With the cost of living rising, we are all looking for ways to finance it. Small savings in many areas of life can add up and make a difference. Golf is not the cheapest hobby out there but going without the physical and social stimulation golf can take a toll on mental health and do more harm than good in the long run. We think it is important to keep playing golf, but it is possible to find ways to save money on the sport you love. Here we highlight 10 tips on how to save money on golf.
Many clubs have started offering flexible club memberships where you pay a small annual fee and then buy credits based on how much you want to play. If you choose to play less popular times, those credits can get you a decent number of games. With flexible membership, you have more control over how much you spend on playing your golf at your club.
Cheap Green Fees / Twilight Rates
We all love to go out and play other courses from time to time. But, like almost everything else, the price of green fees has been rising in recent years. Most clubs offer discounts at specific times, especially at the end of the day. If you’re traveling for a round or touring with friends, check out those Twilight rates for the best deals. You will be surprised how much you can save.
Play more openings
Another great way to play at a much cheaper rate is to open a club. You don’t need to enter the club’s 36-hole scratch strokeplay. Many clubs offer group competition such as the Stableford Open, the Senior Open or the Texas Scramble Open. Search around clubs in your local area or check out the golf empire and you’ll find plenty of opportunities to enter open competitions and play other courses at a lower rate.
Or club matches …
Your club will probably play a series of matches each year against other surrounding clubs, perhaps even farther. Usually these matches are less subscribed than people imagine as a closed shop. Check out the options at your club – Depending on the mutual arrangements, you may even be able to play a few foreign matches for a nominal fee … you may even get a free lunch.
Share the lifts
It follows most aspects of life. Petrol costs are astronomical and one of the biggest regular expenses for many of us. If you’re going to the same place with someone else, why do you drive? If you are playing with someone at a nearby club, arrange to share the running load. If you are traveling far for a match or free (as mentioned above), plan your trip with others and save money.
Clean your grips
Your golf grips have lost that lovely talkie feel and you think the time has come to replace them – maybe the grip will cost somewhere around £ 10… for 14 clubs (if you add your putter too)… it could be £ 140 plus. Before you do that – try to make your grips better clean. Fill the bucket with hot water and washing liquid and find a decent scrubbing brush or cloth. You will be amazed at how the grips change and you may find that they actually have a lot of life in them.
Move away from premium balls
Do you really need to play the ball used by Rory McIlroy or Justin Thomas? Yes, you always did but the premium balls are £ 45 per dozen and you can get really good at half that price. If you look at some of the best value golf balls out there and find one that suits your game, you can save the packet during the season without affecting your scoring.
And don’t swap them often
How important is it if the ball has a small scuff mark or if the brand name is a little dim? At the highest level of performance – top players change their ball every few holes. But they’re playing for a million dollars and that’s because the game is at its peak. The difference to a new ball for your game that has played one or two laps is really minimal… just play with them until they are fully thawed – then stick them in a practice bag.
Take a bottle of water
If you play twice a week and buy a bottle of something at the Pro-Shop every time you go out, you spend about £ 200 a year on liquids. But fill with a decent water bottle and a tap instead … easy savings.
Take care of your golf shoes
A decent pair of golf shoes can cost £ 150 or more. If you treat them badly – when they are covered in grass in the locker or car boot and a little wet – they won’t last long. Give them a clean, apply some protective spray or polish, make sure they dry properly … show your shoes a little love and they will last longer so you don’t rush for a new pair on a regular basis.