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Fore! Higher green fees on the way
First rate jumps at Manteca course since 2004
Some golf fees may be increasing in the coming months at the Manteca Golf Course. - photo by HIME ROMERO
Manteca Golf Course green fees may go up in order to bring in more green.

It’s been five years since a rate increase was put in place. The proposal before the City Council Tuesday during their 7 p.m. meeting at the Civic Center isn’t to raise rates across the board. Instead, it involves some select rate jumps plus creates new categories of play to encourage more rounds.

The goal is to generate revenue by selective rate increases that have a minimum impact on rounds played. Manteca currently is the top 18-hole golf course in a 60-mile radius with 71,000 rounds played annually.  The city recovers over 90 percent of the cost of maintaining the course and paying off bonds and lease purchase agreements that built facilities through green fees and facility use charges.

Three new fees being proposed to increase more play are:

• weekend pass use surcharge of $10 to allow those with monthly passes to play on weekends based on the availability of tee times and limited to a two-day advance reservation. Currently, 80 percent of weekends and holidays the golf course is not at full capacity. The two-day reservation policy means there would not be a loss of higher paying customers.

• a super twilight rate for weekend and weekday would be available later in the afternoon than the regular twilight rate. It is designed to attract players who want to get in a quick nine holes before dark when the course is generally not busy.  The rate will be $8 weekdays after 5 p.m. from April to October and after 3 p.m. November to March.

•a super twilight weekend/holiday rate for $10 to play after 5 p.m. April to October and after 3 p.m. from November and March.

The weekday monthly passes are also proposed for rate increases. They are:

•resident adults going from $75 to $80.

•non-resident adult going from $95 to $98.

•senior/disabled resident going from $57 to $62.

•senior/disabled non-resident going from $80 to $85.

•junior (resident or non-resident) going from $37 to $40.

The only other rate charges are:

•18-hole weekday play for all active military including National Guard and Reserves going from $10 to $12.

•junior weekday going from $10 to $12.

•senior disabled special for Tuesdays and Thursdays going from $10 to $12.

•twilight weekday play going from $14 to $15.

•promotional fee Monday through Friday after 11 a.m. would be changed to after 10 a.m. and would go from $11.50 to $12.50.

•promotional fee maximum with cart going from $21 to $23.

Among the fees remaining unchanged is $15 for nine-hole weekday play, $18 for 18-hole weekday resident play, and $21 for 18-hole non-resident weekday play.