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How Much Would You Pay For a Round of Golf

By: | Fri 10 May 2024

How much would you pay for a round of golf? It's a question that many golfers are having to ask themselves in this age when it appears that green fees have risen exponentially. There is no doubt that has been true of many a venue in the aftermath of the pandemic, but there are still bargains to be found throughout the UK.

Golf courses come in all shapes and sizes - and of respective standards and reputations - with the cost to play them also differing wildly from those layouts that would charge less than £1 a hole to play contrasted by those that demand a fee well into the hundreds for the privilege to walk their revered fairways.

But what is your realistic limit? That was a question that we posed online earlier this year in a poll.

The majority of respondents (64.6%) declared that they wouldn't part with more than £100 to play, which means that a significant number of the most prestigious courses are out of your reach. That said, it was somewhat surprising to see that 23% were willing to pay more than £150, suggesting that those 'bucket list' places remain a draw for some players.

However, whatever your green fee ceiling, there are wonderful courses to play, as we can reveal below.

Would you pay this to play these golf courses?

No More Than £50


(Porthmadog Golf Club)

30.4% of golfers don't want to pay more than £50 for a round of golf, but where could you play with that budget? As it turns out, there are some brilliant courses that can be accessed for that affordable rate.

Starting in Wales, you could experience the likes of Llandrindod Wells, Marriott St Pierre Country Club (Old), Borth & Ynyslas, Cardigan Golf Club, and Porthmadog Golf Club.

If you're based in England, then you might be surprised that for £50 you could play venues as distinguished as Royal North Devon, Hayling Golf Club, Seacroft Golf Club, Perranporth Golf Club, East Devon Golf Club, Seaton Carew Golf Club, Isle of Purbeck Golf Club, and Woodbridge Golf Club.

And what about Scotland? Yes, many of the most famous names charge astronomically, but there are some magical spots you can discover for £50 or less, including Wigtownshire CountyDunaverty, and the incredible Shiskine on the Isle of Arran.

No More Than £100

Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club

(Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club)

If you're willing to stretch a little bit higher to a maximum of £100, then the quality of available courses increases dramatically. 

How about the fabulous Silloth-on-Solway or the exceptional Sherwood Forest? Saunton Golf Club, Burnham & Berrow Golf Club, West Hill Golf Club, Aldeburgh Golf Club, Ferndown Golf Club, Ipswich Golf Club, North Hants Golf Club, and Goswick stand among England's best courses that can be played for no more than £100.

Likewise, there are jewels of Scottish golf that you can play for that price, including Brora Golf Club and Moray Golf Club in the Highlands, where you will also find Nairn Dunbar Golf Club, Golspie Golf Club and Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club.

How about Gullane No. 2 and Kilspindie Golf Club on Scotland's Golf Coast, while Machrihanish and Southerness Golf Club are two more remote locations that are undeniably special.

When it comes to affordable golf, Wales is hard to beat, as you can see from the likes of Aberdovey Golf Club, Ashburnham Golf Club, Tenby Golf Club, Southerndown Golf Club, The Celtic Manor Resort (Twenty Ten), Pyle & Kenfig Golf Club, Machynys Peninsula Golf Club, North Wales Golf Club, Bull Bay Golf Club, Nefyn, and The Rolls of Monmouth Golf Club.

With all of that considered, the 34.2% of golfers who made £100 their limit have a lot to love!

No More Than £150

Panmure Golf Club

(Panmure Golf Club)

Just 12.4 of golfers put a ceiling of £150 on their green fees, underlining that there is a disparity between the majority and those who are willing to really push the boat out. 

However, if you're among this group, then during the peak months of the year, you could play the likes of Dunbar Golf Club, Elie, Murcar Links Golf Club, and Panmure in Scotland, while golfers in Wales could experience dramatic landscapes in the form of Royal St David's, Pennard, and Conwy Golf Club.

Golfers in England have much to see too, as you could secure a tee time at Ganton Golf Club, Liphook Golf Club and Wallasey Golf Club for a maximum of £150.

More Than £150

Walton Heath

(Walton Heath Golf Club)

Despite the quality we have presented above, 23% of golfers are willing to go that bit higher, beyond £150, which is where you see the most famous courses reside. Whether it be the legendary Open Championship venues of St Andrews, Carnoustie, Royal Troon, Royal Birkdale and Royal St George's, to the world-class heathland classics of Sunningdale, St George's Hill, Walton Heath and The Berkshire, if you want to tick off one of these places, the cost will likely be significant.

While we wouldn't discourage you from striding the fairways of these brilliant, unforgettable layouts, our suggestion might be to look at some of the courses we have listed above, combine them into one package, and play two or three amazing places for the cost of just one of these trophy courses.

Everyone has their own budget and golfing desires, and we certainly don't judge, but hopefully, you can now see that there is value for money to be had throughout Great Britain this season!

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