The Next Iteration of Private Clubs? – The Architect’s Nine Launches

Sweetens Cove

 

The question of growing golf and retaining young players in the game has long been debated. The cost of membership is often a deterrent for younger players, and in turn developers and companies have begun to bundle clubs into a single membership (see McConnell Golf in the Carolinas and ClubCorp across the U.S.). The latest multi-club membership approaches the issue differently by incorporating public courses. It is called The Architect’s Nine.

Billed as a “private club for the public golfer,” The Architect’s Nine is a golf membership that provides access to nine golf courses across the country (see the list below). A membership costs $2,500 per year and members can take guests at 20% off normal green fees.

What do you think about multi-course memberships? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

North Carolina – Tobacco Road & Southern Pines
South Carolina – Caledonia & True Blue
Tennessee – Sweetens Cove
California – Rustic Canyon
Washington – Wine Valley
Nebraska – Wild Horse
Michigan – Rackham

9 thoughts on “The Next Iteration of Private Clubs? – The Architect’s Nine Launches

  1. I don’t know about any of the other
    courses in the Nine, but I played Rustic Canyon last week and it’s a really good course.

  2. I don’t think it will work for the younger golfers. If they don’y have the time or finances to join a local private club, how can they travel to different states.
    It might be of interest to the retired golfer who has the time and money.

    1. I think Ed is right. My wife and I are retired and belong to a ClubCorp club. We enjoy playing other ClubCorp courses in our home area as well as when we travel.

  3. Other than Rustic Canyon, none are really near cities, so can’t imagine young people playing very often.

  4. If the rest of the courses are a flat cow pasture like Rackham, that’s no deal at all. Golf courses can be modest,older courses like Glenhurst in Redford or a newer but not fancy like Downing Farms in western Northville Michigan. Both have green fees in the $25. range

  5. Don’t think any of those courses mentioned are now or have ever been private (never even heard of Rackham in Mich.) so why would anyone want to be part of Architect’s Nine when they can already play those clubs anytime they’re in towns where the courses are located? 6-hole courses will be the future of golf without having to construct new courses! Think less time, less maintenance, less cost equals more interest. Professional players who support 6-hole golf will be a key, just as professionals who play/represent certain brands are key. With the changes in rules making golf more logical for beginners, we may now see increased participation in the game!

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