Originally Posted by clearwaterms
I am curious. What does an average course charge in your area for a round of golf? What do you get for that normal round?
In Chicago, I would consider White Pines to be an average golf course. With a cart for a Saturday morning is $63. A goat track by my house charges $25 for 18 holes with a cart (mon - fri) if you tee off before 8am. This is a STEAL in the area, the normal weekday rate is $39.
So I would say in the Western Suburbs of Chicago, a normal round of golf during the week is $40 to $50 with a weekend round be $60 ~ $80 a round.
For those of you that mostly play at country clubs, tell us what the course charges a guest for a round and mention that it's a country club (so we have a frame of reference)
I'm a member at a private club - guest fees are all over the place. For years on the board, I had fought to keep guest fees higher.
Right now our guest fees are $55 weekend mornings and $45 weekdays and weekend afternoons (they ran a special for august at $29/round and the course is now overbooked on the weekends) - they will go up $10 for the winter. If they enforced the rules that guests can only play once a month and no more than 6 times a year I would have less of a problem with this.
Fees used to be $75/$65, my frustration was that my rounds technically cost me more than $100/round when I could only play once a week - now that I am getting out pretty much twice a week, that average has gone down.
Our dues for a full member are $360/month with a $21 cart fee, those with private carts pay a trail fee around $160/month if they do not store their cart at the course (we just get nickeled and dimed on all the smaller stuff - handicap fees,service charges, etc.) However, it makes no sense for us to buy our equipment anywhere other than the club - we pay 10% over cost for everything (plus shipping on special orders) - basically that $399 driver usually costs us around $320.