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Top 4 U.S. Golf Courses At or Under $40 Per Round

Top 4 U.S. Golf Courses At or Under $40 Per RoundTop 4 U.S. Golf Courses At or Under $40 Per Round

Who would have thought that playing golf could turn into a hobby so expensive that it quickly becomes cost-prohibitive? Of course, if you play the four cheap courses that I have found, you leave with your budget intact and still get to have fun on the fairways.

Heartwell Golf Course

6700 E. Carson St., Long Beach, CA

562-421-8855

Spend $16 for a game of golf during the week and $18 on the weekend. Cart rentals cost $8. A 54-par course, the fairways look deceptively easy. In fact, this course calls for superb chipping and putting around hazards. Since this is the course that gave Tiger Woods his start, you know that it builds and challenges the skills of any golfer.

Lakewood Shores Resort (Serradella Course)

7751 Cedar Lake Road, Oscoda, MI

800-882-2493

Spend about $28 per round on weekdays and $35 for a weekend round. If you decide to rent a cart, add another $17 to the cost. Remember to wear spikeless shoes before heading to the wide fairways. Excellent for beginner and intermediate golfers, this course is very pretty with plenty of flowers planted along the way. Hazards are minimal and the look and feel of the course mimics a park rather than a golf course. The adjacent Gailes and Blackshire courses offer slightly different settings but charge $55 on weekdays and $62 on weekends.

Turtleback Golf Club

1985 18 1/2 St., Rice Lake, WI

888-300-9443

Although daily golf rates for 18 holes usually run $43 per round and a cart rental fee of $14 is mandatory on weekends, seniors over the age of 62 enjoy a $10 discount on greens fees, which puts the cost of a round of golf at $33. With a four-star rating from Golf Digest, you know that this is a quality course where intermediate and advanced golfers will enjoy their games.

Gold Mountain Golf Club (Cascade Course)

7263 W. Belfair Valley Road, Bremerton, WA

360-415-5432

Make your tee-time reservation for the Cascade course up to 30 days in advance. The most expensive greens fees are on weekends and holidays, when a round of golf might set you back $40. The least expensive time to play is weekday twilight after 3 p.m. A round of golf only costs $23. Since there are only minor elevation changes, just walk the course and save money on the cart. Fairways are lined with trees but are overall very friendly toward the beginner and intermediate golfer. The adjacent Olympic course is not necessarily a budget buster, but weekend play may set you back more than $50 a round.

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