In response to Jeff about the ball golf comparison - Jeff, the comparison is not to say the prices should be relative, but is more of a "consumer perspective" thing or "perceived value" if you will. We get that this is a club and we are not purchasing a product.
Also, was I wrong to say this is a $30 entry fee with payouts as opposed to the normal $20? I may be mistaken about the itemized breakdown, but what I gather is there was $10 added for fundraising purposes. If this is the case then I think people need to do a lot less complaining! If you are not willing to pay an extra $10 bucks to help fund the first STL "CITY" course, then I don't know what to say. I think the conversation has gotten out of control like the club has amended some past bylaw or changed the entry fee structure...... Fundraisers are sort of a case to case basis, and relative to the amount of money needed to be raised, so I don't think a fundraiser entry fee can be standardized.
Jeff, I get your comment about inflation not affecting membership fees or the STL club as a whole, but again I think it is more about perceived value. Sure, inflation should not directly affect club membership fees, but inflation comes with time, along with increased cost of living etc, etc, etc. In my mind, just because this is a volunteer club, does not mean the membership fee should remain infiniteley stagnant. The cost of membership should be relative to the "value" of having the said membership, and as inflation along with other economic parameters change, so should the cost of a membership. I don't want to get into the economics of it, but I don't think Stubborn was off base to mention membership fees have not increased in quite some time. Should they increase linearly along with inflation, of course not, but a small increase every 10 years or so, that seems reasonable. Basically, $25 dollars is worth less than it used to be, so when we pay $25 for membership, we are inherently paying less and receiving the same "value". Shoot, by the year 2089 we should be able to scrape up a membership fee from the curb on are way to the course.
I am not trying to bust any balls and am up for debate. I get that circumstances vary, and truly don't want the ability to afford playing in a Tourney to be anyone's deciding factor. But I think this debate is more about principle, and some people are feeling gouged. For me, I feel like it is perfectly fair.
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