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i have a chance to play an exclusive private course that has hosted multiple US Open's, all I have to do is pay the greens fee.  Don't want to give the name because then people might know how much it costs.  i will say it's located in the Northeast.  Just curious what others would think is a fair price

 

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Price and value are separate things.  Being an exclusive private course doesn’t mean I should pay a high price if I don’t get any more enjoyment than the local muni.   I generally don’t like to pay a lot to play golf because after the round is over there isn’t anything left other than the memory.  I’ll say $100 as long as it is a bucket list type course.  

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Fair price and value of something will mean different things to different people.

Torrey Pines is a pretty steep price for a non resident of San Diego compared to the resident price. I would pay the standard fee for it because it’s a course I wouldn’t have the chance to play often. Is $250 fair? Maybe but maybe not depending on the persons view.

Bethpage Black is worth the price they currently charge. Also another example of price difference between resident and non resident fees being significant. 
 

While I wouldn’t pay $5000 to play a course that’s normally well under that I would be willing to spend extra money for a rare opportunity 

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22 minutes ago, ForeRightAgain said:

i have a chance to play an exclusive private course that has hosted multiple US Open's, all I have to do is pay the greens fee.  Don't want to give the name because then people might know how much it costs.  i will say it's located in the Northeast.  Just curious what others would think is a fair price

Is it something you want to do? I'd pay 1k to play augusta or cypress. But other then those, anything over $200 is hard for me to commit to. Sometimes the memory and prestige is worth it, often it's not.

One of the nicest courses I've ever played is in Idaho, Circling Raven, it is as good as a track as there is. Great condition, it's as good as the courses in Bandon or Pinehurst. It's $100. Once you are paying more than $100, you are paying for the name. Which is cool,  like I said, sometimes it's worth it. 

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I think I have a limit of $250, unless of course it was kicking into something to play Augusta or Pine Valley (which I know aren't options). I won't pay the $400+ to play number 2 here in Pinehurst, but would play $150 or so to play #1, 3, 5 etc or even drive up the road and pay the same $150 for Tobacco Road. 

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There is an intersection between quality, exclusivity and fun that can command a higher price in my mind. However, the few times I have paid over $200 for a round of golf (Kiawah, Pinehurst) I found myself thinking about the price during the round and especially after a bad shot. However, if this is a true bucket list item for you, you probably have to pay whatever it costs. The biggest lesson learned on this topic is, in the case of Kiawah, don't play one of the unknown other Kiawah courses that is still stupid expensive when you really just want to play the Ocean Course. Cougar Pointe at Kiawah is a boring, unmemorable golf course and it was a huge mistake to play it. 

The most fun golf courses I have ever played that was also in great condition are Pursell Farms in Alabama and Sweetens Cove. PF ranges from $100-150 and I loved it and never thought about the cost. Sweetens is like $100 to walk all day (for us that about 51 holes) and it was an absolute blast. That said, I am playing Harbour Town next month and that will be the most expensive round of golf I have ever played so hopefully I can put that behind me. Really only playing there because my Father in Law wants to play it. I would be happy with playing Old South or Hilton Head National for 1/4 the cost but whatever. 

Additional note: There is no golf course that is worth (to me) over $500 to play. Something like TPC Sawgrass, even once, is the equivalent of a year's worth of greens fees at my municipal courses and, plus, that course is going to absolutely kick me in the teeth. So yeah, not for me. 

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You lose me at about $150 and that's pushing it. That's why I refuse to play a lot of courses down around Naples during my annual March vacation.

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Thanks for responding. My usual max is around $150.  One of the reasons why I haven't booked a trip to places like Pebble and Bandon.  The greens fee for the course I mentioned is even more than Bandon at it's peak and around the same as Pebble.  

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A good friend of mine who lives in Chillicothe, OH had the opportunity to play at Firestone CC with a vice-president of Goodyear.  Worst round of his life because he said it was so beautiful that he was afraid to take a divot.  🤣

My wife and I had the opportunity to play TPC Sawgrass with a member, so we didn't need a forecaddie.  It still was $350 each; too rich for us.  My wife said she couldn't enjoy a round of golf that expensive.  So, it looks like our limit is $200... that's $400 because I'm paying for two!  

