Portland– and Oregon in general – can be a big golf destination. Even though we don’t always have great weather, there are a lot of great courses in the area that travelers like to spend their time on. Unfortunately, course fees can add up, but there ARE ways to save!
This is a problem a lot of people encounter. Golf is expensive. If you are on vacation and don’t have a membership, fees can take a big chunk out of your budget. Traveling is about fun and people should get to play golf more often and not be forced to have to skip it when they go on vacation and have the chance to play new and exciting – not to mention challenging – courses. So, pack your golf shoes and some sunscreen and try using some of these techniques to hone your money-saving golf skills:
- Book a less desirable tee time or less busy day to get a discounted rate.
- Buy an Entertainment Book for your vacation destination (if applicable) or use your current one to look online and find discounts on golf where you are going. They mark the books down in February and March, so you get an even better deal, plus you can get cash back on your purchase of one with Ebates (17.5%!).
- Use Expedia to book a reduced tee time rate on GolfSwitch. They have a network of golf courses worldwide where you can book ahead of time, get a good deal and, because you paid in advance, only have to worry about showing up!
- GolfNow.com also allows you to find discounted tee times and make online reservations.
- Many courses give discounts to residents. If you know anyone in the area that you’ll be playing in, see if you can get them to book for you.
- Rent your equipment when you get there. No sense in dragging your heavy clubs everywhere you go if you’ll only be playing one or two rounds while you’re on your trip. You’ll save by not having to pay (overweight) baggage fees each way and you won’t have your bag taking up all that space in your room. Your back will also thank you.
- Groupon! Sign up for Groupon for free and get up to 75% off dining, shopping and activities. This includes greens fees. I have seen many Groupons for lovely golf courses in the Portland area, so I have to believe that you can find equally good ones for your home area and other U.S. and international destinations (where Grouponis offered). It doesn’t hurt that you may also see Groupons for other things you may want to see and do…or eat!
So, hopefully that will help you keep some green in your wallet while you’re keeping your ball on the green!
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