2015 season introduces discounted rates for veterans at Elma Meadows and Grover Cleveland; 9-hole rates available at Elma Meadows
Winter-weary area golfers looking for signs of spring be be encouraged: Season passes for Erie County golf courses have become available for sale or renewal.
Golf permit applications for 2015 are available online and offer regular passes as well as senior (62 or over) and youth (16 or younger) passes. The Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation & Forestry has personnel at Grover Cleveland golf course today to take applications in person and to answer phone calls at 716-836-7398.
"As the last of the snow melts away, many residents are anxious to work off winter rust and get back in the swing at both of Erie County's wonderful golf courses," Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz said. "Golfing at either Grover Cleveland or Elma Meadows is a fun way to get some exercise and enjoy a mix of challenging and rewarding holes that golfers of all skill levels can appreciate. Season passes are a great way for golfers to get in as many rounds as they would like, so I encourage residents to get their passes, like I will, and get in the swing this year."
New this year at Erie County golf courses are "Thank A Vet" rates available to area veterans, who can now enjoy a round of golf at either course on weekdays (excluding holidays) for $15. Veterans must present their "Than A Vet" card, available from the Erie County clerk's office, to receive the discounted rate. Also this year, a new 9-hole greens fee of $14 is in place at Elma Meadows golf course for golfers looking for a quicker round. The 9-hole rate is available weekdays (excluding holidays).
"We are already in the process of getting our golf courses ready for rounds, despite the rough winter. Now is the time for area golfers to think ahead and plan on getting their season pass so they'll be ready when the courses are," Parks Commissioner Troy P. Schinzel said. "With new rates for veterans at both courses, as well as new 9-hole rates at Elma Meadows, we hope to see many golfers and leagues playing these two beautiful courses."
Golfers who did not have a pass last year must apply in person at Grover Cleveland in order to have their picture taken for the pass. Golf passes are nonrefundable. Lost passes can be replaced (with a new pass number) for a $10 fee. Passes are good for the entire season.
For more information on golfing with the Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation & Forestry, visit http://www2.erie.gov/parks/index.php?q=golf.