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  1. 1. If you've got $3000 to spend on a once-in-a-lifetime golf experience, would you choose Pebble Beach or something else?

    • Play Pebble Beach
      32
    • Full set of PXG
      9
    • Golf Academy
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    • Celebrity Instructor
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    • Launch Monitor Studio
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    • Other
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  2. 2. What greens fee would you be willing to pay to play Pebble Beach?

    • $500+
      19
    • $400-499
      15
    • $300-399
      23
    • $200-299
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    • $100-199
      30
    • $1-99
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    • Only if it were free
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Pebble Beach's recent price increase has drawn some public scrutiny on Social Media.  What price can you really put on a once-in-a-lifetime round of golf?  Of course, playing Pebble doesn't come down to just a greens fee unless you live in the immediate vicinity.  In addition to the cost of playing, you've got to stay at the lodge (if you want to book more than 24hrs in advance), travel would most likely include airfare and a car, plus all the food, beverages, and souvenirs that are part of the collateral experience.  Then, who just plays one round on a buddies trip?  Throw in a round and Spyglass while you're at it and the all-in trip is pushing right up against $3000.  

 

So that begs the question: If you've got $3k to spend on a once-in-a-lifetime golf experience, would you choose to play Pebble Beach or do something else?  This thread is a poll so enter your results then talk about your reasoning below.

 

 

The Options are:

  • Play Pebble Beach
  • Buy Full set of PXG with the fitting experience in AZ
  • Attend a week-long Golf Academy
  • Receive a multi-day lesson from a Celebrity Instructor like Hank Haney or other
  • Outfit your house with a Launch Monitor hitting Studio
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dream....dream of an in-home studio.  I see the pics on insta and twitter and am so envious.

 

and if you think that 3k for Pebble is not realistic check out this article - which doesn't include the cost of travel - https://www.golf.com/travel/2020/01/29/pebble-beach-greens-fees-increase-2020/

 

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I understand the arguments for and against the $500 green fee. I bet at $500 the Pebble tee sheet doesn't sit empty.

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I actually almost went to pebble for my father in laws 60th, but he decided against it, likely due to all the extra costs. I could convince myself that the green fee was worth it. (One round there vs 6ish here... steep, but it is not too crazy).

But if you handed me 3Gs and said spend it on golf I would probably rather get
Myself a sky track and build out a home Sim. The long NE winters and general lack of time with 3 kids would make evening rounds/practice in the sim much more beneficial I think.


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If I had $3,000 for a golf specific experience, I would use it to play as many courses as I could that I find interesting, rather than spending it all at one course.

Some quick examples without actually having done any real research into costs:

Arcadia Bluffs
Bandon Dunes (multiple courses to choose from)
Myrtle Beach golf trip
Forest Dunes - The Loop
Chambers Bay
Sand Valley
 

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Why not. When you consider how precious life is, it’s more important to live in the moment and indulge every so often.


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3k gets you a lot of other golf trips for alot of places I'd love to play for alot of days instead of two courses, so I went for other.

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Ok, I'll show my ignorance.  What is LM+In-Home Studio?


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My dream golf experience is a lengthy trip to Scotland and Ireland.  I'm sure $3,000 wouldn't cover my dream but Pebble Beach has never been a "bucket list" item for me.  I'm not sure why except to say, I have always felt drawn to the origins of the game rather than the exorbitant Americanized version of the game.  The game is open and welcoming in Scotland and Ireland.  It's mostly closed, stuffy and elitist in the US.  And Pebble Beach is the poster child for that closed, stuffy and elitist mantra given it would cost over $800 after fees, taxes, caddie and gratuity for a single experience. 

I guess I'm not really playing along with the topic, as presented, but I would save the $3,000 until I had enough to fund my lengthy trip around Scotland and Ireland.

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14 minutes ago, gobama84 said:

Ok, I'll show my ignorance.  What is LM+In-Home Studio?

