Thursday, April 16, 2009

Just Another Reason Why Being Poor Stinks

One of my favorite golf conversations is when my buddies and I are trying to figure out where to play on the weekends.

"Hey buddy, Southern Dunes is pretty solid, and it on for $70?"

"(Dead silence)"

"Oh, is $70 too much?"

Basically, golf is expensive and it helps if you are really, really rich because you don't have to worry about it. Irons cost $1,000. Drivers cost $400. Good golf costs over $100. Even beers on the golf course are so expensive you'd have thought the Miller Brewing Plant had made that one just for you.

LinksLifeGolf did a little investigating on "Golf Digest's Top 100 Course" and how much it would cost to play them. The numbers are startling.

Pebble Beach Golf Links: Greens Fees are $495 and you have to stay on site at $595 per night, with a two night minimum (2 per room). That’s $1090 per round. One time before I die!

Shadow Creek, Las Vegas: This course is owned by MGM Mirage Properties, the Steve Wynn casinos. The only chance of getting on this is if you are a high roller staying at a MGM property. They don’t have any prices on the website either. If you have to ask how much it costs, you can’t afford it.

Back when I was working my days at Troon North Golf Club, we had one of those always interesting "team building meetings" where you spend half your day listening to someone talk that is way too excited for how much they get paid, and we learned that the average Troon North golfer makes over $!50,000 a year. I guess that means my blogging career better take off SOON.

Oh, and a quick disclaimer -- if you make over $150,000 a year, tip the guy that cleans your clubs $5. If you don't, there is a fairly good chance your clubs will "accidentally" fall off the cart on the way up to bag drop, because you sir are a cheap ass.


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