Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Where to Take Cheap Shots Some Area Golf Links Give Walkers a Break

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Where to Take Cheap Shots Some Area Golf Links Give Walkers a Break

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Golf doesn't have to be a $40-$50-out-of-your-pocket experience.

Sure, weekend greens fees can be expensive at some of

Jacksonville's courses. But if you want to play 18 holes at less

than a buck a hole, it can be done.

The key to keeping costs down is using your feet.

Walking, when it's available (many course are cart-only

facilities), offers not only good exercise but can almost cut

the cost of a round in half. Also, savings can be had if you can

get away on a weekday.

"On Saturday mornings, there are never enough golf courses,"

said Boots Farley, the club professional at Jacksonville Beach

Golf Club. "If you go on a Thursday afternoon, there might not

be anybody there."

Weekdays, you can play a round, if you walk, at the Beaches

municipal course for $16. Walking is allowed on weekends and

holidays after noon.

Hyde Park Golf Club on Jacksonville's Westside is a 70-yearold

facility that allows golfers to walk anytime during the week,

and after 3 p.m. on weekends and holidays, for $15. Its prime

rate is $30 for a mid-morning Saturday round. Club professional

Chris Blocker said competition keeps Hyde Park's cost down.

"We're sitting between Cecil Field and NAS [the Jacksonville

Naval Air Station]. The Navy has an impact on the whole city.

They have two very fine facilities and one at Mayport as well.

They absorb 300 to 600 rounds a day.

"Also, the senior citizens are about 50 percent of our

business. These guys are shoppers. They have all of the money

but they are going to go out and give it to the lowest bidder."

A real place to save involves a bit of a drive. The Palm Valley

Golf Club and Practice Range is an executive course (a nine-hole

course consisting of par-three and par-four holes) and costs

just $6.50 during the week and $7.50 on weekends and holidays.

If you want to go around a second time, it costs half.

Jack Hord, a PGA professional and facility owner, said he built

the course to make the game affordable. Along with the course,

there is a full practice range and a sand trap and putting area. …

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