Money Saving Tips for Golf – Tee Times

Discount Tee Times – 5 Quick Tips to Play More and Pay Less.

get-ready-ball-2-618802-mLooking for Discount Tee Times is one great way to play more golf and pay less.

And the following are 5 quick tips that every golf beginner, well… in fact any golfer who wants to save money for that matter should know.

Read on and you’ll find out how.

1) Online Tee Time Reservation

Booking your tee times online is the 21st century way to go. I mean 15 years back you had only 2 ways to book for golf tee times, and those where either …

  1. Visiting golf courses expecting to have available tee times.
  2. Booking by phone. And even this one could be a hassle because sometimes took a while to first make the call; wait for the staff to answer; asking for your details and desired date and time and look on their schedule. And if they had no available spots, then you made another call to another course and another 5 to 10 min. wait on the phone.

Now the Internet has made it possible to book online on courses all over the world in less than 5 minutes, very easy and hassle-free.

And though there are quite a few online booking websites, not all of them offer good rates or even have the courses you’re looking for.

Me personally I like TeeOff.com for the following reasons:

  • Up to 50% Off tee time discounts.
  • Wider selection of golf courses, including my favorite courses
  • The website is very user friendly
  • I get extra discounts and promotions from their email newsletter

 

2) Twilight Golf

Almost every course has twilight tee time rates, and these ones mean they are in the afternoon, frequently after 1 pm or 2 pm, sometimes even after 12 pm in wintertime.

These twilight rates are cheaper and sometimes half-off the regular rate. The reason for this is that most players like to play in the morning, because of their work schedule; they’re trying to avoid hot weather and because it is a sure way they’ll finish the round while daylight is still present.

Playing at twilight time you have the risk of not finishing your round with daylight if you play after certain hour. It all depends on your city and the time of the year. In the summer you can even start your round at 3 pm or 4 pm and quite finish an 18 hole round, unless of course you play with a foursome where all players play slow, or the course is packed with players and you can’t go faster.

So the key here is to book your tee time between 1 pm and 2 pm

3) Play On Weekdays

It’s great to play on the weekends, but the rates from Friday to Sunday will surely be higher on almost every golf course.

So if you have a break to play on weekdays, you will find more spots available and for lower rates than on weekends.

4) Play Municipal Golf Courses

Municipal courses are frequently cheaper than private courses or country clubs. Not though not all cities have municipal golf courses, looking for these is another good way to find cheaper tee time rates.

Just keep in mind that if you have high standards for course conditions (come on who are you kidding if you’re a beginner? You just want to play anywhere right??), many times the municipal courses don’t have the same conditions as a private course, since their maintenance comes mostly from city funding and not from private investments.

5) Annual Memberships

And last but not least, you have the annual membership on golf courses. This is a 2 edge sword because of the following pros and cons:

Pros

  • An annual membership will save you money
  • It’s great if you play golf often
  • When you get to know the course well, you have higher chances to score better

Cons

  • You have to at least play once a week if you want to take advantage of the savings you get from the annual membership. Not recommended if you are an eventual player.
  • If money is an issue, then you’ll be forced by your own budget to play the same course during a year. Why would you spend tee times in another course if you already paid an annual membership right?

There you go, play more golf …pay less!!

And if you have any other suggestions to save on Tee Times, please feel free to leave a comment. Thanks!

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