Which Category of Membership is right for me?

For established Members, this question's probably quite an easy one to answer. Experience and personal preference will dictate the most appropriate membership category. For example, if you want voting rights and all the other benefits of being a KGC Member, and if you want to play on a Saturday, including all applicable competitions, then Full Membership's for you. Among our gents, that's overwhelmingly the first choice, and being a private members' club, that's how it will probably always be.

But what if you're new to the Club, or even new to Golf? While we've tried to make it as simple as possible, we can't avoid having a potentially confusing matrix of offers. The good news, if you can navigate your way through it, is that there's a package that's right for your own lifestyle...but let's see if we can steer you in the right direction.

So where to start?

The membership experience at Knaresborough is definitely not one size fits all. For example, if you're after the odd game and no emotional or social link up with a golf club, then simply paying green fees might well be for you. Find our guide rates here.

If, on the other hand, you want to play more than very occasional golf, and you want to gain or hold your handicap, participate in competitions and enjoy the social side, just paying and playing isn't for you.

The next step up is our Flexible Membership package that starts at only £299 for 2017 (from April 1st). This points-based system means you can tailor your expenditure to exactly match the amount of golf you will play in any given year. The starter package gets you in and allocates you 240 points, which is 12 rounds of golf. More points can be added if and when you use up your allocation. You're able to play any time except Saturday mornings and before 8am any day, and you can enter competitions (again not on Saturday mornings, but competitions tend to run all day). For 2017 we've simplified things so that a full round is always 20 points and an 11 hole (or less) round is 12 points, which appeals to those who have less time or want to play the SUmmer Wednesday 11 hole competition. It's hard to provide a break-off point at which you might be better stepping up to a 5, 6 or 7 day Membership. That is entirely up to you. What we'd say though is that if you're playing more than one or two rounds a month, and if you're not seeking Saturday morning golf, then the five or even six day option may suit you better. Then again, for relatively little extra you can enjoy full course and competition access and full Membership privileges with a full 7 day Membership.

Do you get Mondays off?

One more new initiative worth mentioning is our "Monday Only" category, which is intended for people in professions that have Monday's off work. This might include restaurant workers or hairdressers, or just folk who only want one round a week and are happy for that to be on a Monday. The offer, for such people, is staggeringly good value at £230 for a year!

Getting more youngsters playing

Finally, we have specific initiatives aimed at bringing the game to a younger audience. We're pioneering free membership for Juniors up to and including their 15th birthday, followed by a disounted fee structure right up to their 40th birthday.

So if you're under 40, full Membership can be yours for a maximum of £600, which is a deal not to be sniffed at.

If in doubt...ask for advice

The bottom line then, is that rather like modern day ranges of motor car, there is a niche model that's aimed exactly at you. If you'd like help or guidance, please don't hesitate to contact our Club Manager who can advise.