5 Reasons Fall is the Best Time a Year for Golf

Golf green surrounded by mature trees

Wouldn’t it be great if we could comfortably golf all year round like they do at the beach resorts? It’s no secret Mid-Missouri has some pretty harsh winters and summers, but you don’t need to escape to the coasts for some great golfing weather; autumn is the perfect time to come to Old Hawthorne and get a couple of rounds in. Here’s why we feel that fall is the best time for golf in Missouri.

  1. You Can Relax on the Course!
    We all know Missouri weather is temperamental — some fall days can be just as warm and sunny as any day in June or July, but on the course, you don’t have to deal with packed holes in front of and behind you. You’ll get some more time to enjoy your round at your pace and admire the great scenery at Old Hawthorne, especially with the leaves changing. 
  2. Your Game is in Top Shape
    Chances are, you’ve been golfing all summer, and now you’re really hitting your stride, so why stop now? Playing in the fall when you’re in peak shape can push your golf game to places you’ve never been before. This also means less downtime before you start over in the spring again. 
  3. The Greens are in Great Condition
    Our course has undergone a full season of pampering by our grounds team. Not to mention, all grass gets a growth spurt in the fall months, so come enjoy lush greens after a season of grooming and maintenance, without all the people that summer brings.
  4. It’s Perfect Weather
    Missouri summers will have you sweating the moment you step off your golf cart — even the best sportswear can’t stop the summer heat. Some days can be crisp, but it’s a welcome change from the brutal heat and humidity from just a couple of weeks ago. It’s the perfect time to bring out your new golf wear that never sees the greens because it’s always just too hot in the summer months.
  5. Some Days, It’s a Brand New Course
    That brisk autumn wind can work in your favor by making short holes seem long and long holes seem short. A windy day is perfect for challenging yourself to test your knowledge and skills. Some days, when the wind brings a slight chill, you can warm up in the clubhouse with a hot cider or coffee while watching football, instead of the usual cold beer or soda. But we’ll still have the cold beer and soda, just in case. 

There’s nothing better than a quick round or two of golf with friends at Old Hawthorne, no matter the season. With less attendance in the fall, there’s more flexibility with tee times and your pace of play. You really can enjoy the game, work on improving your skills, and enjoy the amazing scenery at Old Hawthorne.

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To Be (A Member) or Not To Be

Social at Old Hawthorne Golf Club in Columbia MO

As an avid golfer, it’s important to have a golf facility that you can tee off at after a long day of work  or as weekend activity with family and friends. Time on the green, however, can get expensive if you don’t have a membership that works for your budget and schedule.

If you’re looking at a golf membership at The Club at Old Hawthorne, you might be pondering which type of membership is best for you and your wallet, or if you should opt out of a membership and simply play a round here and there. 

The short answer? Get a membership — a membership at The Club will save you money in the long haul. As a guest, you are permitted to play up to six rounds of golf a year. With any of our golf memberships, you can play as many rounds as you would like, there’s no limit.

If you’re playing as a guest at The Club, a $65 fee is charged to be paid by the guest, or the member the guest is accompanying. While this fee does seem minute, investing in a golf membership at The Club will allow you to swing on the green more than six times a year (put that $390 towards a membership instead). 

We have several different membership options available at The Club. Now all you have to do is find which one is right for you and your budget. From Corporate to Local Golf, we have a variety of options for you to choose from. Do you (and your wallet) a favor and claim your member today before they’re filled.

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Your Dream Partnership

Men on golf course green shaking hands

Are you looking for more reasons as to why you should get a golf membership? Well, look no further. Your membership can be beneficial to your business. The Club at Old Hawthorne has several amenities to take your potential clients or partners out to persuade them to work with you, but the best deals can be made right on the golf course.

To Land Your New Client

The golf course at The Club features five sets of tees that can accommodate all skill levels. Take your client onto the easy courses for a relaxed game as you discuss the future you two can have together, or impress them with your Arnold Palmer-like skills with a challenging course.

Taking your business deals to the golf course is a great way to work without distractions. It allows you to get to know one another in a relaxed environment, so discussing business won’t be as stressful. If you or your new golf partner needs help with a shot, you can work together to successfully land the ball into the hole. This teamwork can not only help develop a strong business relationship, but a friend for you as well.

Men on golf course green shaking hands

To Bond With Your Team

Not only is the golf course a great place to conduct business, but it’s also a great way to bond with your whole team. Grab your co-workers and head out to the course after a long work day to blow off some steam and strengthen the relationship of the team.

