A just-released report from the NGF, the industry advocacy group based in south Florida, says that nearly a third of so-called Core U.S. golfers (those who play eight or more times per year) pay less than $40 per round (with cart). Only 8 percent pay $70 or more. Three in four golfers say they’re spending only a little more per round than they did five years ago.
The same report, which was based on a survey of 1,000 core golfers in January, said that courses asking for green fees in the $30-$80 range are considered good to excellent. Below that, the course is seen as acceptable – but if a course is asking for less than $20, golfers begin to wonder if it’s any good. On the other end. The $0-$130 courses are considered good for special occasions, and anything over $130 is felt out of range for most golfers surveyed.