Glenwood's Durkin proposes waiving greens fees for property, business owners

2014-05-27T00:00:00Z Glenwood's Durkin proposes waiving greens fees for property, business ownersPaul Czapkowicz Times Correspondent
May 27, 2014 12:00 am  • 

GLENWOOD | Village officials are considering whether green fees at the village-owned Glenwoodie Golf Course should be waived for property and business owners in Glenwood.

Village President Kerry Durkin supports the idea that is expected to be on the agenda at the June 3 Village Board meeting.

"They're already paying for it when they pay their property taxes," Durkin said.

"We're all paying for it whether we use it or not."

Durkin proposes that dependents of equity owners under the age of 21 also be excused from the green fee, which is $23 for residents. Golf cart fees would not be waived.

Durkin hopes a waived fee might attract golfers to purchase homes in Glenwood and cut down on the number of rental properties in the village.

He said rental property occupants would be offered a discounted rate but the green fee would not be waived for them.

"We're losing young families because of the test scores in our school district and we're losing the older families because they're not getting the bang for their buck in living here," Durkin said.

There were mixed reactions among Village Board members when the topic of waiving the green fee was discussed last week.

Trustee Ron Gardiner asked how much revenue the village would stand to lose if the fee is no longer charged.

Durkin said out of 30,000 rounds of golf typically played at Glenwoodie on a yearly basis, only about 3 percent, or 900 rounds, are bought by residents.

At $23 a round, that would translate into almost $21,000.

"I think marketing the town is a great idea," Trustee Paul Styles said. "The golf course is really our greatest asset to be able to do that."

Trustee Terry Campbell also indicated initial support, but brought up the possibility that the pace of play at the golf course might be negatively affected by an influx of inexperienced golfers.

Trustees Rich Nielsen and Tony Plott were not as warm to the waived fee proposal.

"I think it needs to be further discussed," Plott said.

Nielsen said he might be willing to consider a further reduced rate for residents but is not in favor of waiving the fee.

If approved next month, the waiver could go into effect as soon as July, Durkin said.

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