50 Best Courses under $50



  • CPSOXCPSOX Members Posts: 489
    dwk99 wrote:

    CPSOX wrote:

    Lawsonia Links - WI & Wild Horse - NE

    Lawsonia really? $79 Weekday, $90 Weekend ~ 18 holes with cart

    Most expensive rate right now is $45.
  • John.A@Nova[email protected] Members Posts: 24 ✭✭
    OP - you may want to consider listing multiple courses for some of the larger states in your article. For instance, in my home state of PA a course was posted that is near Pittsburgh, at least a 4:30 drive from the Philadelphia area. However, plenty of people might make the <2 hr. drive to:

    Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club in the Poconos - highest weekend rate is $46.
  • CG05CG05 Members Posts: 203
    Have to agree with the people that said Gold Mountain Olympic Course in Bremerton, WA. Quite possibly the best course in the state and $49 weekends and holidays. Also their rates are typically all you can play, played there last fall for $40 and played 27 holes.
  • brettobretto Members Posts: 95
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  • ABGolf58ABGolf58 Members Posts: 60
    Hideout Golf Club Monticello Utah

    Absolutely one of the best courses around #2 Municipal course in Utah
  • cvvorstcvvorst ClubWRX Posts: 3,210 ClubWRX

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

    Love this course!
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  • CAT GOLFERCAT GOLFER Members Posts: 932 ✭✭
    Cherokee Hills in Tulsa. I used to play there 2-3 times a week after work $20 w/cart. always in immaculate shape, too bad everyone comes to gamble their money away in the casino, good for you when you play because the course is your own.
  • SurfinTurfSurfinTurf In like Flynn with my 8802 Members Posts: 4,466
    edited Apr 29, 2013 #69
    2putttom wrote:

    sharkiesj wrote:

    Pacific Grove GC. Best bang for your buck in the entire state of California.

    Honorable mention: Aetna Springs

    +1 on P G. friendly folks too.

    That's my home course image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' /> Won't even tell you what I pay as a resident. Think I spend more on range tokens.
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  • mark092974mark092974 Members Posts: 213
    Rock Hollow in Peru, Indiana and Trophy Club in Lebanon, Indiana.
  • TUGolfer06TUGolfer06 Members Posts: 275 ✭✭

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

    Old Works did not live up to my expectations. The background story of the course is pretty amazing as is the scenery. Unfortunately, I found the conditions to be less than desirable. Granted, Old Works receives a ton of play in a relatively short period of time.
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  • SeaDooSnipeSeaDooSnipe Young Gun Members Posts: 11
    I'd say for Vermont it'd be between Barre Country Club and Lake Morey Resort. I found Lake Morey Resort to be a bit nicer in the end.
  • Saluki91Saluki91 Members Posts: 599 ✭✭
    Harrison Hills in Attica, IN... A William Langford classic with Tim Liddy DNA.


    It is a wonderful track by any measure...

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  • DavePelz4DavePelz4 A golf course in the Chicago area.ClubWRX Posts: 24,528 ClubWRX
    edited Apr 29, 2013 #74
    Oak Grove and Plum Tree which are ironically both in Harvard, IL. If you're looking for a great day and 36 truly championship holes under $100, go to Harvard. You'll be hard pressed to find more challenging greens than Oak Grove.

    Forgot Aldeen in Rockford. Awesome track.
  • njtomanjtoma Members Posts: 68
    DavePelz4 wrote:

    Oak Grove and Plum Tree which are ironically both in Harvard, IL. If you're looking for a great day and 36 truly championship holes under $100, go to Harvard. You'll be hard pressed to find more challenging greens than Oak Grove.

    Forgot Aldeen in Rockford. Awesome track.

    Second Aldeen, however, I'm not certain that its under $50 w/ a cart.
  • evanmevanm Members Posts: 162 ✭✭
    I look forward to reading this article. I don't think there is nearly enough thought put into value courses. We all play less than stellar courses where we think a couple upgrades would make it perfect and then there's courses that are highly anticipated because of the price but you're expectations are often lifted too high. And then there's the rare gem that's actually affordable, more people would bring there clubs on trips if they knew about these.

