WHAT'S YOUR HIDDEN GEM? Submit your favorite "hidden gem" golf courses (less than $50)

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  • LithovtLithovt LithoVT Bristol, TNMembers  102WRX Points: 41Handicap: 10.3Posts: 102 Fairways
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    Olde Mill
    Laurel Fork, VA
    Price: $39-49 ($65 on Saturdays during peak season)
    https://oldemill.net/golf/course-details/

    Pictures at website address. I try to make it here 1-2 times per year. One of my favorite mountain courses at a great price.

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  • Mike_CMike_C Members  1593WRX Points: 204Posts: 1,593 Platinum Tees
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    I don't play public courses as much as I used too, but I have relatives in Columbus Ohio and used to visit often, and remember my grandfather taking me to this course way back in the 1970s and played it many times after that, always thought it was a bit of a hidden gem:

    Course Name: Denison Golf Club (used to be called Granville GC IIRC)
    City, State: Granville, OH
    Price Range: looks like $32 in the afternoon, 48 before noon, weekends 5-10$ more
    Course Website: https://www.denisongolfclub.com/golf-course/
    A brief description of why you think it's a hidden gem (and please include a photo if you have one!): An old Donald Ross course, I remember it being a pretty good example of Ross' style, it looks like Denison Univerity now owns it. Here is a tour of the course https://www.denisongolfclub.com/course-tour/

    I just remember it being very fun to play, not overly long, but reviews I see are it still is nice and in good shape. Any central Ohio WRX'ers played here recently?

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  • spineshankspineshank Charlotte, NCMembers  646WRX Points: 121Handicap: 7.0Posts: 646 Golden Tee
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    Monroe Country Club in Monroe, NC. Its public. Usually is $45 or less. Always in excellent condition. Probably is, its not the most convenient course to get to if you live in Charlotte.

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    On -, @MaxBuck said:

    JMG_02 wrote:


    * Course Name: Apple Valley Golf Club

    • City, State: Howard, OH

    • Price Range: $29-45 Weekday vs Weekend

    • Course Website: https://www.applevalleygolfcourse.com/

    • A brief description of why you think it's a hidden gem (and please include a photo if you have one!):

    • The course condition compared to cost is just crazy. Perfect bent fairways and greens. Always in incredible shape, smooth fast greens.

      I really need to play Apple Valley before I leave the area.

    Wow, the first picture I was thinking that place needs some renovation to thin out those trees but then that second picture stole my heart, what a perfectly framed Par 3. I travel to Ohio often and may have to look up this place if I am close.

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  • easye732easye732 Members  14WRX Points: 4Posts: 14 Bunkers
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    Colonial Terrace, Ocean Township. It's a fun little par 35 9 hole course in my town. As a resident, you can play 9 or 18 for under $40 with a cart. Presents a nice challenge and you get your 10th time free once you play 9 times.

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  • eball33eball33 Mount VernonMembers  87WRX Points: 59Handicap: 4Posts: 87 Fairways
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    On -, @JMG_02 said:
    • Course Name: Apple Valley Golf Club

      • City, State: Howard, OH

      • Price Range: $29-45 Weekday vs Weekend

      • Course Website: https://www.applevalleygolfcourse.com/

      • A brief description of why you think it's a hidden gem (and please include a photo if you have one!):

      • The course condition compared to cost is just crazy. Perfect bent fairways and greens. Always in incredible shape, smooth fast greens.

    I love Apple, by far purest course you'll play for under $50. The greens and fairways are always immaculate.

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  • Ritzer81Ritzer81 Members  136WRX Points: 55Posts: 136 Fairways
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    On -, @Chrischo555 said:

    In my opinion, The Highlands of Elgin Golf Course is one of the best public golf courses in the Chicagoland area. It's a great links style course with a decent amount of slope (which is almost impossible to find in Chicago). From the back tees, there are par 4s ranging from 310 yards to 470 (with a 260-270yd forced carry) and par 3s ranging from 140-240. The greens are also very fun as they have a nice amount of undulation and are well maintained. In my experience there, the greens usually run at about a 10 on the stimp.* Course Name: The Highlands of Elgin Golf course

    I completely agree. The Highlands is by far one the best values. I would have never expected such a nice course in the Chicago area at such a reasonable rate.

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  • El GringoEl Gringo Members  185WRX Points: 94Handicap: 11Posts: 185 Fairways
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    On -, @sabram said:

    Corballis Links in Donabate Ireland about 20 minutes outside of Dublin City Centre is a true links that costs 20 Euro. It's one of the best values in Ireland. The course has 10 par 4's, 7 par 3's and one par 5. For a course with 7 par 3's it has great variety and requires accuracy off the tee when the wind is up.

