Duffers on Salt Lake City's six golf courses will pay more for a round of golf, but seniors will still get to keep season passes to city-operated links - although they'll pay considerably more - under an ordinance passed by the City Council following a lively three-hour debate Tuesday night.
An ordinance proposed by Mayor Palmer DePaulis and others on the council would have boosted green fees while eliminating season passes altogether. But the council instead compromised, raising green fees from $5 to $6 per nine holes, while increasing the cost of senior passes from $175 to $400. Regular passes will be set at $500 - up from $300. Junior and senior green fees will be set at $3.50 and then raised to $4.50 per nine holes July 1.Neither pass is good on weekends and holidays and will not be honored at the two new courses once they come on line.
"If it goes up to $500, I'm gonna go fishing," complained senior golfer Max Judd.
City officials say they must restructure golf fees to meet rising maintenance costs and pay for two new courses under construction at Salt Lake International Airport and at the expanded Mountain Dell Golf Course.
The hike still won't meet the city's golf needs for very long. By 1991, the city will face a $540,000 shortfall on the $10 million golf course bond and golf course operations.
"Virtually a year from now, we're going to have to raise them (fees) again," said Councilwoman Sydney Fonnesbeck, who along with Councilman Tom Godfrey, voted against the measure.