Beginners Guide: Costs & Expenses

Cost of golf in India

There are 5 elements of cost

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Summary: One time costs Annual costs Annual cost
With membership Without membership (Assuming gear is used for 5 years)
Serious golfers 1 L to 20 L 10000-200000 50000
Casual Golfers 1 L to 20 L 10000- 50000 15000
Junior golfers 1 L to 20 L * 10000-50000 15000
Check for junior member specials
In 70% of the towns the costs will be on the lower side – ie for a casual golfer abt 25000 pa max. Eg Delhi, Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Jaipur
Mumbai, Gurgaon, Bangalore and Calcutta are expensive as there are no truly public courses which is a shame & the private courses have barriers to entry.
A round of golf + caddy fee = 500 Rs approx for a 5 hour round. Golf gear = 15000 INR
A hindi movie in a multiplex with popcorn +colas = Rs 200 for 3 hrs Tennis or Squash racket = 5000 INR
Most casual golfers play 2 /3 rounds a month.The example takes a 5 frequency per month which is HIGHER than average.
For golfers who play regularly membership is cheaper in larger towns while green fee works out cheaper in small towns
Sl no Expense head Critical Costs (INR) Scenario 1 Scenario 2 Scenario 3
Min to maximum range Serious golfer Casual golfer Junior
(10 rounds a mth) 5 rounds /month 5 rounds/mth
Best coaches & new gear Basic coach+ used gear Basic coach+used gear
Average costs

COST OF ACCESS

Sl no Expense head Critical Costs (INR) Scenario 1 Scenario 2 Scenario 3
Golf Club membership Lifetime fee 1L to 20 L lifetime cost
Golf Club membership Annual fee 10K to 1.5 L  Per annum
Corporate membership Annual 25K to 50K per person pa approx
With membership (annualised over 20yrs) Expensive course 5000 -1L 5000 -1L 5000 -1L
Majority of courses 20000 20000 20000
Without membership ( annual cost) Expensive courses 0 0 0
Majority of courses 0 0 0
Note : Mumbai, Bangalore, Calcutta & Gurgaon are the most expensive as there are no public courses.However with the IGU card costs come down.
Note : Clubs are slowly realising that they need to attract Juniors & special deals are being made available to them

COACHING

Sl no Expense head Critical Costs (INR) Scenario 1 Scenario 2 Scenario 3
1 10 session coaching YES 10000 – 30000 19000 19000 19000
2 5 sessions 7000- 20000 4000 2500 2500
3 Session on the course 1200-3000 1500 1500 1500

EQUIPMENT/GEAR

Sl no Expense head Critical Costs (INR) Scenario 1 Scenario 2 Scenario 3
Golf set (new ) Acquire later 15000 – 50000 30000- 45000 15000
Golf set ( old) Starting kit 4000-30000 7000 7000
Golf set (junior) Acquire later 15000-40000 15000
Golf set used (junior) Starting kit 5000 5000
ON HIRE 200-700 per session
Cost of equipment ( 5 year life easily) 50000 max 15000 Max 15000 Max
Note : Left handed equipment is tough to get off the rack.Has a lead time Serious golfers tend to spend Upgrade after a Upgrade after a
Note : Ladies sets are different,Lighter & shorter & cost about the same 20K pa upgrading gear few years few years

ACCESSORIES

Sl no Expense head Critical Costs (INR) Scenario 1 Scenario 2 Scenario 3
Shoes Yes 2000-15000 10000 3500 3000
Cap Yes 200-800 1500 300 300
Gloves Yes 200-800 2000 700 700
Tees & green marker Yes 10 per game 500 per annum 200 pa 200 pa
Balls (new) Yes 50-300 per ball 5000 pa 5000 pa 5000 pa
Balls (used) Yes 15-50 per ball 10000 pa 5000 pa 5000 pa
Ball marker Good to have 100 100 100 100
Golf trolley* Good to have 1000-5000 3000 1500 1500
Towel Yes 100 500 500 500
Cost per annum 30,000 approx for 100 rounds 10000 for 60 rounds 10000 for 60 rounds
NOTE : Juniors on the golf competitive circuit are not allowed a caddy or trolley.They have to carry their own bags.So get them a super light bag to carry.

COST OF PLAYING -GREEN FEES per annum

Sl no Expense head Critical Costs (INR) Scenario 1 Scenario 2 Scenario 3
Public course game 100-500 Rs per round 40000 30000 20000
Private course game 100 – 4000 Rs per round 200000 50 K – 1L 50K approx
Caddy cost 100-300 per round 15000 7500 7500
IGU card cuts down the cost & gives you access to over 150 courses in India
Summary : One time costs Annual costs Annual cost
With membership Without membership ( Assuming gear is used for 5 years)
Serious golfers 1 L to 20 L 10000-200000 50000
Casual Golfers 1 L to 20 L 10000- 50000 15000
Junior golfers 1 L to 20 L * 10000-50000 15000
Check for junior member specials
In 70% of the towns the costs will be on the lower side – ie for a casual golfer abt 25000 pa max. Eg Delhi, Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Jaipur
Mumbai, Gurgaon, Bangalore and Calcutta are expensive as there are no truly public courses which is a shame & the private courses have barriers to entry.
A round of golf + caddy fee = 500 Rs approx for a 5 hour round. Golf gear = 15000 INR
A hindi movie in a multiplex with popcorn +colas = Rs 200 for 3 hrs Tennis or Squash racket = 5000 INR
Most casual golfers play 2 /3 rounds a month.The example takes a 5 frequency per month which is HIGHER than average.
For golfers who play regularly membership is cheaper in larger towns while green fee works out cheaper in small towns