Most of us have golf at an elite private club on our bucket list—even for those golfers who have played a bunch of great courses, there always seems to be a club or two where access has eluded us for one reason or another. So if you’re like us, you’re always on the lookout for ways to gain access to some of the best clubs in America.
The Golf Course Superintendent’s Association of America has an intriguing avenue to being able to tee it up at some of the best clubs in the country, and it includes spending money for a good cause, too. Through its arm labeled the EIFG, Environment Institute for Golf, the philanthropic organization of GCSAA, is having a benefit auction to raise money for turfgrass research. Rounds at some exclusive private clubs, donated by the country clubs themselves, are being auctioned off in a program called Rounds 4 Research at some attractive rates.
Some ones that caught our eye: Old Town Club in Winston-Salem, N.C., an old Perry Maxwell design that recently underwent a redesign by Coore and Crenshaw, is currently going for $320 for a foursome. Somerset Hills Country Club in Bernandsville, N.J.—ranked No. 76 on Golf Digest’s latest ranking of America’s 100 Greatest Courses—is going for $900 for a foursome (an unaccompanied guest fee is usually $350 here at the esteemed A.W. Tillinghast layout. And Stanwich Club, whose William Gordon & David Gordon layout in Greenwich, Conn. is ranked 150th on our latest Second 100 Greatest ranking, and No. 1 on our Best in State, is going for $520 for a foursome—about the price of what a golfer would pay to play a public golf course in the tri-state area.
There are more than 1,300 rounds (including at Secession Golf Club, shown, above) being auctioned off in this Rounds 4 Research initiative. The auction runs through May 6. For more info, click here.