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  • hacker
    July 02, 2010 - 13:33

    Amen brother.

  • Mike
    July 02, 2010 - 13:28

    While its great to see junior golf in the province take off with such fine calibre players and coaches, one has to wonder whats becoming of golf for the older set.

    Golf, especially in the metro St. Johns area, really took off in the late eighties and early nineties and new courses began to spring up to meet the demand. Today, however, that tread seems to be reversing. There is no more lining up at Pippy Park at 4:00 in the morning to get a tee time for the next day. In fact, there appears to be no lining up to get a tee time at many public courses. Its easy to get a round and reservations are not usually needed, even on weekends. I think the mens league at Admirals Green was at an all time low last year and its probably lower this year. Golf, quite simply, has gotten too expensive for the average person. And some courses may be pricing themselves out of business.

    Drive by Admirals Green on the nicest of summer days and youll see that the course is almost empty. (Much different than just a few years ago when they practically had a monopoly). From what friends have said, the number of rounds at Glendenning is down this year. Bally Haly will take new members and the public is allowed to play. But paying $50 to $60 a round is too much for the average hacker.

    Youd think whomever runs these courses would offer specials or reduce prices to get people playing. Its better to charge $25 a round and have the course full, then charge $50 and have it empty. Besides paying for green fees and golf carts, golfers buy hot dogs, sandwiches, and cigars and enjoy a cold beverage at the end of a round all of which adds to the bottom line.

    Not everyone has the time for or can afford a membership at Clovelly or Bally Haly. Thats fine. But courses that continue to charge too much are really shooting themselves in the foot

  • Benny
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    Well said Mike, you hit the nail on the head. Go to any other province and enjoy a round of golf for $40 or less any day. I understand jacking the price on a saturday or sunday, but weekdays come on. Clovelly has at least lowered twilight costs to $35 after 4 on the osprey and $25 on the black duck, but unless you get a time before 5:30 you are fighting to get a round in as its filled with mostly - hackers as you'd expect.
    You'd think with this many courses on the avalon they'd charge less. Especially with low member numbers. Who ever thought the day would come when non-members would play on Baly Haly?

  • hacker
    July 01, 2010 - 20:21

    Amen brother.

  • Mike
    July 01, 2010 - 20:16

    While its great to see junior golf in the province take off with such fine calibre players and coaches, one has to wonder whats becoming of golf for the older set.

    Golf, especially in the metro St. Johns area, really took off in the late eighties and early nineties and new courses began to spring up to meet the demand. Today, however, that tread seems to be reversing. There is no more lining up at Pippy Park at 4:00 in the morning to get a tee time for the next day. In fact, there appears to be no lining up to get a tee time at many public courses. Its easy to get a round and reservations are not usually needed, even on weekends. I think the mens league at Admirals Green was at an all time low last year and its probably lower this year. Golf, quite simply, has gotten too expensive for the average person. And some courses may be pricing themselves out of business.

    Drive by Admirals Green on the nicest of summer days and youll see that the course is almost empty. (Much different than just a few years ago when they practically had a monopoly). From what friends have said, the number of rounds at Glendenning is down this year. Bally Haly will take new members and the public is allowed to play. But paying $50 to $60 a round is too much for the average hacker.

    Youd think whomever runs these courses would offer specials or reduce prices to get people playing. Its better to charge $25 a round and have the course full, then charge $50 and have it empty. Besides paying for green fees and golf carts, golfers buy hot dogs, sandwiches, and cigars and enjoy a cold beverage at the end of a round all of which adds to the bottom line.

    Not everyone has the time for or can afford a membership at Clovelly or Bally Haly. Thats fine. But courses that continue to charge too much are really shooting themselves in the foot

  • Benny
    July 01, 2010 - 20:06

    Well said Mike, you hit the nail on the head. Go to any other province and enjoy a round of golf for $40 or less any day. I understand jacking the price on a saturday or sunday, but weekdays come on. Clovelly has at least lowered twilight costs to $35 after 4 on the osprey and $25 on the black duck, but unless you get a time before 5:30 you are fighting to get a round in as its filled with mostly - hackers as you'd expect.
    You'd think with this many courses on the avalon they'd charge less. Especially with low member numbers. Who ever thought the day would come when non-members would play on Baly Haly?