We paid $340 to play Kapalua Plantation course; that was the afternoon rate.  Spent another $200 having dinner on the patio of the restaurant!  But it was memorable!

I guess if the course costs more than a person wants to pay to play, then it shouldn't be your bucket list course.

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Depending on the course and the opportunity I may have to play it again - I'd say around $200 out of my pocket, but maybe more if I knew this would be one of my only chances at playing it.  If work is paying for it - then $1,000 and bring on Cyrpress Point and Pine Valley if there is somehow a chance.

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I’d say $200 is my max but would have to be a prime course

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I get to play a lot of nice courses. But if anything is over $125.00 your paying for the name. Is the name worth $200 to $500 for you to play it? To me no. For my company to impress a client yes.

I played Bethpage Black many times back before the tour came there. It was $22.00 to play because it was hard and you had to walk but always available tee times. The tour comes in, some changes are made to the course and now its upwards of $150 to walk and good luck getting a tee time. No carts are allowed on the black. The red course there is similar to the black and $100 the other 3 courses there cost $43. I know it's on a lot of peoples bucket list. But I think it's a rip off to charge that much just because the tour stops there every few years. 

If someone asked me to go play Pebble Beach I would pass. Is it a bucket list course, yes. Will I pay $550.00, nope. It's the principle for me. I think I would be pissed shortly into my round. Its just another golf course with great views and a name. If I shot an 80 it would be $6.87 per stroke. That puts it in perspective for me.

 

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Okay along with this topic I want to see everyones thoughts on this. 

A few years back I went back to New Zealand on a vacation/work trip. I fell in love the the look and videos of Tara Iti. If none of you have looked it up, please do. It looks amazing and would likely be the best ever course I would have played.... yes I didn't pull the trigger on this. For everyones reference for non members you can play, but it is a true once in a lifetime situation. A guest can follow certain steps and play ONCE in their lifetime. So this isn't just a how much would you pay to play, but also how much would pay for a truly once in a lifetime golf experience? This also means you can play as many times as you like for the time you stay. Not just a single round.

A quick breakdown of the costs goes as follows
For me flights were free so no worries there, but NZ isn't a short or cheap flight. I think round trip mine was about 2800 US round trip which included a stop for a week in Australia. 
Rental car was $30 a day, so not bad there. 
However here is the golf stuff - Rooms (which are mandatory for play at Tara Iti) range from $1000 NZ a night ($750 US) to $4000 NZ a night. A breakfast is included in the price. Rounds of golf were $690 NZ a night and there is also a $200 caddie fee per round. 

Breakdown- 2 Rounds of golf, 1 night room = $4000 NZ or about $3000 US. 

So how I was looking at it I could have gone for 2 rounds with one on the day of arrival and stay a night then one the next day and then have to go and get driving to make my way down to the South Island where I was working. 

Ultimately I decided on not going as I truly wanted to, but the timing would have been rushed and I didn't want to feel that pressure if I was going to pull the trigger on it. If I had more time would I have? I'm not going to lie I was really really close... but for a true once in a lifetime golf experience what would you pay?

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I think the most expensive course is my area is about $75 on a weekend morning. So you get much higher, it better be a bucket list, or at least something by a famous architect, or America's top 100 etc. Like so many others on here, the cost depends on the specific course vs. the experience. Tour stops like Bethpage & Memorial Park in Houston are very affordable, so no question. Torrey Pines, Whistling Straits, any of The Open rotation etc. - probably worth it for a once in a lifetime round. Over $500 for Pebble? That gives me pause. So to answer the question I guess that's what, like $300?

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On 10/29/2021 at 6:49 AM, DiscipleofPenick said:

I think the most expensive course is my area is about $75 on a weekend morning. So you get much higher, it better be a bucket list, or at least something by a famous architect, or America's top 100 etc. Like so many others on here, the cost depends on the specific course vs. the experience. Tour stops like Bethpage & Memorial Park in Houston are very affordable, so no question. Torrey Pines, Whistling Straits, any of The Open rotation etc. - probably worth it for a once in a lifetime round. Over $500 for Pebble? That gives me pause. So to answer the question I guess that's what, like $300?

