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Scott Rushing
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Local deals...

So I don't know how much many of you know about Myrtle Beach, SC and golf there...but it's our nearest "golf mecca"...they have over 100 courses there, about 120 in its peak before the finanical collapse.  And they have some premium courses too, and during the peak times - April & May and again say Sept-Oct - prices are crazy...well for this area. We are blessed with a lot of great and AFFORDABLE golf courses in this regoin, at least from what I see having played in the northeast a few times and southwest.  Here on a typical day a great golf course will run you $30-$45 with cart.  A decent course will run you $20-$28.  And a dog track will run you $15-$22 with cart. 

Well in Myrtle during peak season, prices are high.  A $45 course in the summer will run you $110.  The $100 course in the summer might run you $230. So this week during our trip, one of my buddies owns property near there and I got him to order this locals golf passport card which gets him great pricing but he can't book except within 48 hrs of the tee time.  So 2 days before hand we call and get a tee time for the day we want to play.   So we played 3 courses over the last 3 days....the rack rates for those courses was $117, $117 (though was $199 about a week ago) and $179 today.   With this card, we paid...$50, $34 and $59.  That's insane!   The $59 course was at Tidewater in NC, which used was a staple on the Top 100 US courses you could play.  Used to be in that 75-95 ranking.  It was in impeccable shape.

Anyway, I don't know if you guys run into this in your areas or not but those "locals' type offers are pretty substantial discounts, at least in Myrtle...

Aimee
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I saw something like that in Arizona...when we were out there a couple of years ago they had a "golf pass" deal. There is something very limited like that in the NJ/PA area, one of those discount books you can buy...but unfortunately they often have restrictions on the best courses (and frankly, the top courses aren't ever in the book) about only allowing tee times after 12 or things like that.

I've gotten lucky a couple of times and gotten the "in-county" rate for a county course where I was visiting, sometimes the people working there are in a good mood and give you a break if you don't show up during prime time.

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DON
We have few local golf

We have few local golf PassPort deals in the Denver area as well. For me, the main problem is that they ALL require that you ride a cart, and that cost is extra. Since I much perfer to Walk the course when I play golf, it just doe not work out for me. Add in the price of the cart and the total cost is well above what I normally pay at the courses I usually play. IF I get to the point where I have to ride a cart, it might be a good idea to re-check the PassPort deals, but for now, I'll stick with playing my normal courses that I walk and pay less to do so.

Don

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Scott Rushing
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Yeah, the passport deals we

Yeah, the passport deals we get include golf cart in the price.  You can walk if you want but you don't save any money.  But most of these courses in Myrtle are resort courses with a long distance between holes, so walking would create some challenges for the golfers . 

Well, for a few days we were treated like locals :)

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DON
Vets day deals

Here in Aurora, we have two golf courses that have ties to the military that will be offering a deal this Friday for all Vets. All Vets cam play either one of the two courses for $11 for 18 holes. ONe course is the old Fitzsimons Army Hospital golf course that is now owned by the city of Aurora, It was one of President Ike's favorire golf courses when he was the commanding General of our military, and then when he was president. Nice course with a fair amount of trees that can get in your way. One hole has a tree in the MIDDLE of the fairway at the corner of the dogleg to the right. It's a par 4 hole and if you can hit it far enough to get your ball past the tree it's not a bad second shot into the green. But come up short and have the tree in you way, it's a different story. They have a brass sign on the tree that reads. IKE's Tree. Story is Ike loved the hole and had a FEW balls fail to get past the treen and had a hard time getting to the green but he loved the hole anyway. The other course is a 18 Exec course that is across the street from the Colorado National Gaurd base. No matter which course one would paly it's hard to beat $11 for a round of golf on Vet's Day.

Don

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Scott Rushing
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I think there's a course - or

I think there's a course - or there was - in Myrtle Beach near the Air Force base where military could play cheap or free.  Personally I think Veterans should get to play free.  It's not like you're talking a huge drain on resources.  a few carts..  I guess if it got crazy, you could limit it to once a week or once a month but to me, that would be a nice thing to do given their sacrafice for our benefit.

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DON
Two of the city of Aurora

Two of the city of Aurora golf courses are having a deal for veterans this Friday. Veterans can play these two 18 hole coursses for $11 on Friday. That's about half the normal rate for those courses. Weather forecast is for a high around 60 on Friday so the weather gods are being nice to us. 

Don

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