The new yearly and daily rates at Green Hills Golf Course have been set.

The new yearly and daily rates at Green Hills Golf Course have been set.
The Chillicothe City Council voted Tuesday afternoon to accept a proposal by Golf Course Manager Craig Sager. This plan, first presented by Sager at the Council’s regular meeting Dec. 9, increases some rates and decreases others. The couple season package and the junior/young adult pages are no longer offered. A couple will instead pay the family package rate, and students age 23 and under will be grouped into one student category.
The new rates for season passes are as follows: Single — $650, up 14 percent from $570; Senior (60 and over) — $600, up 17 percent from $515; Family — $800, down 4 percent from $835; Student (23 and under) — $150.
The new daily fees are as follows: 9-Hole Cart Fee — $15, up 15 percent from $13; 19-Hole Cart Free — $18, up 13 percent from $16; Weekday 9-Hole Green Fee — $15, down 17 percent from $18; Weekday 18-Hole Green Fee — $20, down 13 percent from $23; Weekend 9-Hole Green Fee will remain at $20; Weekend 18-Hole Green Fee — $25, down 4 percent from $26.
Sager also proposed a number of available options and value-builders for pass-holders to consider. These options include: Green Hills Golf Course gift card ($40 value); GHIN Handicap ($25 value); Two free rounds for friends or family ($50 value); Two free cart vouchers ($36 value). Everyone playing golf would also get one small bag of range balls and one free bottle of water to anyone paying a cart fee. Councilman-At-Large David Moore proposed a change to these value-builders, allowing golfers their choice to mix-and-match to fit their individual needs. Each pass-holder would have a $60 credit to use as they wish. For example, one pass-holder may use the two free rounds of golf worth $50, and purchase a $10 gift card. Another might use the two free cart vouchers worth $36, and use the remaining $24 on a gift card.
City Administrator Ike Holland said many golfers felt they were not getting their money’s worth when the new rates were first presented by Sager Dec. 9.
“At our last meeting, someone made the comment ‘Why are we paying for an increase in fees when we haven’t gotten anything for it,’” Holland said.
Holland explained in the past few years alone, the city has spent $110,000 for a new irrigation pump, $40,000 in clubhouse upgrades, more than $100,000 for 70 new golf carts and $5,000 in electric signage. Other items, such as advertising, bridge repair and fencing, were also provided prior to the increase in fees.
The vote passed 4-to-1 at the Council’s regular meeting Tuesday afternoon. David Moore, Councilman-At-Large; Reed Dupy, Councilman 1st Ward; Wayne Cunningham, Councilman 2nd Ward; and Paul Howard, Councilman 4th Ward, voted for the rate increase. Tom Douglas, Councilman 3rd Ward, voted against the rate increase.
The board also voted unanimously to approve an addendum to the agreement with ADAMS Management for the new Hedrick Medical Center. The hospital construction was to be substantially complete by December 2013. While construction is not as complete as originally scheduled, the grand opening is still scheduled for February 2014.
“I think (ADAMS Management) has done a heck of a job for us,” Moore said. “I feel very confident in their services, and I think it makes a lot of sense to keep them on board at the last when we really need them.”
The official Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting at the new Hedrick Medical Center is scheduled for Feb. 23.