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

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.

Architect's Nine - Sweetens Cove

Sweetens Cove

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 CarolinaCaledonia & True Blue
TennesseeSweetens Cove
California – Rustic Canyon
Washington – Wine Valley
Nebraska – Wild Horse
Michigan – Rackham

12 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. 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

  4. 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!

  5. What is the point of membership? Anyone who has the time and $ to play those nine courses in a single year doesn’t need to bother with a membership, and would want private club amenities …private locker, private dining

  6. Let us not destroy the game by chasing a few more bucks. Golf is a great game because it focuses on the individual and his/her ability/desire to put a little white ball into a small hole hundreds of yards away in the fewest strokes. The demands needed for improvement are character building as well as physically beneficial. The socialization aspects of the game are equally if not more important as who we play with surpasses how well we individually play. Most golfers will never become scratch players yet it is that one long drive, that one 20+ foot putt that brings us back to the game again and again.
    A century ago when Tom Bendelow was spreading golf from coast to coast he recognized those keys features of golf that drew people to “the game”, whether they were young or old, male or female, rich or poor, it was a “game” to be experienced and enjoyed by all. The richness of the playing ground was not preeminent.
    One factor that Bendelow could not have envisioned was the importance of the golf cart to today’s golfing experience.

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