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Free Golf Course Is Awesome
By Kickntrue on 7/25/08
The golf industry is trying to figure out how to make the game more popular with a new audiences- they should try making it free. Buhl Farm Park in Sharon, Pennsylvania, is taking that approach.
They have certain rules to try to keep play moving- like nobody under 7 and everyone must have their own bags and clubs, but other than that it's a free 9 hole course complete with a driving range and pro. If you want to spend the big bucks- you can pay $1 for a pull cart.
I'm sure there are a couple other courses out there doing this- but I don't know them. If you do- let us know.
This is very cool. I'm sure it's not a hangout for low handicappers but I don't think you can argue its importance for the game and getting new people involved.
Buhl Farm Golf Course
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How the heck do they pull this off? There is no way they make enough from $1 pull carts and the driving range to pay for maintenance. And who pays the salaries of the pro and super? I saw a "donations" button. I wonder if they are city or state funded too.
I am from near there, but now live in Los Angeles. I am 30 and can remember going there at the age of 12 with my buddies. It was awesome, and it was in decent shape. They have definetely made improvements. There wasn't a driving range or pro there when we played 18 years ago. Kudos to the city for keeping it free!
I know there is a course near harrisonburg, va that does this also.
Ben Crane says:
klangdon, are you thinking of Heritage Oaks, Harrisonburg's muni? They have a "First Tee" program that is for juniors, but I am unaware of any course in that vicinity that is free for everybody. We go there on a golf trip 2x a year, so I'd be interested in a free course. I could take some money saved on the lniks and upgrade my room to something nicer than the Motel6
This is actually my "home" course. This is where I started to play the game 3 years ago, this is where I still play the game today. Without this course I'm not sure I would have been able to endure the frustrations of starting out golfing at $10 a pop.
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