|Seesaw of money, a public course fee is on the left (not expensive) and a private course fee on the right (very expensive)|
|What is the average cost for a round of 18 holes?||$36 including a golf cart|
|What's the most expensive round of golf in the world?||Membership to private golf clubs can reach as high as $500,000 for an initiation fee|
For the average golf player, most will play on a public course, otherwise known as a municipal course. This means the course is owned by a city or county, and typically don't operate to make a profit.
The median cost for an 18-hole round of golf at a public course is $36. This also includes renting a golf cart for the round.
Public courses are maintained by the city and/or county as well, and tend to not be as well-kept as private courses. Because of this, avid golfers will decide to opt for membership to a private golf club.
Private courses are owned by a golf club, and therefore tend to be higher quality. These clubs will hire more renowned golf course architects, and maintain the course at a much higher level than a public course.
Private courses also tend to be exclusive: for some courses you can only play with a membership to the course, which can be pricey. However, the answer to "how much does it cost to play at a private course" isn't so simple.
A private course named TPC Sawgrass hosts professional golf events, and the cost of playing a single round at the course is roughly $500 to $550.
However, some courses won't even let you play if you aren't a member of their club. The costs of membership to a private golf club typically range from $3,000 to $10,000 annually, but can be more. In addition, clubs will often charge initiation fees, which are much higher than annual dues.
The famous Augusta National Golf Club is extremely exclusive, only having 300 members. Their initiation fees can be as high as $500,000.
Augusta National's Golf Course, the host of The Masters. The course is widely regarded as one of the nicest in the world.
If you're just looking to play a round of golf on the weekend, your local public course can provide you a decent course for under $50. If you're an avid golfer, have your checkbook ready, as membership fees and annual dues can put a dent in that bank account.