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Visitor green fees to play GB&I’s best courses seem to be rising ever higher – but booking a spot on NCG’s Top 100s Tour can bag you a bargain

 

The price of green fees: it’s a topic that seems to get plenty of us grumbling – especially when it comes to playing the very best courses.

We’ve reported how the price of grabbing a tee time at some of the very best layouts in Great Britain & Ireland seems to be hitting us ever harder in the pocket.

With a peak season green fee at nearly all the top 10 courses in our rankings list now £300 or more, and other clubs in the ladder increasing their own visitor rates to keep up the pace or to protect member tee times, critics are arguing the average golfer is being priced out of an experience.

You can play outside of the summer months, of course, take up a twilight rate, or befriend a member in a bid to cut the expense.

There is, though, another way. Booking a spot on our NCG Top 100s Tour can get you on the 1st tee at some of the home nations’ best courses, without necessarily having to break the bank.

The NCG Top 100s Tour is the UK’s leading series of competitive events for amateur golfers. All events are played on courses that feature in our definitive NCG Top 100s rankings.

Our 2024 season, which starts next month at a sold-out Royal St George’s, comprises of 70 events and goes to all four corners of this sceptred isle.

There are great prizes on offer, from our title sponsor TaylorMade, and those who hit the heights in our Stableford competitions will qualify for a Grand Final at Ganton, on October 17, with the overall winner receiving a seven-night break for two people to the Carolinas courtesy of Carolinas Golf.

You’ll get a bacon roll on arrival to our events, along with a sleeve of TaylorMade Tour Response golf balls, as well as a meal after play. 

But you can also make some massive savings on green fees too.

NCG Top 100s Tour

NCG Top 100s Tour: How you can play GB&I’s best courses at lower prices

Here’s just a few examples:

  • At our last regular season stop at Dundonald, in Ayrshire come October, a weekday visitor green fee is £210. But NCG Top 100s Tour players can enter for £99.
  • A summer green fee at Alwoodley, in Yorkshire, is £190. But you can book a spot in our July 25 event for £125.
  • You can expect to fork out £135 for an adult weekday round at the historic The Golf House Club at Elie in May. It’s £99 with NCG Top 100s Tour.
  • And you can shave a chunk off the price at the glorious Sherwood Forest in May as £120 becomes £95.
  • Elsewhere, play Trump International for £75 less, or Moortown for £41. Take £40 off the price at Fulford, and £50 at Walton Heath.

Overall, you can benefit from big discounts on visitor green fee prices from £10 to £110 at 22 of our venues – at courses as diverse as Prestbury to Fraserburgh and Ladybank to Woodbridge.

That’s not all. Book as a group of four or more and you’ll get another 10 per cent off the price.

Ross Bousfield, NCG Top 100s Tour General Manager, said: “NCG Top 100s Tour gives you the chance to play the best courses in the UK, on the biggest Amateur Golf Tour, and take advantage of some huge savings. It’s an opportunity not to be missed.”

For more details about NCG Top 100s Tour, visit our website.

Now have your say

Have you played in one of our NCG Top 100s Tour events? What was the day like for you? Why not let us know by dropping us a line on X?

Steve Carroll

Steve Carroll

A journalist for 25 years, Steve has been immersed in club golf for almost as long. A former club captain, he has passed the Level 3 Rules of Golf exam with distinction having attended the R&A's prestigious Tournament Administrators and Referees Seminar.

Steve has officiated at a host of high-profile tournaments, including Open Regional Qualifying, PGA Fourball Championship, English Men's Senior Amateur, and the North of England Amateur Championship. In 2023, he made his international debut as part of the team that refereed England vs Switzerland U16 girls.

A part of NCG's Top 100s panel, Steve has a particular love of links golf and is frantically trying to restore his single-figure handicap. He currently floats at around 11.

Steve plays at Close House, in Newcastle, and York GC, where he is a member of the club's matches and competitions committee and referees the annual 36-hole scratch York Rose Bowl.

Having studied history at Newcastle University, he became a journalist having passed his NTCJ exams at Darlington College of Technology.

What's in Steve's bag: TaylorMade Stealth 2 driver, 3-wood, and hybrids; TaylorMade Stealth 2 irons; TaylorMade Hi-Toe, Ping ChipR, Sik Putter.

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