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Golf fees may rise

December 10, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

Fees will go up at the Municipal Golf Course under a proposal presented to the Hagerstown City Council during Tuesday's work session.

The council is scheduled to vote on the change at its Dec. 16 meeting.

For at least the past five years, the course has been subsidized by the city's general fund, said John Budesky, the city's director of administrative services.

Compared to the rates charged by the Waynesboro (Pa.) Municipal Golf Course - the only other nine-hole municipal course in the area - the proposed rates for greens fees still are cheaper, the cart rentals are about the same and the overall rates for season passes are slightly higher, Budesky said.

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The proposed changes, Budesky said, include:

  • Increasing the greens fee for regular nine holes from $7.50 to $8.

  • Increasing the greens fees for seniors for nine holes from $6 to $7.

  • Hiking the greens fees on weekends and holidays from $10.50 to $12.

  • Increasing the cost of season passes for city residents from $225 to $250, and for noncity residents from $270 to $275.


The city is not proposing an increase in cart rental fees.

The Hagerstown Advisory Board of Parks and Recreation recommended approving the rate increases contingent on the completion of an irrigation system for the course, Budesky said.

The rate increases, if approved, would not take effect until the irrigation work is done, he said.

Budesky said he expects the work will be finished around April.

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