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Cheap Ways to Golf in Western Mass

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Golf in Belchertown, Massachusetts

As we all know, golfing can be extremely expensive, with most courses charging more than $25 to walk nine holes. However, if you enjoy golfing like I do, and can’t see yourself walking for nine or eighteen holes, a cart and some cheap rates could make your weekends a little more fun. Here are some tips and tricks on how to golf with a cart for around $20.

For starters, the first thing I recommend is downloading GolfNow. GolfNow is an app that provides access to golf courses all around the country for a fraction of what the courses would normally charge. Another great benefit is that by using the app, you are guaranteed the specific tee time you purchased. To get the cheapest rates possible, I recommend looking for tee times on the app a few days prior to your planned outing or even waiting until the day of. Waiting until the day of may sound like a risky move, however, it is also an excellent way to score a phenomenal deal. In instances where golf courses are having slow days, they utilize GolfNow to promote “Hot Deals”. These “Hot Deals” provide savings of up to 80 percent from what the courses themselves would normally charge. Through my experience using the app, I have been able to purchase a round of golf for eighteen holes with a cart for only $15.49! This is a savings of over $20 from what I would have paid had I not booked through GolfNow.

Additionally, another great deal for golfers can be found at Mill Valley Golf Links in Belchertown. Only a twenty-two minute drive from campus, Mill Valley offers the best rates around for avid golfers. This course offers scenic tee boxes and challenging holes that are sure to improve your golf game. By opting to purchase their anniversary membership, you receive three years of green fees. The best part about this deal is that it is one lump sum payment of $177 for all three years. Broken down, that is only $59 per year! At this price, the membership will pay itself off if you golf more than three times a year. Personally speaking, I have this membership and have gone more than twelve times in the past year and a half alone! Additionally, if you would like to rent a golf cart for your round, the course charges $10 for nine holes and $16 for eighteen holes. In comparison to other courses in the area, I have yet to see a cheaper membership rate. While Mill Valley charges $177 for three years of golf, Cold Spring Country Club in Belchertown charges $425 per year. At that rate and with three years of golfing, choosing Mill Valley will save you more than $1,000!

Wherever you end up golfing, always be sure to be calm, safe and responsible. Best of luck on all your drives, putts and chips!





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