The beautiful sport of golf offers players a chance to unwind amidst friends and stunning scenery. However, given its reputation as a high-class game, many players wonder, “Just how much does it cost to golf?” The good news is it’s probably less than you think.  

 If you’re savvy with your spending, rent clubs whenever possible, and avoid unnecessarily expensive lessons and equipment, you can enjoy your day on the green without breaking the bank.  

Handling Green Fees 

Golf courses charge green fees for the use of their course. Unlike other golf costs, like purchasing clubs, these fees need to be paid every time you play. Green fees vary based on several factors, including the day of the week, time of day, and caliber of the course. Typically, green fees are lowest on weekday evenings.  

 Before committing to a club, shop around and compare fees from several golf courses in your area. Often, you’ll be able to book a standard game at peak times for as little as $35. Keep an eye out for promotions and special deals, as many courses offer special rates for tee times in the afternoon and evening (known as “twilight specials”), discounts for seniors or juniors, and even stay-and-play packages that bundle green fees with hotel accommodations. 

Purchasing Essential Equipment 

For new players, it might be tempting to jump to the best, most expensive products right off the bat, but you don’t need fancy equipment to play a good game.  

Many courses offer golf club rentals, so you can get started on the green without the upfront cost of purchasing your own clubs. When you do decide to get your own set, you can find bargain clubs at thrift stores and online marketplaces for just under $200—a fraction of the cost of a professional set. While you’re browsing drivers, be sure to stock your golf bag with a pitching wedge, sand wedge, and putter.  

When it comes to golf balls, resist the urge to buy a whole bucket at once. Instead, get a sleeve (around 3 balls) to practice with at a driving range. Speaking of ranges, they’re a fantastic way to hone your swing without paying for a trip to the course.  

Scheduling Golf Lessons 

When new players are starting out, golf lesson costs can seem intimidating or unnecessary, but in many cases, they can be worth it. Just a few golf lessons can dramatically improve your enjoyment of the game and save you money on lost balls—all without pushing you over budget. Consider scheduling group sessions with a PGA-certified instructor to save even more. As always, keep a keen eye out for special rates, promotional offers, and package deals.  

Check Out the Golf Pro Shop 

While you’re stocking up on the essentials, don’t forget to pay your local pro shop a visit. While the latest high-tech drivers might be tempting, focus on the essentials—comfortable shoes, a hat, and gloves. Many shops have sales sections or clearance racks with great deals on clothing and accessories.  

Remember, golf should be fun! By planning strategically and prioritizing your needs, you can experience the thrill of the game without a hefty price tag.  

Schedule a Tee Time with Blackberry Ridge 

Blackberry Ridge is proud to be among the best golf courses in Central Minnesota. With rates as low as $22 dollars, our stunning and spacious course is perfect for beginners and veterans alike.  

Visit our website to schedule a tee time today!