Golf courses can be a source of financial savings for many people, and the number of courses available is increasing.
But there are some that are still offering little in the way of recreational opportunities.
The BBC’s Scott Allen visited some of the best golf courses in the country to find out what they offer and how to save on the bills.
Golf courses in New Zealand golf course in Auckland New Zealand’s New Zealand Golf Course in Auckland.
“The golf course has the best greens in the world,” said golf instructor Mark Smith, who opened his course in 2010.
“It has amazing views and the courses are all in the best condition.”
The golf course on the west coast of New Zealand, on the southernmost tip of the North Island, is owned by the North Shore Golf Club, which is now in its 50th year of operation.
Mark Smith said the course had a good range of courses but had been in trouble financially.
“It’s a big place and you get all sorts of rubbish and stuff thrown in,” he said.
“But we’ve been trying to get better at keeping the greens in shape and the trees growing in the park and the landscape and it’s been really hard.”
The best course was on the South Island, on Manawatu, where we had one of the great courses in Southland, but we were in trouble.
It was a good place to have a nice golf course but we just couldn’t keep it up.
“The county council was in the black and I think the government are getting more aggressive about getting the courses open and it can’t be a good thing.” “
We’ve had a lot of money from the council, but they’ve closed the courses because of that,” said Mark Smith.
“The county council was in the black and I think the government are getting more aggressive about getting the courses open and it can’t be a good thing.”
A golf course at the end of the road in Wairarapa in New West Wales, Western Australia, opened in 2014.
The area has a rich history of golfing and golf courses have an important role in promoting the local economy.
“There’s a golf course there and there’s a couple of golf courses,” said Craig Hickey, who runs the North Wairarea Golf Course.
“People come from all over the world and they come here and they see the country and they get to see the sights and they enjoy it.”
It can be quite a good deal.
“Golf courses are typically situated close to major tourist attractions, such as the Wairau River, and can provide great recreational opportunities for those who live nearby.
However, there are a few areas that can offer less than ideal conditions for a golfing holiday.
In the Northern Territory, the country’s northernmost territory, the capital Darwin, is renowned for its golf courses.
But the state’s golf courses are still not open, meaning many locals are unable to play a round of golf.
They just don’t want to travel.” “
I think the people who come here, especially the kids, the people in the village, they want to play golf, they love it.
They just don’t want to travel.”
The area’s two remaining golf courses still exist, but Mr Witheridges said he was unable to find a permanent home for them.
Wairarau Golf Course “We have had a couple on our golf course, but nothing permanent,” he explained.
“They’ve been sitting there for a while now and we just don`t know where they’re going to go.”
The Wairaroa Golf Club is in the remote town of Wairaroo, which lies just to the north of Darwin and has been closed since the 1980s.
In Victoria, the Wamburra Golf Course was one of several courses in Victoria that were closed due in part to poor financial health.
In 2010, the Victorian Government announced a $1.5 billion investment to bring back the course and restore its “essential features” to the quality they had before the 2008 financial crisis.
The course opened in 2015, and is located in the community of Wamburg in Victoria’s Northern Territory.
While golf courses may be more accessible, it doesn’t have to be.
“One of the reasons golf courses were opened up was to attract tourists,” said Andrew Tynan, who founded the Waddington Golf Course with his wife, Sarah.
“If you’re not going to use the course, you’re going too far away from the golf course and away from your local community.”
“We’re looking to attract people