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Is golf your most expensive hobby?


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Is golf your most expensive hobby?

  1. Yes (120 votes [67.04%])

    Percentage of vote: 67.04%

  2. No (59 votes [32.96%])

    Percentage of vote: 32.96%

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#1 mackepa

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Posted 22 December 2018 - 01:36 PM

Is golf your most expensive hobby? Im really curious to see what guys have to say about this. For me it certainly is my favorite hobby. I work in the business and enjoy what I do very much. I spend my fair share still on greens fees, new shafts, grips and the likes. I also know guys that play every weekend and only use golf balls they find and haven’t bought a single new club in 10 years. They’d rather spend their money on their shoes, boats, watches, cars, guitars etc.

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Posted 22 December 2018 - 01:57 PM

It’s my most pensive hobby but it’s my only hobby.

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Posted 22 December 2018 - 02:12 PM

Nope. The boat is and it aint even close.
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Posted 22 December 2018 - 03:14 PM

Yes it is, though I don't really have other hobbies right now beyond jogging and the odd softball league. Kids will do that!

My wife rides horses. So golf is cheap by comparison
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Posted 22 December 2018 - 03:54 PM

It's my most expensive hobby, but like said above with younger kids I don't really have time for a second hobby.  

Golf is certainly a nice indulgence.  But it's not too bad on the spectrum of expensive hobbies.


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Posted 22 December 2018 - 04:12 PM

I play guitar in a performing rock band.  My music stuff is just as expensive but I don't ho around as much.

We own a 1965 Corvette in near mint condition, but I wouldn't call it a hobby - we don't show it, we just drive it.

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Posted 22 December 2018 - 05:21 PM

Triathlons were more expensive.  $12,000 bicycles, $500 wetsuits, $200 running shoes, $300 cycling shoes and we haven't even paid to enter a race, or the hotel for the over night stays, or all the food you needed during 8 how workouts and 12 hour races.

I had 8 bicycles setup for racing and training.  The maintenance on the bikes was very expensive and I did it all myself.

Golf can't hold a candle to all that.

I raced nearly every weekend for over 10 years. 22 years in all

Oh ya, I forgot about my classic cars.....

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Posted 22 December 2018 - 05:24 PM

I own an old British sports car. So no, golf is not my most expensive hobby. I learned club building/making just as a distraction from the needs of the emerald green beast.
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Posted 22 December 2018 - 05:28 PM

Probably. I drive old cars, don't care about fashion/watches, etc. Hunting adds up, between licenses, decoys, waders, etc, but golf usually comes in higher at the end of the day.

Honestly though, I pay more in cable/internet/cell service than golf.
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Posted 22 December 2018 - 05:34 PM

Youth sports was high up there for a while but now it’s just one left in University and no more youth sports. So yes, golf is my only hobby now.


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Posted 22 December 2018 - 05:56 PM

Golf is part of life, not just a hobby, I spend a lot on it from club dues and all that goes with it to regular trips, perhaps not so much on equipment.

Don't smoke (USD$25 a packet out here), don't have a boat, don't travel to ski, don't spend money on cars/watches, don't have a holiday house.

So golf is easily manageable because its prioritised.

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Posted 22 December 2018 - 06:13 PM

Without a shadow of a doubt. I don't even want to sit and add together how much membership fees, green fees, equipment and apparel spends would be at the end of each year...
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Posted 22 December 2018 - 07:25 PM

It is now but I had a real geeky hobby that was also super expensive and time consuming. And even playing the game associated with said hobby had similar concerns; rules issues, slow play (4+ hrs per game), irritating opponents, very expensive niche equipment. I still get the tug to go back and check it out any time I see the stuff though. Its something I will definitely pick back up when the girls leave the house.
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Posted 22 December 2018 - 07:28 PM

Yep.

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Posted 22 December 2018 - 07:29 PM

For sure

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Posted 22 December 2018 - 07:41 PM

Skiing adds up quickly, especially with three season passes plus the driving back and forth.

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Posted 22 December 2018 - 07:43 PM

Yes,  I don't shoot as much as I used to.  Ammo is expensive!

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Posted 22 December 2018 - 07:50 PM

View Postsdandrea, on 22 December 2018 - 04:12 PM, said:

I play guitar in a performing rock band.  My music stuff is just as expensive but I don't ho around as much.

We own a 1965 Corvette in near mint condition, but I wouldn't call it a hobby - we don't show it, we just drive it.
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Posted 22 December 2018 - 07:51 PM

Yes.
I used to have 3 hobbies.
Bowling, poker and golf. Bowling and poker were expensive but I could make $ back on good days. When we had a kid i gave them both up for golf which is more expensive and i have no real way of making any $.

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Posted 22 December 2018 - 08:21 PM

I buy lots of different golf things ... more transactions so to speak ... but more is spent on watches and my car and traveling ... but maybe the most is the two girls in university !

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Posted 22 December 2018 - 08:44 PM

No.  Bass fishing is much more expensive between the boat, baits and high end rods and reels it isn't even close.
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Posted 22 December 2018 - 09:05 PM

View PostBaitkiller, on 22 December 2018 - 02:12 PM, said:

Nope. The boat is and it aint even close.

Yep. Spending more in the off season than the actual season
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Posted 22 December 2018 - 09:09 PM

View PostKenny Lee Puckett, on 22 December 2018 - 07:50 PM, said:

View Postsdandrea, on 22 December 2018 - 04:12 PM, said:

I play guitar in a performing rock band.  My music stuff is just as expensive but I don't ho around as much.

We own a 1965 Corvette in near mint condition, but I wouldn't call it a hobby - we don't show it, we just drive it.
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Posted 22 December 2018 - 09:32 PM

View PostCheckJV, on 22 December 2018 - 05:34 PM, said:

Youth sports was high up there for a while but now it’s just one left in University and no more youth sports. So yes, golf is my only hobby now.

Yeah, my daughter plays on a traveling soccer team that has league and tournament games all over the country.  Watching her is my most expensive hobby.
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Posted 22 December 2018 - 09:39 PM

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My wife rides horses. So golf is cheap by comparison

This is my life. Wife and daughter have horses. Daughter now living out of the house so we’re down to two hay-burners. Believe me when I say it’s not like owning a dog. Horses are in a league of their own in the expense department.

On the plus side, I never get any grief about golf expenses.

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Posted 22 December 2018 - 10:28 PM

Motorcycle hobby costs more theoretically.....but it is a better adrenaline bump than a good hole per se'.
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Posted 22 December 2018 - 11:16 PM

View PostMtlJeff, on 22 December 2018 - 03:14 PM, said:

Yes it is, though I don't really have other hobbies right now beyond jogging and the odd softball league. Kids will do that!

My wife rides horses. So golf is cheap by comparison

Same here. Golf pales in comparison to horses!

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Posted 23 December 2018 - 12:07 AM

It’s the only hobby.
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Posted 23 December 2018 - 12:38 AM

I would call it a “lifestyle” more than a hobby.
For example...my wife has introduced me before as “ my husband ? heʻs played golf for 30 years, the rest of it he just wasted”
...... ouch. lol

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Posted 23 December 2018 - 01:35 AM

Mountain biking and archery. Like golf, both can be very very expensive, or done on the budget. For me all three hobbies are about the same cost...


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