One of the major drawbacks for starting golf seems to point towards cost. I would agree that the initial start-up costs can be hefty, yet I am not convinced golf is really any more expensive that football or hockey. Both sports (and golf) require a certain amount of equipment before anyone can play in an organized fashion. Unfortunately, the first response of why people will not play golf, it is the price of playing.This argument is getting old and I have no desire to try to convince anyone that golf is an inexpensive sport and worth playing. Be sides, if you are reading this article, there is a very good chance you are a golfer already. So, lets move forward with the conversation. I always wondered how much golfers spend playing each year. Funny, I happen to have an answer:
I have a quick question for you: How much do you contribute to the $70 billion dollar golf industry each year?
As I look at the responses above, I can make the assumption that the desire to play golf increases as does dollars spent. Personally, I fit into the last category most years and I am a very avid golfer.
Playing golf has its fixed costs and variable costs. They increase about 5% each year and I accept the change because that is the cost of doing business. As a customer, I expect to pay a bit more each year because operating costs at golf courses continue to rise. It is the nature of a market society.
Following the parameters laid out above, each year I spend money on the following:
- 1 new club each year
- 3-4 dozen new golf balls each year
- A membership
- 5-10 tournament fees
- green fees
- Men’s Night
- A pair of golf shoes
- Umbrella (usually every 3 years, but I need on this year)
- Wet weather gear
As you can see, the list is fairly long, but far from extensive. I am sure you can add an item or two too the list. But for now, you get my point. There are expenses every golf must life with; the amount and how is really up to the player.
I play at least 80 rounds of golf in a 7 month period each season. To play that much, it costs money. I budget for these expenses and at least for now, I will continue to lay out the cash in order to play. How about you?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!