Golf fees, late-in-day prices rise

first_imgThe cost of teeing off at Los Angeles County golf courses and parks will get a little more costly July 1, but swimming in county lakes will be free. To help pay for increased costs at the world’s largest municipal golf system, the Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to increase the cost of an 18-hole round by up to $1 and a nine-hole round by up to 50 cents. Another golf course improvement fee of between 50 cents and $1 might be added at a later date. The increase is the first in three years and means weekend and holiday rates at regulation 18-hole courses will go up from $28 to $29. The weekend and holiday rates at regulation nine-hole courses will jump from $16.50 to $17. Meanwhile, a new super-twilight golf greens fee for a round at the regulation nine-hole courses will cost $6.50 on weekdays and $8 on weekends and holidays. The new fee is for teeing off late in the afternoon, which until now has been free. “The department’s goal is to continue to provide quality, affordable golf to the community,” Department of Parks and Recreation Director Russ Guiney said. “This will be the first increase in green fees since 2004. Overall, Los Angeles County will still be offering the most affordable green fees among municipal golf courses in Southern California.” The county will continue to offer 50 percent golf fee discounts during historically low-demand periods and during promotional events at its 19 courses. Since 2004, the cost to operate county courses has increased and the amount of money going into golf improvement funds has failed to keep up with the cost to maintain and improve the links. A recent survey found greens fees charged at county courses are significantly less than the average fees charged at similar public courses throughout the county. At county lakes, the $2 swimming fee has been eliminated because of difficulties in restricting access to swim beaches at regional parks. To help restore facilities at county parks, the supervisors established a $60 per hour rental charge – with a four-hour minimum – for large park facility rooms with a capacity of 250 or more. The fee for full-service kitchens will rise from $35 to $55. [email protected] (213) 974-8985160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more