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Club Membership Suspension

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  Quote khm Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: Club Membership Suspension
    Posted: 25/January/2018 at 13:32
Hi all

My partner is a member of a golf club and has been for about 7 years.

The club is a public restaurant and bar / tavern and a private golf course requiring membership of about $1000 pa. Unusually, they don't seem to have a commitee (and I can't find a constitution). On joining the club you must agree to membership conditions but even on their website where you click "I agree on T&C' there is nothing to agree to.

Recently I lodged a complaint with Liquor Licensing about the Club and seemingly as a result of that my partner's membership was suspended. I say 'seemingly' because the way he discovered the suspension had occured was when he went to play at another course and his golf link card (a national card system which enables you to access your handicap and to play at reciprocal clubs) was invalid.

He called his home club and was told his membership had been suspended.

This seems extremely heavy handed...imposing a severe penalty such as suspension without even being informed of an allegation against you which could lead to a hearing of some kind...which could lead to a suspension?

It's hard to understand what the reason for suspension is apart from petty revenge for my LL complaint.

I wrote and asked the manager for the membership terms and conditions but he will not supply them.

The manager of the Club (ie manager of the licensed premises as they do not seem to have a club captain) wrote and said this matter would be resolved if partner attended a meeting.

He is quite reluctant to go to a meeting given he has no idea of the allegation, the manager is not communicating with him etc.

The membership includes affliation fees and is part of Sth East Qld District Golf Assoc.

Isn't it some sort of breach of contract to pull the pin on a paid membership? Let alone terms of natural justice etc ect

Any info much appreciated.

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  Quote citizen-joe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25/January/2018 at 14:49
You wrote to the club manager and he refused to tell you the reason, that is correct because you are not the member, privacy rules would apply in that case.

They want your partner to go to a meeting where the mater will be discussed. It is up to your partner whether they attend or not.

Without knowing the real reason for the suspension you will not be able to bring any action against the club.

Perhaps you should back off and let your partner handle this, if they wish to do so.

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  Quote khm Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25/January/2018 at 15:00
The manager did not cite privacy reasons for a refusal to supply the club's membership terms and conditions. These should be freely available to any member or prospective member.

I would note that the manager had no concern about privacy at all when he suspended the golf link card without notice thus the member having public embarassment at not being able to play in tournament due to not being able to access his handicap.

I think 'not knowing the reason" is begging the question I am asking how this action can be taken arbitrarily, without notice and with no communication from the club manager.

Normally clubs are bound by a set of rules how punishments are inflicted and misconduct is not alleged by one person without any hearing and punishment imposed.

My partner will go to a meeting but he would like to know the ground he is on first.



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  Quote citizen181 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25/January/2018 at 17:42
Without knowing all o the circumstances I would first suggest you contact Golf Queensland and ascertain the status of the particular club. They also have a number of universal policies that I would expect affiliated clubs to abide by, worth a phone call.

Edited by citizen181 - 25/January/2018 at 17:42

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  Quote khm Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25/January/2018 at 18:31
Hi thanks.

I have been trying to look up the structure of Golf Australia or SEQDGA to see if they have an 'umbrella' type policy that encompasses the rights of members at individual clubs. (I'm presuming because the home club is paid affliate fees a universal or guiding policy would apply)

As you say, definitely worth a phone call however I haven't been sure how to approach the matter directly with them....and don't want to stir a possible hornet's nest and create further issues.

There must be many instances of club memberships (any sport) where people have been suspended arbitraily....and some path to follow?

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  Quote citizen-joe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26/January/2018 at 02:52
KHM take a look at the Queensland Rules for Associations which may apply to the Golf Club.

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