Is Your Golf Cheaper?
By Kickntrue on 7/17/09
One thing I've noticed about our current economic climate is that I can play a lot more golf for less than I could 2 years ago. Of course I've had to cut spending in other aspects of my life to find the same money for golf, but who needs to buy clothes anyway?
Are you guys finding the same? It's still tough sneaking away from making money for 6 hours in a day, but some of the specials I'm seeing in my area are crazy. Courses that used to charge $100 for premium tee times and "special" rates in the $60's are now able to be played for $40.
I realize in the long run, this is probably not great- but right now I'm really enjoying it. What are you guys seeing?
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Ben Crane says:
Not so much in my part of MD. A few of the nicer courses previously never offered specials. Now I'm finding they wait until the weather forecast is crappy and a few days before send out an email special for those days as a way to encourage play. The prices aren't enticing enough.
Yeah, I'm definitely seeing cheaper greens fees in my area. Lakewood Golf Course reduced the regular weekend rate from $33 to $29; Elks Run Golf Club is offering "Last Minute Specials" discounting the regular rates by 8% to 21% depending on how many days ahead you are booking a tee time.
Plus another couple area courses have lowered their fees for walkers; only charging $10 for 18 holes.
I love being able to save money on greens fees; this way I don't feel so guilty about playing a couple times per week.
I've seen courses get taken over and actually get more expensive. Some courses down here in TX are sprucing things up and therefore charging more. But I recently have been introduced to golfq.com so I try to use coupons whenever possible. Thankfully the DFW has the most participating courses.
I see no price cuts around me.
If you're in the northeast US (PA, NJ, MD, WV, Ohio) you should check out Tee Time Golf Pass- www.oobgolf.com/content/fore+play/new+products/1
A country club by my house has just went public on one of its courses. It is $19 for 18 AND a cart after 2. I also play a course where I can pay $45/month for unlimited rounds (walking).
Or for $40, MA, CT and NY have awesome deals through www.golfingmagazineonline.com.
I'm a huge fan of the Tee Time Golf Pass. Unfortunately, EVERY year I've bought it I've become so busy that I can only get enough rounds in to make my money back.
The Mexican resorts are making deals. Last month I played Cabo Real for $99 INCLUDING drinks, and snacks.
I agree 100%, I call it Recession Golf. Things are noticeably cheaper in the DC/MD area, at least where I play. I love it b/c getting a killer deal on a round can be as satisfying as playing well. Not to mention that I grew up in TX, where you can play decent courses for fairly cheap, but out here it's much more pricey.
Hey Kickntrue and HotBacon, I'm real interested in the Tee Time Golf Pass...Do you ever have any problems trying to use it at the courses? On paper, it seems like a great deal. I'll probably ask for one as an xmas gift....
Being in the military I already get cut rate golf prices, so I have not noticed. My brother lives in Michigan and he says he has played some over 100 a round courses for under 30 bucks. I guess the more broke the area, they more they are willing to cut off the price.
i play munis in the LA area. fees went up last year and havent gone down. arnold wanted to add more taxes to golf fees to get the state out of our little budget crisis too. Still have to enjoy twilight fee, and barely finish my rounds.
There's a few courses that came down. I found myself buying the tee time pass though. That's a good deal whenever yiu use I. I'd say between tee time and greensfees dropping I've spent close to $300 less so far this year if not more. Now hat doesn't mean I didn't use some of those savings to buy myself some sweet golf toys like a gps but I would have nver been able to I not for the price drops on those too. It truly is recession golf.
I have been playing for less this year - The Muni's in this area are the same or more than they have ever been - But many of the privately owned courses are offering coupons and specials for non-peak times, I played for $20 yesterday with cart on a course that normally costs $40-$50. I did notice the course was not in it's normally good condition - Probably another impact of the recession.
I also have the tee time book & I use the heck out of it - It is great as long as you can play weekdays & afternoon weekends. If you can only play weekend mornings don't bother getting it.
Only "cut" rate I have seen is on the "summer" holidays (Memeorial and the 4th). Courses were doign discounts after certain times.
I was actually discussing this very topic this week with one of the managers at a local (Philadelphia) course. They are charging 15 bucks to walk after noon Mon-Fri, which obviously would be a fantastic deal for a shoddy executive course, but considering this one's a par 70 in pretty decent shape, the value is almost too good to be true. Basically, the manager told me that he's talked to other course managers who have raised their prices in response to the declining business, but this course's strategy is to make it more affordable. Considering I've just been laid off, I definitely prefer this tactic. I played there Thursday right after noon and, expecting a line at the first tee, I was shocked to find the course relatively empty and enjoyed a breezy round that took about 3 and 1/2 hours. Love me some recession golf.
Also, don't talk to me about redistributing clothing budget to play more golf, I've had to severly cut into my food budget. I've almost completely eliminated eating out and do 75% of my food shopping at the Dollar Store. Between having to walk all my rounds and living off of rice and PB&J sandwiches, I've dropped about 40 pounds since the start of the season.
Although, sadly enough, now I have no clothing that fits me.
@kjn122- i dont know how much of that is true and how much is for the fun of the post- but if the 40 pounds is true- with even a little of the "story," private message me- that's worth a post all in itself. hit me up and we'll talk.
I recently returned from Myrtle Beach and found some really good deals by calling the courses directly. World Tour has a special rate to play all 27 holes, facilities with multiple courses are offering specials for multiple rounds, and replay rates are dirt cheap. However, course conditions appear to have suffered due to the lack of play. Even at the top notch courses they are struggling to maintain bunkers, greens, etc. I believe many courses are understaffed due to the economic climate. Therefore, if you are willing to overlook some of the nuisnces of under maintained courses then now's a good time to take advantage of good deals and play the best courses the beach has to offer.
In my neck of the woods,golf is inexspensive.But the income here is not that great.I live in Spokane,Wash..City courses are around $26.,county around $24.. However the income level here is pretty bad. I play once a week,mainly because of income, however the course mens and womens clubs pretty much take up the entire week. So I play on weekends with my buds. Golf is great here, and the courses are (for the most part)in pretty decent shape. Keep swinging everyone,my group is 73-58-50-45 years young. We B----,yell at each other, and call each other dummy. Do I ever love this game
Just so you know, Kickntrue, there is also the Victory Golf Pass that covers the same area. Most of the deals are the same, but there are a few more private courses that you can play at on the Victory Pass that you can't on the Tee Time.
And, for anyone thinking of getting it, I have used the Tee Time Pass all season and have saved around 200$ already. Bonus points for the fact that none of the courses that I have gone to have "checked off" any of the deals that I have gotten, so there has been no limit to the amount of times I can use it.
I live in central Ohio and I have noticed a good number of courses offering more and more twilight and/or early bird specials. Most of the local course websites I have visited have some kind of internet special going on. I've also taken advantage of booking some early morning tee times on golfnow.com...usually saves about $10 or so off the round.
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