Q: Can local home owners get better deals on golf?

I’ve asked some local golfers I know about the best discount golf deals. Here’s what they recommend.

Get your SC driver license as soon as you can. Most local discount programs will require you to be a “local”. Some allow participation by showing you own property with a tax bill or similar. Most courses offer some type of local discount, local specials, loyalty programs, and local appreciation events.

Check the courses website. Many courses offer “Loyalty Programs” and other local discounts and specials. Sign up for email notifications with your favorite courses so you don’t miss out on last minute or limited time specials.

Check the last minute deal websites like www.tee-links.com or www.golfnow.com or www.golf18network.com. These sites just like some of the big travel sites offer last minute deals on local courses if you book tee times through them. These specials are available to everyone not just locals.

Get a Prime Time signature Card. www.primetimescard.com This program offers VIP discount year round rates to 22 of their member courses. Card holders can earn points whenever they play to accrue even more discounts.

Get a Myrtle Beach Golf Passport www.myrtlebeachgolfpassport.com They offer discounts and specials for locals year round on green fees and golf carts at over 80 courses. Discounts and specials are also available to non residents during the winter months.

And lastly, call the day you want to play and ask for a discount. If the course is having a slow day, they’ll often offer you a special rate on the spot.

If your retired and looking for a way to combine golf with part time work consider becoming a course starter or ranger. Starters manage the starting times and ensure that golfers get off the first tee in a timely and efficient manner. The golf course ranger travels around the golf course, monitoring the pace of play and helping golfers.  Most employees get free limited use of the course and facilities.