    Course website: corballislinks.com/

    +1

    Corballis is what Strandhill used to be until they jacked the green fee way up.

    Happy Hockey

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  • lifemisspentlifemisspent Members, Paid BST  74WRX Points: 97Posts: 74 Bunkers
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    Malone Golf Club
    Malone NY
    45-55$
    Malonegolfclub.com

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  • BeerPerHoleBeerPerHole Members  1600WRX Points: 471Posts: 1,600 Platinum Tees
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    Near us here in NorCal, right over the hills in NV...Sunridge GC in Carson City. Love this course. Amazing views. Course is in good shape (at worst). Interesting layout with lots of challenge. Beautiful high-dessert deal. Took another boys' trip over there this weekend and had a blast playing this place...

    Very inexpensive.

    https://playsunridge.com/

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  • jkinger89jkinger89 Members  97WRX Points: 78Posts: 97 Fairways
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    • Course Name: Mules National
    • City, State: Warrensburg, Missouri
    • Price Range: $15-$19
    • Course Website: https://www.mulesnational.com/
    • A brief description of why you think it's a hidden gem (and please include a photo if you have one!): Recently renovated, university owned and operated course in the heart of Missouri. It's not so much a "hidden" gem to those in the area, but since the renovation it's really become a gem that not so many people appreciate. The new greens and layout really maximize the property that they have to work with. And for the price, you honestly cannot beat it. Only an hour from Kansas City, too. And the 18th hole is a medium length island green par three that finishes right in front of the clubhouse patio. A great spot to finish up and watch shots come in over drinks.


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  • Serenity NowSerenity Now Lefty Boomers  134WRX Points: 99Posts: 134 Fairways
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    • Valley View Golf Course
    • Layton Utah (30 mn north of downtown SLC)
    • Price Range-9 holes:$16 18 holes:$32 to walk- add a few bucks more for a cart
    • Course website: http://valleyviewutah.com
    • This is an incredible golf course set at the base of the Wasatch Mountains with views (deer all over the place, fantastic elevation changes, mountains, valley's, lakes and more) that are only matched by one great golf hole after another. A true no frills muni in middle of a housing development that is as good as it gets. My nephew took me there about 10 years ago and I had never heard of it even though my family comes from the area and my great grandfather was the mayor and county Dr 130 years ago. He promised me I wouldn't be disappointed and he was right. This is the 2nd golf course where I said the words "I can't believe there is a golf course here" The other place was LA North in West LA. Utah has some of the best hidden gems in the west and Valley View is at the top of the list. A few years ago, a friend said "Lets go to Myrtle Beach" I said, "lets go to Utah, you guys will not believe how good it is and how cheap it is." 8 of us spent a week up there and to this day guys will say "Valley View, wow, that was a great track. When are we going back?"
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  • QuigleyDUQuigleyDU Members, ClubWRX  10344WRX Points: 3,545Handicap: 8Posts: 10,344 ClubWRX
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    Right in my back yard. Love this little 9 hole course that is the original home of what would become the pebble beach pro am.

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    haha, I play Sunridge on the regular. It is an interesting course. The front is much better than the back. The back gets a bit funky once you get up on the hill.

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  • BeerPerHoleBeerPerHole Members  1600WRX Points: 471Posts: 1,600 Platinum Tees
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    Yeah, "funky" is a good description. I enjoy it. Really fun course. Thinking about moving over by in in retirement in the next couple years.

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  • BeerPerHoleBeerPerHole Members  1600WRX Points: 471Posts: 1,600 Platinum Tees
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    Played that when my boy was only about 3 years old. Man, time flies! Beautiful how the trees are so old and seem to reach up into that Tahoe blue sky on both sides of the fairways. Neat little track - and quite aged for our region.

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  • PykiePykie Members  37WRX Points: 57Posts: 37 Bunkers
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    Bay Views Golf Course in Rosebud, Mornington Pennsula, Australia.


    About 40mins drive from Melbourne.


    $45 AUD = $30 USD.






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  • cbrew1010cbrew1010 BostonMembers, Paid BST  81WRX Points: 31Posts: 81 Fairways
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    It is winter now but Biddeford-Saco in Biddeford, Maine is an old Donald Ross gem!

    biddefordsacocountryclub.com

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  • burritos4breakfastburritos4breakfast hawai'iMembers  325WRX Points: 109Posts: 325 Greens
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    Cavendish golf course (9 holes)

    Lanai City Hawaii

    Free

    course built in 1947 for the pineapple plantation workers.


