We all know that golf is an expensive sport. From the clubs to the green fees, it can cost a pretty penny to enjoy a round of 18 holes. But what about those of us who just want to hit some balls at the driving range? What's a golfer on a budget to do?
Surely that must be a cheaper option, right?
In this blog post, we'll take a closer look at the cost of range golf balls and offer some tips on how to save money next time you head to the driving range.
The Cost of Range Golf Balls
Well, as it turns out, the cost of a bucket of balls at the driving range can range from $6 to $20, depending on whether you choose a small, medium or large bucket. Here's a breakdown of the costs and how many balls you can expect.
- Small Bucket (approx. 25 - 35 balls): $6-$10
- Medium Bucket (approx. 40-60 balls): $12-$15
- Large Bucket (approx. 70-110 balls): $18-$20
The cost of range golf balls can vary depending on a number of factors. First, where is the driving range located? We all know that certain towns, cities and states are more expensive than others. If you're in an affluent town in California you should expect to pay more than a small town in the midwest.
Secondly, where are you purchasing range balls from? Is it only a driving range... or is it your local course, or a resort course, or maybe a private club.
If it's your local course you may get a discount on a bucket if you're playing 18. Often, nicer resort courses will have balls available for you at the range as will country clubs or private courses. Time for you to find a good golfing friend.
As you can see, the cost of range golf balls can really add up—especially if you're planning on spending several hours at the driving range. However, there are ways to save money on range balls.
We already mentioned discounts for players who are playing 18. If you're only looking to hit a few dozen balls, consider purchasing a small bucket instead of a medium. Sometimes there are even mini buckets. Since you know how many golf balls in a large bucket consider splitting with a friend. See if your local range or course has twilight specials or discounts for seniors. Every little bit helps!
Now, if you're lucky and you have a large yard or a hitting net or access to an area where you can hit your own golf balls you can purchase range balls for your own personal use. Just make sure wherever you plan on hitting your range balls that it's safe and legal.
So, how does this work?
Range balls or used balls can be bought on Amazon or many other online sites. Typically, you buy them by the dozen, tens of dozen or by the 100s. Buying in bulk always makes for better prices.
And as you can imagine there's no shortage of options. You can buy a bunch of old used range balls for 25 cents or less (each) or you can buy top-quality used balls for 50 cents plus. There's a big difference. It's your choice.
But for our purposes, we want to give you an idea of the cost. Here's a good example.
- 100 Balls (bulk): $45-$55
And while purchasing 100 balls in bulk may seem like a great deal at first glance, keep in mind that you'll likely end up losing quite a few of them over the course of your sessions. So, it may make sense to buy more at a cheaper price.
So there you have it—a detailed breakdown of the cost of range golf balls. While it's true that golf can be an expensive sport, there are ways to save money. We even show you how to buy them for your own practice sessions and your own personal driving range. So next time you head to the driving range, don't forget to ask about any deals that might be available!
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