Jealous of you that say your top local round is under $75 on weekends.  My cheapest local round, on a decent course, starts at $78 with cart.   I can play a state course with cart for around $56, but the conditions deteriorate as the year goes on and decent chance of a 5 hour round on weekends as well.

The other day played Ferry Point, the jewel of NYC's public courses.  Cost over $200 for a weekday round with cart.  Have to say with the cost and getting my butt handed to me by the setup, can't say it was enjoyable at all.

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On 10/29/2021 at 3:30 AM, GolfSpy_APH said:

Okay along with this topic I want to see everyones thoughts on this. 

A few years back I went back to New Zealand on a vacation/work trip. I fell in love the the look and videos of Tara Iti. If none of you have looked it up, please do. It looks amazing and would likely be the best ever course I would have played.... yes I didn't pull the trigger on this. For everyones reference for non members you can play, but it is a true once in a lifetime situation. A guest can follow certain steps and play ONCE in their lifetime. So this isn't just a how much would you pay to play, but also how much would pay for a truly once in a lifetime golf experience? This also means you can play as many times as you like for the time you stay. Not just a single round.

A quick breakdown of the costs goes as follows
For me flights were free so no worries there, but NZ isn't a short or cheap flight. I think round trip mine was about 2800 US round trip which included a stop for a week in Australia. 
Rental car was $30 a day, so not bad there. 
However here is the golf stuff - Rooms (which are mandatory for play at Tara Iti) range from $1000 NZ a night ($750 US) to $4000 NZ a night. A breakfast is included in the price. Rounds of golf were $690 NZ a night and there is also a $200 caddie fee per round. 

Breakdown- 2 Rounds of golf, 1 night room = $4000 NZ or about $3000 US. 

So how I was looking at it I could have gone for 2 rounds with one on the day of arrival and stay a night then one the next day and then have to go and get driving to make my way down to the South Island where I was working. 

Ultimately I decided on not going as I truly wanted to, but the timing would have been rushed and I didn't want to feel that pressure if I was going to pull the trigger on it. If I had more time would I have? I'm not going to lie I was really really close... but for a true once in a lifetime golf experience what would you pay?

I’m willing to dump 5 digits for a once in a lifetime experience. 

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my answer all depends on the circumstances of the round.  

if i'm on a trip and the round is part of a larger experience, then i'd be willing to pay more.  and there really isn't a top end to that budget.  i enjoy my vacations.

if i'm just driving to a course, playing it, eating a meal and driving home, i wouldn't go more than $500 out of pocket.

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Jealous of you that say your top local round is under $75 on weekends.  My cheapest local round, on a decent course, starts at $78 with cart.   I can play a state course with cart for around $56, but the conditions deteriorate as the year goes on and decent chance of a 5 hour round on weekends as well.

The other day played Ferry Point, the jewel of NYC's public courses.  Cost over $200 for a weekday round with cart.  Have to say with the cost and getting my butt handed to me by the setup, can't say it was enjoyable at all.

Yep, and that's for a Pete Dye course too. I would say $50 is the average round for our public courses on a Saturday Morning. 18+cart.

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On 10/28/2021 at 8:09 AM, cnosil said:

I generally don’t like to pay a lot to play golf because after the round is over there isn’t anything left other than the memory.

Memories last forever.  The money... you can't take it to the grave with you.  About 20 years ago I spent $10,000 to fly two friends to Pebble Beach for 3 days of golf, lodging, meals, caddies, spa treatments, good wine.  I wouldn't trade it for anything.  People ask me if I wouldn't rather still have the money.  Nope!  The memories are priceless... that's what life is about.  I'd say it was about a $200,000 memory, so I got a bargain on it.

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On 10/28/2021 at 8:01 AM, ForeRightAgain said:

i have a chance to play an exclusive private course that has hosted multiple US Open's, all I have to do is pay the greens fee.  Don't want to give the name because then people might know how much it costs.  i will say it's located in the Northeast.  Just curious what others would think is a fair price

Just do it.  Memories are better than telling others while on your deathbed how much you saved.  "I feel like I've got about 5 more minutes before I die, but I have to tell everyone in this room, everyone gathered around me, that I once saved $550 by not playing Pebble Beach."  How impressive is that?!

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