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Is golf your most expensive hobby?

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mackepamackepa #TheWRX 3680WRX Points: 240Members Posts: 3,680
Joined:  edited Dec 22, 2018 in General Golf Talk #1
Is golf your most expensive hobby? Im really curious to see what guys have to say about this. For me it certainly is my favorite hobby. I work in the business and enjoy what I do very much. I spend my fair share still on greens fees, new shafts, grips and the likes. I also know guys that play every weekend and only use golf balls they find and haven’t bought a single new club in 10 years. They’d rather spend their money on their shoes, boats, watches, cars, guitars etc.
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  • AugustokAugustok  104WRX Points: 31Members Posts: 104
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    It’s my most pensive hobby but it’s my only hobby.
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  • BaitkillerBaitkiller  1758WRX Points: 155Members Posts: 1,758
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    Nope. The boat is and it aint even close.
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  • MtlJeffMtlJeff Montreal 28940WRX Points: 1,712Members Posts: 28,940
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    Yes it is, though I don't really have other hobbies right now beyond jogging and the odd softball league. Kids will do that!



    My wife rides horses. So golf is cheap by comparison
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  • Johnny_FairwayJohnny_Fairway South Jersey (Philly Burbs) 580WRX Points: 70Members Posts: 580
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    It's my most expensive hobby, but like said above with younger kids I don't really have time for a second hobby.



    Golf is certainly a nice indulgence. But it's not too bad on the spectrum of expensive hobbies.
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  • sdandreasdandrea Steve  2557WRX Points: 406Members Posts: 2,557
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    I play guitar in a performing rock band. My music stuff is just as expensive but I don't ho around as much.



    We own a 1965 Corvette in near mint condition, but I wouldn't call it a hobby - we don't show it, we just drive it.
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  • 596596 Lakeland, FL 3724WRX Points: 244Members Posts: 3,724
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    Triathlons were more expensive. $12,000 bicycles, $500 wetsuits, $200 running shoes, $300 cycling shoes and we haven't even paid to enter a race, or the hotel for the over night stays, or all the food you needed during 8 how workouts and 12 hour races.



    I had 8 bicycles setup for racing and training. The maintenance on the bikes was very expensive and I did it all myself.



    Golf can't hold a candle to all that.



    I raced nearly every weekend for over 10 years. 22 years in all



    Oh ya, I forgot about my classic cars.....
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  • NPVWhizNPVWhiz  1976WRX Points: 7Members Posts: 1,976
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    I own an old British sports car. So no, golf is not my most expensive hobby. I learned club building/making just as a distraction from the needs of the emerald green beast.
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  • tokeybtokeyb Gonna get better Omaha 383WRX Points: 56ClubWRX Posts: 383
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    Probably. I drive old cars, don't care about fashion/watches, etc. Hunting adds up, between licenses, decoys, waders, etc, but golf usually comes in higher at the end of the day.



    Honestly though, I pay more in cable/internet/cell service than golf.
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  • CheckJVCheckJV Male Model  2113WRX Points: 157Members Posts: 2,113
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    Youth sports was high up there for a while but now it’s just one left in University and no more youth sports. So yes, golf is my only hobby now.
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  • MalvernMalvern  499WRX Points: 123Members Posts: 499
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    Golf is part of life, not just a hobby, I spend a lot on it from club dues and all that goes with it to regular trips, perhaps not so much on equipment.



    Don't smoke (USD$25 a packet out here), don't have a boat, don't travel to ski, don't spend money on cars/watches, don't have a holiday house.



    So golf is easily manageable because its prioritised.
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  • MattyO1984MattyO1984  5605WRX Points: 1,069Members Posts: 5,605
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    Without a shadow of a doubt. I don't even want to sit and add together how much membership fees, green fees, equipment and apparel spends would be at the end of each year...
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  • YrrdeadYrrdead Better Living Through Chemistry  1640WRX Points: 147Members Posts: 1,640
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    It is now but I had a real geeky hobby that was also super expensive and time consuming. And even playing the game associated with said hobby had similar concerns; rules issues, slow play (4+ hrs per game), irritating opponents, very expensive niche equipment. I still get the tug to go back and check it out any time I see the stuff though. Its something I will definitely pick back up when the girls leave the house.
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  • Hawkeye77Hawkeye77 Iowa 19160WRX Points: 3,157ClubWRX Posts: 19,160
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    Yep.
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    For sure
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    Skiing adds up quickly, especially with three season passes plus the driving back and forth.



    drn92
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  • LeoLeo99LeoLeo99  4484WRX Points: 456Members Posts: 4,484
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    Yes, I don't shoot as much as I used to. Ammo is expensive!
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  • Kenny Lee PuckettKenny Lee Puckett  3463WRX Points: 49Members Posts: 3,463
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    sdandrea wrote:


    I play guitar in a performing rock band. My music stuff is just as expensive but I don't ho around as much.



