Let's back up for a second. As I've sampled public golf in this country, I've established some benchmarks for value. I measure courses I play against this rough scale of overall experience and price. Some of these courses below will cost you a little more than the price I've listed, some are less, depending on the season, day and time you play. But the point is: these prices and courses are what I use as my standards for making my value assessments on a course-to-course basis.
After I play a $50 course, for example, I take my overall experience (service, maintenance, fun factor, prestige and history), and measure it against my ideal $50 course (Brackenridge Park):
As I've stated before, I can never see myself paying more than $300 of my own money for a round of golf. And if I pay $300, the course and experience has to be as good as what I can get at Spyglass, which is actually a little more than $300.