Fees to be hiked by $1 at Callippe golf course May 1

Pleasanton residents to pay $52 weekdays, $68 weekends

Fees for players at Callippe Preserve Golf Course will go up by a dollar across the board May 1.

The Pleasanton Parks and Recreation Commission voted unanimously to accept a staff report recommending the increase, which will provide $55,156 in additional annual revenue.

Kathleen Yurchak, assistant director of Operations Services, said fees were last raised in March 2013, but were not adjusted last year as the recession ebbed and at a time of severe drought and a soft golf market.

However, with the city-owned golf course's bonded debt fully paid down last year and those funds no longer available, higher fees are needed to pay for increased course operating and capital replacement costs.

For the current fiscal year, annual operating costs are projected to be $3.8 million with net revenues of $4.1 million forecasted. The additional revenue from higher fees will be used to cushion any shortfall or pay for unbudgeted needs.

With the increases, Pleasanton residents will pay $52 in greens fees for 18 holes of play on Mondays through Thursdays and $68 on weekends. Non-residents will pay $59 on those weekdays, $79 on weekends. All fees include cart rental.

Comparable fees for non-residents or non-club members in the Tri-Valley are $95 Mondays through Thursdays and $120 weekends at Wente Vineyards; $70 Mondays through Thursdays and $93 weekends at Poppy Ridge; $45 Mondays through Thursdays and $57 weekends at Sunol; $47 Mondays through Thursdays and $60 weekends at Boundary Oak Golf Course in Walnut Creek, and $58 at all times at Los Positas in Livermore.

Cart fees, which are included in green fees at Callippe, are an additional $10-$15 at Los Positas, $9-$12 at Sunol and $11-$16 at Boundary Oak.

Callippe Preserve Golf Courses opened in 2005. It has received numerous awards, including the 6th Best Public Golf Course in California designation by Golf Weekly, Top 10 Public Golf Courses under $75 in Golf Digest, and one of the Top 50 Municipal Courses in the Country by Golfweek magazine.

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