    We own a 1965 Corvette in near mint condition, but I wouldn't call it a hobby - we don't show it, we just drive it.
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  • aceofclubsaceofclubs  850WRX Points: 84Members Posts: 850
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    Yes.

    I used to have 3 hobbies.

    Bowling, poker and golf. Bowling and poker were expensive but I could make $ back on good days. When we had a kid i gave them both up for golf which is more expensive and i have no real way of making any $.



    I prefer being outdoors.
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  • cardoustiecardoustie haha, we don't play for 5's Tasmania to Canada 13050WRX Points: 1,983Members Posts: 13,050
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    I buy lots of different golf things ... more transactions so to speak ... but more is spent on watches and my car and traveling ... but maybe the most is the two girls in university !
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  • KGilmaKGilma Franklin TN 216WRX Points: 58Members Posts: 216
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    No. Bass fishing is much more expensive between the boat, baits and high end rods and reels it isn't even close.
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  • homergolfhomergolf Bay Village, OH 1679WRX Points: 118Members Posts: 1,679
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    Baitkiller wrote:


    Nope. The boat is and it aint even close.




    Yep. Spending more in the off season than the actual season
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    sdandrea wrote:


    I play guitar in a performing rock band. My music stuff is just as expensive but I don't ho around as much.



    We own a 1965 Corvette in near mint condition, but I wouldn't call it a hobby - we don't show it, we just drive it.
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    Split window, I hope . . .
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  • GHIN n JuiceGHIN n Juice Wingpointe GC...Never Forgotten  1764WRX Points: 204Members Posts: 1,764
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    CheckJV wrote:


    Youth sports was high up there for a while but now it’s just one left in University and no more youth sports. So yes, golf is my only hobby now.




    Yeah, my daughter plays on a traveling soccer team that has league and tournament games all over the country. Watching her is my most expensive hobby.
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  • RSinSGRSinSG St George, UT (Formerly Palm Springs, CA) 3301WRX Points: 386ClubWRX Posts: 3,301
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    MtlJeff wrote:




    My wife rides horses. So golf is cheap by comparison




    This is my life. Wife and daughter have horses. Daughter now living out of the house so we’re down to two hay-burners. Believe me when I say it’s not like owning a dog. Horses are in a league of their own in the expense department.



    On the plus side, I never get any grief about golf expenses.

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    Motorcycle hobby costs more theoretically.....but it is a better adrenaline bump than a good hole per se'.
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  • DavidwDavidw Adelaide, Australia 41WRX Points: 22Members Posts: 41
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    MtlJeff wrote:


    Yes it is, though I don't really have other hobbies right now beyond jogging and the odd softball league. Kids will do that!



    My wife rides horses. So golf is cheap by comparison




    Same here. Golf pales in comparison to horses!
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  • deadsolid...shankdeadsolid...shank  14805WRX Points: 729ClubWRX Posts: 14,805
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    It’s the only hobby.
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  • GhostwedgeGhostwedge  672WRX Points: 85Members Posts: 672
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    I would call it a “lifestyle” more than a hobby.

    For example...my wife has introduced me before as “ my husband ? heʻs played golf for 30 years, the rest of it he just wasted”

    ...... ouch. lol
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  • jslane57jslane57  3929WRX Points: 25Members Posts: 3,929
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    Mountain biking and archery. Like golf, both can be very very expensive, or done on the budget. For me all three hobbies are about the same cost...
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  • KAndyManKAndyMan JUST GOTTA SEND IT!!! Trident/Lowcountry area 408WRX Points: 158Members Posts: 408
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    The way i see it, golf and related expenses are just a "cost of living". Without it id lose my sanity and not be able to live!!



    I have to agree with a few of the guys above in saying its a lifestyle more than a hobby in many ways bc of the social aspect that can be applied with it. Everything from common ground with business associates/clients/partners, to playing on the weekends with old buddies or just playing alone to escape the daily madness.
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