The cost of a green fee can vary greatly between different regions, depending on the ownership of the club or the prestige and quality of the course.
The Golf Research Group has just published a survey which looks at, among other things, the average cost of midweek green fees across England, Scotland and Wales. They centred their research on those clubs that are either proprietary or are run specifically for commercial gain. That means hotel venues like Gleneagles, The Belfry and St Pierre are, as are privately owned clubs like The Roxburghe, but members clubs are not included.
Even so, the figures point, quite surprisingly, to the lowlands of Scotland as the most expensive place to play, while the Welsh regions of Gwynedd and Powys are at the other end of the scale.
Of course, the inclusion of members clubs might alter these figures, particularly at the extreme ends of the spectrum, but in the majority of cases, it is felt that the results offer a pretty fair reflection of the market price.