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50 Best Courses under $50


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#31 The Pearl

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 05:20 PM

I would second the Utah selections, although Sand Hollow I believe will miss your requirement, even during the off-season.  Look at Soldier Hollow (Gold Course) where they hosted 2012 USGA Amateur Pub Links.  Soldier Hollow is in the beautiful Heber Valley and the Gold course has significant elevation changes that provide amazing views back down the valley. It has some large, undulating greens with plenty of quality bunkering.   It is a true "mountain" golf experience.  Valley View is a gem and is a place where they have held the state amateur in the past.  The course sits off the highway down in a little hollow. It has some elevation changes, but not as severe as Soldier Hollow.  There are also plenty of trees, water, and bunkers, although it is an extremely fair course tee to green. The greens, on the surface, don't appear too threatening as the undulations are apparent, but not overwhelming, however, there is rarely a straight putt and the breaks are extremely difficult to read. VV has a great mix of holes and it is all you can handle from the tips.

I also might add that in most rankings, Old Silo in Kentucky is ranked as the number 1 public course.  It is a wonderful Graham Marsh golf course.  I was with my wife when she was working at UK for a couple weeks two summers ago and I was able to head up to Old Silo.  I played it twice, by myself, during the week at about 8 am and there were only a couple groups ready to go out at that time. It is an amazing golf course with a totally small town vibe.


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Posted 16 April 2013 - 05:36 PM

Rivercut in Springfield, MO. Read best public course in MO and completely worth it. Great elevation changes and the gEounds crew always has it in great shape. Played there all the time during college and miss it.
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Posted 16 April 2013 - 06:41 PM

A agree with linkerpan, WIllingers, is top notch and value priced, but....

The Territory G.C in St Cloud is $39 with cart weekdays. Owned by the same group as Willingers, The Ledgends, TCI of Iowa.
Varied terrain, good to excellent conditioning, and can be played in under 3.5 hrs anytime.

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 08:58 PM

View Postdeck, on 16 April 2013 - 12:18 AM, said:

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

Haven't been to Mill Creek yet, but its on my list of courses for this season...I've heard so many great things about it.

Also since ebierman said he'll consider a bit over $50, then I'd like to add Greystone (234golf.com) golf course in an eastern suburb of Rochester, NY. It's a beautiful links style course with lots of elevation changes and outstandingly maintained. It also has a nice pub and restaurant with a great view of the course. Most people I've taken their always love it and say its one of the nicest courses they've ever played.

We are very fortunate in western ny with so many great golf courses at comparatively good prices.

Edited by Andy L, 16 April 2013 - 08:59 PM.


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Posted 16 April 2013 - 09:10 PM

The Wilderness Golf Course, Lake Jackson, TX


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Posted 17 April 2013 - 12:53 PM

I am really interested to see what pops up on this thread for Illinois. There are some great value courses but being int he Chicagoland area everything is pretty expensive when it comes tot he "rack rate". I am very grateful for golfnow and ezlinks.

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 09:04 PM

View Postsharkiesj, on 15 April 2013 - 10:58 PM, said:

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

Honorable mention: Aetna Springs
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Posted 19 April 2013 - 06:06 AM

Just depends on time of the week.  If it can be a mid-week round The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay part of the Tennessee golf trail is around $35 with cart.  Bermuda fairways and greens and the course is built on the lake.  Great views and really worth the small fee.  Plus you can stretch it out to over 7000 yards if you want.  Location is Harrison, TN just outside of Chattanooga.
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Posted 19 April 2013 - 07:36 AM

Dale Hollow State Park - Burkesville, KY is a hidden gem
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Posted 19 April 2013 - 07:50 AM

View Postbpgolf85, on 17 April 2013 - 12:53 PM, said:

I am really interested to see what pops up on this thread for Illinois. There are some great value courses but being int he Chicagoland area everything is pretty expensive when it comes tot he "rack rate". I am very grateful for golfnow and ezlinks.

Best public course in Illinois that I have played is Annbriar GC in Waterloo IL.   It is located aboiut 30 miles SE of St Louis MO.  
Grren Fees 18 holes with cart:
Mon.    $43
Tues - Fri.   $53
Sat & Sun   $73
There are various discounts for seniors, ladies, & juniors


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Posted 19 April 2013 - 06:55 PM

Great topic; much appreciated.  Check out The Links at Spring Church in Apollo, PA and St. Jude, Chcora, PA.  Both list out at or below $50 incl. cart.

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 07:58 PM

BETHPAGE RED, NY

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 08:01 PM

View Postpetercybulskipp, on 19 April 2013 - 07:58 PM, said:

BETHPAGE RED, NY

DAMN FORGOT RUSTIC CANYON, MOORPARK CA, BEATS BP RED

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 08:18 PM

Mozingo Lake Golf Course, Maryville, MO $40 dollars for cart and 18 holes on weekends. Diamond in the rough. Tough course from the tips, lots of character, scenery.

http://golf.mozingolake.com/

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 08:21 PM

The Home Course and Gold Mountain Olympic would be two that get my vote.