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  • golftherapy02golftherapy02 Members  102WRX Points: 17Handicap: 18Posts: 102 Fairways
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    Taking a trip in June and have added this on my list to play

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  • yankfan71yankfan71 Members  6WRX Points: 6Posts: 6 Bunkers
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    Herndon Centennial during the week. Shorter course but for the price it can't be beat.

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  • MindtheGAPMindtheGAP Members  79WRX Points: 35Handicap: 5-10Posts: 79 Fairways
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    Course name: Emporium Country Club

    City, state: Emporium, Pa (north Central PA)

    Price: ~$40 including cart

    Website: emporiumcc.com

    Description: it is definitely one of the best maintained courses in the northern tier area. Its set on the side of a mountain and plays well with the hills while not just going up and down. An open front 9 and a real tight start to the back. It has a couple of drivable par 4s if you're longer but also 2 nicely long par 5s.


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  • DancinDancin Members  394WRX Points: 129Handicap: 8Posts: 394 Greens
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    Wow. That actually looks in really good shape. I always thought it would be pretty rough due to it being free, so I never bothered to play it. Do you know if Ellison is paying to keep that maintained or is that all done with local volunteers?

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  • burritos4breakfastburritos4breakfast hawai'iMembers  325WRX Points: 109Posts: 325 Greens
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    When ellison closed the Norman designed Koele course he moved some of the workers to take care of the cavendish course full time. its pretty awesome. i play there regularly when visiting family

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  • ArmchairAviatorArmchairAviator Members  5WRX Points: 7Handicap: 20Posts: 5 Bunkers
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    • Course Name:

    Links at Spring Church

    • City, State

    Spring Church, PA (30 minutes North of Pittsburgh)

    • Price Range

    $44 for 18/cart on Weekends and Holidays. $34 on Weekdays.

    • Course Website

    www.playthelinks.com

    • A brief description of why you think it's a hidden gem (and please include a photo if you have one!):

    A fantastic mosty-links style course in southwestern PA that sometimes gets overshadowed by a few more notable local courses. Half the price of others, and always kept in absolutely pristine condition. The course is challenging, but an absolute joy to experience, even if playing poorly! Staff are very friendly (pictures courtesy of Google, because I try to leave the phone in the bag!)


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  • McDreamersonMcDreamerson Members  11WRX Points: 20Handicap: 10Posts: 11 Bunkers
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    • Course Name:

    Langdon Farms

    • City, State

    Aurora, Oregon (30 minutes South of Portland, OR)

    • Price Range

    $18 (twilight) $50 walking for 18

    • Course Website

    https://langdonfarms.com/

    • A brief description of why you think it's a hidden gem (and please include a photo if you have one!):

    This course is straight forward northwest golf, big trees, subtlety to the greens making putting fun/interesting, gorgeous colors in the summer and early fall. This course is directly next to I-5 which makes a few holes (1, 2, 10, 11, 16, 17) loud with high speed traffic; if the I-5 was not right next to the course layout, the course conditions rival the private courses in the Portland area. Previous superintendent Nolan Wenker did a ton of work on drainage in 2014-2017 over the years to allow a course that plays well year round. He is now at Oswego Lake, with Stephen Purdy taking over Langdon now. Very playable for all levels of player, and hands down a top 5 course in the Portland area. There is a fun little putting course to drink a beer after your round, which I have never rolled a ball on.



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  • JP87JP87 Members  32WRX Points: 11Posts: 32 Bunkers
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    • Course Name: San Clemente Municipal Golf Club
    • City, State: San Clemente, CA
    • Price Range: $48 to walk on weekends
    • Course Website: I'm too new to post links - Google it.
    • A brief description of why you think it's a hidden gem (and please include a photo if you have one!):

    Orange County, CA golf is absolutely brutal in terms of pricing - you're pretty much paying $80 to play anywhere even semi-decent. But the San Clemente Muni is, in my opinion, the best value in the county. Doesn't get anywhere near as overcrowded as most Munis in the area, and course is very well maintained with great coverage on fairways and greens. While I'd say the front 9 is pretty straightforward, the back 9 has some really fun, tricky holes (especially 13-16) with some great elevation changes and some stunning ocean views (especially from #15). The greens have some local idiosyncrasies which it takes some getting used to - everything pulls wayyyy towards the ocean so you'll have putts you swear are going to break one way and they literally do the opposite.

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  • ccampbell57ccampbell57 Members  9WRX Points: 18Handicap: 7Posts: 9 Bunkers
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    The Crossings Golf Club - 4023 Wake Forest Hwy, Durham, NC 27703

    Totally hidden gem for $49 peak!!

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  • yesac104yesac104 Members  103WRX Points: 39Posts: 103 Fairways
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    Wolf Ridge is a fun little track!

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