Joining a golf course is like moving from a casual friendship with the game into a committed relationship and it is a step that almost all seasoned golfers will cross in the quest of a lower handicap.
Sure, joining a golf course may save you money but for many serious golfers it constitutes so much more. Joining a golf course is like an admission to yourself that you want to make a further commitment in the game. A golf membership is also needed to get a handicap or play in tournaments.
Of course the fundamental question you need to ask yourself is how often do you play golf and if you play at least once a week, it will probably save you money but if only play occasionally and are thinking of getting more involved, getting a membership probably won’t make sense straight away, unless you are sure you will use it.