The PEI authorities is counting on a brand new membership price construction to make its three programs much less of a problem for locals and vacationers, after the 2021 season noticed the programs jam-packed for a number of days.
Underneath the adjustments, the price of limitless membership will improve from $1,635 to $2,500 for all three provincially owned programs – Brudenell, Dandareve and Crowbush Cove.
However golfers may also have the choice of paying much less for taking part in a sure variety of rounds throughout the season. For instance, 40 rounds in three programs would value $1,360.
“It is constructed extra round fairness, and the power for folks to purchase as many rounds as they need to play,” stated Ryan Garrett, three programs supervisor.
“It additionally places just a little bit extra accountability on our members to worth the tea occasions they’re doing… It may very simply be that, for no matter motive, a member would e book a time for 4 folks. is, and two do not know reservations had been made, and solely two seem… We definitely, on the finish of final yr, may have used these two locations for an additional visitor or one other member.”
making an attempt to serve members and vacationers
The no-shows previous to this previous season had been much less of a frustration, Garrett stated, as there have been so many tee occasions out there.
In 2020, PEI was solely open to Atlantic passengers, largely members taking part in the course. Garrett stated membership elevated from 450 to 750 within the warmth of that first pandemic.
In 2021, when the province lastly opened up for a lot of the season to all the nation, these members had been left competing for tea time with giant numbers of vacationers, he stated.
“We’re serving two prospects – the visiting golfer and the member,” Garrett stated. “And solely so typically, when each numbers go up, is it onerous to do a great job of serving each prospects.”
Garrett stated the change in membership price isn’t supposed to discourage members from taking part in in order that they will depart room for vacationers and different company, who pay extra per spherical.
“I can not say that we’ll have the ability to substitute these member visits with visitor visits. Membership is a crucial a part of the enterprise,” he stated.
There are different programs that use a extra versatile price construction, he stated, including that members’ response to the change has been blended.