The Town of Afton is pleased with how cost cutting measures have turned out at the Star Valley View Golf Course this year.
“We have cut total costs of the golf course by 57 percent in the last year,” said Hyun Kim, town administrator. “We achieved that by cutting costs anywhere and everywhere, including labor and materials. We did all of that without sacrificing the product. The golf course looks good and was well used throughout the season.”
According to Kim, the town made the decision to bring maintenance and management of the golf course into the Public Works Department.
“We were able to streamline a lot of the maintenance work and scheduling,” said Kim. “That alone helped us realize a lot of the cost savings. Our revenue was down but we still saved more money than we ever have before.”
According to information provided by the town, in 2012 the golf course was subsidized approximately $300,000 by the town. This year that number was closer to $100,000.
“That is still a lot of money,” Kim said. “The town realizes this. But we also recognize that the golf course is a $6 or $7 million asset. We feel that the cost savings we have seen this year is a significant improvement. It shows that we are turning the page on the golf course.”
According to Kim, the town is also excited to be able to expand the uses of the golf course as well. During the winter months a cross country ski trail is available for public use, he said. This year the town is also encouraging families to make use of the golf course for sledding.
“People are welcome to park in back of the golf course and use the area around the fourth hole for sledding,” he said. “We are looking for additional ways to utilize the golf course much more fully.”
According to Kim, the town anticipates that the golf course costs will continue to decrease.
“I have to compliment the town employees on a job well done,” he said. “They really worked together to get the work down and keep things looking nice. I believe that the ways things are going the golf course will break even or even make money within the next two to five years. That is what we are working toward.”
According to Kim, prep work for the 2014 golfing season is already underway.
Fungicide applications have taken place in preparation for the winter season. Work crews were also able to complete a final mowing of the golf course rough areas before winter set in, Kim said.
“Hopefully that will mean that the course is in great shape for spring,” he said.
2014 golf season passes are now on sale, Kim said. Information about the golf course and season pass information is available by calling the Afton Town Hall at 885-8696.