Two enterprising golf clubs based in Northumberland have come together to create a new joint membership category.
Morpeth and Stocksfield have formed an ‘Associate Membership, which they believe is the first of its kind between golf clubs in the county, but one that is becoming popular in the rest of the country.
The new arrangement allows members of either club to play and enjoy the benefits of golf club membership at the other free of charge, seven days a week including select competition play.
The objective is to reward loyal members of both clubs by providing added value to their membership fees.
Roger Jones, secretary/manager at Stocksfield GC, said: “We have been thinking of this concept for a while as part of our strategy to retain loyal members by giving them greater value for money.
“It was beneficial to find a like-minded management team at Morpeth who embraced the idea as well as it being a top golf course in Northumberland.
“I am sure our members will be delighted and we will be more attractive to golfers considering where to play their golf.”
Terry Minett ,of Morpeth, said: “We share the same values as Stocksfield and a key priority for us is enhancing the value of membership.
“The distance between our two clubs and the different course challenges make this partnership workable.
“Offering our existing members the opportunity to play a different course at no extra charge compliments our strategy and further enhances our membership offer.
“We see it as a win win for both clubs, but most importantly a reward for our loyal members.”
The arrangement is for a trial period of one year and is free to existing members.
New members joining either club from today who want to enjoy Associate Membership, will pay a one off registration fee of £25.
Associate members can also bring guests at the home club member’s guest rate.
For further details of the scheme and membership opportunities contact: Roger Jones, secretary/manager, Stocksfield Golf Club on (01661) 843041, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.stockfieldgolflcub.cu.uk or call Terry Minett, general manager at Morpeth Golf Club on (01670) 504942, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.morpethgolf.co.uk