Ben Geren Golf Course took in less revenue than what was projected in April.
The Sebastian County Parks Advisory Board received an update on the 2018 golf course revenue/budget plan from Paul Wanstreet, Ben Geren Golf Course marketer/Pro Shop manager, during its meeting Monday. According to the plan, the golf course brought in an amount exceeding $46,000 in April compared to the over $63,000 it brought in during April 2017.
In regards to weather, Wanstreet said the first three weekends in April were "really disappointing."
"We did more the last weekend in April than the first three weekends combined," Wanstreet said.
However, Wanstreet said there is good news in there as well. The golf course collected over $1,900 in annual golf passes in April compared to the over $11,000 that was collected in annual passes during April 2017.
"And that would look fairly alarming, but what you have to remember is in 2016, the annuals ... went until the end of March 2017, so everybody up until the end of March was still using their prior year's annuals," Wanstreet said. "When people buy annuals, they have the option to pay for it all at once, or they could pay half when they buy it and half in June. So, since a lot of them last year were buying it in April, people said, 'Well, I'll just, you know, pay for all of it now and not have to worry about it in June.'"
The golf course is still ahead in annual passes year to date in 2018 compared to the year to date in 2017 by over $3,600, according to a document provided in the meeting packet.
"The other good news on the annuals is last year in June, when I sent out emails to the folks just reminding them their other half is due, if I recall, it was slightly less than $4,000 worth," Wanstreet said. "This year, it's going to be a little over $13,000 worth, so that's going to help us as well in June, especially on the annuals."
Wanstreet said Ben Geren Golf Course also started strong in May. It had two tournaments Friday and Saturday.
"We have Gerdau Steel this Friday, which has turned into a very big tournament with a hundred in players," Wanstreet said. "We have Vietnam vets on Saturday, so we're really starting to kind of hit full stride with the tournaments out there, and I feel really good where we are month to date in May as compared to the budget."
Although April was a disappointing month, Wanstreet said he thinks the parks advisory board is going to see it come around quite a bit in May and June.