Robert Edwards was right on (May 24 Letter) when he decried the high fees resident golfers have to fork over to play the undeniably beautiful but highly overrated Championship Course.
The records will show that the total paid rounds have declined every year as the prices have gone up. Last year I discussed pricing with a golf course official. I suggested that more rounds would be played if green fees were reduced. I was told two things. First, we need to maintain high fees to remain competitive. Competitive? The fees are the highest in the region. If you want to attract more players, you lower prices. Right? Wrong.
Which leads to the second thing, and this is a virtual quote: “We don’t want to attract more players — the more we have, the harder it is to maintain the course.” Can you believe that?
IVGID and course management have been living in a dream world for years. They have come to believe that the Championship Course is the greatest thing since sliced bread. It isn’t. It is long. It is difficult. It is intimidating. Perhaps not for someone who regularly shoots in the 70s and 80s, but certainly for the average golfer, who shoots in the high 90s and above. Even the name is intimidating. Who can tell you what championship was played there and when?
Instead of raising fees every year at the behest of course management, IVGID should think seriously about making the course and fees more attractive to the average golfer and stop catering to low handicappers, who are delighted to be playing on a course with so few others. And they should certainly do something about the 1,000 or so free rounds that are handed out every year.