Insider tips for finding golf courses that won’t break the bank.
Public courses. Beginners should look for public golf courses that have driving ranges and putting greens, if possible. These are the least expensive and they cater to beginning players, offering group and private lessons and leagues. Fees at public golf courses vary enormously; you can usually gauge how good the golfers will be by how expensive it is to play. You can play for as little as $15 to $25 dollars on a basic nine or 18 hole course, or over $400 for a round on a top-notch course that is kept impeccably groomed, watered and landscaped. You can find them via online directories.
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Discount books. Discount books for golf courses can be helpful if you’re interested in traveling around to different courses in your area.
Private golf clubs. Private golf clubs are often still by invitation only, meaning you have to know somebody who belongs and be invited to join. They cost thousands of dollars a year. If you have the means and connections to be a private club member, you will play most likely be playing on the best kept greens and fairways around.
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Community colleges or YMCAs. Community colleges or YMCA’s may offer very affordable golf lessons and have good teachers. However, I have found that an excellent PGA pro is well worth the extra money and will save you money in the long run, due to better teaching technique.