Artisan refers to a form of membership class in a golf club that has restricted rights for a minimal fee. These membership classes are being offered to the working class that wish to play golf, but does not have the ability to be a member of a clubhouse. They often have a separate competition and usually perform unpaid maintenance of the golf course. Artisan club normally negotiates the use of the golf course with the private members of the club and is a separate organization.
Origin of Artisan
Playing golf in a private golf club is expensive. Before a person is allowed to play, one has to pay a membership fee that covers the use of the golf course, maintenance, cabby ride, among others, thus, members are often considered from the upper class. However, the growing number of working class showing interest in playing golf, pave way to the creation of artisan clubs. The artisan clubs gave these working classes the opportunity to play affordable golf on great courses.
History of Artisan
The first recorded artisan’s golf club was established in 1888 at the North Devon GC. J.H. Taylor was the green keeper around this time was the co-founder and first chairman of the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA). He was then named the team captain for the Great Britain Ryder Cup in 1933, winning against United States. The growing popularity of artisan gradually spread throughout the country. The artisan’s golf club was created as a form of associate membership organization for existing golf clubs.
How Artisan Works?
Since the artisans golf club pays a lower fee as compared to the full-pledge regular members, members of artisan has to perform extra services in exchange for getting affordable rate. These extra services are helping to maintain the course, assist the golf clubs staff, raking bunkers, repair pathways, among others. These are monthly work services that they have to perform. In return, artisans can play socially and join golf competitions. They also have matches where artisans compete with other artisans or against their parent club.