Two Long Island towns and one village have turned to reduced green fees and new or popular promotions to fill tee times at their municipal golf courses, according to Newsday's David Reich-Hale.
The Town of Huntington adjusted its green fees earlier this season at the municipal Crab Meadow Golf Course to make non-resident rates equal to discounted resident fees at off-peak playing times. Huntington, which operates both Crab Meadow and the nine-hole Dix Hills Park course, cut non-resident rates by nearly 40% -- from $46 to $29 -- under what it calls a "demand-based pricing" schedule. Fees at high-volume playing times like weekends and early mornings have not changed.
Huntington is trying to rebound from a decline in total rounds played in 2017, largely due to the brief lack of a golf-cart contract, per Newsday.
In a June press release, Huntington Town Supervisor Chad Lupinacci said demand-based pricing is "one of several creative revenue-producing measures the Town is working on that will allow us to continue to provide new and existing services to our residents without increasing the tax burden.”
In the Town of North Hempstead, the Championship Course at Harbor Links, among Long Island's priciest golf destinations for local non-residents, last season had its highest total of rounds played since 2013, in addition to a slight increase over 2016 on the nine-hole Executive Course. Harbor Links general manager James Viras told Newsday part of the success is due to the course's weekday Golf & Grub promotion, a staple at the course for several seasons.
"It's driven a lot of people to the course," Viras told Newsday.
Harbor Links, however, does not promote the special on its website or on social media, and asks interested golfers to call the course for details.
Newsday also points to Port Jefferson Village, where membership has declined in the past decade at its municipal course, the private Port Jefferson Country Club at Harbor Hills. The village hopes attractive packages will help boost attendance as well as a partnership with local schools to introduce more kids to the sport at the club.