You don't go clubs just for the lower cost but primarily for the faster build time.
Best boost to clubs would be the removal of the 999 outgoing attack limit.
If you do not plan to raid then you will never have the income to keep great barracks running. Best option would be to go axes and build slower.
Axes are also a much safer option since they have the best defense stats for any off unit. They can't get sniped by a horse army like clubs can.