In high school we couldn’t leave campus for lunch because the seniors kept cutting class. As a bartender patrons couldn’t buy us drinks because the drink slingers who came before us kept getting drunk on the job. At my first salaried position I had to clock in and out because the dummies in management kept arriving late and leaving early. Since the dawn of time, there has always been a select few that have ruined things for others and that same exact thing has happened with drones.
It all started a couple years back with privacy. It took a handful of drone operators (or maybe it was the same one guy) to fly up to the 23rd story of a New York City high-rise and commence the uproar in drone privacy issues. Privacy is a delicate subject and it’s something that everyone takes very seriously, especially in the United States.
Then it turned into a matter of public safety. It took one hillbilly with way too much time on his hands to mount a shotgun underneath his drone and post it to the internet, starting the next chapter of fear. It put things in perspective and was absolutely terrifying to think of the malicious acts people could do with a drone.
Right around the time the shotgun video went viral, everyone and their mother started buying drones. The roar of high pitch buzzing in city parks and videos of drones falling out of skies quickly turned the public against them. For goodness sakes, it’s actually risque to refer to them as drones now! But that’s what they are, and that’s what we’re going to call them.
So the FAA did what the FAA had to do making every drone owner register their equipment. It requires pilots to write their registration number on their drone so if they happen break the law, crash, or hit someone the FAA can now hold them accountable.
Even with these added regulations, there is still a general disdain towards drones and drone pilots. It’s time we start looking at the positive here. They have opened up the door to an immense amount of opportunity. There are farmers using them to fertilize their crops. Personal investigators using them to solve crimes. Golf course maintenance crews using them to fix irrigation issues. News stations flying them instead of sending up the chopper. Realtors using them to showcase houses. The list goes on and on.
So yes, there has been a select few that have tainted the reputation of drones but it’s time we start seeing how valuable they are. The FAA recently came out with a new set of rules called the “Part 107 Remote Airmen Certification” that further tests drone pilots in order for them to legally fly and operate their drones commercially. The laws are quickly catching up with the future of drone flight, and it’s time our outlooks do too.
Today we’re going to be taking an overly in depth look at just how expensive this hobby is. So the next time your significant other calls you out for golfing two consecutive weekends, send them this link.
Let’s take a look how much golf really costs…
Walmart, Amazon and eBay are your best friends here. On eBay you might be able to find generic golf balls for less than a nickel each, but that’s hit or miss. Amazon and Walmart offer a “Wilson Titanium 18-pack” for $9.97. Walmart offers a mixed bag of used Callaway balls where you’ll get around 20 balls for $6.60. Let’s go with the Callaway bag and be prepared to scoop some balls out of the lake to make these babys last as long as possible.
$0.33 per ball x 5 balls per round = $1.65 per round on balls
Tees are dirt cheap, especially if you don’t buy the packs of tees from the proshop with 7 tees in them. If you are reasonably responsible and buy them before your round you can find a package of 100 tees on Amazon for $4.99.
$0.05 per tee x 6 tees per round = $0.30 per round on tees
A decent glove will run you at least $9.99. Depending on how hard that left hand moves on the club, we reckon a glove will last you 20 rounds.
$9.99 per glove / 20 rounds = $0.49 per round on gloves
A nice Nike golf shirt will set you back $59.99 and for some khaki pants, $29.99. The good news here is none of this is necessary no matter what those flashy Nike commercials tell you. If you’ve got tennis shoes, a collared shirt and some shorts at home I know hundreds of golf clubs that will be more than happy to let you play on their course. So we’re marking this one as FREE.
The cost of a tee time is obviously largely dependent on the golf course, the time of year, and what time of day you want to play. For ease of argument we are going to say the average tee time is $28. Although truthfully for the average golfer, there are many deals out there cheaper than this.
$28 per round / 3.5 hours of frustratingly miserable fun = $8 an hour on tee times
After our very thorough breakdown, your average round of golf will cost $30.44. Lets break this down to the hour: $8.69 each hour and that number only decreases the longer you make your equipment last.
But seriously, what else can you do for less than $9 an hour? When is the last time you’ve hung out at a bar for 4 hours and walked out with a bill less than $31? I’ll tell you. Never. Playing golf is buying fun in bulk. At first the number may look large and expensive, but in reality you are getting a lot of bang for your buck.
P.S. We purposely left out beer. We’ll let you breakdown that category to your significant other.
It’s an idea I’ve struggled with for years, most notably when I was touring Ireland with her and yearning to play all the beautiful courses I was missing out on because I couldn’t abandon her for several hours during our vacation. We love to travel and always find ways to have fun wherever we go, but wouldn’t it be even better to bring clubs and try out new courses while visiting new places?
Not only would it be an added incentive when vacationing, but if she got into it, it would make it less difficult to hit the links when home. It isn’t ideal, after all, to ditch your spouse for half the daylight hours on a weekend. Besides, I think I read somewhere that freshly cut grass is an aphrodisiac for women.
