Golfers To Dig Deeper For Higher Green Fees

Golfers will have to dig deeper into their wallets at many local golf courses.

Six of the 11 Orange/Durham courses raised green fees, three held the line and two reduced weekday fees, according to annual CSN golf survey. Latest CSN golf chart is on Page 6.

Overall for weekend rates, 19 courses kept them the same, 12 raised fees, two (Eagle Ridge, Wildwood Green) reduced fees. Shamrock in Burlington closed last year.

Locally, Hillandale, Lake Winds, Twin Lakes kept rates the same as last year; The Preserve and Chapel Ridge reduced Mon-Thu fees by $2, but kept weekend rates the same; Cros­sings Grove Park, Duke, Falls Village, Finley, Occoneechee, Umstead Pines raised green fees weekdays and weekends.

Here’s a breakdown: Finley went up $3 weekdays, $2 weekends, Occoneechee up $1 for both; Crossings $3 and $2, Duke $10 Mon-Thu, $15 Fri and weekends; Falls Village $16 and $10; Umstead simplified weekdays to one rate ($31, an increase of about $4) and raised weekends by $2.

Quail Ridge in Sanford, which underwent major upgrades with new greens, fairways, sand, reported the largest hikes, $25 for weekdays (to $50) and $30 (to $60) weekends. Duke hit the $100 mark for weekday rounds. Fridays and weekends are higher.