To Climb The Corporate Ladder

You know the saying: “It’s all about who you know.” Time on the golf course can help you network. You can build new connections that could lead to a new friendship, a business deal, or you can meet more people climbing the corporate ladder. The possibilities (and the fun) are endless.

Once you’ve completed your game, celebrate with some drinks — we have those too.

Are you ready to make your business deal? Get your golf membership at The Club today. But you better hurry, memberships are going quick, and you don’t want to miss out on yours.

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Let’s Go To The Club

Family of four posing for camera at Old Hawthorne golf course in Columbia, MO

The Club at Old Hawthorne is the perfect place to spend your days teeing off at our golf facility. With five sets of tees accommodating all skill levels, it’s no wonder The Club is where you want to be, and it’s the perfect place to spend the day with your family.

Family of four posing for camera at Old Hawthorne golf course in Columbia, MO

Golf: The Sport for Everyone 

The Club has several activities to do alone, with your spouse, or with your entire family. Bring your spouse with you during your day on the course and join a couples golf league. The various leagues don’t end with men and couples. Ladies can spend their Tuesday mornings being empowered by other women golfers with The Club’s Ladies League Golf, or they can enjoy the Ladies Social Golf League every other Wednesday evening. 

Do you want to brush up on your skills? With The Club’s lessons accommodating beginners to more advanced players, you’ll have the skills to par like a pro in your couples golf league, or in your respective leagues.

Turn your day on the green into a fun day for the whole family. The Club offers a variety of tournaments, including a parent and junior tournament. Cheer on your kids as they work their way through the course with you, and show them some pointers of your own. A day on the green with your family is a great way to relax and bond with each other. 

Is Golf Not For You?

If golf isn’t the sport for you, don’t worry — we have you covered. Try exploring the tennis and pickleball leagues at The Club. Similar to our golf leagues, our tennis and pickleball leagues also range from beginner to advanced, and of course, social leagues. Try your hand with the Tipsy Tennis league or Courts and Cocktails. We also offer men’s and women’s tennis/pickleball clinics.

The Club at Old Hawthorne offers so much to do beyond golf. The Club at Old Hawthorne is a great place to spend the day with your family, on a date, or for some needed alone time. However you choose to spend the day at The Club, there are several advantages of having a membership at Old Hawthorne.

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What’s up with The Wine Society?

Table set with wine, salad, and other eats

What is it?

The Wine Society is a program offered by The Club at Old Hawthorne that allows members to enjoy drinking and discussing wine. The Wine Society also provides a great way to socialize and network with other wine enthusiasts. The club formally meets four times throughout the year, but members still have the chance to benefit outside the meetings. 

Table set with wine, salad, and other eats

Types of Memberships

The Wine Society offers two levels of membership: tasting and storage, and they offer different levels of benefits to the members. Old Hawthorne offers its customers automatic annual renewals into the same membership unless members indicate they would like to move up or down in their membership. 


Members of The Wine Society at Old Hawthorne have the opportunity to sample new wine during meetings. The members can also purchase their wines and order appetizers created by Old Hawthorne’s executive chef at a discounted price while they socialize. 

The lively social environment created by The Wine Society offers a fantastic location for members to make social and business connections by bonding over common interests, excellent wine, and delicious appetizers. 

All Wine Club Members receive complimentary corkage fees — a fee covering service, when members bring their wine to The Club — while non-wine club members are asked to pay a $10 bottle corkage fee. 

During months when The Wine Society isn’t meeting, members still have the chance to build and curate their wine collections through the help of Old Hawthorne’s bar manager. The wines offered are both reasonably priced and the best seasonal varietals that The Club is offering at the time. 

Wine Society members also receive preferred registration privileges for all wine dinners at Old Hawthorne; this includes the famous Old Hawthorne Progressive Wine Dinner that’s held every year. 

Being a part of Old Hawthorne’s Wine Society is a great way to meet new people who also enjoy wine and dining.

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What’s New in the Golf Shop?

Clean golf clubs in golf bag

As the golf season has already started, the Golf Shop in The Club at Old Hawthorne has received its new season equipment in both merchandise and services.

Clean golf clubs in golf bag

Brand New Clubs & Attire

Like every season, the Golf Shop has received the newest models of American manufactured brands Callaway and TaylorMade top of the line golf clubs. They have also received new shipments of 2020 golf attire in men’s, women’s, and junior’s. Along with their usual supply of Nike, Under Armor, and Fairway & Greene, they also received new shirts from Peter Millar, continuing to make them one of the few stores to carry the brand around Columbia. 

