I read the April 24 article “Jones Golf Course to stay open for the year.” The article states that the Cedar Rapids City Council voted to keep the golf course open for a year, but is looking for a private operator in coming years.
Why would you look for private operation if you haven’t tried all options to bring in revenue? I moved to the area in October. I have been looking for places to golf in the Cedar Rapids area and was shocked at the rates being charged at the four public courses. The cost of $39.50 for 18 holes of golf is a bit much. If you want to make money you need to get people on the courses. You can change the fees depending on the tee times. To charge the same amount all day causes some times to be extremely busy and other times to be extremely slow. If you reduce the fees for your normal slow times you will bring more people to the course thus increasing usage and revenue.
You also can use phone apps such as GolfNow and TeeOff to get more people to your courses by reducing rates even further to promote deals.
I was a member of a golf course in Spirit Lake and it cost me $100 per year. The owner did that to get people on the course so he could sell them cart rentals and refreshments to make his money. Just a thought to get the ideas flowing.