Just picked up golf this summer and was wondering how much you spend. While I realize it has a reputation as being an expensive game, I'm looking for realistic expectations and/or the best way to rationalize the cost.
My brother gave me his old irons, which are over 20 years old but seem to work fine, (Titleist DTR's), as well as a 5w. To date, I've spent $500 on golf; 1/3 of it at the driving range, 1/3 of it on greens fees, and 1/3 on lessons/balls/grips/etc. As you can see, I'm an analyst, which I'm not sure will help or hurt when it comes to golf. But I digress.
I saw that I was spending a lot at the driving range, so started shopping around to find ways to keep that cost down (while still being able to play as much as I want) and found an indoor driving range open all year, and it costs only $99 for 12 months of unlimited hitting, and already have a reputation there as being dedicated to practice. The facility includes a computer/2 videocameras that show your swings with about 20 different metrics, I'm sure you know what I mean. It's in a new store which is why I think the deal is so good...competitors in the area are much higher prices for this kind of deal. I live just outside of Chicago so it's about to get cold now anyway; I'm actually surprised that the place isn't crowded very often.
Anyway, I have a decent career and right now am living well within my means, so I have a reasonable amount of disposable income, but between an upcoming wedding and hopefully a house within the near future, I need to be a little responsible about my spending. I have forgone an old hobby that I spent about $50-100 per month on, but golf seems to be more expensive than that. My goal is to be a bogey golfer in 1-2 years, compared to now where...I average 36 on my par-3 nine hole course, and that's not counting mulligans where I usually take about three per nine holes.
Right now my approach is to practice as much as I can at the practice facility (I've been going almost every day), along with a lesson every other week. I am going to a local par-3 course on the weekends as well, and have recently discovered how different the practice facility is compared to a real course...but that's a different thread.
Anyway, wanted to gauge how much is a typical amount to spend on golf.