50 Best Courses under $50

Need your help fellow GolfWRX'ers. Beginning research for an article I plan to write regarding the 50 Best Courses in America under $50. Going to be highlighting one course per state. Will have in-depth evaluations on several criteria, including quality of course, amenities, natural beauty/views, location, clubhouse, "fun factor", etc... Highest price posted with cart MUST be less than $50. Looking for lots of suggestions. Thanks!


  • TheMackDaddyTheMackDaddy SEATTLEJr. Boomers Posts: 4,729 ✭✭
    Gold mountain golf course in Bremerton, Washington. Good luck finding something better!!!
  • burniemacburniemac Members Posts: 271
    Sand Creek Station in Newton Kansas
  • jallstar23jallstar23 Members Posts: 219 ✭✭
    Timber Trace Golf Club in Pinckney, MI
  • Titleist87Titleist87 Members Posts: 2,868 ✭✭
    Indian Canyon, Spokane, Washington.
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  • mctrees02mctrees02 Lefty Boomers Posts: 1,278 ✭✭
    Grapevine GC, Grapevine, TX though I think their latest price increase has their peak rate at $51 now.
  • wholeinwon wholeinwon Members Posts: 2,242 ✭✭
    Millcreek Golf Club near Rochester, NY, such a fun course, very challenging, lots of elevation change, always has been in incredible condition.


    $29 Walking Mon-Thrs all summer long

    $39 cart Mon-Thrs all summer long

    $39 Walking Fri-Sun + Holidays peak rate

    $49 w/ Cart Fri-Sun + Holidays peak rate
  • PetethreeputPetethreeput Members Posts: 1,439 ✭✭
    Old Works, Anaconda, MT. Under 50 without cart.
  • CPSOXCPSOX Members Posts: 489
    Lawsonia Links - WI & Wild Horse - NE
  • Skaffa77Skaffa77 No place like the Sand Hills! ClubWRX Posts: 6,869 ClubWRX
    CPSOX wrote:

    Lawsonia Links - WI & Wild Horse - NE

    Was going to say Wildhorse as well, but their rate with cart is now above $50.http://www.playwildhorse.com/course/
  • bandonman91bandonman91 SpokaneMembers Posts: 27 ✭✭

    Old Works, Anaconda, MT. Under 50 without cart.

    Could Not agree more
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  • Desert GolfDesert Golf Members Posts: 1,573
    edited Apr 15, 2013 #12
    We have some outstanding courses in the Palm Springs area that can be played for under $50. The catch is that you have to play them in June, July, or August when it is over 110F. The rest of the year they are much more expensive. On a serious note, I would nominate Soboba Springs in San Jacinto, CA, which is a 45 minute drive from Palm Springs. It is basically on the other side of Mt. San Jacinto, which you see when they play the "Bob Hope" or "Dinah Shore" events out here. Soboba is $40 per round and previous home of the Nationwide Tour. The Soboba Indians purchased a few years ago and built a nice clubhouse/bar/restaurant. I play here quite a bit in the winter when rates are high at home. Solid layout, always in great shape, and a good test of golf. The Pepsi Tour played there today.
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    Black Lake in Onaway Mi better be on that list
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    Willingers in the south of the Twin CIties has been several times recognized as one of the best under $50 in America by publications. I was skeptic until I played it. Premium experience and bring all your clubs, that you will need them. Also, don't forget your ball retriever.
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  • homergolfhomergolf Bay Village, OHMembers Posts: 1,677 ✭✭
    edited Apr 15, 2013 #15
    Sleepy Hollow Golf Course, Brecksville, Ohio
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  • BubbBubb Members Posts: 1,307 ✭✭
    The Grande in Jackson Michigan is better than a lot of courses I have payed more than double for.
  • LHgolferLHgolfer Lefty Boomers Posts: 159 ✭✭
    Woodforest golf club magnolia, tx
  • pingizzlepingizzle Members Posts: 211 ✭✭
    Valley View - Layton, Utah

    Sand Hollow - Hurricane, Utah

    There are a ton of really great options in Utah for that price range!
  • CowtownTexasCowtownTexas Members Posts: 1,427
    Got stood up by a fishing guide, decided to find a golf course, and found this place. That was 20 years ago on a great trip with my dad, but looking at the rates it's still under $50.

    Pinon Hills should cover New Mexico for you.

  • sharkiesjsharkiesj Members Posts: 3,012 ✭✭
    Pacific Grove GC. Best bang for your buck in the entire state of California.

    Honorable mention: Aetna Springs
  • bradskibradski Members Posts: 2,337 ✭✭
    In washington as mentioned. the home course. also Apple tree.

    Coronado in San diego is $35 and is a good deal for that.

