BERLIN – Timberlin Golf Club will see some changes in the 2018 season.
The Town Council recently approved rate increases proposed by the new golf commission, as well as the introduction of a pass for business owners.
“We want to remain competitive with other courses, and remain affordable,” said Jonathan Zuk, golf director of the municipal course.
Golf cart rates for 9 holes will increase 7.3 percent to $11, and 8.57 percent for 18 holes, to $19.
The cost for town residents to play 18 holes on the weekend will increase by 1.54 percent, from $32.50 last year. A 3.70 percent increase will also be in place for nine holes, from $20.25 in 2017.
Non-resident rates will increase 1.18 percent for 18 holes for a new cost of $43 while nine-hole play will stay flat at $26.
Season passes will stay flat this year for residents at $975 and non-residents at $1,650.
A business pass will be offered this year at the resident rate for business owners who have 50 percent or more ownership in a Berlin business that pays over $4,000 annually in property taxes.
Chris Edge, town economic development director, said the new pass adds to the overall goal to get the community and business engaged in with the course.
“I think it’s wonderful,” he said. “It gives the ability to introduce and re-introduce the golf course to Berlin.”
At a recent golf commission meeting, members discussed future plans to potentially have businesses sponsor tee signs.
Edge said the long term goal would be for the initiatives to aid capital improvement projects at the course.
Another new feature for the upcoming season will be the benefit card. Non-residents can purchase the card for $80 and receive a 20 percent discount off non-resident rates each time they play.
The junior and senior weekend rates, for residents and non-residents, were eliminated due to a lack in participation.
“The new Golf Commission would like the golf course to self-sustain, which it has not done for years,” said Marc Bayram, Timberlin golf pro. “Now that the rates are complete, they will likely turn their attention to the expenses and where money can be saved.”
Weather permitting, the course could open as soon as next month. The last time opening day was in March was in 2016.