This course’s new greens fee structure could be a stroke of genius

This course’s new greens fee structure could be a stroke of genius

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A Minnesota course offers free youth golf, in the hope that it will pay off in the future.

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If you are a junior golfer in central Minnesota, free golf may be in your future.

According to a story in the Morrison County Register, Little Falls Golf Course will offer free golf to youth in 2022. The move comes with the hope that the next generation will catch the golf bug as kids and return. to the club as adults when they are. able to pay dues.

“For me, I think it’s an investment in our community,” City Manager Jon Radermacher told the Record. “If you get people hooked on golf, or at least exposed to golf when they are younger, they will come back when they are older and able to pay. They will be future members of our course. I think that, for us, that could bring big payoffs. “

The change comes after a year in which Little Falls Golf Course felt the effects of the nationwide golf boom. With the sport gaining popularity in 2021, Little Falls Golf Course saw its income skyrocket. However, the increase in gambling also resulted in higher expenses.

“In fact, we had revenue this year from the golf course that far exceeded the total revenue of the prior years,” Radermacher said. “However, the expenses were still much higher on that front. From an operational point of view, we are going to experience another deficit in terms of what we receive in income versus what we pay in expenses. “

The need for fiscal restructuring is consistent with national trends. According to the National Golf Foundation, more than a third of courses in the US increased their maximum greens rates during the season last year by an average of 11 percent, the largest such increase in years.

But even with the restructured rates, a round of golf won’t break the bank if you’re in Little Falls (especially if you’re a junior). Maximum greens fees are around $ 45.

“I think it would be in line with what we need to be in,” Radermacher said. “I think that would really put us in line for years to come.”

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Zephyr Melton is an assistant editor at GOLF.com, where he spends his days blogging, producing and editing. Before joining the GOLF.com team, he attended the University of Texas, followed by stops with Team USA, the Green Bay Packers and the PGA Tour. Assists in all matters of instruction and covers amateur and women’s golf.

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