Tumwater Golf Club gains golf team, golf carts also being replaced

Costs up, revenue down for golf course, but improving as 2023 continues


Tumwater City Council approved an agreement on Tuesday, June 6, allowing the city to lease 60 golf carts from PNC Equipment Finance, LLC for $198.00 per cart per month, totaling $712,800 for five years.

The new carts would replace existing golf cart rentals at Tumwater Valley Golf Club. Tumwater Parks and Recreation Director Chuck Denney told the council that they have been trying to replace the golf carts since last year but were not able to close a deal due to manufacturing issues brought on by the pandemic.

The city has been leasing its current fleet of golf carts since 2017, which means the fleet has been nearing the end of its lifespan. Denney said they are getting to a point where maintaining the fleet was becoming more expensive than renting a new set of carts.

The lease would be for a fleet of 60 RXV Elite Li Fleet Golf Cars. Denney said the new carts would have GPS screens so drivers would know how far they are from trees or a body of water. Management would also now be able to track the location of each golf cart from the pro shop so that they could remotely shut down carts before they reach places they should not be in, such as the parking lot.

Denney reported Last year’s revenue from cart rentals to be at almost $200,000.

Tumwater Parks and Recreation Director Chuck Denney (upper left) updates the city council on the financial status of Tumwater Valley Golf Club.
Tumwater Parks and Recreation Director Chuck Denney (upper left) updates the city council on the financial status of Tumwater Valley Golf Club.

2022 finances, cost up, revenue down

Golf Operations Supervisor Russ Olsen gave a more thorough view of last year’s finances at the golf club. Olsen reported that the club was still making a loss, with revenues at $1.36 million and expenses at $2.27 million.

“Many of the things that we use for maintenance, supplies, equipment, fertilizers, repairs doubled [or] tripled in price,” Olsen explained.

Olsen added that due to increased operating costs, they had to increase their rates by 5% in 2022. This year, the golf club also increased rates across the board by an average of 15%.

2023 is seeing improvements

So far, management is seeing better revenues this year compared to 2022 for the period of January to May, with increased revenues from fees, memberships, merchandise, and rounds.

South Puget Sound Community College golf team

Denney also announced that the golf club is hosting the South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) men's and women's golf teams, marking the first time SPSCC has its own golf team.

“We're very proud that we'll be having a new partnership with South Puget Sound Community College… which will help with recruitment and everything else within the community,” Denney said.

Denney added that further details about the partnership would be announced soon.


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  • WilliamPorter

    Golf is a cancer on our society. Ignoring the environmental damages attributable to golf courses, and the immorality of setting aside so much useful/productive/valuable land for no public benefit while we have families sleeping on our streets, the game is mind-numbingly boring. The only thing less interesting than a golf game is a golfer's personality.

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  • Southsoundguy

    Golf is a fantastic game and an amazing analogy for life. It helps to preserve green environments.

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  • BradPax

    Golf is a three mile walk with your friends in a beautiful, serene setting with fresh air. A meal and a beer afterwards are fun to relive your birdies and your triple bogies. And more importantly, to chat and catch up on each other's lives. Golf provides a respite from all your worries and troubles if even for only a few hours. It's the hardest game I ever played to try and be somewhat competent. Golf courses around here are open spaces with plenty of wildlife. Coyotes, deer, raccoons, geese, hawks and eagles. Golf has been called "A good walk spoiled." I can attest to that but it's always a good walk.

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