Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Teed off Some Holding Golf Course Passes Discover Restrictions on Their Use

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Teed off Some Holding Golf Course Passes Discover Restrictions on Their Use

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Some St. Peters residents who hold season passes to the St. Peters Golf Course have discovered limits on their rights to greens.

The residents say they were misled about an agreement between St. Peters and American Golf, the operator of the golf course. Residents who had purchased season passes before American Golf assumed control three years ago believed they had special consideration about how they could use their passes. They said they believed they could purchase season passes under terms set when St. Peters operated the golf course.

When the residents applied for new season passes this spring, they learned their passes would be honored on weekdays but would carry a restriction on weekends and holidays. On those days, passes would be honored after 2 p.m. Their previous passes could be used at any time, any day.

Chris Hanson, general manager of St. Peters Golf Course, said terms of the season passes were spelled out in a lease agreement.

"The restriction was not communicated to the pass holders when the lease was drawn up," Hanson said.

Hanson said American Golf was working with St. Peters to help those pass holders who would have difficulty in finding playing time under terms of the season pass. The restriction is hardest on people who are limited to weekend play, he says.

Season pass holders pay $188 for a nine-month pass. The pass held no restrictions when St. Peters operated the course. American Golf put the weekend holiday restriction into a lease with St. Peters. Hanson said he would not speculate why the company sought the restriction.

In 1992, the city contracted with American Golf to expand the municipal course to 18 holes from nine and then to assume control of the course for 20 years. American Golf has an option for another 20 years. St. Peters bought 13 more acres to expand the course and maintains ownership of the land. …

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