Tonawanda News — Deerwood Golf Course will adjust its rates and add special events this season in an effort to draw more patrons to the publicly owned course.
The North Tonawanda Common Council approved a measure Tuesday that will extend the current resident rate to active military members living outside the city’s boundaries and create season-long specials in an attempt to keep the golf course full during weekends and holidays.
Keith Miranto, Deerwood director, who proposed the changes to the council last week, said the moves could give the golf course an edge in what is increasingly becoming an extensive array of options for golfers among the region’s many golf courses.
“We’ve got to figure out creative ways to get people to spend money here instead of spending it at other golf courses,” he said. “We’re in competition with them.”
Like local residents, active military personnel will be charged $25.50 for 18 holes and a cart or $14 for 18 holes without a cart, equaling a savings of about $12 per player.
An offering geared toward Father’s Day last year will also be extended through the entire season by reducing rates from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and after 4 p.m. on weekends and holidays and at a cost of $25 for 18 holes with a cart.
The golf course draws about $1 million in revenue annually, Miranto said. Officials are pushing to launch the 2014 season by April 11.
In other council news:
• A three-day camping event planned by Boy Scout Troop 184 to begin on Oct. 25 at Gratwick and Veterans parks were approved by the council. Several hundred scouts will hold the “camporee” that will include a survival theme.
• A request by organizers of the annual Erie Canal Fishing Derby to post two signs on Payne Avenue and Oliver Street was approved. The derby will take place from July 2 to July 13.