The Huntington Town Board has increased the fee to use its golf carts at town facilities by $1 starting in April.
The board also voted to establish fees for footgolf, a hybrid sport of golf and soccer where the goal is to kick a soccer ball into a specially designed hole with as few kicks as possible. The game was introduced at Dix Hills Golf Course last fall for the first time on Long Island, town officials said.
As of April 1, fees go up to $18 for a single-rider cart at the Crab Meadow Golf Course and $20 for a double-rider cart, and $12 for a single-rider cart at the Dix Hills course.
“This is the first increase since 2009, and the increase was needed to offset increased operational expenses, as Integrity Golf, which manages the courses for the Town, leased new carts in 2015,” town spokesman A.J. Carter said in a statement.
Town board member Mark Cuthbertson said that since coming to Huntington, footgolf has been quite popular with lots of families playing and kids enjoying themselves. He said the game has drawn celebrities such as retired Jets football player Marty Lyons.
“The initial response to footgolf has been great,” Cuthbertson said. “On some days we actually had more people playing footgolf than golf.”
To play nine holes the footgolf fee is $15 for those 18 and over and $10 for children.
“The fees are set to help supplement revenue derived from greens fees. These fees are used to offset maintenance costs for the course,” Cuthbertson said.
The board voted for the measures at the January town board meeting. Both resolutions were passed 5-0.