Paying for Golf in 2017

A man holds the new Canadian 100 dollar bill made of polymer in Toronto November 14, 2011. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

REUTERS/Mark Blinch

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!


7 thoughts on “Paying for Golf in 2017

  1. Pingback: The Value of a Golf Membership at Your Local Course | The Grateful Golfer

  2. Golf can be really expensive, but you can play on a budget. My normal course didn’t have any specials running for the morning so I looked around on Golf Now. I will be taking an hour and 15 minute drive tomorrow to play Pine Barrens at World Woods in Brooksville Florida for a grand total of $25.00. I play a hundred rounds a year and one or two may cost triple what I normally pay, but I can say that I don’t spend more than 2500 for the 100 or so times I play each year. I didn’t count this past year, but I would guess I played conservatively at least 150 rounds of golf and payed about 2200 give or take.

    Part of the reason I get more for my dollar is my “home” course allows me to play as long as I want for one price and I spent most of the year playing a minimum of 27 holes twice a week. And I got 36 in many times. I won’t get that kind of deal tomorrow, but World Woods has one of the top ten practice areas in the country so I’ll be there at least an hour early to hit balls and get warmed up and the swing dialed in. It’s been awhile since I played the course, so I don’t remember how fast it plays, but this time of year things are usually busy, so I’m guessing it will be about 5 bucks an hour with golf and practice. That ain’t such a bad deal!

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    • Kevin

      You are doing the right thing for sue. Stretching your dollar is the way to go for sure. You are fortunate to have so many good courses close to where you live; might as well take advantage. I do not use the golf now app, but it might be worth looking into. Thanks.



  3. This is a really important topic, and I’m glad you’re writing about it. The cost of golf is the main factor that will inhibit the future growth of the game. On a personal note, I am worried that, as a family man on a teacher’s salary, I won’t be able to afford a golfing hobby. So brainstorming strategies for managing the cost the game — as you’re doing here — is really important.

    Since I live in an area where most of the clubs, and indeed many of the public courses, are prohibitively expensive, I will likely invest in a couple of casual “memberships” (really rewards programs) at Poppy Hills Golf Course and Pacific Grove Golf Links. I can use the driving range at Poppy and play most of my rounds at PG without totally destroying my kids’ college savings.

    How does equipment factor into your golf budget? I’ve found that to be a bit of a money pit.

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    • Public Golfer

      Thanks for weighing in. Controlling costs is important. I do not chase equipment costs. I invest in the right club and use until worn out. Sometimes that is 7 or 8 years. Most of my sets of clubs last 6 to 8 years, which equates to about 500 rounds plus practice. So I invest a bit more at the front end.


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