I went through my memory bank last year and put together a list - which wasn’t that many, less than 50, with all but 1 in Scotland. I am in a reasonable position now where we can organise a few away days or trips each year to play a few different places, but this just wasn’t possible before - mainly due to financial constraints.
However I don’t get great pleasure from adding courses on a list just for the sake of it or from playing high end, ultra expensive places, just to tick off another place. I’d like to play most of the big venues in Scotland, so I can have a view on them, but not fussed about dropping hundreds on this.
It would massively annoy me to pay £250 for 1 go at Muirfield or Troon, knowing that I would probably never play it again and couldn’t (wouldn’t want to) pay that to play it regularly and get to know the course better.
I don’t really get a kick out of playing a course the 1st time. You are really just finding your way about and working out a strategy. Would much rather play a decent £60 or £75 track 3 or 4 times, compared with a top 100 Open Championship venue.
Edit to add - I’d much rather save up a few quid and at a point in later life, when I have a bit more time being able to justify a second membership at a links venue at St. Andrews or Ayrshire.