As reported in the Sarasota Herald Tribune, The Meadows appears ready to amend their bylaws in an effort to attract golfers and boost revenues. As reported by Mark Cardon, it is a sign of the economic times. Country clubs are simply no longer as private as they once were. Jacaranda West Country Club, Palm-Aire Country Club and Bent Tree Country Club all now accept holders of The Big Summer Card. Other clubs like Sarabay, Lakewood Ranch and The Founders have cut deals with promoters of discount play in the slow summer months.
The Groves was always open for public play at The Meadows. It remains a fun and challenging executive par 65 course. But now The Highlands 18 will open for public play on October 16. Only The Meadows course will remain exclusive to the 411 existing Meadows members, although they will have priority booking on The Highlands.