Which Category of Membership is right for you?

Golf Club Membership used to be a simple matter... one size fitted all... just like the old Model T, you could have any colour as long as it was black! Nowadays it's refreshingly different. Progressive clubs such as Knaresborough offer something for varied pockets and lifestyles. After all, the needs of the avid "golfing nut" are not the same as those of the newcomer or occasional "dabbler."

To help you through the confusion of offers (we really do try to keep it simple!), here's a bit of assistance. And if, after all the deliberating your chosen category doesn't suit, you can change it at any time.

Experience and personal preference will dictate. For example, if you want the benefits of being a KGC Member, including voting rights, and if you want to play on a Saturday, including all applicable competitions, then seven day Membership's for you. Among our gents, seven day membership is the most popular, and being a private Members' club, that's how it will probably always be.

So, having chosen the right golf club, let's see if we can help you along the road to your perfect golfing experience.

Where to start?

Pay and Play

If 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. However, if you really are after just the odd game and don't want the golf club membership experience, then simply paying green fees might just be right for you. Find our guide rates here.

Flexible (points-based)

Down to Membership then, the "entry level" offering is our Flexi package that starts at only £360 for 2020 (from April 1st). This points-based system means you can tailor your expenditure to closely 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, even at peak times. 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 several competitions (again not on Saturday mornings, but competitions tend to run all day). One restriction is the so-called "Board comps", which are not open to Flexi members. A full round is usually 20 points, except Sundays through Thursdays between 1.30 and 3.30pm (April 1 -Oct 31) when it's only 15 points. 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. So if you only want to play the 11 holer each summer week, you can play 12 a year for a basic Flexi membership.

Flexi allows you to buy more points in the event that you use yours up (many people do!).

In 2019 we made things simpler (and better value) by adding FlexiPLUS membership, which for just £680 offers 645 points, so 32 peak time rounds, albeit with the same restrictions as Flexi. Find terms and conditions here. The flier is here.

5, 6 or 7 day

The more traditional membership, which is offered on a 5, 6 or 7 day basis, 5 being weekdays, 6 including Sundays and ... you get the picture. 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. And once again this year we've thrown in three guest vouchers (value £60) so you can enjoy a fourball with friends or family.

That's it. Those are the foundations. You can find information about age-related discounts and other products on our main membership page, here.

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 £273 for a year!

Getting more youngsters playing

Finally, we have specific initiatives aimed at bringing the game to a younger audience. We're offering a £55 membership fee for Juniors up to and including their 15th birthday, followed by a discounted fee structure right up to their 40th birthday.

So if you're under 40, full Membership can be yours for a significant discount, which is a deal not to be sniffed at.

If in doubt... please ask

The bottom line then is that our breadth of prices and categories means there's very likely to be something just for you. If you'd like help or guidance, please don't hesitate to contact our Club office for advice.