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The Torrington Telegram | Inflation impacts charges on the golf course

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TORRINGTON – Golf Skilled Dave Dent offered the proposed golf course charges and match schedule for 2023 on the metropolis council assembly on Nov. 15. The golf course’s charges have undergone analysis, and plenty of have been elevated resulting from inflation. The match schedule will probably be just like previous years with solely minor adjustments.

The Cottonwood at Torrington Golf Course charges that modified have been all of the annual membership charges, the annual path price, and the golf cart leases. Inflation was a significant component in these selections.

“I can not do something about inflation,” Dent defined. “However I am monitoring it by making comparisons to different golf programs. I am not simply throwing it on the market. I think about our financial boundaries and geography.”

For the 2023 season, the annual charges will probably be $160 for a junior/scholar, $550 for one individual, $765 for married {couples}, $860 for households, $170 for school college students, $490 for single seniors 62 years or older, and $715 for married seniors {couples}. The path price for an annual license will probably be $250. The golf cart leases will probably be $10 per rider for a nine-hole sport, $14 per rider for an 18-hole sport, $475 for a yr lease of a metropolis cart for one individual, and $605 for a yr lease of a metropolis cart for a pair.

The golf course workers have researched a number of related 18-hole golf programs within the space to check these charges. These programs have been the Riverview, Skyview, 4-Winds, Douglas, and Monument Shadows. This analysis was executed by contacting every golf course and discussing their costs over the cellphone.

“We’re not the best; we’re not the bottom,” Dent mentioned.

The 2022 annual charges for these programs for a single individual have been $548.60 for Riverview, $490 for Skyview, $599 for 4-Winds, $595 for Douglas, and $600 for Monument Shadows. As compared, Torrington’s 2023 annual price for a single individual will probably be $550.

Different substantial comparisons have been the path charges and household golf cart leases. The 2022 path charges for these different golf programs ranged from $75 to $316.50, in comparison with Torrington’s $250. The golf cart rental for a household ranged from $575 to 1,582.50, in comparison with Torrington’s $605.

“You might be getting the most effective bang to your buck,” Dent mentioned. “That is the most effective bang to your buck within the State of Wyoming, due to the standard of the golf course and we do not cowl our greens. We’re open all yr spherical, climate allowing. Most of the different golf programs cowl their greens and shut.”

Dent defined that the Cottonwood Golf Course solely closes resulting from climate associated points. The golf programs that cowl their greens are usually solely open six to eight months out of the yr.

The path price is a price that allows outdoors golf carts to make use of the paths on the golf course. This price goes immediately again into the golf course. This fund can be utilized by itself or used along with grants or funds cash from the town. It’s then used to keep up the paths, bridges, and on different vital enchancment initiatives.

“In case you have a golf course, you need it to be the most effective that it may be within the valley, and also you wish to put it up for sale and produce individuals right here,” Dent mentioned. “We now have to maneuver in that course.”

The Cottonwood Golf Course attracts many individuals from totally different areas, not simply Goshen County. Golfers come from Platte County, Cheyenne within the winter, Omaha, NE, and Colorado, amongst different locations.

“Municipal golf programs deal with being nice points of interest and a great asset for the neighborhood,” Dent commented. “Our job is to attempt to present this neighborhood and the general public with the chance to return to our metropolis. I do not need our golfers to simply play on our golf course, I would like them to enter city.”

The golf course makes use of a web based tee time, billboards, a Nebraska golf passport, a army low cost, and a drone on the town web site to draw each native and nonlocal golfers. Tournaments additionally assist entice golfers to the golf course.

At the moment, the 2023 match schedule has been deliberate however continues to be topic to vary. Occasions are anticipated to be just like earlier years, nonetheless, they’ve but to be confirmed. After strong confirmations have been made, an official schedule will probably be posted.

Within the meantime, for extra info contact Dave on the golf course.

Dent additionally defined that the golf course workers, volunteers, and the neighborhood have put an incredible quantity of effort into the golf course.

Just lately, they’ve put in new bridges, planters, and tee bins, and have begun engaged on the parking zone. Not one of the new tee bins or planters have been paid for by the town. They have been all donated by a enterprise or a person. As well as, a number of members of the neighborhood have additionally donated work, provides, and promoting to the golf course.

“I am not doing this on my own,” Dent mentioned. “I can not do that with out our upkeep crew. I can not do that with out the town’s funds. I can not do that with out the neighborhood’s assist and donations.”

The Cottonwood Golf Course is a full expertise. It has a entrance 9 that’s extra wide-open with a good again 9 and a special structure.

“It is lovely,” Dent remarked. “We won’t preserve this place to ourselves. This golf course is tremendous vital to this neighborhood, this valley, and this state.”

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