Public hearing Tuesday on raising Ogden golf fees

Saturday , January 03, 2015 - 3:40 PM

OGDEN — Ogden City golfers will likely pay more to play when the weather warms in 2015, but they’ve got one last chance to sound off before the deal is officially done.

The city will hold a public hearing 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Ogden Municipal Building, 2549 Washington Blvd., on a proposal to raise fees at city-owned golf courses.

The city wants to raise greens fees at the Mount Ogden and El Monte golf courses from $13 to $14 for nine holes and from $26 to $28 for 18 holes. The cost to play 18 holes with a cart, Monday through Thursday, would go from $35 to $38.

Prices for punch passes would also be raised under the proposal, with 13 nine-hole rounds jumping from $153 to $163 and 20 nine-hole rounds with a cart going from $350 to $360. A seven-day regular season pass would go from $900 to $975. The proposal also calls for similar increases to seniors and students rates and would increase the price to purchase a large bucket of balls at the driving range from $6 to $7.

Ogden Public Services Director Jay Lowder said the increased fees will help offset operational and maintenance expenses at the two city courses, which have increased as costs for things like fertilizer and other products used to treat and maintain turf have continued to rise over the past few years.

The city conducted a market study of area golf courses and found its proposed fee hikes to be in line with other municipal courses in the region.

Lowder said the city’s Golf Course Division expects an increase in rounds played in 2015 due to exposure from recently hosting several large corporate events and upgrades at each of the two courses. The city has installed a new pavilion at Mount Ogden, along with upgrades to cart paths and a pond renovation and driving range improvements at El Monte.

Ogden City has not increased golf course fees since 2009.

Contact reporter Mitch Shaw at 801-625-4233 or Follow him on Twitter at @mitchshaw23.

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