mkunes01, on 17 October 2018 - 09:36 AM, said:
Whats your rough estimate on cost per person for this trip? Curious about doing something similar and would love to know
Like an earlier poster said, very different to estimate costs because of different price of rooms, replay rates and a few other issues. I put on at least one, sometimes 2 trips a year. My main trip is in April with 12 guys and can give you an idea.
Every year its a Wednesday thru Sunday, 5 days/4 nights. We get into town Wednesday morning. Last year we were scheduled to play 7 rounds and the preserve twice. Either 2 18's or 18 and the preserve every day and one morning round Sunday. Cost on golf, no caddie and no push cart was $1205, if you played all rounds.
With this group, we have stayed in the Golf Double at The Inn. 2 to a room. I really like these rooms for this group. They are the rooms at the Inn that face the 18th green of Bandon Dunes and all have patio doors to sit outside together. We have all the rooms on one side of the Inn every year and can hang out. The costs of those rooms is $310 per room, $155 per guy. For 4 nights, $620 per guy.
Last year I brought some alcohol, gatorades, power bars and oatmeal packages. Next year, everyone is tossing in $100 and I am going to get supplies. I get airplane bottles of vodka and whiskey. Saves a bunch of money, but just as important we all monitor our drinking and we have yetti's so there is no condensation from the cups when we get drinks. Keeps hands warmer during the round. Always important on the second round of the day. Also, I find the dinner food to be hearty so I'm not always hungry first thing in the morning and usually would prefer extra time in the sauna/jacuzzi than sitting down at breakfast. And after all these years, I really don't need the buffet, so squeezable oatmeal (almost like baby food) was a big hit in our group. Last year we were able to significantly shave costs all the while finding the it to be much more convenient and enjoyable. Gave us more time at the range, putting green and hanging out before the round.
All told, I tell guys to budget $2000 for this trip. Again, that does not include caddies, souvenirs and lunch / dinner or getting there.
Something that not everyone is aware of, if you don't make your second round of the day, there is no charge. I always book the preserve or a second round for the day and there are a few of us that play every scheduled round. But we have a few bad knees in our group that struggle with that, so its nice to have it booked and let them decide how they feel.
If you are willing to spend more money on lodging, the suites in the lodge are great. The golf suite and the lodge suite have a lot of room and have decks that you can watch guys coming in 18. They are great, but for me it depends on the group I go with for the rooms I prefer.
Lastly, when planning your trip for the spring, take into account day light savings and other sporting events. I have gone in February and we got superb weather. But getting 2 rounds in a day, while doable, was tough. I went for March Madness one year and honestly did not enjoy it as much as I thought I would. We played golf in the mornings and were glued to games after the round. Not as much time at the Preserve or firepits hanging out with friends who don't see enough of each other anymore. And that was before the punchbowl was open. We like to soak up the atmosphere and big sporting events have taken that away from our group. Everyone is different, but that was my experience.
I know that's a lot of information, but if you have any more questions please don't hesitate to ask.