City of Modesto, California News Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Julie Hannon, (209) 577-5417
Release Date: Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 10:45:00 AM

Re-evaluation of Golf Program Leads to Temporary Ceasing of Annual Passes


As the City of Modesto’s Golf Fund struggles to face very difficult financial challenges, City staff are re-evaluating the City’s golf program in an effort to find solutions that will lower the General Fund subsidy to the Golf Fund debt service payments for the construction bonds related to Creekside Golf Course.   As the City’s budget gets tighter, the City needs to evaluate all programs that are funded through General Fund dollars such as: police programs and community safety, parks, forestry and fire service.   During this re-evaluation period, the difficult decision has been made to cease the renewal or purchase of any new Annual Golf Passes for 120 days to enable staff to finish reviewing all the factors and obtain a better understanding of the issues and possible solutions.  Current Annual Golf Passes will be honored through their expiration date or until future changes are recommended.

Please note that at this time, no other changes are being proposed.  Golfers who were interested in or had previously used the Annual Golf Pass program are strongly encouraged to utilize the City’s punch card program which enables players to purchase rounds of golf in bulk in the following options:

20 Rounds of 18-Holes/40 Rounds of 9-holes

§  Weekday use only (Monday-Friday, excludes holidays)

§  Regular Price: $320

§  Price for Seniors: $280

§  Two 50% off cart rental punches plus two free range ball punches

§  Want to “punch” a friend?  Limited to one friend per day

§  Expires 9 months from date of purchase

§  Average Price per round of $14.00 per senior and $16.00 for non-senior

10 Rounds of 18-Holes/20 Rounds of 9-holes

§  Weekday use only (Monday-Friday, excludes holidays)

§  Regular Price: $180

§  Price for Seniors: $160

§  One 50% off cart rental punch plus one free range ball punch

§  Want to “punch” a friend?  Limited to one friend per day

§  Expires 6 months from date of purchase

Punch cards are non-refundable for any reason and non-replaceable if lost or stolen.  May not be combined with any other offer or special.

It is anticipated that staff will bring recommendations for consideration forward with regard to changes to the golf program before the City Council in May or June.

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