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Is Mario Golf or ‘real’ golf better? We solved it with MATH

I’ve spent the past couple of weeks playing the brand new Mario Golf: Super Rush on the Nintendo Switch. And you know what? It’s fantastic.

Ever since I completed the Tony Hawk’s remaster, I’ve been looking for an arcade-style sports game to wile away many happy hours on — and the new Mario Golf is just that.

But… there’s a hitch. It’s Summer. COVID restrictions are being lifted across the globe. And I’m being pressured to go outside.

Because I’m a weak, pathetic man, I’m unable to simply say “look, I just want to stay indoors and play Mario Golf: Super Rush,” I need something to back this decision up. Luckily, I have the ancient art of mathematics by my side.

So, in this piece, I’m going to prove with numbers that playing Mario Golf is better than going outside to play real golf. You are most welcome.

Why ‘Mario Golf: Super Rush’ makes more financial sense than playing actual golf

First, we need a benchmark. Mario Golf: Super Rush costs $59.99.

I live in Amsterdam, so I’m going to use figures from around here. The cheapest day pass for a game of golf at the Amsterdam Old Course is €52.50, or $62.70. Already, Mario Golf is better value.

But let’s say I want to play once a week for a year? Well, that’s gonna set me back $3,260.40.

What about clubs though? Well, I can rent a set for $17.92 (€15) a visit, which’ll work out at $931.84 over a year. Or I found I can get a nice looking set from Wilson for $477.74 (€400).

The latter is the cheaper option, so let’s go with that.