Golf is life around here, but let’s face it, it is a very expensive hobby. Between equipment, apparel, and tee times, if you are a weekend warrior you are devoting a decent amount of your income to the sport. Like our previous posts on discount retail sites, we are constantly searching for deals on tee times to keep our wallets happy.
You may already know that most courses offer discounted rates depending on time of day, including early bird or twilight specials, along with midweek deals as a way to attract golfers on to the course during non-peak times. If your schedule allows for that, that is a great way to try new courses that would normally be out of your budget. What you may not know is that courses also look for ways to advertise outside their immediate area by offering deeply discounted vouchers online through third party golf deal websites.
This week we are focusing on one of these sites in particular, www.groupgolfer.com. We found this site a few years ago, google searching local deals. They offer vouchers for discount greens fees to local courses. The deals are sold in limited runs, with the individual sale lasting anywhere from 2-5 days. The vouchers are generally good for 4-6 months or the remainder of the year depending on the course and the time of year. While some course deals come with fine print, such as not valid on weekends before 10am, the deal usually gives golfers anywhere from 40-70% off the normal peak course rate.
This past weekend we found a deal for a local course that accepted their GroupGolfer voucher any time, any day, for the rest of the year. We didn’t wait long to use it, as we booked a tee time that same weekend. For $20 we played a course off our radar for 60% off. What is great about Group Golfer deals are that they are issued online as soon as the deal completes its run on the site, or in some cases after selling out a limited number. They offer multiple deals a week and are advertised by state. You can sign up for as many state offers as you like. Being in Chicago, we have signed up for deals in Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, and Wisconsin. It is a great way to try a new course, even if you have to travel a bit out of your usual area, after all you saved so much on the rate what is a little more gas? Planning a golf trip for the end of the year? Check them out for destination golf deals.