PGA Tour Partners Club

PGA Tour Partners Club

Post by Alex Murfe » Wed, 25 Nov 1998 04:00:00


I just received a mailing to join this PGA Tour Partners Club.. Offer
includes a magazine subscription, free equipment testing, etc.
It's being endorsed by Tom Lehman.

Anyone else seen or heard anything good/bad about this?

 
 
 

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Post by Darry » Thu, 26 Nov 1998 04:00:00

I belonged for about a year.  I liked the semi-monthly magazine, but they're
a pretty *** direct mail organization.  They'll send you videos and
such, and then ask you to pay for them.  When you come up for renewal,
instead of standard renewal solicitations, they'll send you official looking
and sounding documents, saying ominous things like "Your benefits have now
been suspended.  Don't make us come after you, boy."  Hahahaha.  But they
did dun me mercilessly for renewal.  I decided not to.

Despite my problems, the $24 annual price is probably worth the yearly pass
to any one PGA Tour event.  I used mine for the first day of the TOUR
Championship.

Darryl

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>I just received a mailing to join this PGA Tour Partners Club.. Offer
>includes a magazine subscription, free equipment testing, etc.
>It's being endorsed by Tom Lehman.

>Anyone else seen or heard anything good/bad about this?


 
 
 

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Post by JoePe » Thu, 26 Nov 1998 04:00:00

I'm not sure the whole history of PGA Tour Partners, but from what I am
familiar with, I can say this. The Tour Partners Club is now owned by I believe
CompuCuard International, which took over the North American Outdoor Group, the
folks who brought you North American Hunter and Fisher magazines and clubs. If
you are familiar with those then you will understand the PGA Tour Partners
Operation.

NAOG tried to start its own golf organization  (American Golf Association or
something like that) Eventually they realized the benefit of latching onto the
struggling Tour Partners Club and cut the deal.

Why do they want a club? As most of us can probably attest, there is a lot of
money in marketing to golfers, not just golf items mind you, but insurance,
credit cards etc. Then of course there is the value in "owning" the names and
addesses of few hundred thousand golfers and selling them to other direct
marketers, magazines etc.

Its being "endorsed" by Tom Lehman is hardly meaningful. It's a paid
endor***t for one. Second, a few years ago, the American Golf Association
used Jack Nicklaus' face on its mailing. I guess Tom turned out to be a bigger
draw than Jack because they've stuck with him for a few years now.

At $24, for the six issues of the magazine, the pass to a tour event, and they
might have a discount program (with lots of restrictions applying) -- I'm not
sure of their current offer. The offer is OK, maybe even valuable. Don't count
on winning anything in the giveaways or necessarily getting equipment to
review. I have no idea how big the partners club is these days but let's say
its 300,000 or so, it's not too tough to figure the math. You'd probably have a
better shot buying 24 lottery tickets.

I'm not sure where the USGA falls on this now, but I know a few years ago it
suggested that golfers participating in the equipment review may be forfeiting
their amateur status because they were being compensated (given equipment) for
their golf-related opinions.

Also expect to see a decent influx of junk mail and offers. Remember anything
anyone sends you without your request, you don't have to pay for it in order to
keep it. For example if you get a book in the mail that says you can review it
free for 10 days. If you don't like it send it back; otherwise send them $20 or
whatever, as long as you did not request the book, you can keep it free.
Marketers do this from time to time because people are more likely to buy
something once in their hands. The number of people who actually keep the book
and don't pay is offset by the increased sales from this method over just
sending a little mailing.

The bottom line is there are some good things about the club, just don't get
caught up in all the marketing hype.

 
 
 

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Post by Joe Cartpat » Thu, 26 Nov 1998 04:00:00

Magazine is OK, plus you get a cool bag tag :-)
I haven't taken advantage of ticket discounts, etc. - but they would
certainly make it worth the annual fee.
My only gripe about the magazine: They have one section devoted to testing
various golf equipment by non-professionals. I have yet to see one negative
comment about anything they tested, so I would consider any recommendation
to be suspect.
Quote:

>I just received a mailing to join this PGA Tour Partners Club.. Offer
>includes a magazine subscription, free equipment testing, etc.
>It's being endorsed by Tom Lehman.

>Anyone else seen or heard anything good/bad about this?

 
 
 

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Post by Dan Driscol » Thu, 26 Nov 1998 04:00:00

Generally this is correct, but I believe that a clause in the membership
agreement says that they can send you items unsolicited and you do agree
to either pay for or return those items. Return is at their expense, of
course. Agreeing to the membership terms overides the federal law that
allows you to keep unsolicited material. Of course, this doesn't apply
to other companies who purchased the mailing list.

I believe you can bypass this issue by informing them in writing that
you do not wish to recieve unsolicited books, tapes, etc. from the club.

Good Golf
Dan

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> Also expect to see a decent influx of junk mail and offers. Remember anything
> anyone sends you without your request, you don't have to pay for it in order to
> keep it. For example if you get a book in the mail that says you can review it
> free for 10 days. If you don't like it send it back; otherwise send them $20 or
> whatever, as long as you did not request the book, you can keep it free.
> Marketers do this from time to time because people are more likely to buy
> something once in their hands.

<snip>
 
 
 

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Post by Milo » Fri, 27 Nov 1998 04:00:00

I was a member for a year...
I never recieved ONE damn thing from them except the magazine. No
products to test or anything. Not even a sleeve of balls to try.
Magazine was OK, but Golf Digest and Golf Magazine are better.

When I didnt renew they sent me some kind of threatening suspended
benifits crap.
Big deal

Milo

Quote:

> I just received a mailing to join this PGA Tour Partners Club.. Offer
> includes a magazine subscription, free equipment testing, etc.
> It's being endorsed by Tom Lehman.

> Anyone else seen or heard anything good/bad about this?

 
 
 

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Post by bi.. » Thu, 10 Dec 1998 04:00:00

I have found their latest out source vendor to be very poor.  I had to call
several times to get benefits.  Their yearly money competition has basically
fallen apart and I have never received an item to test either. So much for
being a "charter" member.  I recently signed up for the lifetime membership as
I use the free ticket to pay for admittance to the Kemper Open.  The rain
jacket has solicitated a few comments  from people wanting to know if I am tour
player (haha).

bill

 
 
 

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Post by MindSpring Use » Sun, 13 Dec 1998 04:00:00

so you're a "charter" member too?  I joined last year and wasn't all that
thrilled with more junk mail filing into my trash can.  that membership fee
is better spent on practice balls or another round of golf.  the free ticket
is a nice touch though.
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>I have found their latest out source vendor to be very poor.  I had to call
>several times to get benefits.  Their yearly money competition has
basically
>fallen apart and I have never received an item to test either. So much for
>being a "charter" member.  I recently signed up for the lifetime membership
as
>I use the free ticket to pay for admittance to the Kemper Open.  The rain
>jacket has solicitated a few comments  from people wanting to know if I am
tour
>player (haha).

>bill