A few musings from the uninitiated (that’s me).
Is there any indication what the ~17% lift in fees is intended to fund? As an occasional guest (but never a member), I’ve always found the course at KGC to be a little bit too same-same across the 18 holes. It’s always in tip top condition, but nothing outstanding in the design that makes me want to rush back. If I was a member I think I’d be happy to pay a higher sub to further improve the design of KGC, above and beyond what Pacific Golf did a few years back.
Also on KGC, I always thought (perhaps a touch naively) that it was well funded because of the pokes and TAB facilities. Is there a change to this arrangement that is driving revenue down? Are they actually separate businesses?
I understand KGC has never had a problem attracting members, is this perhaps a drive to just smooth the numbers a bit and aim for a slightly more exclusive approach?
Or is it simply that running costs are just going up and up and they need more cash to maintain the course to its high standard whilst keeping the business viable?
On the Mt Derrimut subject- It’s an interesting situation- on the surface it should be packed. It’s a decent (maybe even better than average) 18 hole layout that is only ~10ish km’s from the city. There isn’t really a public 18 hole course within koo wee of it so it doesn’t feel like it SHOULD be a matter of oversupply. Leaves me to think Mt D is suffering from the sins, or perceived sins, of recent years.
Its clear they’re investing a lot of time in reinventing Mt D and have even gone down the road of “celebrity” endorsements. I’ll be keen to see where they ultimately land as a business.
Does Mt D ultimately strive to become a really good public course that has limited space for member comps but otherwise relies heavily on high volumes of green fee players to keep the cash rolling in? Or does it bank on growing a large membership base and offering something like a semi-private experience to those members, inviting limited green fee players.
My fear is it will land somewhere in the middle of true public and semi-private and make a real hash of it- not appealing to green fee players who like flexibility and not meeting the expectations of members. I don’t think Mt D will get another look at this, and if they get it wrong it could be curtains for a course that should form an important part of life for golfers in the West.