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City of Wichita swings at $1 increase to green fees

It may soon take a little more green to tee off at city-owned golf courses. City council members will vote Tuesday on a $1-a-year increase to green fees and similar hikes to rentals and season passes. The increase would help fund maintenance and improvements.

That would bump the price at Tex Consolver, L.W. Clapp, MacDonald and Sim from $20 to $21 on weekdays and from $22 to $23 on weekends. Auburn Hills would climb $1 from the current $23 on weekdays and $28 on weekends.

Some golfers objected to the hikes during public hearings in May, and others welcomed them so long as they improve the courses and clubhouses.

User fees pay for the courses, and the number of rounds played at city courses has been decreasing in recent years.

In 2008, 164,000 rounds were played, down from a high of 220,000 rounds in 1999. The 10-year average has been 173,000. Unusually rainy weather has hurt the turnout the past couple of years.

For more, see the council’s agenda and supporting documents.