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September 2010

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Author: Val Russell

Ever thought of maximizing your golf dollar by getting an annual membership at a public course? If so, you're not alone

There’s a trend that’s quietly sweeping the Chicago area: More and more public golf courses are offering players an opportunity to pay an annual fee for full golf privileges, green fees, the practice range, and other amenities.

Whereas many public facilities were once “daily fee courses,” they now have annual memberships. Typically these are the higher-quality venues, but even some park districts offer annual membership or annual fee opportunities.

Kirk Lundbeck, superintendent of golf operations at Sycamore Park District, says: “We’ve of....