In the past, when golfers wondered what are the best country clubs near me, they’d have difficulty learning the answer firsthand. Either they’d need a bunch of friends with various country club memberships around the area to invite them to visit each club or they’d have to listen to a lengthy sales pitch at every club they were considering. But with the Big Summer Golf Card, exploring Florida’s great country clubs is as simple as reserving a tee time.

Boasting a growing number of participating country clubs (and many more golf clubs and courses), the card extends May-to-October (and beyond) access to some of the finest country clubs in Northeast, Central and South Florida.

The Big Summer Golf Card gives members privileged green fees and cart rentals up to 50 percent lower than those offered to the general public. And while some participating country clubs accept other golf passes, many, including Jacaranda West Country Club in Venice and University Park Country Club in University Park, only offer special rates to BSGC cardholders.

In addition to providing access to unlimited rounds of golf at participating Florida clubs, the Big Summer Golf Card also tees up exclusive play dates at the Quarry Course at Black Diamond Ranch in Lecanto and Sara Bay Country Club in Sarasota — making the summer golf season in Florida truly the “country club season.”

And don’t overlook the Big Summer Golf Card’s many other benefits that make May-to-October golf in Florida so enjoyable. The perks include members-only amateur golf competitions and tournaments complete with lunch and prizes, a hole in one contest that brings together cardholders who’ve sunk a hole in one for an end-of-season shoot-out and the Big Money Tour, which rewards players not for how well they play, but how often.

Find out more about the card’s advantages in the website’s benefits section. For a complete list of participating clubs and their rates, see the annual Big Summer Golf Card Golf Guide or check out the latest additions to the growing list of participating courses. The website is continually updated, and cardholders also receive email alerts with offers, promotions, news and events throughout the season.

So if you’re exploring country clubs in South Florida, Southwest Florida, Northeast Florida, Central East or Central West, take advantage of the Big Summer Golf Card’s preferred green fees and spend the summer hitting the links at any or all of the card’s participating country clubs. By the end of the season, you’ll be one of the few golfers who knows whether the grass really is greener on the other side of the country club fence.