I love everything about the Masters, one of the great television events of the year, but give me a choice of watching or playing and its a no brainer — where’s the first tee?   Of course, the best of  both worlds is possible:  a little golf, then sit back and enjoy the telecast from Augusta National on CBS3.

That’s a win-win… and you can throw in another “win” if you can save a few bucks in the process. 

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Some courses in the region don’t transition to in-season rates until Monday, so Masters weekend is your last chance to take advantage of those lower winter green fees.   That includes Odessa National in Delaware, which is still at $35 per player, $30 if you are a senior.

Honeybrook is also in its final weekend of winter rates, which means you can walk for $32 and ride for $47 Saturday or Sunday.

Ballamor Golf Club (see photo above) has a Masters Sunday special:  the rate drops to just $58 after noon on Sunday.  Tee times are required, and you can get them by calling 609-601-6220.
A couple of other ways to save:

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MyPhillyGolf.com tells you how to get an extra $5 off your green fee at Lederach Golf Club, a Kelly Blake Moran design in Harleysville.

The Golf Course at Glen Mills is selling pre-paid rounds for the 2011 season which gives you a $10 break per round, as well as a range token and 14-day in advance reservation privileges.
We’ll keep poking around for those deals, or if you find any, feel free to respond to this post with the info.  Enjoy the telecast, and hit ’em straight.

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Ed Abrams anchors mornings on KYW Newsradio, and you can hear his Golf Reports there on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. He has also created a new website at www.DealTrackerGolf.com, a resource for golfers seeking the best bargains on clubs, apparel and everything golf.