New fees, offerings approved at Berlin golf course

Published on Tuesday, 13 February 2018 22:20
Written by Charles Paullin

@CPaullinNBH

BERLIN - The Town Council has unanimously approved fee changes at Timberlin Golf Club.

The cost of a weekend 18-hole pass for residents goes up 50 cents to $33, with a weekday pass up 75 cents to $30.

For nonresidents, a weekend pass is up 50 cents as well, to $43. The weekday cost increases by $1, to $40.

Director of Golf Jonathan Zuk said the new rates were necessary “to remain competitive with area golf courses, maintain affordability for residents and generate revenue to match our expenses.”

The cost of a season pass remains the same: $975 for residents and $1,650 for nonresidents.

The passes are good through Dec. 31.

A new Berlin Business Pass also was approved. This pass will be for people who own more than 50 percent ownership of a Berlin-based business that pays over $4,000 annually in property tax. Proof of credentials is required.

“We’re trying to do this to attract and keep nonresidents continuously playing Timberlin,” said Zuk.

For $80, golfers can get the new Timberlin Benefit Card. The card gives non-residents 20 percent off their nonresident rates.

Golf cart fees were increased $1.50 to $19.00 per person for 18 holes, in anticipation of a new cart fleet for the coming season.

Zuk said a request for proposals was recently sent out and is due back on Feb. 22. Golf cart cards will no longer expire at the end of the golf season.

Due to a lack of participation, the resident and nonresident senior and junior weekend special rates were eliminated.

Zuk and the golf pro, Marc Bayram, will have the discretion to discount rates up to 50 percent, to better take advantage of Golfnow.com pricing options. Golfnow.com is a website that allows golfers to view and book tee times at participating golf courses.

For example, Zuk said, if a rainy Saturday was forecast and the tee sheet was completely open on the Friday before, he and Bayram could discount the rates and send out an email to get more people to play that Saturday.

“Looks like you guys did a good job,” said Mayor Mark Kaczynski, noting that the rates were the first to be put forth by the newly installed Public Golf Commission.

According to town documents, the new weekend rates for residents are $1 more than Stanley Golf Course, $3.75 less than Rockledge and $1.40 less than Simsbury Farms.

For nonresidents, the weekend rates are $2.50 more than Stanley, $3.50 less than Rockledge and 50 cents more than Simsbury Farms.

Season passes for residents are $25 more than Stanley , $260 less than Rockledge and $255 less than Simsbury Farms.

For nonresidents, they are $300 more than Stanley, $50 less than Rockledge and $135 more than Simsbury Farms.

The new rates are available at timberlingolf.com.



Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin on Tuesday, 13 February 2018 22:20. Updated: Tuesday, 13 February 2018 22:22.