Guide to Cheap Golf Getaways
Golfers spend 25 billion a year on fees and equipment; but before you spend your last coin on the latest gear, make a golf budget and stay the course before hitting the course. To frugal golfers, the fairway may seem greener on the other side, but it probably isn’t. The assumption that golf is a rich man’s sport is just that, an assumption. There are plenty of budget golf vacations to go a
The inventors of golf used sticks and leather balls; they didn’t require perfectly manicured greens, scenic views, or 18 holes, and the pros didn’t ask for a sportscaster’s narration or a polite applause from onlookers. It may have been unpretentious and ordinary at the start, but golf is now a billion-dollar industry, with exclusive, exorbitantly priced fees; expertly-engineered clubs; and sometimes snooty small talk.
The cheap golf vacation seems out of reach these days, but it’s alive and well for folks who find package deals, equipment on sale, and great, affordable courses to play on. Tee off knowing that even if you don’t hit a hole in one, at least you don’t have a hole in your pocket. If you’re looking for some guidance on how to spend less on your favorite game, here are some tips for great budget golf vacations.
Buy Used and Discounted Equipment
Many avid golfers think they’ll fare better on the fairway with the newest, shiniest, and most well-crafted clubs. But they’re missing out on tremendous deals (often found online). Auction sites like eBay, and even regular retailers, routinely offer cheap prices on high-quality equipment and accessories. Browse customer reviews and look for value, not gimmicks. Chances are you’ll do fine with only six clubs; 14 is overkill! It’s a better investment to take golf lessons than constantly buy the fanciest gear.
If you hope to spend less than 100 bucks a day on the green, don’t vacation in peak season. Every state has different golf seasons, and sometimes a state boasts more than one (certain Florida courses attract golfers in the summer while others are winter favorites).
Where to Golf
Obscure, hard-to-find-on-a-map destinations sometimes feature the loveliest courses on earth, but because no one knows about them, their fees are super low. As well, cities brimming with golf courses, like Myrtle Beach, typically have many options for low-budget golfers – the competition requires it!
Premier golf towns that don’t need to hand out discounts to be successful should be avoided entirely.
Keep in mind that where there is a casino, there is a cheap championship golf course. With the exception of Las Vegas, other parts of Nevada, as well as Alabama, entice potential gamblers with affordable attractions and entertainment – and that includes incredible golf!
Finally, how about your own backyard? Why, that’s a stroke of genius! Instead of hopping an airplane headed to exotic locales or famed Florida greens, take a road trip to a course in your home state! Save money on airfare and the fairway this way.
You can take a swing at wonderful private, public, and municipal courses, without going over your budget.
Cut Costs Everywhere
A golf vacation on a budget isn’t possible if you don’t save money on accommodations, food, and non golf-related entertainment too. From an Orlando golf vacation rental to an Arizona vacation cabin to the Florida Panhandle, make sure your lodging is not only cheap, but comfortable and extra accommodating of a weekend to weeklong stay. An ultra-affordable vacation home rental at a national golf club is not hard to come by, and it goes hand in hand with inexpensive meals (you can cook in a vacation rental). Keep a lookout for restaurant specials, amusement park coupons, and rental car deals as well.
We hope you've enjoyed our guide to budget golf vacations.