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News-Herald Staff Writer David S. Glasier has been playing golf for over 50 years and writing about it for over 30. Always operating on a tight budget, Glasier is on a lifelong quest to find good courses to play at affordable prices.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The concept is......affordable golf in tight economic times

   There are many good things in life. For the nutty golfer, few produce as much satisfaction as finding a nice golf course that fits your budget.
    DSG's Affordabili-TEES will spread the word about those kinds of courses in the Greater Cleveland area, in nearby counties and in surrounding states within easy driving distance.
    Devoted golfers are always on the lookout for reasonably priced golf experiences on courses they haven't played before. We're going to find those courses and spread the word about them.
    What are the price paramaters of DSG's Affordabili-ties?
    Most of them will have weekday 18-hole greens fees ranging from $20 to $35. We'll go slightly beyond the $35 mark if the course offers a top-notch experience for the money or includes premiums such as lunch or range balls in the greens fee.
     Northeast Ohio is loaded with courses that fit the Affordabili-TEES profile, so most of the time we won't have to travel far to build profiles that will  run in this blog and, periodically, in print editions of The News-Herald.
     Having established that, let me say loud and clear and clear that unlike many folks who live in the eastern suburbs, this golfer doesn't hesitate to "cross the river'' and play courses in western Cuyahoga and Lorain counties.
     As for the travel component of Affordabili-TEES, when we do hit the road, we'll usually stay within a one-hour to 90-minute radius of Lake, Geauga and eastern Cuyahoga counties.
     On occasion, we'll move beyond those bounds to, for example, downstate Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky and North Carolina. In those instances, we'll tip you off to lodging-golf packages that offer maximum bang for the buck.
     I'll be going to many of these places for the first time. What I learn, I'll share with you in blogs, newspaper stories, videos and pictures.
     This prolonged economic downturn cuts both ways for avid golfers. The bad news is, we have fewer dollars at our disposal to play the game we love. The good news is, many of the public courses we play have either held the line on greens fees or reduced them to stay afloat.
       DSG Affordabili-TEES welcomes any suggestions you have or information about enjoyable, affordable golf experiences you've had. Get in touch with me by e-mail at dsglasier@news-herald.com. If you'd prefer to drop us a line the old-fashioned way, do so by mail to DSG Affordabili-TEES, c/o David S. Glasier, The News-Herald, 7085 Mentor Ave., Willoughby, OH 44094.
       
   

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