whole family to a club and spend the entire day.
Myth 2: You have to be awesome at golf to enjoy a club.
The truth: People who join clubs today are looking for strong social connections and a sense of community. Clubs know this and offer lots of ways to meet people who you may have similar interests with. There are plenty of scheduled activities you might expect, like wine tastings and special holiday gatherings, but the offerings have certainly branched out considerably.
RVCC members build community with several unique events held throughout the year. These include things like Rhythm on the Range, an evening of music, dancing, food, and drinks held under the stars each June, and Gathering at the Oaks, a vintage and rare car show held for charity each September. There are also regular activities like trivia nights, family nights, and kids cooking classes.
Myth 4: The food is bad.
The truth: People who join a club these days expect great and varied culinary options and most clubs have stepped up their dining experiences to meet these expectations. Sharing food together—whether that’s a white tablecloth dinner or yummy bar snacks—is a big part of building community and has thus become more important at many clubs.
Rogue Valley Country Club offers members eight different venues to enjoy food–five indoors and three outdoors. The chefs source ingredients locally and set menus based on what is in season. You can opt for a romantic dinner for two or get everyone’s favorites at the Sports Center Cafe and eat your lunch poolside.
Myth 5: Clubs are SUPER expensive.
The truth: Yes, some clubs cost tens of thousands of dollars to join–but that’s not all clubs. Clubs like RVCC offer several affordable membership options so you can pick the one that works best for your family and your budget. There are other financial things to consider too, like the fact that RVCC has a state-of-the-art fitness center meaning once you join you no longer need a separate gym membership.
The best way to know the truth about a club is to take a tour and see how it feels for you and your family. If you’d like to visit RVCC, we’d love to show you around and answer any questions you have about our wonderful community.