Most public golf courses are open to the general public. They are usually owned by a cities or counties in their respective states. These courses are considered on public land because the general public pays taxes to support its function. The courses are also called municipal courses. In order to make the course self-sustaining, some cities or counties charge fees for greens, mobile carts and practice ranges. The public fees range from $10 to $30 depending on the distinction on services.
There are several types of golf courses that are strictly determined by the level of access. In a public /municipal course, access is granted to everyone. However, there are courses that allow access. For example, golfing magazine’s website identify courses as public, private, semi-private and resort course.
Fees for semi, private and resort course are usually significantly higher than public courses. There are also access restrictions for semi and private courses. Each usually determine access by membership. With resort courses, guests are allowed access and pay fees according to the resorts’ private rate.
The benefit of golfing on a public course is definitely the price and access. Some of the larger US cities have taken very good care of their courses. Charitable organizations and others use public golf courses for fund-raising events and more.
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