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On 10/28/2021 at 5:08 PM, Tom the Golf Nut said:

I get to play a lot of nice courses. But if anything is over $125.00 your paying for the name.

No, you're paying to walk in the footsteps of Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus.  I played Pebble Beach a week after Tiger Woods holed out on #15 from the fairway to go on and win.  I asked my caddie if he could lead me to that spot in the fairway.  He did and I played my second shot from that spot.  I did not hole out.

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I've payed $100-$200 to play TPC tournament courses, including $180 for Torrey Pines South afternoon rate. If it's a once-in-a-lifetime, do it. I played TPC Scottsdale several months ago, and when I got to 16...it was just a plain old par 3! But I played Sawgrass a few days before it closed for The Players, all the stands were up, mulch was down, course perfect, and when I got to 17...That Was PERFECT! (Pin back left, hit the retaining wall, ball bounced to 6', made the putt!). That was a great experience.

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On 10/28/2021 at 10:01 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

 

What is the reason for which you are given access, escorted by member, unescorted by member, local golf association play day, outing, tournament?

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Even though Pebble Beach is Pebble Beach, I might find it hard to part with that much money - I've become a little more miserly in my old age. It would depend on the circumstances, though. Places like Augusta or Pine Valley might get the wallet open a little faster. Maybe it's because I know I will never play either of those, whereas I can get on PB.

The most I've ever paid was $150 in Mexico and it was one of the best experiences on a golf course I've ever had, even with rental clubs.

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 My family did a trip to St. Andrews and we played the Old Course and the Castle Course. Best golf trip of my life, being able to play the Old Course, get my picture with my dad and four month old son on the Swilcan Bridge was worth every penny. Went to Lahinch and I could not afford a round there at the time, so we played the castle course there, much cheaper, less crowded and runs parallel to Lahinch, second best golf trip of my life. Shot the same score at both courses almost 10 years apart. You're paying for the memories. Not a single person who has played St. Andrews or Pebble or Kiawah ever posts about the technical challenge of the course or the stimp rating on the greens. If you are going to a course with people that matter to you then how much is THAT time worth, because otherwise it is just a nice walk. 

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Usually private clubs are the guest fee so I'm surprised it's that high.  They are making their money off of memberships, equity, food and beverage, not guest fees.  I have been able to play a very exclusive and expensive club in my area (not Northeast expensive but pretty pricey never the less) for the guest fee on a reciprocal and it was actually cheaper than the guest fees at my club which is more moderately priced.  If you are playing as a guest I can't imagine it's that much.  Of course if it's an outing all bets are off - they could get you for top dollar.

 

Places like Pebble are a totally different matter they are resort courses.  You will absolutely pay a premium to play it.

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In the USA, Pebble Beach might be the most expensive green fee;

and sometimes you can't get a TT unless, you book overnight stay in their lodge/resort...

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Years ago, I could have paid $500 to play PB.   I refused....

Now it might be $650....   

I still balk; also realize in my older years, I may never play there....  but it is not on my bucket list...

to each their own....   

as $650 might only feel like a muni fee to those who can afford to be members.

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39 minutes ago, flyingwedges said:

What is the reason for which you are given access, escorted by member, unescorted by member, local golf association play day, outing, tournament?

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I’d pay the big bucks for the top courses.  I’ve had family vacation already this year where we paid upwards of $200 to play at greywalls in Michigan. $500 is probably my limit at this time but if it’s a once in a lifetime course I could do it. But I honestly think I’d be happy with the recent stay and play packages that maximize saved money

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On 10/28/2021 at 11:01 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

 

$220 or more.

 

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I live in the Northeast and will spend up to $250 guest fee at a high-end course, but normally that's "corporate golf" with a business associate.  If it's a once in a lifetime opportunity to play St. Andrews with your son or dad, crack open your wallet. It's the experience and the memories that matter. Don't go cheap. 

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19 minutes ago, Duxman130 said:

If it's a once in a lifetime opportunity to play St. Andrews with your son or dad, crack open your wallet. It's the experience and the memories that matter. Don't go cheap.

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I have been lucky enough to play about a dozen top 100 courses, both with a member and without.

The cheapest unaccompanied round has been about $250 and the typical is $300-350. As an example, I just played a top 30 course in the south last week and the charge was $325, plus $50 “base rate” for caddie fees.

It was well worth it! 

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I would say it depend on how much the cost conflicts with your bank account. As much as I’d like to play Pebble or any of the other elite public or private courses I may get an opportunity to play, I just don’t have the resources to pull it off. 

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Wife and I are heading down to Oxnard CA - from Vancouver BC - in a couple of weeks to be with our daughter for Thanksgiving. We've planned a side trip up to Monterrey where I've booked a round at Pacific Grove - "poor man's Pebble Beach" - at $75 each, which is not bad. But I've also booked a round at Sandpiper in Santa Barbara. For us non-residents the rate is US$190 each with a cart. In Canadian 'pesos' that's C$225 each. So for us poor retirees that's a fair chunk of change. However, we are on vacation and the course promises wonderful Pacific coast scenery as we play which we are looking forward to. A few years back we played Wailea Gold in Maui and paid much more and it took me  maybe 4 holes for the shock of paying around 600 bucks to wear off and settle down and enjoy the fact we were playing golf in paradise. Not sure if I remember the ouch of the cost or the beauty of the course more.

BTW - Our home course - Peace Portal - costs a very affordable C$100 for both of us walking.

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22 hours ago, Double Mocha Man said:

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.

 I agree with Double Mocha Man. I also payed an exorbitant amount to play, $175, Pebble Beach 30 years ago. I still remember every shot like it was yesterday. I was a dirt poor Marine at the time but one can't let opportunity go by. I don't regret it one bit. I still watch tournaments there and tell the everyone, yup, I hit it right there. Times change, though, at that time I was paying $30 to play Spyglass Hill and $10 to play Fort Ord Bayonet Course. Can't do that anymore.

Just saying though that once was enough for Pebble Beach unless Double Mocha Man has another jet waiting...🙂

 

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I might pay 2 bills to play a course with the exception of Pebble, and that's only because Pebble holds a special place for me in golf history.  Whistling Straits is one that catches my eye and I might play it one day, but I only that as I have no idea how much $$$ it is .  

I cringe a $100 with cart to be honest out here in Oregon  

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I have played a lot of championship courses that have held PGA or European Tour events. (Even Majors) $200 is a very fair price. $250 would be the max I would pay. This will never happen, but I would pay more to play Augusta National, but nothing else.

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