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A FEW FACTS ABOUT GOLF

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       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

 

 

 

HVL ~ NON-RESIDENT

ADAMS SPRINGS

BUCKINGHAM

MEMBERSHIP

RIVIERA HILLS KELSEYVILLE MEMBERSHIP

Mon-Thur 18 Holes

$34+CART $16=$50

$18+CART $22=$40

$38+CART $10=$48

$25 INCL CART

Mon-Thur 9 Holes

$20+CART $10=$30

$12+CART $14=$26

$22+CART $7= $29

$20

Mon-Thurs Twilight

$20+CART $10=$30

 

$17+CART $5= $22

 

Fri-Sun 18 Holes

$44+CART $16=$60

$22+CART $22=$44

 

 

Fri-Sun 9 Holes

$28+CART $10=$38

$16+CART $14=$30

 

 

Fri-Sun Twilight

$28+CART $10=$38

 

 

 

DRIVING RANGE

FREE

 

$10

 

PRACTICE FACILITY

FREE

 

$5

 

 

GOLF RATES:

Least expensive Riviera Hills

Next Adams Springs

Next Buckingham

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.

 

NON-RESIDENT

HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE

MT ST HELENA CALISTOGA

WEEKDAYS 9 HOLES

$20+CART $10=$30

$26+$11=$37

WEEKDAYS 18 HOLES

$34+CART $16=$50

$37+$14=$51

WEEKENDS 9 HOLES

$28+CART $10=$38

$32+$11=$43

WEEKENDS 18 HOLES

$44+CART $16=$60

$42+$14=$56

 

       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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