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Golfers using Fairfax County Park Authority facilities will see some cost changes for the coming year, if the proposals moving forward in the process are passed.
Instead of charging different fees for high season (April-October) and low season (November-March), managers would like to allow fees to be adjusted throughout the year based on customer demand, weather and course conditions.
FCPA officials also want to raise membership fees at Lorton’s Laurel Hill Golf Club to bring them more in line with those charged by competitors. Full annual memberships for individuals would increase from $5,000 to $6,000, those for spouses and other immediate family members would increase from $2,500 to $4,000, and individual weekday memberships would increase from $3,000 to $4,500.
Officials have proposed eliminating the $4 chipping area fee at Laurel Hill Golf Course and waiving the group use planning fee of $10 per golfer, plus green fees, on all agency golf courses, excluding Laurel Hill.
The park authority is looking to formalize discounted driving range passes, which until now have been special promotions. Charges would be $90 for 20 buckets of golf balls and $160 for 40 buckets. The agency would also like to eliminate the $4 fee for use of the golf practice area at Oak Marr Golf Center and reduce the 18-hole electric cart rental rate at Burke Lake Golf from $19 to $18. Center.
The changes will not only impact regular golf, but mini golf as well. Jefferson District Park miniature golf entry fees would increase significantly due to increased demand. Private hire fee of $100 plus after-hours green fees would increase to $200 per hour (two-hour minimum); during hours when the facility is otherwise open to the public, the rate would be $300 per hour (minimum of three hours).
The agency would like to start charging a rental fee of $100 for two hours for the birthday party pavilion at Jefferson District Park, but give each participant in the group a $1 discount on the game fee.
Park Authority officials say each year brings proposals to adjust the fees. “We go through this process every year, assessing market demand and trying to keep offerings and services as economical as possible,” said Michael Peter, director of the FCPA’s administration division.
The park authority’s board of directors will hold a “virtual” community feedback meeting on January 19 at 7 p.m. to gather the public’s thoughts on the proposed fee changes. After evaluating the staff proposals and responding to public comments, the board is due to vote on the package on March 9. The changes will take effect on April 1.
On January 5, officials began accepting public comments on the proposals and will continue to do so until February 3.
County residents may email comments to [email protected] or mail them to Attention: Public Information Office/Fee Comments, Fairfax County Park Authority, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 927, Fairfax, Va. 22035.
For more information on fee changes and how to access the next meeting, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/feemeeting.