    Gold Mountain in Bremerton, WA has already been mentioned, prime rates plus cart brings it just over $50 for the Olympic Course, but I think it's under $50 for the Cascade Course. But both courses usually play for around $30 and they're a bargain at $50! I would say who needs a cart but these are pretty big courses, lots of elevation.

    Also, Highlander in Wenatchee, WA is just over $50 prime rates but it rarely plays close to that and I think it's maybe the most underrated course in the state.

    How about include courses that might be over $50 technically but rarely cost that much. Because we all know big city munis never reach $50 and are a ripoff at $25-$40 and they never have any deals other than maybe junior golf. Maybe that could be a whole other article.

    Anyways, to go with your specifications, for Washington I would say Lakeland Village and The Classic, both usually play far under $50. I haven't played North Bellingham and Indian Canyon yet, those are supposed to be 2 of the best values in Washington.
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  • FlopShotFredFlopShotFred Members Posts: 342
    bwrichmond wrote:

    Dale Hollow State Park - Burkesville, KY is a hidden gem

    Going with 23 other guys there this weekend for the first time... Looking forward to it!

    How'd you like it?! I'm doing my bachelor on a houseboat and there will be like 16 golfing here in a few weeks.
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    bwrichmond wrote:

    Dale Hollow State Park - Burkesville, KY is a hidden gem

    Going with 23 other guys there this weekend for the first time... Looking forward to it!

    How'd you like it?! I'm doing my bachelor on a houseboat and there will be like 16 golfing here in a few weeks.

    It was awesome. The course is great, but had some bunkers that were washed out with the rain we got. Still a plenty fine track. You'll love it as part of a bachelor party, but I'll warn you that it's in a dry county. Take your booze with you and be discreet about it on the course and you'll be fine! Enjoy!
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  • LodestoneLodestone Members Posts: 3,346 ✭✭
    edited May 7, 2013 #79
    Mark Twain Golf Course, Elmira NY

    Owned and operated by the City of Elmira, Donald Ross design.

    $26 for 18 (not sure what the cart fee is, because I walk, but I doubt it's $24)....Remarkably well maintained IMHO.

    Sometimes they put the pins where they don't belong, though. A couple of greens are diabolical to the point of ridiculousness. Donald Ross didn't design these greens for bent grass.

    But a great course, at a great price.

    found the cart fees: $28 for 18, shared by two riders...so $26 + 14 = $40..

    $16 single rider + $26= 42

    Leaves you $8 or $10 bucks for a snack. Gatorade and hot dog with meat sauce, onions and mustard, a whopping $4 + tip (please leave the nice lady a buck, will ya?)
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  • Myrtlebeach2K10Myrtlebeach2K10 Members Posts: 55
    Mt Pleasant Golf course Baltimore City, Pine Ridge Golf course Towson Md, beautiful lay out around Loch Raven Reservior, takes for ever to play!! And North West Park in Montgomery County.
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    edited May 7, 2013 #81
    A few weekends ago I played Eagle Knoll Golf Course in Ashland, MO. It is between Columbia and Jefferson City. I think it cost me $47. Their sign on the highways says they were Golf Digest's #3 Value in America.

    I had a heard great things about the track, as it hosts some state amateur events. It is now one of my favorite courses I've ever played. It is a firm and fast track, which is very hard to find around these parts. I can't wait to play it again.

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  • newwavenewwave Members Posts: 67 ✭✭
    Eagle Crest, Ypsilanti MI
  • b_smith07b_smith07 Members Posts: 224 ✭✭
    Delaware Springs GC - Burnet, TX. Great value course, and interesting holes. Similar to some of the layout at Horseshoe Bay, but at a fraction of the price.
  • b_smith07b_smith07 Members Posts: 224 ✭✭
    Also, my vote for Florida would be World Woods GC near Tampa.....just awesome views and scenery and I believe under 50 for the whole season. Not to mention an amazing practice facility.
  • esketoresesketores Members Posts: 2,069
    Greater Akron, OH area...


