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Why pay the typical walking rate for one round at one area course when you can pay the same rate for one round at each of more than a half-dozen courses -- and ride to boot? That's a question that Golfing Magazine poses to Long Island golfers every season.
Local players have four days to take advantage of Golfing Magazine's Early Bird Special and register for its annual Free Golf Program for only $39. Participants in the program receive a certificate good for single rounds at several area courses as well as a one-year subscription (five issues) to the magazine.
Registration for the program is open all year, but after April 1, membership jumps to $49. Even at that rate, it's a small price to pay for a golf itinerary that would typically approach the $200-250 range. Plus, as a bonus, the certificate is also valid at dozens of courses across New England.
All you have to do is show up at the course with your certificate during specified times (some courses require advance reservations) and pay a cart fee. The certificate will be honored for tee times Sunday through Thursday after 1 p.m., though conditions vary at each course and general terms may change when the program is finalized.
Participating courses will be announced in May. The 2010 program included seven courses -- Brentwood and Holbrook Country Clubs, Great Rock Golf Club, Harbor Links, Island's End, Dix Hills Park and Gull Haven. Nine courses took part in 2009.