Updated January 18, 2012 at 8:31 p.m.
Steamboat Springs Editor's note: This story has been updated to show that the golf course rates will increase instead of simply being proposed.
City residents will pay more to golf at Haymaker Golf Course this year, according to a rate schedule presented to the Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday.
Resident greens fees will increase across the board for the 2012 season, as will the price of season passes.
The daily and season-pass rates have remained the same the past three years. The last increase in rates came in 2008.
Rates for nine-hole and 18-hole nonresident daily greens fees will stay the same as in 2011, and the shoulder and value seasons for nonresidents will be eliminated unless course conditions justify a discount.
The increases for city residents are anywhere from $1 to $3 per round.
Season passes for residents will increase from $1,250 to $1,295. Early season passes will increase from $1,025 to $1,095. Individual season passes for nonresident property owners will increase from $1,700 to $1,775.
Season pass junior add-ons and junior passes will stay the same. Spouse add-on passes and all punch cards will increase. However, punch cards now will be transferable among golfers.
Haymaker Golf Committee member John Vanderbloemen said the increase in rates is to help balance Haymaker’s budget.
With the increases, Haymaker’s gross operational revenues would be more than $59,000 in 2012 should the course see the same number of rounds and distribution of play as in 2011.
“There have been a couple of years now where the end result is that Haymaker hasn’t quite broke even, and we’ve had to use our unrestricted reserves fund,” Vanderbloemen said. “We don’t want to use (all of) our reserves. We want to get back to a balanced budget.”
The 2012 budget projected Haymaker to lose more than $111,000 this year. Haymaker is one of several enterprise funds — including Howelsen Hill Ski Area, Brent Romick Rodeo Arena, Howelsen Ice Arena and the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs — that the city subsidizes.
In recent years, however, Haymaker has made up for its operating losses by using its unrestricted reserves fund.
Haymaker Golf Committee members said in November that increasing rates and attracting destination golfers was a possible way to increase revenues for the city-owned course.
Members said it’s important for Haymaker to save its reserves for future capital needs such as a new irrigation system.
“The goal is to increase the revenue from tourist play and increase it from resident play because of rate changes,” Vanderbloemen said. “We’re trying get Haymaker back to a break-even status.”
2012 Haymaker Golf Course rates
Individual resident season pass
Individual resident season pass, early
Individual season pass nonresident
property owner, early
Add-on junior pass
Add-on spouse pass, early
Punch card resident, 20 nine-hole rounds
Punch card nonresident, 10 nine-hole rounds
Punch card nonresident, 20 nine-hole rounds
Punch card nonresident property owner, 20 nine-hole rounds
Daily greens fees
Greens fee resident
Nine and dine
Golf school resident fee
Season pass, friends and family