The city parks department has recommended the Dodge City Commission increase usage and membership fees at the Mariah Hills Golf Course.
If approved by the Commission, daily greens fees and cart rentals will increase by $2 and annual memberships will increase by 10 percent. The base level annual membership will increase to $440 from $400.
The parks department has not recommended an increase of junior or twilight fees, or the cost of nine holes.
"We wanted to make sure it was still an attractive option for the youth to come out and take up the game," Parks Director Paul Lewis said.
Currently, the course charges $17 for weekdays, $19 for weekends and $12 for cart rental.
The new rates are expected to increase course revenue by 6 percent, or $21,500. The fee schedule was last revised in 2010. The new rates are not expected to have a negative effect on course attendance.
Lewis says the golf course has seen strong growth, with 16,703 tee times in 2012, the greatest number in about a decade, and 15,431 rounds in 2013 when weather put a small damper on turnout.
"Things are really going well out at the golf course," he said.
Other than Willow Tree Golf Course in Liberal, Mariah Hills has the lowest daily rates of the municipal courses in the region. If the increases are approved, a round at Mariah Hills will cost $1 more on weekdays and $2 more on weekends than Carey Park in Hutchinson.
If the new rates are approved, the price of a round at Mariah Hills will stay below par, having the second least expensive annual membership in the region tied with Buffalo Dunes in Garden City. Willow Tree has the lowest annual membership at $340.
The Commission is expected to vote on the new fee schedule during its regular meeting on Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. in City Hall.