THE RED PILL
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A FEW FACTS ABOUT GOLF
· I visited the websites of four golf courses in Lake County, Adams Springs, Buckingham, Hidden Valley Lake and Riviera Hills during the period 5/30/2015 to 6/1/2015.
· One course listed fees for using the driving range and practice facility.
· Three courses were nine hole courses and one was an eighteen hole course.
· The best I could tell without contacting them was that two required memberships.
· For comparison I used the non-resident fee for the Hidden Valley Lake course.
· To play nine holes on a weekday including a cart ranged from a low of $20 to a high of $30.
· To play eighteen holes on a weekday including a cart ranged from a low of $25 to a high of $50.
· To play nine holes on a weekend including a cart ranged from a low of $20 to a high of $38
· To play eighteen holes on a weekend including a cart ranged from a low of $25 to a high of $60.
· Hidden Valley Lake is just barely the most expensive and the only eighteen hole course
Least expensive Riviera Hills
Next Adams Springs
Most expensive Hidden Valley Lake
· Next I visited Mt. St. Helena golf course in Calistoga which is a 9 hole course and found that in 9 or 18 hole weekday or weekend Calistoga was more expensive except in one category and that was non-resident play 18 holes weekend rates and HVL was $4 more.
· A major difference in all of this is maintenance. HVL maintains an 18 hole golf course and only charges slightly more to play all 18 holes while everyone else only maintains 9 hole courses and receives nearly the same revenue but from those playing 9 holes twice.
· An idea for HVL might be that all 9 hole rounds are restricted to the front 9 at existing prices but, if they want to play the back nine holes that costs considerably more, after all it does cost more to maintain 18 holes vs. 9 holes and it should cost more to play a course that has 18 holes as opposed to 9 but we are not doing that.
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