GLENWOOD | The matter of whether green fees at the village-owned Glenwoodie Golf Course should be waived or reduced for property and business owners in the village continues to be a hot topic.
Village President Kerry Durkin proposed last month that the $23 green fee be waived for equity owners in the village and their dependents under the age of 21.
Durkin wants to attract homeowners to Glenwood and reduce the amount of rental properties, a stance he repeated to the Village Board last week.
"If we do nothing in this town to positively market the town, you will see a further decline in owner occupants of their homes," Durkin said. "You're gonna see a higher number of rental properties which, one, addresses the transient rate at Brookwood (Elementary School District 167)."
Several trustees expressed concerns with a complete green fee waiver.
"We'll get a bunch of non-golfers who will come out and tear up our golf course," Trustee Paul Styles said.
Styles also thought the course might become a hangout for kids if parents decide to drop them off there for hours at a time.
Trustee Tony Plott said the high cost of golf equipment would likely prevent a huge influx of children on the course.
He credited Durkin for thinking outside of the box in terms of trying to market the village.
"I would be perfectly willing to vote for the free golf if only for a year to see how it works out," Plott said.
Durkin said his proposal was not for free golf, in part because he was not looking to waive the $15 golf cart fee for residents and business owners.
"This is public golf, and it's heavily subsidized by the property taxpayer," Durkin said. "And that property taxpayer deserves something for his investment."
Durkin said last month that Glenwood residents typically account for about 3 percent of rounds played annually at Glenwoodie, which at $23 a round would result in roughly $21,000 of lost income.
Trustee Carmen Hopkins spoke of offering a 50 percent discount across the board for property and business owners.
The Village Board is expected to come to some decision on a golf rate adjustment at its June 17 meeting.