By Zachary Pena Staff Writer
The DeWitt Golf Center is enjoying a boost in business, and it correlates with the national trend.
According to the Consumer Price Index (CPI), admission to driving ranges, virtual golf rental and golf ball bucket sales went up 2.1 percent between February 2012 and February 2013.
However, the CPI showed a slight dip of 0.4 percent in the first three months of 2013.
This trend is also consistent across similar expenditure categories like admission to sporting events and group exercise classes. All of these categories experienced an increase between 1.9 and 2.4 percent between February 2012 and February 2013.
DeWitt Golf Center features a driving range as well as year-round virtual golf simulators with over 40 courses to choose from. Assistant Manager David Harmon said the center hasn’t raised any prices over the past year. The center even shelled out some funds for new services this year.
“We raised some rental prices a few years back, but we haven’t changed anything since,” said Harmon.
The center recently added a couple of new virtual golf simulators because of their high demand throughout the year. These high-tech machines were an added cost to the center, but Harmon said patrons shouldn’t have to pay more than $30 for simulated, indoor golf.
“We always do our best to keep costs low for our customers,” he said.
Mitchell Kokx said he’s been coming to the center with his friends for years.
“They have competitive prices, so it’s a good deal,” he said. “Not only do they have the best greens by far, but I can come here in the winter to practice.”
Small, medium and large buckets sell for $5, $7 and $10, respectively, and an hour of virtual golf costs $30.
The DeWitt Golf Center is located at 11890 S. Old US 27 in DeWitt.