The question is, would the trade off of golfing more often and in new, exciting places be worth the sacrifice…? For instance, for someone like myself who isn’t typically a big drinker, a certain amount of leeway is taken on the golf course. Under most circumstances, I wouldn’t consider cracking open a beer before 10AM appropriate, let alone taking a shot of Fireball. But if someone in my group sinks a birdie putt on hole 2, you better believe I’m taking a shot at 8:22 AM. The golf course is an exception to certain rules, an exception that my wife wouldn’t likely get on board with.
There are other factors of the golf course experience that probably wouldn’t translate over very well to the couples format. Admiring or even awkwardly flirting with an attractive beverage-cart girl certainly comes to mind. I also don’t look forward to being beaten by her. It’s not that I consider it emasculating for a woman to be better than me at a sport, especially one that’s based more on precision than strength, but she can be be one hell of a gloater!
My own mother, who doesn’t golf very much, still enjoys reminding my father, a lifelong golfer, about the hole-in-one she got about 35 years ago. My wife insists that golf is easy because “you’re just doing the same motion every time.” I try to convince her that it isn’t so simple, but given how high my handicap is, she probably would quickly surpass me.
I’m still on the fence about this, so maybe some other Eagle Vision Golf visitors have some experience in this area and wouldn’t mind sharing their stories with me to help me decide.
Welcome to the first post in the newly official Eagle Vision Golf blog. The topics are simple: golf and drones. They are by far the two things that we know best and that’s what we plan on bringing you guys on a weekly basis.
We have a diverse selection of writers contributing to our topics, lets take a look:
Bobby Bishop – Not only is he good at flying drones, he also has the writing skills of a middle-of-the-pack college student. When he’s not filming golf courses, you can find him golfing around Tampa Bay following up every single birdie with a triple bogey. Having reached bogie golfer status a few years ago, he is still on the hunt towards his first score in the 70’s, but we’re not holding our breath. Bobby has his Masters in Digital Journalism and Design from the University of South Florida and will be covering all things drone and a little bit of golf.
JP Skinner – If his passion for writing turns out to be as strong as his insistence on not golfing sober, we’re in for a serious treat this year. JP’s been on the never-ending trek towards scratch golf since childhood but hit a speed bump at age 21. Between his golf rounds he obtained an English Literature degree from Florida State University and will play an integral role in our blog covering all things golf including new equipment, the PGA tour, and of course the 2018 Speith/Fowler spring break.
Sean Byrne – While most golfers who start young tend to retain those fundamentals, Sean is one who proves that stereotype wrong. While he’s probably our writer with the most potential to be a decent golfer, Sean’s your golf buddy who makes the game way more complicated than it has to be. Whether it’s insisting on taking a divot on a 20 yard chip shot or his unnecessary draw to advance the ball straight, there are sure to be many spiked clubs during a round with him. With his recent fondness of fake news, we’re going to do our best to wean him off that but there’s no telling which direction this wild card is headed.
Mike Maganello – Mike is the most experienced writer in the group getting his start at the University of South Florida’s student newspaper, The Oracle, as a sports writer. He currently lives in Tampa Bay where he works for the local soccer team, The Tampa Rowdies, handling public relations and running their social media channels. We look forward to Mike loosening the shackles of AP writing and letting loose for some good ole’ fashion golf and drone talk.
Katie Conner – Katie’s one of the few who mastered the game of golf at a young age. She’s the friend we all have that golfs way less than us but still manages to whoop us. Katie studied Speech and Language Pathology at the University of South Florida and currently works in the field in South Bend, Indiana. When she’s not helping out the kiddos, you can find her at Morris Park Country Club lighting up the fairways. Katie will be writing about a wide array of golf topics including tips and tricks, the PGA Tour, and what it’s like belonging to a country club as a millennial.
Elliot Anderson – If his writing skills are anything close to his driver game, we’re about to get articles making our jaws drop and other articles making us turn our heads and pretending they never happened. But we’re confident we’re going to get much more of the prior. Elliot is from the Portland area and will be instilling a little bit of that weirdness into each and every post. He has graciously volunteered to cover the edgey subjects of golf including “Do Swinger Couples Have More Fun?” (Coming next week! Also, not what it sounds like.) and when is it okay to throw your club.
Olivia Yodice – While Olivia may be the least experienced golfer of the writers, she will be shining light on a vital perspective: what it’s like to date a bad golfer. Yes, she is in fact the lucky lady who gets to call Bobby Bishop her own. She has picked up the game in recent months but still has the task of consoling Bobby on his double and triple bogeys. She studied Studio Art at the University of South Florida and currently has her own company where she up-cycles and reimagines vintage furniture. We look forward to her perspective on the game!
Brian Nemes – I saved Brian for last because he is our first Intern at Eagle Vision Golf. He studied Marketing at the University of Central Florida and has been golfing for a couple years now. He is a multi-threat marketing beast and has played a pivotal role in taking EVG to the next level. One day his golf skills will catch up to his marketing skills, but for now he’s writing about the new era of golf and the struggles of being a new drone owner.
There you have it, those are our eight writers that will bring you the latest and greatest in everything golf and drone related. We plan to publish one or two times a week and encourage social media interaction and engagement.
We are always looking for new writers so if you or someone you know might be interested in contributing, please shoot us an email.
Thanks for reading and we hope you enjoy our new tradition!