Ok as we all know, nothing in life is free so I should clarify. Club Corp's Play Away Membership allows you to play country clubs around the USA (and even other countries) without paying a green fee. If you travel a lot for work or pleasure, this program can be an amazing deal for you.
Let's take a closer look at what the Play Away Membership actually is. Club Corp owns a lot of golf properties and has access to many more within their network. In general the program works with you paying a monthly fee and then can golf twice per month per club without paying any greens fees (must pay cart fee). The catch is this is a travel membership and with that you can't play any member club within 100 miles of where you live. So while Glen Oaks Country Club in West Des Moines is part of the network, I can't play there because I live in the area. If you also live in the Des Moines metro some of the closest options include Davenport Country Club, Champions Run Country Club (Omaha) and Somerby Golf Club (Rochester, MN). You can view the full list of available courses on the link above, which includes some high profile courses like Firestone Country Club in Ohio.
The monthly membership fee varies depending on location. The closer you are to lots of network courses the more you will pay. If you live in Iowa the rate is currently $60/month, which is an amazing deal if you can work in a few rounds per month.
Another perk with Club Corp is the benefits extend beyond just golf. At the golf club you will have access to other amenities like the pool and tennis courts. And there are hundreds of city clubs you have free access to, which may include free meals. Locally in Des Moines the Embassy Club is an example, but again you can only go to ones outside of your 100 mile radius.
Of course there are some other rules and restrictions so make sure your fully read through all of that information for any network golf membership. One big one is that you can't play on Saturday & Sunday mornings at most of the facilities.
If regular travel is not on your calendar there are a few other ways to access great private courses around the country. Mastercard members have a great benefit they may not be aware of. If you are an Elite or World Elite member than you have access to the whole TPC course network, of which many are private courses. And there is also a Hidden Network of clubs that you can find more about when calling their concierge number.
Golf apparel can be expensive, really expensive. If you go to your local golf store you will find racks of polos, shorts and pants for $75 or more. Sites like Trendy Golf or Fairway Styles offer premier clothing brands with many items at or above $100. Golf is expensive enough, you don't need to shell out hundreds of dollars just to have clothes to wear to the course. So here are some good places to find reasonably priced clothes, including lots of premium brands.
Rock Bottom Golf
As the name implies, RBG focuses on great deals for everything golf. There are always great deals to be found on brands such as Puma, Adidas, Greg Norman, Callaway and many more. The inventory is consistently changing as they bring in closeout and prior season styles. So good chance something you see today could be gone next week, especially if it is a well known brand. But if brand recognition is not of importance, they have a steady selection of items from Etonic & John Daly brands at very low prices.
Global Golf is similar to Rock Bottom Golf in that they offer many brands and styles at a discount. But Global Golf sticks more to well known brands like Greg Norman, Oakley, Adidas, etc. So the prices are slightly higher but you can find many products in the $20 - $35 range. Also they have their own brand called Tourney Apparel that is always well priced as is a pretty good product.
As you would expect with Amazon, the amount of golf apparel products is endless. From Nike to FootJoy to small brands you never heard of. With the willingness to spend some time searching you can find good deals. Sometimes that is a specific size or color of a product that is at a reduced price. For example this Nike Dry Victory polo cost $55 in most colors, but the "Blue Void" color is only $30.61 and is available for Prime shipping.
GolfEtail also focuses on discount golf products, and you usually won't find any full priced apparel items here. Their selection is usually more limited than some of those other sites but also their prices are super low. Currently brands such as Adidas, Atlas, Colombia, Greg Norman & Sketchers have polos available for under $25.
TJ Maxx is a great place to find great prices on all sorts of apparel and other items, and this includes golf. Recently I purchased Dunning shorts and a Nike Dri Fit polo with a college's logo on it for a total of $37. With lots of other product options from Callaway, Greg Norman and other brands. The inventory changes frequently so what you see today may be totally different next month. A great option if you don't like buying clothes online.
The big box stores offer surprisingly decent golf apparel options at low prices. Target has C9 and Jack Nicklaus brands. Wal-Mart has Ben Hogan. Kohls has Grand Slam, FILA and IZOD at lower price points. Then also Nike, Under Armor and Adidas at decent prices. And again you can try on before you buy.
Father's Day is fast approaching, and to avoid having to buy socks the night before you should get the gifts figured out now. There are tons of golf related items that any golfer will love, and we here at Golf DSM are ready to help you narrow down the options with our best picks for Father's Day this year. Let's win Father's Day!
Each year as the golf ball manufacturers release new versions of their ball models, they discount the renaming inventory from the prior year. Since that inventory is limited, they are usually gone by early in the golf season.
Based out of the Twin Cities, Parway Golf is a new player in the golf apparel and accessories market. Even though products have only been available since January 2019, it doesn't take long to see that Parway Golf has a bright future. Parway founder Patrick Carder has already brought several unique aspects to the brand to separate it from the typical golf apparel start-up company, such as creating a partnership with the Minnesota PGA and offering full golf outfits (polo, shorts, hat, belt & socks) to simplify your shopping experience and save money.
Sioux Falls is a short four hour drive northwest from the Des Moines metro. The Sioux Falls area has roughly 200,000 people, sits on the Missouri River and is the lone larger metro area in the Iowa/South Dakota/Minnesota tri-state area. But don't sleep on this area as a place that lacks great golf. Iowa's #4 public course (via Golf.com) is The Falls at Grand Casino in Larchwood as well as some of the top courses in South Dakota.
As we head towards the end of May, one of my favorite times of the year is approaching. The Principal Charity Classic. The annual event featuring the best players on the PGA Tour Champions is just around the corner and here is your quick guide to getting the most out of the tournament.
For many golfers across the Des Moines metro and beyond, it is hard to justify a golf membership. For some it is the cost and others it is not having enough time to golf as much as you need to make the membership worth it. But as golf courses look to evolve to keep rounds played up, new types of memberships at public courses are showing up at greatly reduced cost to entice golfers to call that course home.
Each year new and/or improved golf brands, golf gadgets and golf accessories hit the market. There are many options to help you improve on the course and look good doing it, if you are looking for some new golf toys you have come to the right spot. Here are the Golf DSM must haves for 2019.
Having been a public course golfer most of my life (had a JR membership at the local country club in high school), I am always pretty excited when I get to play a private course. The quality of the course, the service, the exclusivity and the lack of 4-somes backed up for miles to see are all part of the experience that goes with playing at a private course. And if you don't get to do that often it is a nice change from your regular Saturday morning tee time. But getting the opportunity to play a private course can be a challenge, but there are more ways to accomplish this than you might realize.