It’s about perception of people towards mass recreational sport. Initially, I was thinking golf is an elite sport play by an elite society like businessmen, VIP or even royal. But to date, golf is become affordable and come near to your house. You will notice of golf courses in your residential and almost everywhere. You can play a round of golf as a walk in visitor at decent golf course within Klang Valley at RM90 inclusive of fees/buggy or even RM50 for unlimited walking course during the weekend. You don’t have to participate in tournament until very sure that you can play at your own steady handicap.
Driver R9 launched in 2009 at RM 1,870 and now reduced to RM750
A lot of mega shopping complex has in house outlet selling golf equipment and apparel. Those outlets like Royal Sporting House etc actually owned by prominent businessman and dare to do clearance sale up to 70% during their SALE. I was hoping in future we are able to see that in cycling industry where we can buy apparel/gears inside ISETAN, Jaya Jusco and Parkson. With RM1,5000 you can have a beginner golf set and spare some RM150 for shoes, utilize your casual pants and shirt for golf attires. Whereas for cycling, we have to spend extras for padded pants, gloves and helmet for own safety. This will cost you around RM300 to RM500 depend on the brand and model.
Unlike golf, no bicycle outlet is willing to give discount more than 15% and yet the retailer arrogant not accommodating your visit. That’s why we often quote this “Saja mau tengok2 barang” instead of asking the real price.
Start up cost for golf relatively fair knowing you will upgrade it later for premium brand, but cycling technology is quite fast and we need them once you have stronger legs. Maintenance wise, golf is almost zero as long as don’t own membership obliges to pay monthly subscription. Cycling requires recurring maintenance especially on parts regular wear out. This has to be considered in our budget once you own and ride regular.
In conclusion, cycling is more elitis compare to golf as result of its industry is dominant, monopolized and limited in the market.
(Actually golf and cycling is a good combination of sports which both requires endurance and stamina.)