Recession Golf: Tee Off For Less

  • Times are tough on the links

    If a wallet that used to be as muscular as Tiger Woods is now as thin as a flagstick, golf feels your pain. While PGA Tour purses will remain steady in 2010, elsewhere the game is getting buried in sand. Golf equipment sales have continued to decline in ’09, as have rounds played, where terrible weekend weather in the Northeast in particular did course operators no favors. The LPGA Tour has lost sponsors and tournaments faster than John Daly has lost weight following lap-band surgery. The list goes on. Photo Credit: sfslim
    The Game’s Pain is Your Gain
  • The Game’s Pain is Your Gain

    While high-end daily fee courses and exclusive private clubs have been hitting shanks, the good news is that there is more good, cheap golf to be had than any time in recent memory. Plus, if you’ve been laid off, you can even take advantage of midweek rates and courses even emptier than usual. Here are five examples that should get you racing to your search engines for deals in your area. Photo Credit: chispita_666
    Camelback Golf Course, Scottsdale, Ariz.
  • Camelback Golf Course, Scottsdale, Ariz.

    “Military golf” is far from an oxymoron; in fact, there are many courses on military bases throughout the country. This year, Marriott Golf, which operates Camelback, introduced the Fairway Furloughs Military Golf Program, which offers active, reserve and retired military personnel discounts at 26 of its courses nationwide. Among these layouts is the highly decorated Camelback, where from now until year’s end the men and women in green can hit the greens after 12 p.m. for $39, including cart. For more info: Camelbackinn.com,  800-242-2635 Photo Credit: Camelbackinn.com
    Dinsmore Golf Course, Staatsburg, NY
  • Dinsmore Golf Course, Staatsburg, NY

    Dinsmore is a New York State municipal course, which makes it a relative of Bethpage Black, host of last year’s U.S. Open — not a close relative, but still. If this course lacks length at under 6,000 yards, it makes up for with beautiful views of the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains beyond. It has history on its side, too — the front nine dates back to the 1890s, one of America’s oldest stretch of holes. All this for $22 during the week and $26 on weekends. For more info: nysparks.com, 845-889-3126 Photo Credit: Bing.com
    Dunmaglas Golf Course, Charlevoix, Mich.
  • Dunmaglas Golf Course, Charlevoix, Mich.

    Northern Michigan may be the country’s most underrated golf destination, with more high-quality public offerings at a reasonable price than just about anywhere. And the Scottish links–inspired Dunmaglas may be the most under-the-radar great course here. While your day’s first round will run you more than $40 (from $42 to $89 depending on time and date), a replay round costs $40 or under all year except on high-season weekends. With the area’s long summer days, getting in a second 18 won’t be a problem (though you’ll have to wait for summer, of course). That’s dollar-cost averaging a golfer can love. For more info: Dunmaglas.com,  231-547-4653 Photo Credit: Dunmaglas.com
    The Rawls Course at Texas Tech, Lubbock, Tex.
  • The Rawls Course at Texas Tech, Lubbock, Tex.

    Minimalist architect Tom Doak has been the hottest designer in golf over the past decade. His next course to open, Old Macdonald at the world-famous Bandon Dunes Golf Resort — where his Pacific Dunes course, ranked in many world top-10 lists, already resides — is the sport’s most anticipated 2010 arrival. Players who happen to be in Lubbock can get their Doak experience on the cheap at the Rawls Course at Texas Tech University, where $40 gets you a tee time Monday through Thursday, or $34 if you want to tee off before 11 a.m. For more info: Therawlscourse.com, 806-742-4653 Photo Credit: Therawlscourse.com
    Victoria Hills Golf Club, Deland, Fla.
  • Victoria Hills Golf Club, Deland, Fla.

    Orlando has some goofy golf but also has its share of gems. Just north of town you’ll find the acclaimed Victoria Hills, voted one of the top ten public courses in the state by none other than Golfweek, whose editorial offices are in Orlando, so the staffers should know. It’s a handsome, traditional tree-lined track, short on gimmickry. Get your Mickey Mouse fix beforehand; rates drop to $35 after 2 p.m. on weekdays and weekends alike. For more info: Victoriahillsgolf.com, 386-738-6000 Photo Credit:  Victoriahillsgolf.com
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