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#1 ebierman

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 01:38 PM

Need your help fellow GolfWRX'ers.  Beginning research for an article I plan to write regarding the 50 Best Courses in America under $50.  Going to be highlighting one course per state.  Will have in-depth evaluations on several criteria, including quality of course, amenities, natural beauty/views, location, clubhouse, "fun factor", etc...  Highest price posted with cart MUST be less than $50.  Looking for lots of suggestions.  Thanks!


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Posted 15 April 2013 - 01:41 PM

Gold mountain golf course in Bremerton, Washington. Good luck finding something better!!!

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 01:44 PM

Sand Creek Station in Newton Kansas

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 02:02 PM

Timber Trace Golf Club in Pinckney, MI

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 02:11 PM

Indian Canyon, Spokane, Washington.

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 02:30 PM

Grapevine GC, Grapevine, TX though I think their latest price increase has their peak rate at $51 now.

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 02:38 PM

Millcreek Golf Club near Rochester, NY, such a fun course, very challenging, lots of elevation change, always has been in incredible condition.

www.millcreekgolf.com

$29 Walking Mon-Thrs all summer long
$39 cart Mon-Thrs all summer long

$39 Walking Fri-Sun + Holidays peak rate
$49 w/ Cart Fri-Sun + Holidays peak rate

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 05:19 PM

Old Works, Anaconda, MT.  Under 50 without cart.

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 05:21 PM

Lawsonia Links - WI & Wild Horse - NE

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 05:24 PM

 CPSOX, on 15 April 2013 - 05:21 PM, said:

Lawsonia Links - WI & Wild Horse - NE

Was going to say Wildhorse as well, but their rate with cart is now above $50.http://www.playwildhorse.com/course/


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Posted 15 April 2013 - 05:50 PM

 Petethreeput, on 15 April 2013 - 05:19 PM, said:

Old Works, Anaconda, MT.  Under 50 without cart.
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Posted 15 April 2013 - 07:28 PM

We have some outstanding courses in the Palm Springs area that can be played for under $50.  The catch is that you have to play them in June, July, or August when it is over 110F.  The rest of the year they are much more expensive.  On a serious note, I would nominate Soboba Springs in San Jacinto, CA, which is a 45 minute drive from Palm Springs. It is basically on the other side of Mt. San Jacinto, which you see when they play the "Bob Hope" or "Dinah Shore" events out here.  Soboba is $40 per round and previous home of the Nationwide Tour.  The Soboba Indians purchased a few years ago and built a nice clubhouse/bar/restaurant.  I play here quite a bit in the winter when rates are high at home.  Solid layout, always in great shape, and a good test of golf.  The Pepsi Tour played there today.

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 09:02 PM

Black Lake in Onaway Mi better be on that list
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Posted 15 April 2013 - 09:34 PM

Willingers in the south of the Twin CIties has been several times recognized as one of the best under $50 in America by publications. I was skeptic until I played it. Premium experience and bring all your clubs, that you will need them. Also, don't forget your ball retriever.
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Posted 15 April 2013 - 09:40 PM

Sleepy Hollow Golf Course, Brecksville, Ohio

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 10:06 PM

The Grande in Jackson Michigan is better than a lot of courses I have payed more than double for.

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 10:29 PM

Woodforest golf club magnolia, tx

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 10:34 PM

Valley View - Layton, Utah
Sand Hollow - Hurricane, Utah


There are a ton of really great options in Utah for that price range!

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 10:43 PM

Got stood up by a fishing guide, decided to find a golf course, and found this place.  That was 20 years ago on a great trip with my dad, but looking at the rates it's still under $50.

Pinon Hills should cover New Mexico for you.

http://www.pinonhill.../aboutus/rates/

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 10:58 PM

Pacific Grove GC. Best bang for your buck in the entire state of California.

Honorable mention: Aetna Springs


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Posted 15 April 2013 - 11:32 PM

In washington as mentioned.  the home course.  also Apple tree.
Coronado in San diego is $35 and is a good deal for that.

The problem with this is many courses that are $200 can be had for less then $50.   would you want to include these?

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 12:18 AM

View Postwholeinwon, on 15 April 2013 - 02:38 PM, said:

Millcreek Golf Club near Rochester, NY, such a fun course, very challenging, lots of elevation change, always has been in incredible condition.

www.millcreekgolf.com

$29 Walking Mon-Thrs all summer long
$39 cart Mon-Thrs all summer long

$39 Walking Fri-Sun + Holidays peak rate
$49 w/ Cart Fri-Sun + Holidays peak rate

Second this one amongst many others in NY. We have lots here that are amazing
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Posted 16 April 2013 - 01:07 AM

Please post the final results of the article.  I'm interested to see the final project as $50 on the weekend with cart is tough to find in many areas.  I started to look at each of the recommendations and quickly found most of them don't meet the requirements you listed (under $50 with cart at highest published time).  Not sure if people aren't reading the actual requirements or if they just want to post courses they like and think are good value.  There was at least one course recommended that is over $100 peak rate.  I can understand the people that posted where the course was just over, like $51.

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 09:37 AM

Totteridge, just southeast of Pittsburgh, PA

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 09:46 AM

Capital Hills Golf Course - NY

$45 non-resident w/ cart

Lots of elevation change. Some cool holes. Always in great condition. And it hosts a Symetra Tour event every year.

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 10:01 AM

Don't know yet what their rates will be, but the former Minot Country Club is going to re-open this summer as a daily fee facility on the west side of Minot, ND.  The course and all facilities were destroyed in the summer floods of 2011, so the course being brought back from the dead by former members of the club would make for an interesting story.  I was a member when stationed there 6 years ago and the layout and conditions were outstanding, especially considering the relatively small town it's in.

Bakker Crossing is a nice country course out in the middle of farm land on the south side of Sioux Falls, SD.  Willow Run on the east side of town is also an excellent value, but just misses out on your price criteria.

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 10:09 AM

View PostLHgolfer, on 15 April 2013 - 10:29 PM, said:

Woodforest golf club magnolia, tx

Woodforest is great, but I dont think $50 is their highest price. I believe the regular weekend rate is around $90. Would have been an excellent choice though.

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 11:08 AM

These prices are just over the $50 limit I know, but honestly you're not going to find much outside of run down munis that cost under $50, with cart, on weekends during high season here in NC.

That said, if you live in Greensboro, NC, you can get on either course at Bryan Park for $50 or less on weekends with cart (Greensboro residents receive a $10 discount, so the normal rates would be $60 for the Champions Course and $55 for the Players Course on weekend/holiday mornings).  I've never played a course anywhere that offers a great layout, consistently good conditions (bent grass struggles in the heat here over summer and Bryan Park keeps their greens in better shape than some private clubs), and costs less than the Champions Course.
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Posted 16 April 2013 - 02:23 PM

Awesome feedback so far everyone.  If the course is a "little" more than $50 that is fine as I will probably have a "Just missed the Cut" section where I'll highlight 10-20 other good courses that might not always be lower than $50 but are close enough.  But the $90+ courses probably won't work.  Keep 'em coming!

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 04:15 PM

View Postmhammel73, on 16 April 2013 - 09:37 AM, said:

Totteridge, just southeast of Pittsburgh, PA
Second Totteridge.  Great Rees Jones design.


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