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    At what price does a course go from being a Public course to a "semi private"? For me the number is between $75-100.

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    MarkWDallasTx
    At what price does a course go from being a Public course to a "semi private"? For me the number is between $75-100.

    I don't think it has anything to do with the price of the greens fees.

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    Agree with DG.  There are plenty of "public courses" with very high green fees.

    TT

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    OUTIGER
    Agree with DG.  There are plenty of "public courses" with very high green fees.

    TT

    I have several that fit your description TT in my backyard at Kohler.

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    100-200 here in SoCal.... But if you look around you can find deals.

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    I don't think it has anything to do with the greens fees, but more of how the course operates.  I define a semi-private as a course that sells memberships but also allows non-members to play on the course as well.  

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    I think semi-private refers to it being a private course that also has daily rates.  For example, a country club not far from where I work was struggling a few years ago, so they started opening up tee times for a daily rate.  I play there a couple of times a year and it's nice because it has the feel of a country club without needing to pay the monthly dues.

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    I never feel the greens fee is the breaking point between semi-private and public courses. A semi-private course like the one I belong to has various levels of membership, which then drives a tiered pricing structure for tee times and other amenities. A variety of bonuses can be had with membership that a person walking in off the street wouldn't have access to.

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    Didn't know it had anything to do with green fee's. Figured it had more to do with the course, neighborhood/community , and HOA but maybe I'm wrong.

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    If you think about the meaning of the word, there is no such thing as semi-private.  You either belong to a private club or you are a member at a public club with limited tee times.  With the latter the public is still there and there is no criteria (aside from having the money) for getting on the course.  Though I have heard that there are members areas that are off-limits to the public, locker rooms or dining room for example.

    There are plenty of "country club for-a-day" courses out there.  Perhaps that is what you get when you pay $100+ for a round at an "up-scale" public.

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    I think, smashdn, that there is a difference between upscale public and semi-private.  Here in the Houston area, I would classify the Canongate courses as semi-private because they are primarily a membership club, but one that permits public play as it fits their needs.  An upscale public course is more like the newest Fairfax County, Virginia public course at Lorton--owned and operated by a municipal entity, but charging more for the privilege to play than the majority of that municipal entity's public courses.  It also provides better conditions and a more country-club like experience.

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    It all depends on the price that the course decides it to be, I would imagine.  Depending on how much they can market their course and amenities.  Bethpage, Torrey Pines, & Pebble to name a few public venues, but their rack rates- they are most likely well over  $200.  They have a marketable name now as events have been held on their course proving they are a championship course with space that can hold large events.  The same can work for a semi-private operations...

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    Definitely a perception deal there.  Most of our courses locally run 30-50 bucks.  The nicest semi-private is 75 to play.  The only courses over 100 are down at Turning Stone Casino (resort type courses) and the local private courses (Oak Hill, etc if you can get on).

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    I have played a few public courses that charge way more than $150 per round, and they still have the "public" moniker.  And I have played a few semi-private courses as well that charge much less than some public courses.  No real line of difference, just that some are much nicer and can charge the extra price.