Bookings only at my club so not a chance of anything guaranteed. Might be able to join a smaller group but would mean waiting by the first tee to see if you could join them. This is for members only, visitors wouldn't get on without a pre booking
For all the talk of dress codes and how prohibiting football shirts and hoodies is driving young people away / not attracting younger players, IMO by far the single biggest thing that limits younger golfers is the domination of the tee-sheet by roll-ups and the lack of a booking system
If golf is something you want to do for a few hours at the weekend (rather than spending most of your day at the club, having a coffee, having a beer etc) or if you’ve other hobbies / have a young family / WAG etc, then not knowing how long a weekend round is going to take, and knowing it can often take 5 hours if you’ve got to wait around at a roll-up and be last out is very annoying
It’s not hugely appealing to have half the day’s bookings (or more in winter) blocked off with roll-ups. Why would a youngish golfer who works midweek and can only play at weekends, stay at a club that clearly exists for its mostly retired members.
People want to plan their weekends and know when they’re playing and when they’re going to be back home to get on with the rest of their weekend
Booking system > dress codes