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Lets take equipment, clothes, gear etc and just focus on green fees that you pay.  I usually spend about $3000 a year but I would guess in retirement that number will jump to $20,000 as I want to take a lot of trips each year

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I play mostly public courses around my house along with a few private courses I have friends at. I also have a private membership away from my town that I get out to about 20-25 days a year and also take a couple golf trips a year. Not including the away private club dues or the golf trips, I spend about $1500-1800 a year playing 1.5-2 times a week, higher when I play more as a guest at the private clubs in a year.

 

If I include golf trips and my private club dues it's probably in the $9k-10k range although it's hard to figure out exactly what the golf trip greens fees are since those are usually a room and golf package deal.

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I'd guesstimate about $700-$900 personally, but dad helps out with my membership. If I were to buy the membership myself it would go up to $1000-$1200, if all spending was the same. However if I had to buy the membership myself it would probably be around $900-$950.

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I'm not putting a price on happiness and enjoyment. 

 

Also I don't want to know how much I spend, not like I can do anything useful with that money anyways. 

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20 minutes ago, ND2005 said:

Purely greens fees? Not that bad

 

Travel golf: ~3500

Local golf: ~1100

 

If you add up the travel costs (flights/lodging/food/swag) probably pushing 20K for the year? 

 

 

Thats what I am planning on retirement and it will prob jump to 30K but golf is my thing and I cannot wait for the day that I am taking multiple trips with my buddies......should be a great way to end the final years of life 🙂

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I don't belong to a club, so cash for all my rounds, and I spend a lot of time on a rented simulator.  I take at least one golf trip a year.  I'd say $1000 on the simulator, $3000 on greens fees, and $2000 on the golf trip.  So, about $6k. 

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13 minutes ago, Phreddy said:

More than a rusted out Gremlin and less than a Porsche 911.

 

Having retired I spend a good deal more on trips and warm weather golf.

I often say that my launch monitor cost me more than I spent on my first car! 

 

I spend more than I ever have now being a member at a private club, but man its great having a game anytime, being 5 minutes from the range, or playing a few holes in the afternoon without having to go anywhere. 

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A boatload.

 

But it's more of a lifestyle add-on for us (club membership) so there is much more to it than just the golf. It's part of our social circle, kid and family activities, swimming and tennis, dinners, etc.

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Probably 2-3k on golf trips, another 3k on local rounds, and likely 1.5k on simulator. In retirement I’d love to be in the 30-50k/year range.

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11 hours ago, BG5 said:

Lets take equipment, clothes, gear etc and just focus on green fees that you pay.  I usually spend about $3000 a year but I would guess in retirement that number will jump to $20,000 as I want to take a lot of trips each year

 

When you say " a lot of trips " that can vary a lot.

 

For example, I have three golf trips planned for next year right now (Ireland twice plus Bandon). Average cost for the three trips (including airfare, accommodations, etc) is about $4K. Average of 6 golfing days per trip. You can easily double that amount based on time of year, not booking yourself, etc.

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Rounds: 

Greens fees: $3k for twilight membership, $500 for rounds other than my home course locally. I also spent $240 on a week-long trip that involved golf but wasn't a golf trip. 

 

Gear: regripping is about $90. I've been playing the same clubs for 3 years but if you figure I need to swap out eventually, another $250 per year amortized over 5 years. I only buy used. 

 

Gloves: $15 each, probably go through 8 a year, so $120

 

Balls: I only buy new for a few tournaments that require the same type of balls. I bought $100 worth of Z-star XV's last year on discount (48 balls) but that should last me 2 years, so $50/year. I hunt for balls and play what I find in the woods otherwise: I have at least 90 Pro V1s/TP5s here in mint condition. No need to buy anything else. 

 

Tournaments: I spent $950 on tournaments last year. Ouch!

 

Car to and from course: I probably played 175 9-hole rounds. It's 6 miles round trip, so 1050 miles.  At 60 cents a mile that's $630. 

 

Clothes: aside from a few nicer RLX polos that I wear (they are great in heat), I don't like golf-branded clothes. Everything else I wear at the course I would still own. $200 or so. 

 

Shoes: I walked all but 3 rounds this year; I go through a lot of shoes. Roughly $600 worth in the past year. 

 

Roughly speaking, that's $7500/year. But it's also the only thing I spend money on recreationally.  

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For me, I’m at around $6,000 a year on average over the last few years just on golf green fees. This does not include travel, equipment, balls, clothing, or food at the course.

 

This will go up considerably in a couple years when my kids hit school, and I can get out more while they are at school.

 

Looking at possibly joining a private country club, too, so that will put me around $8000 a year right from the start.

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I own a boat and one year I worked out the cost per hour. With a 6-7 month boating season in the Northeast I was absolutely horrified at the number.

I'm a muni guy and not a member of a club but I either way think golf is way cheaper so I have no plans to work out that number on the off chance it's just as ridiculous. 

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Just golf, I pay for two golfers, and I play 2 to 3 times a week or 130–150 times per year, and green fees are between $85-$275.  On second thought, after $2500 green fees over our recent ten-day golf trip, I am not at all interested in seeing my annual cost of golf.

 

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Let's see...

$700 annual pass at nearby public

$15 cart fee/round = $600

$750-1000 other local green fees

2 week long golf trips at $2k each

Maybe $6k total not including equip, beverages, gas.

I could see this being a LOT higher once I retire ... maybe ought to work another few years to pay for that dream

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