Foothills golf to eliminate multiple rates

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By Matt Gunn

In an effort to simplify the pricing structure for golfers, Foothills Park and Recreation District will go to a single fee for both district and non-district patrons.

“The key to this decision is one word,” said Tom Woodard, Foothills director of golf. “Efficiency.”

Currently there are separate golf costs for juniors, seniors, district seniors, adults and district adults. That can cause confusion for golfers who simply want to enjoy a few holes at either Foothills Golf Course or The Meadows Golf Club.

The junior rate is the same across the board. Different rates apply to all categories, depending on the number of holes played and whether tee time is set for peak hours or off-peak hours.

Until January 2008, greens fees for nine holes at Meadows are $19 for residents and $21 for non-residents on weekdays. Rates go to $20 for residents and $23 for non-residents during peak times.

The single admission rate on nine holes at the Meadows will be $19 on weekdays and $20 on weekends.

On 18 holes at the Meadows, the current weekday rate is $32 for residents and $34 for non-residents. On weekends it is $34 for residents and $37 for non-residents.

That price will change to $34 on weekdays and $37 on weekends across the board.

Municipal districts such as Denver have adopted a single rate for adult golfers regardless of residency. The majority of golfers who visit Foothills courses are not district residents.

“In fact, 80 percent of our customers now are non-residents, and 20 percent are residents,” Woodard said.

The rate change will take effect next year. Juniors and seniors will continue to get discounted green fees.

Residents maintain the ability to schedule tee times in advance, an advantage over non-residents. Discounted resident rates will still apply for lessons and classes.