Originally Posted by Mattplusness
I'm on group golfer and I know of entertainment books, but are there any other good ones?
I live in SE Michigan and I am cheap frugal. I played 120 rounds in 2012 at an average cost of $22.50. I don't play goat tracks but much of my playing is at 2nd tier or municipal courses. I will on occasion play a top course like Shepherd's Hollow but we look for deals and play midweek.
As someone mentioned, there are occasionally golf deals on Groupon and SweetJack but frankly they are so infrequent that it is hard to put up with the constant reminders for spa services and flowers.
For individual courses that you enjoy, get on their email list. Courses will often run deals. I also check on course's "Birthday Club" deals. Some will give you a free round and cart, no strings attached, on the month, week or day of your birthday. I usually score 2-3 free rounds in September through that process.
If you are really cheap, you need to play a lot early in the season and late in the season to take advantage of the "Early Spring" and "Late Fall" rates most courses post. Also play midweek, time permitting, or afternoons on weekends. You will pay top price if you insist on playing at 9am on Saturday in June.
Finally, if you do not do so already, walk the course when permitted. There are going to be times when riding in a cart is mandatory or the social thing to do. Other than those times, save the $10-15 that a cart costs and walk.