THOMASVILLE — Some fees at the city’s Country Oaks Golf Course will be going up, and Thomasville City Council members also put in play a new park reservation system.

Park reservations are brand new for the city, said parks and recreation director Mike Owens.

“We have lots of gazebos and pavilions,” he told council members at a workshop, “but we only have reservations for four of them.”

Those are four are the Elisabeth Ireland Poe Park, the park at the Big Oak, the Rose Garden, a pavilion at Cherokee Lake Park and one at Weston Park.

Most of the use at the parks is for birthday parties and family reunions, Owens said.

The cost is $100 for a full-day rental and $50 for a half-day.

Assistant City Manager Sheryl Sealy said the costs help defray maintenance and upkeep before and after an event. Any reservations for a park will be shared with the city’s marketing department and police department.

Greens fees at Country Oaks are going up $1 during off-peak times and $2 during peak times. Peak times are Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

The course also will have a monthly fee its more frequent players can put to use. 

“If you play a lot, your greens fees are already paid,” Owens said.

Owens compared the city’s course rates and fees with four other local public courses, including two in Tallahassee.

The number of rounds last year at Country Oaks was a little off, about 18,000 total, Owens said. But golfers are coming back out this spring and the end of March and into May is particularly busy, he said.

This year has been far by the busiest spring of my 20-plus years,” he told council members.

The city also is making a slight increase to the fee paid to have tournaments at Country Oaks. Owens estimated the course has 20-30 tournaments a year. 

“We didn’t want to make it prohibitive for customers,” Sealy said of the fees. “The course needs some investment we haven’t been able to make.” 

He said he noticed that players of public golf facilities will go to different courses. Country Oaks is one of the few that offers clubs to rent. 

Owens also said the course is the unique attraction of foot golf. He tries to make sure those players aren’t out on the course during busy regular golf times.

“It is a niche,” he said.

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