Launch Monitor plus in-home studio

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3 minutes ago, GolfSpy Stroker said:

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1 minute ago, THEZIPR23 said:

Missing a zero to get this...

TRUE!

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I have played Pebble, and will more than likely play it again. Luckily for me travel is cheap so 3k will get me Pebble and Spyglass. 


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I picked playing Pebble Beach but since I'm retired I also picked the 100-199 category - which is substantially lower than RL. Part of what I like about golf is being outdoors and taking in the breathtaking views and experience that PB would offer therefore wouldn't pick the LM. 

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7 minutes ago, GolfSpy Stroker said:

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That's the Golfzon simulator. We have two of those at a new place called Coastal Swing ( www.coastalswing.com)  I've played there a few times. FYI the owner told me that each Golfzon sim cost $75,000. so a bit above that $3,000. mark  

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1 minute ago, tony@CIC said:

That's the Golfzon simulator. We have two of those at a new place called Coastal Swing ( www.coastalswing.com)  I've played there a few times. FYI the owner told me that each Golfzon sim cost $75,000. so a bit above that $3,000. mark  

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If I had 3 grand to spend, I'd probably go back to Scotland, I know how to do most of a week for something in that ballpark.  Self-drive car hire, B&Bs (not hotels), mix in some lesser-known courses, that would be my choice.  Second choice might be a 3 or 4 day golf academy.

I think the most I've spent for a few days of golf was my short visit to Kohler, and my max price to play at Pebble is in the same range as it cost to play the Straits Course.  The golf at Kohler is reasonably expensive, but the lodging was much more reasonable than the reported room rates at Pebble Beach.

I've spent bunches of money on golf, and will probably will continue to do that in the future, but I'm afraid that the combination of golf plus lodging at Pebble Beach is beyond my personal ability to swallow.  I don't blame them for charging that kind of money, the demand is there, but I can't see doing it myself.  And tougher still for me, my wife is a golfer, so take the golf cost and double it.

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So I've played PB once, and paid the NCGA 'Winter Special' rate of $425 with a $75 pro shop gift card. To this day, it's one of the best golf experiences of my life even though we got rained on for 7/18 holes. When I was living in the area, I had already heard grumbles about the price and this latest price increase is insane IMO. I get it...Pebble Beach is public and exists to make money, but c'mon. It's one of the most popular golf courses IN THE WORLD. They could easily charge $250 - $350, still make an absolute killing and provide the same iconic experience. All that said, even with this price increase and the increases that will inevitably follow, people will still play it. 

As for the poll, I voted $400-$499 and LM/in-home studio. A guy has to have dreams, right? 

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2 hours ago, B.Boston said:

I actually almost went to pebble for my father in laws 60th, but he decided against it, likely due to all the extra costs. I could convince myself that the green fee was worth it. (One round there vs 6ish here... steep, but it is not too crazy).

But if you handed me 3Gs and said spend it on golf I would probably rather get
Myself a sky track and build out a home Sim. The long NE winters and general lack of time with 3 kids would make evening rounds/practice in the sim much more beneficial I think.


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Fortunately I've done the bucket list round at Pebble and Spyglass and was worth every penny of the $2450 I spent at at Spanish Bay all inclusive special the summer of 2018!

Was heaven on earth! But I could not say it better than B. Boston...my goal is to have an at home sim someday. Hoping the tech improves quite a bit soon as well.

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Fortunately I've done the bucket list round at Pebble and Spyglass and was worth every penny of the $2450 I spent at at Spanish Bay all inclusive special the summer of 2018!
Was heaven on earth! But I could not say it better than B. Boston...my goal is to have an at home sim someday. Hoping the tech improves quite a bit soon as well.


I’ve been spoiled by my office building which has a full swing sim in the gym. I makes me wish I didn’t have a 45 mile commute or I’d come in the weekends too

It would be nice to have something at home where I could take full swings and see an accurate ball flight. Swinging the foam balls with my son in the yard is fun to really shape them, but isn’t really helping my game much.


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