Recreational Clubs

Received this query from Kamil Ahmed,

Recently I have been debating which memberships I should keep or cancel. Currently, I have memberships for Karachi Club, Gymkhana, Marina and Golf club. In the past 15 years, I’ve used Karachi club the most because of its swimming pool. The renovation at Karachi club does seem to have brought up the spirit but what about Gymkhana? Recently speaking to my father about this, he thinks that Maria club is useless because they never maintain it. I agree. For Gymkhana, I guess the crowd is supposed to be “Elite” but I could care less since from my experience it was all “buddhas” discussing politics. I do think their cricket ground was amazing. Golf club is probably my favourite because of the facilities they offer. The question is, for anyone who is a member of these recreational exclusive clubs, why are you still a member and how often do you really use it?

Personally I want to know how the members mostly use these clubs. If you are a member of one of the clubs in Karachi, I have following questions for you.

1. How often do you go there?
2. Which facilities do you utilize at the club?
3. Do you use the clubs for socializing or sports related activities?
4. What is your opinion about the club you are member of? Will you recommend it to others?

21 Comments so far

  1. Zeba (unregistered) on September 11th, 2007 @ 3:36 pm

    very nice and serious topic.

    my family is member of Gymkhana, Karachi Club We are members of DHA Creek Club, Golf club & Country Club near port Qasim. Lately we become member of Abdullah Haroon Gymkhana.

    Creek club is good for eating and dining, friendly meetings, Pool has become dirty. Karachi club is nice for socialising and swimming. Golf club :) only SHOW-OFF & Shushka. Food is not good place seems like people making ‘DEALS’ negotiating the kick backs.

    Country Club is GREAT, but it is wayyyy too FAR.

  2. Farhan (unregistered) on September 11th, 2007 @ 4:20 pm

    Karachi Club is amazing , a true family oriented club , excellent library , great pool , excellent food and juices . DHA Golf and Country club is the waste of money even their waiters don’t talk properly , card dejiye phir order kijye , sorry main aap ka order bhool gaya tha , yeh jaga snacks ke liye naheen yahan sirf dinner serve hoga , ye meri table naheen ask the person on the other end of tables line it’s his table , 1 ghante mai pani lata hai wahan ka waiter , main lawn ki grass naheen hai , this month they said the pool will be open , I went there with my kids and guess what it will open in winter , FREEZE YOUR ASS OFF IN OUR POOL

  3. Can't say (unregistered) on September 11th, 2007 @ 5:41 pm

    I’m a regular at the Sind Club. The crowd was excellent at one time – A real family club were one knew everyone but that’s changed to large extent. You see all types of odd bods now. They have upgraded their gym, it’s probably one of the best in Karachi – Shapes may be better I don’t know. The food sucks but then what beats having brunch with Generalissimos Mush a few tables away!! The sauna is great – especially the cold dip!! Nothing beats the famous Sind Club lemon pies…

  4. raja (unregistered) on September 11th, 2007 @ 6:39 pm

    Member of AKU sports complex
    1. Once in a week.
    2. Swimming pool (One of the best pool in Karachi so far I guess.). I tried both of the pool at karsaz where national championship is held but AKU’s pool is far better than that.
    3. Only for the sports related activities.
    4. Their basketball auditorium is awesome in addition to badminton and table tennis facility. Membership is only for employees and their families but guest is allowed after paying 300 Rs per visit.

  5. malaika rizwi (unregistered) on September 11th, 2007 @ 7:09 pm

    well im a member at the Karachi club and creek club but i go to karachi club for the gym its better! and for swimming i go to creek club. its covered and all so i prefer it over the karachi club’s pool. and ya id recommend both these clubs to people.

  6. Faisal (unregistered) on September 11th, 2007 @ 7:24 pm

    DHA Creek and Golf Clubs…

    Creek Clubs fine for my squash purposes…maybe for some gymming…they expanded the gym recently. Socialising there? Nah, not really…
    Food’s great though.
    I try going almost everyday in the summers…not so consistent the rest of the year, schooling gets in the way :P
    There’s been construction going on at golf club, so it’s been ages since i went last…nearing completion though…

  7. Lyari King (unregistered) on September 11th, 2007 @ 7:33 pm

    chee Day! apun lyari club ka member hai Day …oye apun boxing karta hai udher ..naakoo..tum log kabhi lyari ao ider baut club hai kabi lakho k clubo say niklo cheeday

  8. asififfy (unregistered) on September 11th, 2007 @ 9:42 pm

    dear folks,

    I am a typical desi, who made it good, have stayed and worked in the middle east for 32 years, and am now thinking to go back to pakistan to retire and die–

    All my friends from the old days are gone- I lost track of them, so will have to make friends again.

