Spending a day on the greens can be a great way to relax, enjoy friendly competition, or entertain clients – but as most golfers know, it can also be quite expensive, especially if you’re a regular.
If you’re a frequent golfer or spend money on golf merchandise and events, you may be able to reap some rewards for doing what you love. Many credit cards have rewards programs, but these credit cards offer golf perks and benefits.
Best Golf Credit Cards
Here are the top credit cards for golf rewards:
- PGA TOUR BankAmericard Cash Rewards Mastercard
- Chase Sapphire Preferred Card
- Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card
- American Express Platinum Card
PGA TOUR BankAmericard Cash Rewards Mastercard
The PGA TOUR Cash Rewards Mastercard from Bank of America entitles card holders to membership in the Tournament Players Club (TPC) Rewards Program. As part of that membership, card holders enjoy discounted greens fees at private TPCs across the country, 20% off regular-priced merchandise in TPC Shops, and two free tickets to a PGA tour event if they make $95 worth of transactions within the first 90 days.
In addition to golfing perks, the PGA TOUR Bank America Cash Rewards Mastercard also entitles card holders to a $150 cash rewards bonus after $500 in the first 90 days and the opportunity to earn cash back on a variety of purchases, including 3% back on gas purchases*, 2% back at grocery stores or wholesales clubs*, and 1% on everything else.
Card Basics: APR 14.99% to 24.99% with a 0% introductory APR for 12 months. No annual fee.
*Note: The rewards rates on these categories is good for up to $2,500 in combined purchases each quarter.
Chase Sapphire Preferred Card
The Chase Sapphire Preferred card is already one of the top travel cards available to consumers, but golfers can find added benefits that cater to their favorite habit. The Sapphire Preferred card offers card holders access to PGA championship tickets before the general public, access to PGA and LPGA events, as well as VIP packages for the PGA championships.
Card holders can purchase an annual PGA Access membership for $199, which allows them to hit the links with one, two, or three other players at any of the 350 participating PGA access clubs. This is a great option for entertaining clients.
This card also offers a robust rewards program, with 2x the points on travel and dining and 1 point per dollar spent on everything else. Plus, golfers who frequently travel can take advantage of a 25% point value increase when points are redeemed for travel, with 50,000 points equal to $750 towards travel.
Card Basics: 17.74% to 24.74% APR. $0 intro annual fee for the first year; $95 annual fee thereafter.
Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card
This card is no longer available.
Marriott Rewards now includes the Marriott Golf Links exclusive golfer loyalty program. Now not only can Marriott Rewards club members earn points for booking tee times and other golf purchases at Marriott properties, they can also earn 10 points for every dollar spent at participating Marriott Golf Clubs.
To really make the most of the Marriott Golf Links program, frequent golfers and travelers may want to consider the Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card, which earns card holders 6 points per dollar spent at both Marriott and SPG hotels and 2 points on everything else.
Additionally, the Marriott Rewards program has a lot of promise, with the 15 Elite status level entitling members to 15 Elite Night credits each year. Plus, with an introductory bonus of 75,000 points if you make $3,000 in purchases in the first month, access to great rewards travel, including top-notch golf courses, is well within your reach.
Card Basics: 17.74% to 24.74% APR. $95 annual fee.
American Express Platinum Card
American Express Platinum cardholders receive complimentary membership to the Preferred Golf Program, which includes 60 world-renowned golf resorts around the world, complimentary rounds of golf with each night stay at participating properties, and free room upgrades and late check-outs.
Plus, golf lovers also have early access to U.S. Open tickets, preferred tee times at PGA Golf Club facilities, and even the option to bring along a guest for free.
As an added bonus, members earn 5 points per dollar spent on eligible flights and hotels booked. Those who love to travel for their golf fix can really maximize their points. The card also comes with a variety of other travel perks, including $15 monthly Uber credits, a $200 airline fee credit per year, and complimentary benefits at fine hotels and resorts worldwide. Throw in a 60,000-point introductory bonus, and it’s a great card for playing golf around the world.
Card Basics: This is a charge card; you must pay your balance in full each month. $550 annual fee.
Author: Jeff Gitlen
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