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Posted on Aug 20, 2015

Higher irrigation costs to hit golf course

A sharp increase in irrigation costs coming to the Colockum Ridge Golf Course may mean an increase in golfing fees next year.

Port of Quincy commissioners are expected to decide over the coming months whether to raise fees at the golf course to make up for an anticipated annual increase of at least $12,000 in irrigation costs.

The annual cost of irrigation at the golf course is expected to go from $4,000 to about $18,000, said Pat Connelly, port commissioner. The golf course at this time uses 313 acre feet of water a year, he said.

“Do we consider raising the fees to cover the water costs?” Connelly asked at the port’s regular meeting last week.

The increase comes because the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is changing the golf course’s rate schedule from a farm unit to municipal and industrial. Golf courses throughout Grant County have been experiencing the same rate change, Connelly said.

“We’ve known this was going to happen for five years,” he said.

Commissioners discussed that fees may need to be raised between $1 and $1.50. At this time, it costs $15 to golf nine holes at the local golf course from Tuesday through Friday. Fees are $20 for nine holes on a weekend or holiday.

The port purchased the struggling golf course seven years ago because it viewed the facility as an asset to the Quincy Valley community. It has not made a profit in that time; however, the port has tried to keep fees at a family friendly level, Connelly said.

“We think what we’re doing is on the right course,” he said.


— By Jill FitzSimmons,