    The problem with this is many courses that are $200 can be had for less then $50. would you want to include these?
  • deckdeck Off The Deck Members Posts: 3,849 ✭✭

    Millcreek Golf Club near Rochester, NY, such a fun course, very challenging, lots of elevation change, always has been in incredible condition.


    $29 Walking Mon-Thrs all summer long

    $39 cart Mon-Thrs all summer long

    $39 Walking Fri-Sun + Holidays peak rate

    $49 w/ Cart Fri-Sun + Holidays peak rate

    Second this one amongst many others in NY. We have lots here that are amazing
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  • act0fgodact0fgod Members Posts: 168 ✭✭
    Please post the final results of the article. I'm interested to see the final project as $50 on the weekend with cart is tough to find in many areas. I started to look at each of the recommendations and quickly found most of them don't meet the requirements you listed (under $50 with cart at highest published time). Not sure if people aren't reading the actual requirements or if they just want to post courses they like and think are good value. There was at least one course recommended that is over $100 peak rate. I can understand the people that posted where the course was just over, like $51.
  • mhammel73mhammel73 Members Posts: 73
    Totteridge, just southeast of Pittsburgh, PA
  • HiSpeed48HiSpeed48 Members Posts: 2,108 ✭✭
    Capital Hills Golf Course - NY

    $45 non-resident w/ cart

    Lots of elevation change. Some cool holes. Always in great condition. And it hosts a Symetra Tour event every year.
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  • bcflyguy1bcflyguy1 Enjoying my coffee... Members Posts: 3,014 ✭✭
    edited Apr 16, 2013 #26
    Don't know yet what their rates will be, but the former Minot Country Club is going to re-open this summer as a daily fee facility on the west side of Minot, ND. The course and all facilities were destroyed in the summer floods of 2011, so the course being brought back from the dead by former members of the club would make for an interesting story. I was a member when stationed there 6 years ago and the layout and conditions were outstanding, especially considering the relatively small town it's in.

    Bakker Crossing is a nice country course out in the middle of farm land on the south side of Sioux Falls, SD. Willow Run on the east side of town is also an excellent value, but just misses out on your price criteria.
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  • swbypsswbyps Members Posts: 3,280
    LHgolfer wrote:

    Woodforest golf club magnolia, tx

    Woodforest is great, but I dont think $50 is their highest price. I believe the regular weekend rate is around $90. Would have been an excellent choice though.
  • MagsMags Members Posts: 316 ✭✭
    These prices are just over the $50 limit I know, but honestly you're not going to find much outside of run down munis that cost under $50, with cart, on weekends during high season here in NC.

    That said, if you live in Greensboro, NC, you can get on either course at Bryan Park for $50 or less on weekends with cart (Greensboro residents receive a $10 discount, so the normal rates would be $60 for the Champions Course and $55 for the Players Course on weekend/holiday mornings). I've never played a course anywhere that offers a great layout, consistently good conditions (bent grass struggles in the heat here over summer and Bryan Park keeps their greens in better shape than some private clubs), and costs less than the Champions Course.
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  • ebiermanebierman Members Posts: 9
    Awesome feedback so far everyone. If the course is a "little" more than $50 that is fine as I will probably have a "Just missed the Cut" section where I'll highlight 10-20 other good courses that might not always be lower than $50 but are close enough. But the $90+ courses probably won't work. Keep 'em coming!
  • GPoppaPumpGPoppaPump Pittsburgh, PaMembers Posts: 210 ✭✭
    mhammel73 wrote:

    Totteridge, just southeast of Pittsburgh, PA

    Second Totteridge. Great Rees Jones design.
  • The PearlThe Pearl Members Posts: 1,958 ✭✭
    I would second the Utah selections, although Sand Hollow I believe will miss your requirement, even during the off-season. Look at Soldier Hollow (Gold Course) where they hosted 2012 USGA Amateur Pub Links. Soldier Hollow is in the beautiful Heber Valley and the Gold course has significant elevation changes that provide amazing views back down the valley. It has some large, undulating greens with plenty of quality bunkering. It is a true "mountain" golf experience. Valley View is a gem and is a place where they have held the state amateur in the past. The course sits off the highway down in a little hollow. It has some elevation changes, but not as severe as Soldier Hollow. There are also plenty of trees, water, and bunkers, although it is an extremely fair course tee to green. The greens, on the surface, don't appear too threatening as the undulations are apparent, but not overwhelming, however, there is rarely a straight putt and the breaks are extremely difficult to read. VV has a great mix of holes and it is all you can handle from the tips.

    I also might add that in most rankings, Old Silo in Kentucky is ranked as the number 1 public course. It is a wonderful Graham Marsh golf course. I was with my wife when she was working at UK for a couple weeks two summers ago and I was able to head up to Old Silo. I played it twice, by myself, during the week at about 8 am and there were only a couple groups ready to go out at that time. It is an amazing golf course with a totally small town vibe.
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