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.