Considering the fact that buying clubs and other golf equipment can really add up price-wise, you’d think golfers could get a break once they actually play. No such luck, as courses require an enormous amount of space, maintenance, and high overhead charges, meaning a round on the links can be quite the financial setback — especially when you’re paying for two people, like bringing dear old Dad for a Father’s Day outing. The best courses, such as Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hill in California, for example, will cost you $500 and $400, respectively, and that doesn’t include cart, caddie, or club rental fees.
Thankfully, America has no shortage of golf courses, and there are definitely some deals to be had. Since you’re gifting an outing to Dad for Father’s Day, you’ll likely be playing with lower summertime fees anyway, and there are numerous other ways to save money on the links too, like going during the week, later in the day, with your own clubs, or without a cart (and there are often discounts for locals), and we tried to lay out all these options where applicable.
Keep in mind, these aren’t just reasonably priced golf courses; they’re some of the best golf courses in the country that also happen to keep their grounds fees grounded. Here are nine beautiful, unique, and challenging courses that Dad will flip his lid over, and none of them will put (or putt) you in the poorhouse.