This quick post is for all those who wondering how to pay for their golf in 2017. Traditionally, I am a member at one course and play periodically at different courses for tournaments or fun rounds. But, this method of payment does not work for everyone.
Golf can be expensive and most discerning golfers try to stretch their dollar to maximize their play throughout the year. It is difficult sometimes, but for the most part, it takes a bit of research and ingenuity.
As I researched the possible ways to pay for my golf in 2017, I needed to narrow down my criteria so that I was comparing ‘apples to apples’. Thinking about the way ahead, I came up with the following:
- Cost averaging – I like to play as much golf as possible. Each year, I set my goal at 80 rounds. Therefore, I like the thought that each round I play, lowers the overall cost of the round. Thus, a fixed amount at the beginning of the year for unlimited play is most enticing for me.
- Value for Money – I do not get bored playing the same course. Golf is a unique sport where no two rounds are very the same. Having said that, I do like to play a few different courses through out the year. When I decide it is time, I check for deals. There are plenty of deals to be had if I do my homework before I decide to play.
- Availability – This specific thought is important for those who work. Sometimes, great deals are only available during the week at specific times. I can appreciate the restrictions, but this does not always work for me.
Really there are only 4 ways to pay for golf that I can think of; if you have any other suggestions, please let us know. The 4 methods are pretty basic and most of you will have already thought of them:
- Be a member of one course
- Green fees only
- Belong to an association (like Club Link)
- Hybrid of the above 3 choices
I do not need to explain the choices because they are self-explanatory. No matter your choice, I think the bottom-line is to stretch your golfing budget to maximize you enjoyment. If you are wondering:
I primarily fit into the top 50%. I do fall into the 41% from time to time, but because I play so much golf, being a member is the most cost-effective for me. On a side note, if you are wondering how to figure out if being a member is of value, I use this formula:
Green fee Cost / membership price = number of rounds needed to play
$900 / $30 = 30 rounds
So basically, I need to play at least 30 rounds at this course to make being a member financially worthwhile. It is a simple equation that does not factor in any other influences like time, convenience, availability, etc. It is purely financial.
2017 is going to be an awesome year. I will be a member at a local course. It is the best solution for trying to reach my 80 rounds of golf in the upcoming golf season.
How are you going to pay for your golf in 2017?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!