Time consuming, difficult, expensive. These three critiques are etched into the tome of golf literature that shouldn’t steer us toward a more practical pastime, like birdwatching or that pickleball league our spouse begged us to join. A look at the links will always be both difficult and will swallow up a good part of our day, which we cannot avoid. Expensive, however? Yes, Golf Can Be Expensive, But It’s Not have be. This guide to the best golf courses in America will show you how to cut your costs. This is a tested player, guide curated by experts to twelve of the biggest economic rounds in the country.
What is a value golf course?
Although more expensive courses tend to produce superior amenities, this is far from a truism (overpriced resort courses are a dime a dozen in the golf industry). On the other hand, a golf course affordable to one player’s wallet won’t necessarily match another player’s vision of a decent course. A $20 round might be economical in theory, but if its fairways are saturated with Grand Canyon-sized divots, its recessed greens worse than a hail-damaged windshield, and there’s a 10-minute wait minutes behind a quintuple on every tee box, this is simply a cheap play, not a “value” play.
How we choose these courses and how to get even lower rates
This guide highlights good to excellent eighteen hole golf courses (short courses and nine holes were not considered) at a higher than normal price. The green fees listed below include a golf cart and the figures represent the maximum you will pay during high season (excluding local taxes). This means you can get even lower rates during shoulder seasons or take advantage of lower rates for residents/in-state, seniors, weekdays, twilight, walkers only, and special rates for offers even better than the prices listed below.
For example, Rustic Canyon near Los Angeles is one of the top 100 public-access courses in America that tops out at $90 in high season. If you’re a walker, the green fee drops to $74 – a bargain. Wild Horse Golf Club in Nebraska, a very walker-friendly course, will only cost you $71 walk (against $93 for a game with cart).
You’ll be more than happy to book a round at any of the affordable golf courses on this list. From California to Massachusetts, all are worth the price of admission; none will break the bank. Raise the pony and swing.
The Best Golf Courses in America
Green Lake, WI
Garden City, KS
Farmington, New Mexico
Pacific Grove, California
Canon City, CO