No rate increase for municipal golf course in 2018

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Slight reduction planned for all day golf, car rental

The municipal golf course board and Superintendent Brian Mohr met Monday to discuss the fees for the upcoming 2018 golf season at the Spencer Municipal Golf Course. Mohr said golfers will not be seeing much change.

“As far as our season pass rates and normal fees, everything is going to remain the same for the 2018 golf season,” Mohr said. “The one thing that we are going to adjust is, ... we’re going to have a new rate this year that’s a little bit lower for all day golf with cart rental included — it’s going to be $50 plus tax.”

The superintendent credited a recent string of years with solid revenue flow and a philosophy of “fair prices” as the reason there was little change for 2018 rates.

“The golf course operates as an enterprise fund as the city of Spencer so we do not function out of the general fund of the city’s budget,” Mohr said. “Basically the golf courses expenses have to be below the revenue. We can only spend what we take in for revenues and our revenues have exceeded our expenses the past several years so at this time we’ve elected not to raise any fees.

“That’s always a tough situation when we have to look at raising fees. The philosophy I’ve always had with the golf course is charging more, a lot of times, ends up equaling less. So, our goal is to charge a fair price and get as many people through the door as we possibly can.”

Looking ahead to the coming season, Mohr said there is plenty to be happy about.

He continued, “One new thing we’re possibly looking at, in the early stages of ... looking into getting a golf simulator for next winter so we could have some indoor golf leagues. (We’re) in the early stages of researching it and as a discussion with the golf board at our last meeting, we’ll move forward and see if we can make the numbers work out or not.”

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