by Peter Bodley
Few changes have been made in rates to play the city of Coon Rapids’ Bunker Hills Golf Course in 2012.
The only increases are in the daily fee to play both the regulation 18-hole and nine-hole courses during the week – $2 from $43 to $45 for 18 holes and $1 from $22 to $23 for the nine holes.
But all other fees on the regulation and executive nine-hole courses stay unchanged from 2011, while there is a $5 reduction in the cost for juniors to play the executive nine holes after 4 p.m. from $5 to zero.
The rate is subject to the junior playing with a parent or guardian, according to Tim Anderson, Bunker Hills golf pro/manager.
Rates are also unchanged for ID cards, rental fees for both courses (clubs, power carts, pull cart and range balls) as well as for all charges to play the simulator center.
Likewise, season tickets will remain at their 2011 level for individuals, husband-wife, senior citizen and junior.
To be eligible for season tickets, the person must have held a season pass since 1987.
But there is a decrease for the first 100 people who sign up for an individual membership (Patron Card) – from $2,000 to $1,650.
“Anticipated expenses, as well as course quality and demand at Bunker Hills are taken into consideration when setting the rates,” Anderson said.
According to Anderson, the Patron Card has become the membership base for customer loyalty at Bunker Hills.
“The 2012 rates focus on further cultivating this community of loyal users for the entire facility at Bunker Hills,” Anderson said.
“A slight increase in the public championship rates more closely aligns public rates with comparable golf facilities while providing a deeper discount to Patron Card purchasers.”
The offering of a competitively priced membership for both golf and golf carts caters to the committed, avid golfer, Anderson said.
“Providing complimentary access to junior golfers after 4 p.m. on the executive course with a paid adult should accomplish several facility wide goals,” he said.
According to Anderson, these goals include:
• Promotion of family/community recreational activities.
• Promotion and growth of junior golf initiatives.
• Promotion and growth of beginner/new golfer initiatives.
• Promotion of Bunker Hills Golf Club as a community gathering place.
• Create more activity in the executive course during historically slow periods.
According to Anderson, patron cards and memberships for the 2012 season went on sale Feb. 1.
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