Forget baseball! Golf is quickly becoming one of the most popular sports in America. With new courses popping up, exciting technology and equipment coming out, and golf stars taking over the news, it’s hard not to get swept up in the craze.
Originating in Scotland in the Middle Ages, golf has been a worldwide favorite pastime for centuries. When it first became popular, all you needed was a simple wooden club and a ball. Now, however, you cannot even think about stepping on the course without all sorts of irons, drivers, putters, fancy balls, and even crazy tools. Even the course has become more extravagant, moving from simple 11-hole, beachfront courses to elaborate 18-hole courses that give a new meaning to elegance.
It can be quite difficult to be an avid golfer and not have your bank account suffer. However, there are ways to curb your golf spending and still have a great game and an even better time! Let these 3 ways to save money on your golf habit lead you to more lucrative and enjoyable golf games.
1) Buy Used Clubs: Let’s be honest, a big part of the game of golf is having the newest, most high-tech clubs and equipment. And, if we are still being honest, the clubs and equipment soak up the most money. Consider, however, buying used clubs. EBay, Craigslist, and even the website for your local course always have name brand, gently used clubs for sale. You can buy Titlist, Callaways, or even Pings at greatly reduced prices. If having the newest technology is most important to you, consider buying a knockoff brand of club. Unless you are a serious professional golfer, you will never know the difference.
2) Look for Specials: Most golf courses and country clubs offer specials and deals for off-seasons or off-hours golfing. For example, most courses have lower fees later in the day after 4p.m. A lot of courses also offer off-season discounts in the fall. Another benefit of off time and off-season playing is fewer crowds. Also, consider investing in a yearly membership to a course. If you will enjoy playing the same 18 holes again and again, you will save a lot of money in the long run.
3) Ask Yourself: Do I really need this? Sadly, your money disappears during your golf game on potentially unnecessary things. For example, renting a golf cart can add over $50 to your game. Or, buying a snack at the halfway house can boost you up an extra $20 or $30. Consider carrying a drink and a snack with you in your bag, and always opt for walking rather than riding.
Golf is a wonderful way to get outside and enjoy a relaxing few hours. However, if you are not careful, those few hours can quickly drain your bank account. Use these 3 ways to save money on your golf habit, and you will enjoy the game without the guilt.