How Much Does it Cost to Play Golf?

By P.J. Chass

Despite its reputation as a club sport exclusive to the rich, golf is a sport that anybody can enjoy. You don't need much money or equipment to go from the practice range to the real fairways and greens of a local course. All you need is some basic equipment and a few courses within your budget to start enjoying a game that lasts a lifetime.
 

Equipment

Basic starter and junior sets that contain woods, irons and a putter typically start around $200. For those looking to upgrade their set, equipment from top manufacturers ranges from $150 to $500 each for drivers and woods, $50 to $300 each for putters and $400 to $1,500 for a set of iron. Balls cost $15 to $50 per dozen.

Apparel

Gloves, which stabilize a player's grip on the club, cost $5 to $25. Golf shoes reduce slipping and help maintain proper footwork, and typically cost between $50 and $200 per pair.

Green fees

Green fees for a round of golf vary by location, season and time of day. Nine-hole municipal courses can charge as little as $5 to $10 to walk, while full-length 18-hole courses charge anywhere from $25 to $150 or more. Fees are generally highest in the morning and on weekends. Also public and municipal courses are often cheaper than private courses. 

Other fees

Courses charge additional fees for pull and motor carts ($5 to $25) and, at some courses, for advanced tee times (up to $5). Rental clubs are available at most courses, with prices beginning at $10 to $25.

Lessons

Many golf courses and driving ranges have a professional on staff who offers individual lessons and on-course instruction. Private sessions cost anywhere from $40 to $150 per hour depending on the facility and instructor.

About The Author

P.J. Chass has been freelance writing since 1997. His work has appeared in "The Daily Orange," "The Fischler Report," MSGNetwork.com and in several New York community newspapers. In 2008, he created Golf On Long Island, a website dedicated to public golf in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Chass graduated from Syracuse University with a bachelor's degree in journalism.

ACTIVITY FEED

Zeke I.  Scored 104 at  Serrano El Dorado Hills, California

Zeke I.  Scored 98 at  Cherry Island Elverta, California

A E.  Scored 94 at  River View Santa Ana, California

Chris A. joined GolfLink

Scott M.  just went PRO!

View Activity Feed

Video of the Day
Takeaway: Half Way Back Watch Video>>

Related Articles

Article Image Playing Golf with Your Child

Golf is a great sport that can be played throughout your life. ...

Article Image Golf: How to Swing

The basic golf swing is a simple movement, but somehow we complicate ...

Article Image Driving Range Safety Tips

The driving range should be a part of nearly every golfer's...

Article Image Driving Range Tips for Beginners

It is common to see both beginner and seasoned golfers head to ...

Article Image What to Bring to a Driving Range

The driving range is a place where many serious and leisure gol...

View All Related Articles

More Golf Articles

Grants for Female Golfers
Since the early 1970s, women's sports has grown exponentially in the United States. For organizers, coaches and athletes, there are a plethora of ......