The 6 most affordable tee times in our new ranking of the top 100 courses in the United States
Several public tracks in our last ranking, the fee to play is over $500, and that prevents a good portion of us from being able to fix it on some of these hallowed grounds at our own expense.
However, peak rates for six courses fall below a more manageable $300, which is still a lot of money, but hey, these are the best courses in the country. Among them, two even fall below $150.
For consistency, we’ve used peak season and hourly rates for each course, but some of these tracks can be booked for less depending on factors such as weather or residency.
Here are the six most affordable tee times in our Top 100 USA 2022-23 ranking:
6. Gamble Sands (maximum price: $285)
Gamble Sands ushered in a new era for designer David McLay-Kidd. It was more about going back to what had worked when he created Bandon Dunes 15 years earlier. With wide fairways and generous greens, the Scotsman has laid out a course that favors fun rather than the brutal challenges to which he had put his name during the previous decade.
Most departure times will cost you for the gem of North Central Washington, which ranks 82nd on our 2022-23 Top 100 list, is $285 for the premium weekend rate, booked 60 days or more. However, residents of nearby Okanogan County or Bridgeport, just up the Columbia River, can purchase a resident card for $149 and receive weekend fares of $80 and weekdays of $70. all year.
T4. Streamsong Red and Blue (maximum price: $279)
Neither Coore and Crenshaw’s Streamsong Red (#86) nor Tom Doak’s Streamsong Blue (#92) will look like typical Florida golf. Built on the site of a former phosphate mine, the sandy landscape provided two legendary architects with a remarkable canvas to simultaneously design the resort’s first two courses.
If you don’t want to stay on the property, you can play either course at Streamsong for the daily rate of $279 during peak winter season. If you’re ready to brave the heat, a trip to Streamsong during the summer fare is just $109 to play one of the top 100 courses or the resort’s third course, Streamsong Black, as long as you stay at the station .
3. Sand Valley (Maximum price: $235)
Owner Mike Keizer said the Wisconsin soil used to create Sand Valley reminded him of a cross between Pine Valley and Sand Hills in Nebraska. Coore and Crenshaw’s second job on this list – which comes in at No. 98 on our Top 100 list – bewitches players with firm fairways, majestic bunkers and one of the big punchbowl greens.
There is no difference for resort guests and day guests for rates from June 1 to October 3, as each will pay $235 for one tee time. The steal here is to bring your junior golfer (16 or under) and play for free after 2 p.m.
2. Bethpage Black (Maximum fee: $150)
Host of the popular US Opens in 2002 and 2009, the Black Course at Bethpage State Park on Long Island was the first municipal golf course to host the US Open and remains one of the best deals for playing at a major championship venue. . Although the sign on the first tee reminds everyone that the course (ranked #30 in our Top 100) is not for the faint of heart. The Black also hosted The Barclays in 2012 and 2016, as well as the 2019 PGA Championship, and will host the Ryder Cup in 2025.
If you are not a New York resident or camp the night before, tee times can be booked online five days in advance for $130 weekdays and $150 weekdays. New Yorkers have a few extra days to book and enjoy about half of those rates. Perhaps the best deal in Long Island golf is Black’s in-state twilight rate of just $39!
1. Lawsonia Links (pic $125)
Lawsonia Links again tops our list of the top 100 most affordable courses. Wisconsin’s Golden Age masterpiece cost nearly $4 million to build in 2020 dollars, but that cost is certainly not passed on to the golfer. Steam Shovels have shaped one of the most underrated courses of the most spectacular features in our rankings, including some of the boldest greens in the game. Rumor has it that a covered wagon was buried under the 7th green to create the spectacular 20 foot vertical drop.
During peak season, a tee time can be offered for just $125 with a cart on the weekends, or just $95 if you want to sabotage it. If you wait to play after 4 p.m. during the long days of a Wisconsin summer, you’ll only pay $70.
Honorable Mention: Bandon Dunes in January ($110)
While Bandon Dunes, with a peak rate that will increase to $450 next summer for off-resort guests, doesn’t exactly match the formula we used to create the list above, we’d be negligent if we did not tell you okay. Bandon’s five 18-hole courses found our Top 100 rankings, and each can be played during the month of January and late December for just $110 with a stay at one of the resort’s many accommodation options.
If you’re thinking, “why would you take a trip to Oregon to play golf in the dead of winter,” let us inform you that the average high temperature in Bandon is still around 55 degrees in January. It’s only 14 degrees cooler than August, and while it can rain more often during the winter on the Oregon Coast, these are link courses! This is how it’s supposed to be.
While it may be difficult to squeeze in 36 during the month – there are about nine to 10 hours of daylight in January – and take advantage of the $55 replay rate, the 13-hole Bandon Preserve par-3 costs just $50, while Le Shorty’s nine-hole is free.