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Rate Changes Will Mark Friday's Opening at Suneagles Golf Course

Some golfers will find the "hybrid" rate schedule to be a bargain. Others will see their memberships go up significantly.

When the first players tee off Friday at , formerly operated by the US Army, they will notice two things: the greens are looking good and the rates have changed.

Where there were once six categories of membership, the new operator of the course, , has whittled them down to three. Last week when Atlantic Golf Management CEO Stephen Rice announced the reopening, he said his firm would be using a "hybrid" of the Army's recent rates and the up-to-20 percent increase that his contract allows for. New memberships will run from October 2011 to October 2012.

This week, Atlantic Golf sent an e-mail to golfers whose memberships just expired with the Army. This letter included a detailed list of rates and memberships. Patch has excerpted that letter here. Here's how the new daily rates break down:

Daily Fees – Effective Sept. 30, 2011

Category

Weekday


Weekend



18 hole

9 hole*

18 hole

9 hole*

Active/Retired Military

$20

$15

$30

$20

Senior (age 62 and over)

$20

$15

$36

$20

Junior (under 18)

$20

$15

$36

$20

Adult

$33

$15

$39

$20

Twilight after 2pm

$25

$15

$29

$20

*Permitted after 2pm, subject to change based in time of year.

According to Atlantic Golf, memberships will run from Oct. 15, 2011 - Oct. 14, 2012

What has changed?

Current New Six membership categories Three membership categories (2011/2012) GHIN Handicap Fees of $30 No Change Pull Cart Locker Fees of $25 No Change Cart Fees of $36/$18 No Change Tee Time Advance Reservations 6-10 days Changed to 7-8 days Membership on a monthly payment schedule Payment plans due in three installments Surcharge of $10 for prime time in golf season Eliminated NO Locker Room Amenities/Services FULL Locker Room Amenities/Services


The new operator has combined the Army's membership categories, E1-E6 and E7-E9. The new rates for this category, which Atlantic Golf referred to as "active military," are $615 for single and $860 for family. This change represents a slight increase for some and a large increase for others.     

Atlantic Golf also combined the Army's 1-8 categories into a single category. Here members, who are retired military, will pay $1,250 for single and $1,700 for families. Again, the change represents a small increase for some members and a significant one for others.

The final category, called the "all others" and includes the public, is set at $2,300 for single and $2,600 for family. This represents a decrease in fees for public members of $600.

Members that pay the full fee by Nov. 1, will receive a 10-percent discount, according to the operator.

Atlantic Golf noted that, "Any added fees in the membership take into account the added services including a full service locker room, lower pro shop pricing and the services of a Class-A PGA golf professional. Membership includes unlimited greens fees, ability to book tee times up to 8 days in advance, unlimited range balls, use of locker room." 

Inquiries on rates and services can be directed to steve@linxgm.com.

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