    How do you get the membership to these ‘clubs’??
    Could some one help me by posting a comment?/

  9. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on September 12th, 2007 @ 11:31 pm

    Ameero k khel hain bhai. Ameer k zara se kamar lachkay tu Englistan aur Ghareeb ki Lachkay tu Qabrustan(due to consultation of jahil Tabeebs].

    p.s: For those who accidently visit this entry. This entry represent less than 1% of Karachi so don’t think we are progressing.

  10. Ahmed (unregistered) on September 13th, 2007 @ 12:38 am

    @ Adnan Siddiqi, you are right. This does represent 1% of the public of Pakistan who have access to these clubs.

    The memberships were affordable 15-20 years ago and that is when MOST of the current members actually got those memberships.

    You arn’t viewing this in correct perspective so I recommend you start your little 99% journal entry paper blog, which means you would obviously have to stop using a computer or a cell phone so that you can prove that the 1% you just referred to have gone in the wrong direction. It would make the 1% happy because they would not have to deal with a jahil gawar like you.

  11. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on September 13th, 2007 @ 11:25 am

    I didn’t know that using mobile phones and Internet are part of Luxury but then when there is an IQ level equivalent of shoe size then such statements doesn’t look surprising. :-)

  12. Ahmed (unregistered) on September 13th, 2007 @ 4:50 pm

    @Adnan, According to you it is, unless you can clarify that silly statement you made about the 1%. Having a cell phone at one time was a luxury, only the elite could afford plane tickets and only the wealthiest had a computer. Statistics will change, my point is that your 1% theory is bullshit

  13. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on September 13th, 2007 @ 5:39 pm

    Ahmed, seems you slept on the other side of the bed. I am not in mood to join your troll contest but my point was that your lame comparison between a cell phone and such clubs was immature enough that It could jus bring smile on others faces rather give them some “food” for thought. Take it easy.

  14. Ahmed (unregistered) on September 13th, 2007 @ 7:14 pm

    And your comment was uncalled for to begin with. What the hell does progress have to do with your 1% and these clubs? Pointless.

  15. kaduna2003 (unregistered) on September 14th, 2007 @ 1:45 am

    It seems to me that these clubs are mostly used for their sporting facilities and restaurants. Do folks in karachi normally join these clubs because:

    a) there arnt enough sporting facilities available in the city?
    b) Or do they join for the food cause it is the best available in the city?
    c) or do they join to mostly show off?

    I dont live in pakistan so am just trying to learn a little about what these clubs are for.

  16. Adeel (unregistered) on September 15th, 2007 @ 2:28 am

    Amazingly how quick we can find differences amongst ourselves.
    There has to be something in common for sure, oh being different that is.

    Have a good a day and a better night.

  17. shobz (unregistered) on September 15th, 2007 @ 2:34 am

    yay for clubs. a great place for social climbers to hang out.

  18. Shahid Baseer (unregistered) on September 18th, 2007 @ 10:19 am

    I am a member of DA Sunset Club, its not as famous as the rest of the clubs in Karachi, but let me tell you that its a very wonderful club not known to most people, its food is the best that I have eaten in all the other clubs, like Karachi Gymkhana, Karachi Club, DA Creek Club, DA Golf Club. The members are different from from other clubs, they are not budhas discussing politics, the family environment is very warm and very homely atmosphere.

  19. Obi Wan Kenobi (unregistered) on September 18th, 2007 @ 10:44 am

    How is the boys/gals scene in these clubs ? Is it worth it to go in these clubs on weekends on my next trip to Khi ?

  20. shazia (unregistered) on September 20th, 2007 @ 6:00 pm

    what are the fees and how do i join these clubs?

  21. annie (unregistered) on September 24th, 2007 @ 1:08 am

    I grew up in Khi during 60’s and 70’s, we were members of Karachi Gymkhana and Sindh club. It wasn’t a big deal to be member of either of these clubs back then. It was just a familiar place to swim in and meet up with friends.These clubs were clean and well maintained. They were also very reasonable. Now as adults we find these clubs out of reach. They require a kings randsom as joining fee, plus 2 existing(permanent) members recomendations.As each permanent member can only recommend once, the only chance we have to get in is: to find a member without a son or a member on his death bed who has never recommended anyone. Women don’t count, they cannot be members in their own right, only as widows. So where should we -returning to Pakistan democratic/snobs- go for a swim/workout,chai and samosa?

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