It’s going to start costing a bit more to play at one of the best golf courses in California.

The Coronado City Council on Nov. 7 approved higher green fees and tournament fees at the city’s golf course, starting Jan. 1.

The council approved city staff recommendations of a 36% increase for tournaments and groups, a 20% increase for non-residents and about a 15% increase for Coronado residents.

Here are the new costs

That would look like a resident weekday rate per round of $44 instead of $38, a resident prime time and holiday rate per round of $49 instead of $44 and weekday tournament rates per round of $80 instead of $59 and $85 instead of $59 for weekends and holidays, according to city records.

“I’ll say as a golfer, going from $38 to $44, yeah, I won’t like it, but I’m not going to switch courses over it,” Councilman Casey Tanaka said. “I think one of the strengths of this recommendation is that going from $38 to $44, I wouldn’t be surprised if some people didn’t even notice there was an increase.”

Mayor Richard Bailey also mentioned that even if residents noticed the higher rate, they would be hard pressed to find a golf course with lower rates that still offered the same quality of experience that the Coronado Golf Course offers. 

The Coronado Golf Course, rated the 14th best public golf course in California, has just raised its fees. Staff photo by Madeline Yang.

Earlier this year, Coronado’s golf course was voted the 14th best public golf course in California, according to GolfPass, a membership golf club. The group gave the Coronado course a 4.9 rating out of a possible five stars.

City staff said green fees have not been updated since July 1, 2019 and that revenues have not kept up with increased costs related to personnel, utilities, and supplies and maintenance has been deferred over the past five years. 

Coronado and climate change

In other business, Councilwoman Carrie Anne Downey said she attended a symposium at the Energy Policy Initiatives Center at the University of San Diego where greenhouse gas emissions were discussed with different energy groups including CPUC and SDGE.

“We have to decrease greenhouse gasses from all sectors of the economy,” Downey said.

She added that  the United States is one of the largest economies in the world, and therefore one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions.

“It seems important that we take the step to clean up what we created,” Downey said. 

She went on to say that as Coronado starts going through its climate action plan efforts it will puts the city in good stead in the fight against climate change.

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Madeline Yang is a reporter for The Coronado News, covering the City of Coronado, the U.S Navy and investigating the Tijuana/Coronado sewage issue. She graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with her Bachelors in Journalism with an emphasis in Visual Storytelling. She loves writing, photography and videography and one day hopes to be a filmmaker. She can be reached by phone at 916-835-5843.