Golf – Deep in the woods and the wallet

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By Barry Zander
Three buddies traveling down a narrow tree-lined road on Prince Edward Island in the Canadian Maritimes. The further we went, the more our confidence that this was a good idea sank. We were members of an RV caravan to the Atlantic Provinces, eager to hit the links again. John found the course online and got us a tee time.

It was a 40-mile drive into nowhere from the RV park, but no one ever accused golfers of being rational, so onward we drove. At last we arrived at Anderson’s Creek Golf Club, where the impressive clubhouse was inviting us to an upscale game.

Impressive clubhouses are often a sign of impressive course fees: This one proved that point. When the man behind the counter said, “$186. Includes the cart,” we looked at each other, all thinking the same thing. “Should we turn around or bite the bullet and pay the price?”

But, ah, the price tag included a $35 coupon for purchases in the pro shop. Not bad. We paid the price. It was a tough but beautiful course, and we justified the cost knowing that in PEI the number of days they could remain open was limited.

“It looks awful on you”

In addition to concerns over the fees, making it more unsettling was that I barely broke 130. I’m not a very good golfer but paying about $1.43 a stroke was depressing. At least that $35 coupon gave me some relief.

After stowing our clubs, we entered the pro shop, only to find that $35 would only buy us a cap, and we had plenty of those already. I picked out a brown polo shirt with a $65 price tag, so the afternoon without lunch was up to $216. Being with friends in the beautiful outdoors gave us little solace.

The final indignity of the day was when we got back to our rigs, where Monique took one look at the shirt and said, “That color looks awful on you!”

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Linda
1 month ago

Haha thanks for the laugh. I can hear many spouses saying that.

Roads of Life
1 month ago

You’re golfers. Of course you paid the price!!
🤣

impavid
1 month ago

You golf like me. 130 strokes, not bad. How did you do on the back 9?

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1 month ago
Reply to  impavid

I know nothing about golf, but I think that was a jab. 😆 (At least I’m awake today. Last week I had to be told what your reference to Colorado’s being 144 years old as “gross” meant. Duh!) 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

BrianR
1 month ago

You got the better deal. Just think of what each swing would have cost you if you hit for par. Sometimes being lousy at something gives you the best bang for the buck:-)

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1 month ago
Reply to  BrianR

What a positive way to look at it, Brian! 😆 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Bill T
1 month ago

I love to play golf and I have entered the club house to some of those courses, throughout my travels and have walk back out again. Most of the clientele are snobs and know that you are a transient. These “high and mighty” folks take the fun out of a round and I have no time for them. Most public golf courses are in decent shape and are less expensive to play. I prefer to walk the course and find nine holes sufficient.