Recommendation to increase fees at Cedar Hill Golf Course passes
CFAX 1070 Feb 21, 2012
A staff recommendation to increase green and pass fees while offering pass holders a reduced number of rounds at the Cedar Hill Golf Course, was passed by a slim majority of Saanich Council members Tuesday night.
The recommendation was made in response to a deficit facing the municipally owned golf course.
Saanich Councillor Dean Murdock says 4 councillors and the mayor supported the recommendations, and 4, including himself, opposed it.
Murdock says in his opinion, dealing with fees isn’t enough to ensure the courses’ sustainability.
“I’m not convinced that just looking at fees was going to do that, in fact, the recommendation in my view would have the opposite effect, I thought that it was going to increase the cost of an annual pass and then further restrict the amount of time the pass holder could play a round at the golf course, so pass holders are getting, they’re paying more to get less, and I really don’t think that, that’s going to help the situation, I think it would actually make it worse”
Murdock says fees would be set for the next three years, but there has been a request that staff report back on fees annually.
Murdock says the new fees take effect April 1st, 2012.