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County Golf Courses to See Fee Hike Starting March 1

Local golf courses will be affected by the fee hike.

Green fees at county golf courses will be increasing in March, according to Tuesday's vote by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

Golf courses that will be affected by the fee increase include the Altadena Golf Course and Pasadena's Eaton Canyon Golf Course, both of which changed management in November.

Fees at 18-hole county courses will increase 50 cents for seniors on weekdays, $1 for other weekday players and $1.50 on weekends, beginning March 1. Other fees will change proportionately, but fees for junior golf, twilight golf and tournament registration will not go up.

Current fees are about 25 percent less than the average charged at similar municipal courses in Southern California and the increases will not completely close that gap, according to the Department of Parks and Recreation.

Operating costs for the courses have gone up an estimated 10 percent since 2011 -- when the fees were last increased -- and revenues have failed to keep pace with the cost of maintenance and improvements, parks officials said.

The fee hikes are expected to raise an additional $141,000 in county revenues through June 30 and $338,000 annually in future years.

What do you think of the fee increase? Does this affect you?

Ivan G January 24, 2013 at 03:55 PM
The fees are probably too low.
Terry strawn January 24, 2013 at 07:30 PM
Mgmt at Altadena and Eaton Canyon changed because the County does not carry wind insurance. Consequently, the previous mgmt was stuck with the tab after the last windstorm blew down the driving range. Now after new mgmt repaired the course, the fees go up. Sounds like poor County management to me nut not surprised. Next they will be voting on raises for themselves.

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