New Technology

The most prominent piece of equipment that Old Hawthrone is excited to share with their members is their updated golf carts they upgraded in April. All of the club’s 50 golf carts are now equipped with GPS. This new advancement will help members navigate the course and can possibly help improve their game by indicating how far the players are from the hole. The GPS also allows members to order lunch off of the 7-inch display screen. Once the golfers pull up to the designated meet-up spot, an Old Hawthorne worker will bring the order out to the respectable cart. The club is excited to offer these upgraded carts as they will be the only golf course in Columbia to provide these advanced carts. 

What To Expect

Members can expect to continue shopping for the newest collections from some of the highest-rated golf attire and equipment companies. They will also get to experience the newly upgraded golf carts and see for themselves how the carts can benefit not only the game but also the excellent experience that Old Hawthorne strives to offer every member they serve.

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Family Fun at Old Hawthorne

Two young boys putting on the Old Hawthorne golf course

Though this summer may not be “life as normal,” Old Hawthorne is trying to make it just as enjoyable as any summer by offering families ways to spend time together outside of their house safely. Many of the precautions implemented by Old Hawthorne are choices that give members the option to decide what they are and are not comfortable doing while at the club. 

Two young boys putting on the Old Hawthorne golf course


Old Hawthorne’s golf courses are still open to its members. Members may now choose if they’d like to ride in a golf cart by themself, or with another member or guest that is not a family member. Golfers can sign up to use the practice ranges for 15 minutes before heading out onto the green. Players can golf as they usually would and have the ability to choose where to leave the flagstick in the hole or remove it at their convenience. Water coolers will also be available throughout the course. 

Tennis + Pickleball

The tennis and pickleball courts are open for clinics and lessons with the Old Hawthorne staff — with only six members to one instructor, and personal lessons are always available. During the time on the court, members can now handle the balls while participating during lessons. 

Fitness Center

Members are expected to clean machines once they are done using them. Cleaning supplies will be provided in the gym, and the fitness center will also be closed from 12 until 1 p.m. for daily deep cleaning. The water fountain will be available in the center for all members to use along with towels. Members will also be able to use mats but are expected to wipe them down before and after use. 


The Old Hawthorne pool is no longer requiring reservations during weekday use, and the capacity has extended to 100 people at a time. Guests are allowed on weekdays at any time of the day. Weekends, however, will continue to require reservations with a 100 person capacity per swim period. Families should only sign up for their own family for the swim period they’d like to attend. No guests will be allowed on weekends. 

Bar & Grill

The dining facilities will also be open to the members of the club. Old Hawthorne asks that before sitting, that guests check-in at the bar or with the hostess. Private events of up to 100 people and under are open for booking. 

While this summer may not be going the way anyone planned, it’s important to find safe and fun ways to spend time with family, and of course, Old Hawthorne is here to help. 

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ClubCorp Benefits

Man taking a shot toward the green at Old Hawthorne golf club

Along with the benefits that The Club at Old Hawthorne members gain by joining, they also receive complimentary access to the ClubCorp Network. 

Man taking a shot toward the green at Old Hawthorne golf club

Types of Memberships

ClubCorp Network is a network that provides club members benefits outside of their home clubs. Old Hawthorne offers two types of memberships: the basic level also referred to as “ClubBenefits,” is included for any Old Hawthorne members with Athletic, Sports/Sports Plus, or Golf memberships. The second type of ClubCorp membership is offered to golf members who can upgrade to the Signature Gold Unlimited membership. 

Basic Level Benefits

Old Hawthorne members have access and privileges to the 300+ clubs that are a part of the ClubCorp network. These benefits can be broken down into four categories: golf, dining/social, athletics, and lifestyle, which members can take advantage of while traveling. 

Golfing benefits include two rounds of golf per club with preferred green fee rates. Members will be able to book tee times up to 14 days in advance and have access to rental clubs — any fees may apply. 

Members can also dine for up to two meals per club per month — menu pricing applies. 

Traveling members will also have access to pools, work out facilities, and tennis/racquetball courts at the clubs that they visit two times per club per month. 

Members will also have access to the best tickets for sporting events, concerts, and theater productions. They will also have exclusive offers as part of the Experience Packages — events like Masters Tournament, the US Open, Super Bowl, and Preferred hotel and resort pricing, to name a few.  

Signature Gold Unlimited Upgrade

Golf members who choose to upgrade their ClubCorp membership will receive more benefits, making traveling seamless and worthwhile. 

Individuals under this membership receive two complimentary green fees per club per month. Unlimited Members can reserve tee times 30 days in advance, and have complimentary use of Taylor Made rentals at any of the ClubCorp represented clubs. 

While dining at out-of-town clubs, these members have the chance to redeem two complimentary four-course meals at any dining, business, and/or social clubs. These members can utilize workspaces in the clubs, and have access to food and drink beyond the two free meals. 

