Many public paths In our most recent rankings, it charged green above $500, and those prices are charging a large portion of us ever have to tie it to some of that sacred lands by a dime.
However, peak rates for six courses that fall under the more manageable $300, which is still a lot of money, but hey, these are the best courses in the country. Among them, two are as low as $150.
For consistency, we used peak season and time-per-cycle rates, but some of these routes can be booked cheaper depending on factors like time or accommodation.
Here are the six best affordable tee times in the US Top 100 rankings for 2022-23:
6. Sands of Gamble (peak rate: $285)
Gamble Sands heralded a new era for designer David McLay-Kidd. It was all about what worked when he put Bandon Dunes on 15 years ago. With wide fairways and generous greens, the Scotsman has set a course that prioritizes fun over the brutal challenges he has put his name on over the past decade.
Most of the tee time will take you back to this gem of North Central Washington, which ranks 82nd on our 2022-23 Top 100 list, is $285 for the premium weekend price, booked for 60 days or more. However, residents of nearby Okanogan County or Bridgeport, above the Columbia River, can purchase a residents card for $149 and get weekend rates of $80 and weekday rates of $70 for the whole year.
T4. Streamsong Red and Blue (peak rate: $279)
Coore and Crenshaw’s Streamsong Red (No. 86) or Tom Doak’s Streamsong Blue (No. 92) won’t feel anything like typical Florida golf. Built on the site of a former phosphate mine, the sandy landscape provided legendary architects with a great canvas to design the resort’s first two courses simultaneously.
If you don’t feel like staying on the property, you can play any of the courses at Streamsong for the day’s guest price of $279 during peak winter season. If you’re willing to put up with the heat, and a trip to Streamsong during the summer, the price is just $109 to play either the top 100 or the resort’s third course, Streamsong Black, as long as you’re staying at the resort.
3 – Sand Valley (peak rate: $235)
Owner Mike Kaiser said the Wisconsin land used to create Sand Valley reminded him of a cross between Pine Valley and Nebraska’s Sand Hills. Coore and second Crenshaw on this list – coming in at number 98 on our Top 100 list – enchant players with steady fairways, majestic bunkers and one of the best green punchbowl courses.
There is no difference between resort guests and day guests regarding rates from June 1 through October 3, as they will each pay $235 for tee time. The robbery here is to bring the junior golfer (16 years or younger) and have them play for free after 2 pm
2. Bethpage Black (Peak rate: $150)
The Black Course at Bethpage State Park on Long Island, which hosted the popular US Championships in 2002 and 2009, opened the first domestic golf course to host the US Open, and it remains one of the best deals for playing the main championship venue. Although the sign on the first tee says it all 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, the 2019 PGA Championship, and will host the Ryder Cup in 2025.
If you are not a New Yorker or Camping the night beforeTee times can be booked online five days in advance for $130 on weekdays and $150 during the week. New Yorkers get two extra days to book and get about half of those prices. Perhaps the best deal on Long Island golf is Black’s in-state twilight rate of just $39!
1. Lawsonia Links (Peak $125)
Lawsonia Links once again tops the list of the 100 best affordable courses. Wisconsin’s Golden Age masterpiece cost nearly $4 million to build in 2020, but that cost certainly doesn’t pass on to the golfer. Steam shovels made up one of the most underrated courses for the most exciting features in our rankings, including some of the game’s boldest green. Rumor has it that a boxcar was buried under the seventh green to create a dramatic 20-foot landing.
During high season, tee time can be had for just $125 with the cart on weekends, or just $95 if you want to hoof it. If you wait to play until 4 p.m. during the long days of Wisconsin summer, you’ll only get $70.
Honorable Mention: Bandon Dunes in January ($110)
While Bandon Dunes, with a peak rate that will rise to $450 next summer for non-resort guests, doesn’t quite fit the formula we used to create the list above, we’d be remiss if we didn’t tell you about this deal. All five 18-hole courses at Bandon have found our top 100 rankings, and each can be played during January and late December for just $110 with a stay at one of the resort’s many accommodation options.
If you’re thinking, “Why take a trip to Oregon to play golf at the end of winter,” let us let you know that the average high temperature in Bandon is still around 55°C in January. That’s only 14 degrees lower than in August, and while it may rain a lot during the winter on the Oregon coast, it’s links cycles! So it should be.
While it can be hard to squeeze in 36 during the month—there’s about 9 to 10 hours of daylight in January—and take advantage of the $55 restart rate, the 13-hole Bandon Preserve par-3 course costs just $50, While nine holes my shorts are free.