    Seven Hills


    And I'm going to have to give a nod to what was once a so-so course. Paradise Lake in Suffield, OH. The new owners have spent the last five years putting time, effort, and money into the track. Their efforts have paid off.

    All the above courses are top-notch and simply highlight how blessed we are in NE Ohio in regards to the number of public play courses that are affordable.
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  • premazipppremazipp Members Posts: 407 ✭✭
    +1 for Soldier Hollow in Midway, UT. $42 w/ cart.
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  • italianstallionitalianstallion Bethpage Black - 8th hole Junior Mod Squad Posts: 3,018 ✭✭
    b_smith07 wrote:

    Also, my vote for Florida would be World Woods GC near Tampa.....just awesome views and scenery and I believe under 50 for the whole season. Not to mention an amazing practice facility.

    They get up to 119 in the winter I believe, but it's hard to find any decent course in Florida under $50 yearround
  • ChxDigLongBallChxDigLongBall MSMembers Posts: 493 ✭✭
    Cook's Creek. About 20 miles outside of Columbus. Awesome track. Placed on John Cook's old family farm. Never paid more than $30 to play it.
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  • larson92larson92 Members Posts: 87
    edited May 17, 2013 #89

    Gold mountain golf course in Bremerton, Washington. Good luck finding something better!!!

    I couldn't agree more--although the Cascades course misses it at $45 + $16 cart = $61 and the Olympic comes in at $65 + $16 cart = $81.

    Take a look: http://www.goldmountaingolf.com/green-fees
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  • larson92larson92 Members Posts: 87
    edited May 17, 2013 #90
    I don't think that peak price including cart is necessarily the right metric to use when determining value. When I look at prices at a course, I look at what I will actually be paying. Since I often play with the kids, I look very carefully for youth rates. I also try not to play on weekends--both for cost reasons and because the courses tend to be more crowded.

    Also, since I live in Northern VA, there are no courses here that are under $50 peak rate with a cart. None. Even the dog tracks are over $50. You have to drive for 2+ hours to find a course for under $50, and then it will most likely be a muni course either in or close to West Virginia or a course a little closer to home that is in serious need of some TLC. Don't get me wrong, I usually pay less than $50 (but barely) for some nice courses--I just usually play weekdays using specials and coupons (and/or I drive for an hour to get out west to one of my favorites, Blue Ridge Shadows--which is still $68 peak with cart).

    Also, I don't think that choosing one value course per state makes much sense. You really have to compare apples to apples, and comparing prices in Southwest Virginia to the prices in Northern Virginia is borderline ridiculous. Places like Utah and Tennessee with have lots of choice for courses under $50, while the Mid-Atlantic will have a lot fewer--and with the higher cost area, the quality of the under $50 courses (when you can find them) will suffer.

    I think that value courses come in two flavors. The first is "What is the best bang for the buck for courses where I live or happen to be right now?" You either live there, are visiting family, or are there on business or something. This is good information, but it is extremely localized based on location. It is not based on what state you are in, but more "What can I get to within an hour or so of where I am?"

    The second flavor of value course is the value destination course. "What courses are both good enough and affordable enough to be worth a trip to go and play there?" And here, value in cost of travel and cost (and quality) of accommodations also comes into consideration. These destination value courses also come in two flavors: ones you can get to within a days drive (i.e. regional) and ones you will probably fly to (i.e. national).

    In short, value courses need to be compared to others in the same category, and those categories are highly dependent on location--both yours and the location of the course.

    I applaud your work on the under $50 courses--I just think that it has a fairly narrow focus that will emphasize areas with lower cost of living.

    Hey, it might even make me want to move. :-)
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  • 5yddraw5yddraw Members Posts: 347 ✭✭
    If it hasn't been mentioned yet, Draper Valley in Virginia should get considered for this list
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