Why must city golfers pay so much for season pass?
Part of my spring ritual is to anticipate the golf season and obtain my season pass to the City of Buffalo golf courses. The golf courses are managed by the Olmsted Conservancy. Rates and fee increases are approved by the Buffalo Common Council.
Rumor was that Olmsted was going to increase rates for the 2015 season. Increase they did! Fee increases for city residents range from 9 percent to 36 percent. The city resident season pass increased by 27 percent.
Fees for non-city residents also increased by as much as 50 percent, however, the season pass increased by only 16 percent.
Olmsted has substantially increased revenues by renting golf carts at all three courses. Ironically, golf cart rental is the only fee that did not increase.
Expenses should have decreased due to staffing cuts, decreased fuel prices and the lack of quality course maintenance.
The city courses still offer reasonably priced golf on below par courses.
It is hoped that the fee increases do not result in a loss of revenue due to the players’ refusal to pay the new prices for the quality of golf offered.
Please be aware of this Common Council action. This is an election year in our fair city. We need to remind the elected officials that they serve all citizens of the city, including the lowly city golfer, whose season pass increased by 27 percent.