Great deals, great days on course are only a click away

It’s a simple question, but it’s something most of us ask ourselves from time to time:

How much am I willing to spend for a round of golf?

Or, maybe more to the point:

What do I comfortably pay?

Like most consumers, we probably want to pay as little as possible for as much as possible. That’s what Pacific Coast Golf Guide is all about – saving us money, getting more for less.

It’s an interesting psychology experiment.

If a friend contacts me and invites me to join in on a huge discount at a great course, I’m probably going to play no matter what … and then will talk during the round about how much more enjoyable it is to play for that price.

But if that same friend has a tee time at that same great course for a much more expensive rate, I’ll have to think about it. And if I do go along with it, I might rue forking over that much cash if I don’t play well, even if the course itself is memorable.

I got to thinking about this when I saw a story about the most expensive courses in the country. Shadow Creek in North Las Vegas has ascended to the top spot by raising its rates to $1,000 for peak season and $750 for off-peak.

That’s a lot of money, even for the most glorious day in our great game.

What is the most you’ve ever spent on a round of golf? I think it’s somewhere around $150 or $175 for me, but I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve gone into triple digits to tee it up.

Generally, I’d like to spend $50 or less. I consider that a good deal.

It happened just the other day. I was invited to play a course I’d never seen, and I didn’t bother to check how much it would cost. I held my breath a little bit as the guy behind the counter rang up my greens fee.

Imagine my pleasant surprise, then, when he said it would be $42. Just like that, my day got a little better.

The beauty of Pacific Coast Golf Guide, of course, is that you know what a good deal you have BEFORE you walk into the pro shop. It’s one of the reasons why you’re playing that particular course on that particular day.

It also gives you the option of playing a really great course for an amazingly low price – still a lot of money, but far less than it normally costs. It might be the only way you ever would play that course.

There’s nothing quite like feeling the urge to get in an afternoon round on a beautiful day and finding a great rate on Just like that, your sunset golf experience will be that much brighter.

The days still are long this month as we languish in the magnificence of a golf-filled summer. The deals are there to be had.

There are birdies to make, along with friendships and memories. All we have to do is decide how much they’re worth to us.

In my view, they’re worth a fortune, but they don’t have to cost a fortune. Get out there and be able to say, “What a great day, and it didn’t cost that much!”

You’ll probably play better. You’ll certainly have more money in your budget when you’re done.

No question about it.

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