Golfing in a down economy
Statistics have shown the game of golf is on the decline. Fingers point to the price of greens fees. The truth is that golf is expensive. The average price of greens fees at public golf courses in Chicago, IL is $60.00 – $80.00 per person. With a bucket of balls plus lunch that can easily turn into $100.00. In a down economy, it’s not easy to convince the wife that $100.00 is a good investment. If you’re begging her to let you play, shelling out $350.00 to walk 18 holes at Whistling Straights is more of a dream than a reality.
If you’re looking for ways to maximize your dollar, you might want to look outside of the major golf destinations and metropolitan areas of the Midwest.
Appleton, WI also known as the Fox Cities should be considered a destination for those traveling to Wisconsin. Green Bay and the Fox cities have an abundance of under-rated, three and four star golf courses to choose from. Most of which are available at affordable rates of $20 – $45 for 18-holes.
less than 30 miles from Appleton you can travel to Green Bay and play a four star golf course, 18-holes + cart for $40.00 per person at Thornberry Creek. The championship 18-hole layout has subtle elevation changes, winding fairways and smaller greens to challenge even great ball strikers. Overall, the course is pristine and challenging without being intimidating.
If you want a hidden gem that could easily host a mini tour event, it’s Eagle Creek Golf Club. Located 10 minutes northwest of Appleton. The course offers a links style layout that has five sets of tees, undulating greens and fairway which don’t always reward you for hitting great tee shots. Your scorecard might be a couple strokes higher due to the course’s unique challenges. Part of being unique is having two beautiful and free practice holes located next to the range. The two par 4’s offer a nice alternative to getting loose before a round. Overall, the practice facility is top-notch and the greens fees are about $45.00 for 18-holes which is a steal for this caliber of course.
Just east of Appleton is Autumn Ridge located in Valders, WI. This is another golf course this flies under the radar. The topography is rolling terrain and is heavily wooded. From the first tee to the 18th green you are required to hit strategic shots over trees, around corners, and even to a wishbone fairway.
Golfers of all handicaps will enjoy this course, their customer service and their restaurant which has a menu as diverse as a supper club. Autumn Ridge is my pick for the best bang for your buck in the state of Wisconsin. At an average 18-hole rate of $30.00, it’s tough to find a better deal.
If you’re a player looking to stretch your golf buck as far as a 300-yard drive, you won’t be disappointed with the golf in Northeast Wisconsin.