Members will also have two complimentary access passes to pools, athletic facilities, and tennis/racquetball courts per club per month. 


Any members of the Athletic, Sports/Sports Plus, or Golf memberships at The Club at Old Hawthorne will have a complimentary basic-level membership to the benefits the ClubCorp Network offers. 

Golf members who travel often and will utilize the benefits may find upgrading to the premium membership worthwhile. After joining the club, golf members will receive a 30-day open enrollment period where they can decide to upgrade their membership. During this period, the initiation fee will be waived, and only the monthly payment will be required. 

Old Hawthorne’s partnership with the ClubCorp Network allows members to experience the benefits and enjoyments of country clubs while away from home.

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The State of Golf

Father and sons hitting golf balls at Old Hawthorne driving range

Over the last few years, the golf community has seen an influx of players. There has been an increase in diverse junior players who are now taking an interest in the sport. The millennial generation is also taking an interest in golf and they now make up one-third of the golfers in the U.S. These groups of people approach golf for the experience rather than the game itself.

One reason that the game of golf is becoming more popular with younger generations is because of the alternative golf courses, like TopGolf, that have popularized the sport as a fun activity where friends and families can play, drink, and eat all in the same area.

Golf foundations and clubs like the Columbia Golf Foundation make it their goal to help golf become more accessible to youths in their community. They are another big reason why golf is becoming  more popular. By offering summer camps, school programs, and golf clinics, CFG has made golf more approachable and readily available to young aspiring golfers.

Golf offers many benefits for all ages, but for children, it creates good habits and values. Golf gives children an excuse to get outside and be active in the fresh air regularly. Golf is an inclusive sport, as well as accepting any gender, race, or size/height there is unlike most contact sports. Golf is becoming more accessible to those with physical disabilities or handicaps through single rider golf carts that support their rider in a standing position to perfect their swing, or with attachments that help someone handle their clubs.

Golf can also help children develop problem-solving skills as they have to decide what club, swing, and trajectory will best help them achieve a perfect score. These skills can easily be transitioned into bettering their work for school or for problems they want to solve to better their communities.

Because of its accessible nature and the growing technological advances, golf is a great bonding experience for any family looking to spend some fun time together.

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The Club for Kids: Upcoming Events in July

The Club at Old Hawthorne has just as much to offer their young members as it does their older ones. This summer, Old Hawthorne is holding three camps/workshops for the children and grandchildren of their members. 

Junior Golf

Old Hawthorne’s beautiful golf course is probably what it’s best known for, and this summer, children from the ages of 5 to 11 have the chance to experience the course for themselves. Junior Golf Camp offers a friendly environment for its young attendees to learn golf, play games, and allow participants to utilize their new skills while competing for prizes provided by the camp. Campers will be broken up into small groups to help facilitate learning and work as COVID-19 protection. Junior golfers will have lunch provided for them through Old Hawthorne. 

The final Junior Golf Camp begins June 30. To register your child, click here, and make sure you are logged into your membership account on the Old Hawthorne website. 

Junior Tennis

The goal for all junior players is to create skills to help them play competitively. Players will learn how to play strategically, thinking tactically, and overall understanding of tennis point construction. Junior tennis takes place Tuesday through Friday, with the day being split up by players age. Saturdays are match days for junior and high school players. Your child can sign up in one, two, or three week sessions. 

Junior tennis players will also be invited to Kids Fun Nights, which happens every other Friday night. This is a two-hour event involving sports, food, and fun themes for players to participate in. Players also have the chance to win the grand prize of the night through fun games, drills, and team-building exercises. Attendees are asked to bring their own racquet to the event. To sign your child up monthly, email tennis@oldhawthorne.com.

Camp Old Hawthorne

Camp Old Hawthorne is organized through K-E Camps, an organization that hosts camps throughout 150 country clubs in the United States. Old Hawthorne is happy to offer the camp to the children and grandchildren of members who are between the ages of 5 and 10. 

Campers will have the opportunity to use Old Hawthorne facilities like the pool and parts of the golf course. They have the opportunity to choose between bringing lunch from home or eating at camp provided by the Old Hawthorne Dining facility. All food — including the snacks — offered every day and provided by the club will be considerate about nut allergies. 

Camp Old Hawthorne is being offered in four weekly sessions starting July 13th and ending August 7th. To register your child or for more information, click here

Upcoming events and dates for family fun

Fourth of July

July 1st: 4th of July Parade

July 4th: 4th of July Splash Bash

Pool Activities

July 19th: Cardboard Boat Regatta  September 7th: Pull the Plug Splash Bash

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