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.
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 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.
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.
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.