Golfers will pay a little more out of the pocket when they want to play a round at Marysville's golf course. 

The Marysville City Council recently approved  a proposal to raise fees at Cedarcrest Golf Course. Council President Kamille The vote was 6-0 with Norton having an excused absence.

While most golf courses raise fees annually, the current proposal marks the only the third increase since 2015, said Shayne Day, golf pro at Cedarcrest Golf Course. 

According to the fee proposal, 18 holes of golf during weekdays will increase 25 cents to $30 ($34.29 post tax), 18 holes of golf during the weekends will increase 88 cents to $35 (40.01 post tax).

He said that increasing costs are prompting the rate increase. The minimum wage will be $13.50 an hour in 2020, which is up from $12 an hour in 2019. The 2020 wage is a 42 percent increase from the minimum wage in 2016. 

"Costs are going up," Day said.

Washington voters in 2016 approved Initiative 1433 which required a standard minimum wage of $11 an hour in 2017, $11.50 an hour in 2018, $12 an hour in 2019 and $13.50 an hour in 2020, according to information from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. Prior to Initiative 1433, minimum wage adjustments were based on the federal Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers. Minimum wage adjustments starting in 2021, will be based on the CPI-W. 

Day said the annual minimum wage increases represent a 42 percent increase since 2016. The golf course employees 18 people year-round and 23 people during the summer peak season. 

Cedarcrest Golf Course had a banner year in 2019, Day said. The golf course brought in $1.3 million in revenue, which is 18 percent more than its revenues in 2018 and 13 percent more than what was budgeted in 2019. 

In terms of rounds of golf, Cedarcrest recorded 39,287 rounds of in 2019, which is up from the 33,981 rounds of golf in 2018, Day said. 


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