Not every golf game requires a club membership or three-figure greens fee to play. Even at more expensive golf courses, including some members-only clubs, it's possible to get decent discounts with a Links Card or find Groupon promotions. Courses requiring tee times sometimes offer discounted fees for unpopular slots, over and above the late-afternoon twilight rates most courses have.
But even without these strategies, budget-minded golfers hoping to hit the links can play surprisingly affordable rounds at public courses. Here's a sampling of public courses across the country where the standard greens fees, even on weekends and holidays, are no more than $50 a person. It's best to call courses to confirm prices before showing up, and to check dress codes and tee-time requirements.