The Coon Rapids, Minn., property saw its rounds in 2015 jump 10% higher than 2014, and revenues saw a similar increase. The club’s March 9 opening was the earliest on record, and the 27-hole championship course did not close for the season until November 19, while the nine-hole executive course stayed open until December 21.
“A phenomenal year” was how Bunker Hills Golf Club Pro and Manager Tim Anderson described the 2015 season at the Coon Rapids, Minn., course, the Coon Rapids-based ABC Newspapers reported.
Blessed with great weather, the number of rounds played this past season on the city of Coon Rapids course was close to 10 percent higher than 2014, while revenues also increased in the 10 percent range, Newspapers reported.
Bunker Hills’ March 9 opening was the earliest on record, and the 27-hole championship course did not close for the season until November 19, while the nine-hole executive course stayed open until December 21, Newspapers reported.
“This was one of our best seasons in recent years,” Anderson said. “Keep it coming in 2016.”
Nor has the enthusiasm among golfers cooled with the end of the outdoor season. “We had a record December with our indoor golf simulators, which were really filled,” Anderson said.
Anderson is looking forward to a very successful winter, he said. But he is preparing for the 2016 Bunker Hills season as well. Golf rates and fees for recommended by Anderson were approved by the Coon Rapids City Council January 5. The only changes are a $1 increase in 18- and nine-hole fees for senior patrons during restricted hours, Newspapers reported.
Mayor Jerry Koch gave Anderson kudos for holding the rates for 2016 with “very little changes,” he said. According to Anderson, there is no increase in the patron card, which has become the membership base for customer loyalty at Bunker Hills. For individuals, the patron card costs $50, for couples $80 and for seniors $30. Patron card holders pay less for a round of golf than those without a patron card, for example $34 for 18 holes compared with $46 for non-patrons, Newspapers reported.
The 2016 rates focus on “continuing the positive growth of these loyal users for the entire facility at Bunker Hills,” Anderson said. “The offering of competitively priced practice opportunities provide for an affordable golf experience on a vastly upgraded hitting surface and learning environment.”
In addition, the 2016 rates continue the practice of allowing junior golfers free rounds on the executive course after 4 p.m. provided there is a paid adult playing with them, Newspapers reported.
Anderson also provided the council with facility-wide goals: promotion of family and community recreational activities, promotion and growth of junior golf and beginner and new golfer initiatives, promotion of Bunker Hills Golf Club and Kendall’s Tavern and Chophouse as community gathering places, and creating more activity on the executive course during historically slow periods, Newspapers reported.