The Vines Lakes 16th hole
The Vines Lakes 16th hole

The Vines Golf and Country Club in Western Australia has introduced a new, modern and progressive Golf Membership structure; a credit-based Membership across all categories.

It is designed to allow greater flexibility for players to suit their current lifestyle, commitments and financial ability, providing three tailor-made options, utilizing the popular credit based system, already adopted by other industries.

“Today’s golfer demands more flexibility to play our courses, and they have a broader range of time slots available to them to play, due to more home-based businesses, elastic work hours, and a growing number of shift workers,” says Mike Stanton, General Manager at the Novotel Vines Resort and Country Club.

“We have responded by allowing them to choose the best times, and prices, by managing their memberships this way.  Why should you pay a premium for playing on a quiet Monday afternoon, instead of in a demand peak time such as Saturday or Sunday mornings?” he asked.

The credits-based membership structure isn’t new to Australian golf, with a handful of clubs having introduced the system in recent years. In essence, members earn or purchase a set number of credits which can be redeemed on a pay-as-you-play basis for a round of golf (at various rates, depending on time/day).  At The Vines, charges in credits are as follows:


  18-holes 9-holes
Off-Peak: Monday-Friday (all day) & Saturday/Sunday (after 11am) on both courses* 2 credits 1 credits
Peak: Weekend Members competitions and Saturday/Sunday (before 11am) on both courses 5 credits 3 credits
Reciprocal 3 credits 2 credits


The Vines are currently offering the following membership packages:

Full Membership: ($3,000, plus joining fee) includes Unlimited credits for golf, Access to International and Domestic reciprocal clubs, Annual resort credit of $400, Second main meal free for any non-member dining with a member in the Members Bar, one dozen golf balls at cost plus GST from the Pro Shop, Free Leisure and Lifestyle membership for spouse/partner living at the same residential address, Free entry into Honour Board events and Member’s competition bookings 8-days in advance.

Flexi Membership: ($2,000, plus joining fee), Receive 200 credits for golf, Access to International & Domestic reciprocal clubs (credit charge applies), Additional credits can be purchased, Members competition bookings 8-days (weekday) and 5-days (weekend) in advance.

Casual Membership: ($1,000, plus joining fee) Receive 100 credits, Unlimited use of non-golfing resort facilities, Additional credits can be purchased, Member’s competition bookings 3-days in advance, Access to International and Domestic reciprocal clubs (credit charge applies).

All memberships include use of the Lakes and Ellenbrook golf courses, fully-equipped gymnasium, four tennis courts (two flood-lit), two squash courts, members swimming pool & BBQ area, access to members change rooms and lockers, access to the Member’s Bar, discounts across the resort including dining, day spa, pro shop & accommodation.

Founded in 1989, and offering world class golfing, home to many prestigious tournaments, and with hundreds of famous golf names having played its courses, the Vines offers 36 holes, with premium Members’ facilities, including Pro Shop, leisure and lessons from beginner to Pro.

To launch this innovative Membership, for a limited time, the Club is offering 14 months membership for the price of 12 months with NO joining fee for a limited time.

For more information, contact The Vines Golf & Country Club on (08) 9297 3000 or email and visit

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