Monday, July 11, 2005

Golf Digest Rankings - Value

Here is the list of Texas cities in the Golf Digest "best golf cities in America list" ranked only on their showing in the Value category. We rank them in the order that they appear on the GD list (the number in parentheses is where the city ranks overall on the GD list; San Angelo, for example, is No. 1 in Texas but No. 6 overall).

1. San Angelo (6), $23.83
2. Wichita Falls (8), $24.41
3. Beaumont-Port Arthur (15), $25.59
4. Longview-Marshall (24), $27.25
5. Corpus Christi (29), $27.80
6. Amarillo (33), $28.50
7. Abilene (51), $29.81
8. Lubbock (53), $30.29
9. Waco (65), $30.79
10. Killeen-Temple (73), $31.03
11. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission (80), $31.48
12. Laredo (97), $32.07
13. Brownsville-Harlingen-San Benito (105), $32.70
14. El Paso (107), $32.31
15. Bryan-College Station (112), $33.00
16. Brazoria (126), $34.03
17. Texarkana (130), $34.27
18. Victoria (154), $35.93
19. Galveston-Texas City (163), $36.38
20. Odessa-Midland (168), $36.71
21. Tyler (207), $40.60
22. Sherman-Denison (216), $41.73
23. Austin-San Marcos (225), $44.50
24. Fort Worth-Arlington (232), $44.89
25. Dallas (235), $45.62
26. Houston (237), $46.22
27. San Antonio (264), $51.30

Texas has some good showings in the Value category - five cities in the Top 30 nationally. Good to know you can still find cheap golf in Texas.

But the Value category is problematic for a couple reasons. As we pointed out in our introductory post up above, bigger cities are more likely to have resorts and high-end daily fees, which drive up the average green fees. Most golfers want to have resorts and high-end daily fees nearby, however, even if they only play them on special occasions.

Secondly, you get what you pay for. Sure, a low average green fee in a city is great. But I'd rank cities with a good mix of golf courses - cheap municipals, 9-holers, low-end daily fees, high-end daily fees, resort courses - ahead of cities that just have a handful of cheap courses.

Value is more than just a low average green fee - it's also getting your money's worth. If you want lush conditions and a great layout, you're probably willing to pay a little more to get it.

Scroll down to the next post to see how Texas cities fared specifically in the Quality category.

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