What is a 'Semi-Private' Golf Course?

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"Semi-private course" is the term applied to golf courses that sell memberships, but also allow non-members to book tee times and play. So a semi-private course combines elements of a country club with elements of a public golf course.

Alternate Spellings: Semi private course, semiprivate course

The term "semi-private course" is one used most commonly in the United States. But many of the famous links of Great Britain, for example, qualify as semi-private.

What benefits do members of a semi-private course receive? Typically, reduced (or waived) green fees, sometimes preferential tee times, and access to other amenities or perks offered by the club.

Non-members can play the golf course, but typically pay higher green fees and might be restricted from entering other parts of the club (swimming pool or tennis courts, for example).

Semi-Private vs. Private Courses

At a private golf course, non-members are typically allowed to play only at the invitation of members. As noted, though, a semi-private course does allow members of the general public to play its golf course.

Semi-Private vs. Public Courses

A public golf course is one that is open to the general public. Public courses typically do not sell memberships, although they might offer deals for discounted rates if golfers buy green fees in bulk (for example, paying a flat monthly fee rather than individual green fees). Semi-private golf courses do offer memberships, and often offer privileges available to members but not to non-members.