Not always true. People on the waiting list find other clubs or pay a deposit and join then back out for financial or other reasons. We typically have a waiting list and without fail, people are always excited to join, drop the $200 deposit and then we never hear form them again or they bail for reasons that are rarely explained.I agree, I would be leery of any club that doesn’t have a waiting list. If you can get right in, there is a reason others aren’t on a waiting list. Get on waiting lists this year, if it takes you until next year to find a place, so be it. You will be $$ ahead vs joining a junk club that is poorly managed, and poorly run.
Every good club club I know of never advertises, because they keep 10-15 on the waiting list.