Golf - 5 Reasons To Play This Great Game Golf is one of the world's oldest outdoor games and one of the most enjoyable. Golfers come in all ages and demographics, as well as from every part of the world. Golf in the United States has exploded in popularity. The numbers of new golf courses that are opening prove this out. On average, a new golf course opens up in the U.S. approximately every other day. Why is there such a demand and popularity for golf? Let me give you just 5 good reasons why golf is so enjoyable for everyone. 1. Getting outdoors. Golf is such an excellent way to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. The peace you experience out on the golf course is nearly impossible to describe. It is so relaxing and a great way to relieve the stress from everyday life. Hearing the birds sing and seeing the squirrels play gives you an inner peace your body craves. Walking down lush green fairways and smelling the flowers is simply a great feeling. One good tip for you is to play a round of golf in the early morning before work. You'll be amazed at how good you feel afterwards. It leaves you feeling fresh and full of energy! You're ready to take on the day. 2. Exercise. Golf is one of the best ways to lose those unwanted pounds and have fun doing it. By walking 18 holes on the golf course, you will have walked approximately 4 miles or more. That's a lot of calories you will have burned off. On average, walking an hour by itself will burn up to 300 calories. Add on to that carrying your golf bag, or pulling it behind you and you can see that golf can burn a significant amount of calories and over time, a significant amount of fat. In addition, it's also a lot of fun. 3. Golf helps to build character. Like other major sports, golf can sometimes be totally frustrating. You will have good times and then you will have bad times. Golf can really test your patience and nerves at times. Your honesty is tested in golf. Did you lose your golf ball, or did you throw a new one down and tell your playing partners you found it? Or did you count that extra stoke it took on the last hole? Golf has a way of helping you become a better person in life. You learn how to deal with all the ups and downs in golf. This helps everyone become a much better person and can be applied to all areas in your life. 4. Golf is a lot of fun. There are very few other things in life that are more pleasurable than playing a round of golf on a beautiful sunny day. Hitting that one perfect shot, or holing out that long birdie putt will have you coming back time and time again. Challenging your abilities by constantly trying to improve gives you a great feeling. 5. Golf is a great way to meet new people and make new friends. Whether you're playing a round with someone new, or sitting at the bar on the 19th hole, most golfers are a happy bunch of folks. They love to talk. Another benefit to this is that it easily opens up new networking opportunities. That could be huge for your business. I would encourage everyone to go out and enjoy playing golf. Meet up with some new people. It is a great way to have some fun and it's good for your health too! Cheaper Golf in Arizona - Membership or Discount Golf Card? This question may very much depend on where you live and how much you play. Many cities and towns have only expensive golf memberships or none at all. If you live where there are a lot of golf courses, it's likely that you will have many options, including the purchase of a Discount Golf Card, such as the Southwest PGA Card. Private Golf Club Membership These types of memberships are often expensive to purchase and to maintain. Many clubs will require an "initiation fee", which can be owned (equity ownership) and hold value, or not owned (non-equity) and are non- refundable. Let's say that you find a private club to join. It will likely have one of the aforementioned initiation fees (typically $5,000 to $100,000). Additionally, most clubs will have a monthly charge that you must spend, say about $350 to $700 per month. This may be simply a fee, or applied to food, apparel or other purchases, and every club applies this in their own way. They may also charge for cart use. Having a private golf club membership can be prestigious and have benefits such as: social events, tennis membership, spa use, exercise room, or any number of other benefits the club can offer. All of these are for you and your family's enjoyment, but they are not for individuals or families who are on a budget and want to save their nickels. Public or Semi-private Golf Club Membership These types of memberships are sometimes referred to as "annual golf passes". There may also be "seasonal passes" available, especially in regions of the country where there are a lot of seasonal visitors, such as Scottsdale, Arizona during the winter months. Here, we will discuss only annual passes, or memberships. An annual golf pass will have no initiation fee attached to it, and will almost never have monthly purchase requirements. On the other hand, there will be less in the way of social events and other amenities offered to the member. The annual pass is a great way to decrease the per-round cost of golf, especially if you are an avid golfer. Let's say that you play two to three times a week on average, which might be 130 times a year. The annual golf pass is typically $4000 - $6000, so let's assume about $5000 average. Your rate per round would be $38.46 under this scenario (yes, many of you play a lot more, so you'll save a lot more!). Compare this to the cost-per-round average of about $60 in the Phoenix area, and there is substantial savings. In the winter, the Phoenix area golf courses can run $79 - $250 per round. Discount Golf Cards There are a number of discount golf cards offered for sale in the Phoenix area, including the SWPGA Card ($125), the Eagle Card ($99), the Premium Phoenix Card ($50), the Gold Card ($129), and the Troon Card ($250). Each of these cards gives you a discount of between 20% and 50% at certain golf courses. The SWPGA Card covers most of the courses in the Metro Phoenix area, and the Phoenix card covers only the Phoenix municipal courses. The other cards cover courses that are managed or owned by the card issuer. This may be the way to go for individuals who do not play frequently, but like to get out once a week or so. Discount Tee Times There are tee times available online through many sources, including AZGolfPass. You can save typically about $20% - 35% by booking online, but might find up to 50% savings on some tee times. Expect that there may be an additional booking fee for booking online, for $1.00 to $3.00 per booking.