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Initiation and bonding -call it 15k one time fee for typical private club in my area. That is usually 10k spent for the initiation and 5k held for the bond (interest free of course) for the life of your membership…many people join and never leave.
Dues- typically 5k or so
Food minimum- typically 250.00 to 300 per quarter or $1,000.00 to $1,200.00 per year.
Range time is “free”
Cart fees are 12.00 per round.
If you disregard the initiation and bond fees as overhead and the yearly cost for 100 rounds would be 5k dues + 1k food + 1.2k carts divided by 100 or $72.00 bucks per round…and that is hell of a lot of golf. Last season I played roughly 65 rounds at my club so it was approx. 104.00 per round. That doesn’t include drinks…the drinks in the grill room kill you!!
Bottom line is I pay roughly 1k per month for my membership and expenses there if you divide that by 65 it is 184.00 per round… lots of ways to do the math but you need to just forget the upfront costs…they are gone. Plus it is socal, food, some entertainment, pool and so on...
I am in a similar situation, we do not have food minimums, but my dues and cart fees alone make my average round $100 (it was closer to $65 when my wife golfed every week) - i am not counting cart girl cash or my lunch / drinks afterwards which puts the price close to double that. This is why I get upset when other members think we should lower guest fees - a guest already pays less than I do with dues figured in.
When playing an outside course, I dont think that I have ever paid more than $45 for a round.
Golf fees obviously vary greatly by area.....(understatement of the day)...LOL
I group my golf play into 2 spending categories:
1. Home play:
My 'overall' play at home is thrifty. Aside from living in the midwest where golf is cheap... I buy an 'unlimited play' annual membership at a challenging nearby public course every year. I play A LOT....and 80% is on my home course. Thanks to the membership and that I play a lot....my average price-per-round is cheap. 20% of my play is away from my home course, but when I do play away....... I want to play somewhere nice. If my home course is closed for an event, my average "away" green fee is $50-60. (high for this area)
2. Vacation/Traveling play:
All bets are off when traveling!! When I am traveling, I play whatever nice resort is close/convenient.......If I'm spending $5-10K on a family vacation.....$200 for a round of golf isn't such a big deal...LOL.
The most I have paid is a little over $200 for a round of golf....given the opportunity to play Pebble...I'd do it. Hell yea...
The funny thing is that I don't even remember what I pay to play golf on vacation..............c'mon...I am on vacation!!
(Not a time to think about green fee costs)
Good measuring stick, but personally I would modify it - since a round takes roughly 5 hours to complete, I wouldn't pay more than I make in 5 hours of work.
Now, 95% of the time I'm with azgreg. For my 'typical' rounds I'm going as cheap as I can find. But for a special occasion & a special course? I'd go $200.
Heh, to give an idea of inflation, I played Harbor Town back in 1987...for $75. For thirty-six holes - re-round was included.
I don't know man, I just don't think that cruising around a "lush" course would be more enjoyable than pounding the ground on one of our goat courses. I really don't know, but I may venture out one of these days.
So far $50 at Grey Plantation in Lake Charles, La. It's the nicest course I've played, but I haven't ventured far. My family and me are going to florida in a couple of weeks, starting in Destin and then to Orlando. I'll pay whatever to play some of the courses there. It is a vacation, right?!!!!