Teeing off might cost a little more at Lexington's public golf courses this summer, but taking a dip in any of the city's nine pools will be the same as last year.
The city is proposing a series of fee increases that would take effect July 1 at its six golf courses. The proposal is scheduled for a first reading by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council on Thursday.
Under the plan:
■ Weekend and twilight fees would go up by $2 at Kearney Hill, Picadome, Tates Creek and Lakeside golf courses.
■ The weekend rate at the Meadowbrook golf course would increase by $1.
■ Cart rental fees would increase by $1 at all courses.
■ Driving range fees would increase by $1 at the Lakeside and Avon courses and by 50 cents at Kearney Hill.
"We set our fees in golf to recognize our costs, as well as the competitive price market in Central Kentucky," said Jerry Hancock, director of the city's Division of Parks and Recreation. "Some of our expenses go up every year, and periodically it's necessary to raise our fees to cover our costs."
Although Mayor Jim Newberry's proposed budget initially called for closing the Avon Golf Course and the Berry Hill and Constitution pools, all city pools will open this summer, and Avon will stay open through Labor Day, Hancock said.
Between now and then, the city will work with the Kentucky Department of Military Affairs, which owns the property at Avon, "to assess other recreational options there," he said.
Fees for the city pools will remain the same as last year: $4 for children 15 and under and $5 for those 16 and over at the family aquatic centers at Castlewood, Southland, Tates Creek and Woodland.
At the other five pools — Berry Hill, Constitution, Douglass, Shillito and Picadome — the cost is $3 for youth and $4 for anyone 16 and over.
Passes are $50 for individuals and $160 for families.
The aquatic centers open Saturday; the remaining pools open June 5.