The most common gripes people have about golf is how expensive it is.
It’s certainly true that should you wish you could easily spend a great deal of money on golf.
Like all sports, golf has its fair share of premium brands that can charge through the roof for clubs, tees, bags – you name it! In fact, Today’s Golfer recently ran a story detailing the results of a recent survey (undertaken by Santander) which confirmed golf as the most expensive sport to play. Combining the costs of members’ fees, spends on kit as well as competition fees, those who took the survey admitted to spending over £200 a month on their hobby with almost a quarter freely admitting that they hide their spending from their significant other.
Are you one of these big spenders? Looking for a way to cut down on your spending and regain the ability to confidently look your partner in the eye? Good!
Dave and I have picked up a few tips and tricks to spending less on your golfing, take a look and see if you could benefit from any of them:
Ahhh – the price of being popular. Golf is an inherently social game. Whilst it can be relaxing to take in 9-holes by yourself, golf is best played competitively and for most players that means joining a club.
Most clubs work require you to know someone before you can gain membership, a character reference is usually needed for most memberships which rarely come cheap. Still, if you want to cut down on member fees, you can elect to do some research and seek out the cheapest in your area – then it’s up to you to befriend a member (we recommend using social media!).
A shoddy work-man blames his tools, or so the old adage goes at least. It’s true that the very best premium clubs will give you professional players the edge, but unless you’re edging your way into the Top 1000 of the OWGRs then there’s probably little chance that you’ll make the most of them.
Should you still wish to swing a premium-price piece of kit then you can always stalk the online spheres for some older models. The internet is littered with excellent clubs, all of which have been abandoned by their owners who either couldn’t afford them or wanted something shinier – it’s up to you to take advantage!
In Santander’s survey golfers admitted to spending on average around £22 a month on clothes for their hobby. As many ailing golf widows will know there is always something new to buy in the great game of golf, whether that’s a new hat or a pullover, or some other piece of unnecessary clothing.
If you really can’t stop yourself from buying more clothes for your growing collection of sweaters, the least you can do is buy end of line stock to make it cheaper for yourself. By shopping from a sports wholesaler you can avoid paying retail price, whilst still wearing the premium brands associated with the best players.
Club Events & Fundraiser
Part of joining a golf club means that your money will be contributed towards the upkeep of the club. Although most clubs use their fees to keep the buildings and ground in check, it’s not unheard of for clubs to organise events and fundraisers to get money together for significant projects such as conservatory roof replacements and new greens.
Whereas it might be to your immediate financial benefit to not attend these events, don’t forget that should you wish to benefit from the new additions to your club, it’s best to chip in for them first. Whether your club is looking to make some major renovations to the buildings or grounds, your contributions could be the difference between them being completed or being left to the wayside.
Cutting Down On Expenditures
There are so many little ways you can spend money at the golf club. Whether it’s a lost bet down the club house, a round of drinks for your mates or an impulse lunch bought at the club restaurant, it can be easy to lose track of the pennies and pounds throughout the course of a season. By staying vigilant and making a definitive plan of how much you’re going to spend you’ll be able to stay on top of your spending and make the right choices, so that you can save money in the long run.