Since we have talked about the difference between Tennis and Pickleball before, we thought it might be interesting to take a look at Pickleball vs. Golf.
The first most glaring difference is cost. While you can (in some areas) still find golf greens fees for as little as $15, the fees are usually much more. Depending on the location, Green fees can certainly be in the hundreds of dollars. Pickleball on the other hand ranges from free to no more that $8. In general, Pickleball is free to play - sometimes there is a in the $2-$5 range. This is usually just to cover the costs of balls, water etc.
A Pickleball paddle can start at about $40. Decent paddles come in at just under $100. Even the top of the line paddles cost around $150. On the other hand, a decent set of gold clubs are going to cost $200-$400 with premium club sets going into the $800 to $1,000 range.
The next issue is time. Golf, especially an 18-hole course can take 4-5 hours and depending on crowds even the better part of a day. It is pretty easy to play Pickleball for an hour or two, get plenty of exercise and go home or do some other activities. There are some hardcore Pickleball players who can and sometimes do play all day long.
Golf is one of the most difficult games to learn no less master. Almost anyone can play Pickleball right away with a very low learning curve.
The next issue is ease of maintenance. Once a Pickleball court is built it only takes an occasional washing to keep it in good order. Obviously, a golf course being much larger and being made out of grass takes a lot more time and money in terms of maintenance.
The final issue would be land use. Four Pickleball courts can be placed on one Tennis court area. Golf on the other hand takes up much more land which is costly and sometimes not available to use for this purpose.
Click here for an interesting story about one prominent golfer who made the transition to Pickleball.
We encourage all Golfers to at least give Pickleball a try!