Those who tee off at Harbour View Golf Course are in favour of a $2 green fee increase beginning July 20.
The City of Winnipeg announced on July 11 the hike will affect all four of its courses — Harbour View, Kildonan Park, Windsor Park, and Crescent Drive — and will fund various capital improvements and repairs at them. The city expects the increase to raise an extra $81,000 this summer and approximately $160,000 in future years.
In the case of Harbour View, the main focus is replacing the irrigation system, as it is at Crescent Drive. Buying 23 pieces of new maintenance equipment for the four courses is also a priority.
Iain Day, the city’s acting director of property, planning, and development, said the irrigation system will either be replaced this fall or next spring.
"We can’t pressurize it and we’re doing day watering," said Day, who didn’t have an estimate of how much the system will cost to replace. "That means that people are complaining of puddles, and that’s not good. The first priority will be to upgrade the irrigation system there."
Day added most of the maintenance equipment at Harbour View is approximately 15 years old, so the bulk of it is in need of replacement.
Golfers leaving the course after an early-morning round July 12 are glad to pay the extra toonie for improvements, but still think more could be done to make the course better. In particular, they’d like to see more done regarding geese and their leavings.
"We have a problem here because of the geese and what they leave behind, but for the last couple of games, it has been cleaned up. That makes it more pleasurable for us as golfers," said Sandy Kowalyk. "I think it could be a lot lovelier course, but it’s satisfactory."
Kowalyk and her friends said they haven’t noticed troubles with the irrigation system recently, noting there were some puddles after their round, but adding the weather was rainy the evening before.
Pat Leathers, who has been golfing at the course for seven years, was also glad to see improvements, but would also like to see the tee boxes and greens fixed up.
"If it goes to upgrading the club and upgrading the facility, fine," Leathers said of the fee increase, adding she thinks the course "drains not too badly".
Other improvements funded by the increase are clubhouse refurbishment, drainage projects, tee box rebuilding, and the completion of the auto cart pathway network at Kildonan Park and Windsor Park.