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Posted 20 April 2013 - 10:06 AM

View Postdrstroud, on 15 April 2013 - 02:11 PM, said:

Indian Canyon, Spokane, Washington.

Indian Canyon is a great course!  So is Sand Creek in Newton KS

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 10:21 AM

Harrison Hills, Attica, IN.  Really fun layout.  Mixture of classic old design (1920's) and new holes added in mid 90's when course was expanded to 18 holes.  Always in great shape.

$40 w/cart on weekday
$45 w/cart on weekend

www.harrisonhills.com

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 10:38 AM

Arrowhead Pointe golf course outside of Elberton GA. I played it last week before heading to Augusta and it was absolutely phenomenal. 10 holes of the course are on lake russel and it was by far in better shape then any state park golf course I've ever seen or played. If anyone gets the opportunity to play this course take a camera you'll need it. I really don't do it justice with this post its that gorgeous. The staff was awesome and I played in 3 hours going absolutely as slow as I could just to take in the views.
$46 with cart within an hour of Augusta during Masters week.

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 10:55 AM

In Tennessee this is nearly a no-brainer. Greystone Golf Club in Dickson, TN. It's just outside Nashville and is in absolutely perfect condition with it's zoysia fairways and fast greens. I'll put the fairways up against any private club in the state. It's a perfect combination of rolling and flat terrain with just the right amount of trouble to get into. Here is some information from their website. And no, I am in no way affiliated with the course, I just love going there for the quality and cost!


Opened in 1998, GreyStone has hosted some of the region's highest profile events:
  • Home of 2002 PGA Tour First Round Qualifying
  • Home of the Men's and Women's Tennessee State Opens 1999 through 2003
  • 2010 Men's State Open
  • 2010-13 Men's & Women's OVC (NCAA) Championship
  • Home of 2000 PGA Tour First Round Qualifying
  • Home of Monday Qualifying for the BellSouth Senior PGA Tour event
  • Home of the 2004 1st Stage PGA Tour School Qualifying
  • Home of the USJGT Tour Championship.


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Posted 20 April 2013 - 01:04 PM

Cochiti north of ABQ, NM

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 01:45 PM

Indian Trails Country Club, Beemer NE.  $39 with cart on the weekend.

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 10:23 PM

Been 10 years since I last played it, but El Diablo GC in Citrus Springs, Fla., was (is) a great course in a tough-to-reach part of west-central Florida. I'm itching to get back sometime and see if it's the same as I remembered.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 03:21 AM

View Postbpgolf85, on 17 April 2013 - 12:53 PM, said:

I am really interested to see what pops up on this thread for Illinois. There are some great value courses but being int he Chicagoland area everything is pretty expensive when it comes tot he "rack rate". I am very grateful for golfnow and ezlinks.


Yea, gonna be tough to find a winner from Chicago.  I would guess off the top of my head George Dunne is the closest in the area, pretty sure its less than $60 with a cart, but I dont think its less than $50.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 09:37 PM

Both are nice and challenging courses for under $50.
Devils Ridge in Oxford, Mi
Westwynd in Rochester, Mi
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Posted 21 April 2013 - 09:51 PM

As others have said it all depends on what day you're playing and if the resident rate counts for anything.

If so, Montauk Downs State Park is $43 plus $17 for a cart (NYS residents), so it pushes you slightly over that limit. But I'll send you the $10 overage if you can find me a better course in that price range in NYS.

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 10:54 AM

OP - just how do you plan on using this "data" without knowing the experience of the posters?  If you only play a handful of favorites, it's near impossible to have the perspective to really say what the "best" courses are state/nation wide.  Without tiding up your approach, I'm betting you're getting a lot of "best course under $50 within 50 miles of where I live" from the group.

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 11:42 AM

View PostFlopShotFred, on 19 April 2013 - 07:36 AM, said:

Dale Hollow State Park - Burkesville, KY is a hidden gem

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 11:47 AM

View Postroehmj1, on 20 April 2013 - 10:21 AM, said:

Harrison Hills, Attica, IN.  Really fun layout.  Mixture of classic old design (1920's) and new holes added in mid 90's when course was expanded to 18 holes.  Always in great shape.

$40 w/cart on weekday
$45 w/cart on weekend

www.harrisonhills.com
I'll second Harrison Hills and nominate Rock Hollow Golf Course in Peru, IN.  Really neat course built in a former rock quarry / strip mine.  $39.00 max rate.
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Posted 22 April 2013 - 12:34 PM

View Postpetercybulskipp, on 19 April 2013 - 07:58 PM, said:

BETHPAGE RED, NY

this was my first thought, but it doesnt meet the criteria.  It is in the 45 range to walk during the week.  Still, IMO up there with the best value on the island.

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 01:05 PM

View PostCPSOX, on 15 April 2013 - 05:21 PM, said:

Lawsonia Links - WI & Wild Horse - NE


Lawsonia  really?      $79 Weekday, $90 Weekend ~ 18 holes with cart


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