The Estancia Club currently has an extensive waitlist to become a member, similar to other North Scottsdale golf clubs. It is difficult to say how long it would take to acquire a membership, but it may be 3-5 years. I have heard that there are currently 60 applicants for membership. Estancia has capped the number of golf memberships at 275, so one member has to leave in order for another person to join. During the past two years it has been very rare for a member to exit the club. Most golfers are hanging onto their memberships during the pandemic. Very few members are leaving the club, which means there are only a few new members per year. During a typical year (non-pandemic) there was more turnover at every club. A golf club will typically see turnover and new memberships available due to members aging out of the club, death, divorce and relocation. There are so many applicants currently that they may stop adding to the waitlist.
Estancia changed their bylaws recently to increase the number of social memberships to 30. Social memberships are only available to Estancia property owners. There are approximately 13 social members currently, and almost all of them are on the waitlist for a golf membership. Starting as a social member is a great way to get your foot in the door of the club. Eventually you should be able to upgrade your membership to full golf.
The best way to jump ahead of the entire waitlist is to buy a home with a membership. This is a rare situation, but it is possible. I represented a buyer last year for a home in Estancia including a membership.
On another note, Estancia members will have an upcoming assessment of approximately $20,000 for new irrigation on the golf course. Members can pay in increments over time or in full. This is very similar to the previous assessment at Desert Highlands for their course upgrade.
If you are considering purchasing a home in a Scottsdale golf club, I would be happy to help you. I specialize in representing buyers in the top golf clubs in Scottsdale. You can view Compare Scottsdale Golf Club Memberships on my website. Feel free to contact me with any questions.
Carmen Brodeur JD
Trillium Properties, LLC
9825 E Bell Road, Suite 120, Scottsdale AZ 85260
Cell (602) 791-0536