Ben Geren Golf Course started the year financially well off despite the weather in January.

Paul Wanstreet, Ben Geren Golf Course marketer/Pro Shop manager, provided the Sebastian County Parks Advisory Board with a financial update for the golf course during its meeting Monday. According to a copy of the 2018 revenue/budget plan that was included in the meeting packet, Ben Geren Golf Course took in almost $50,000 in revenue during the month of January. This is a significant increase compared to the amount that was taken in during January 2017, which was just more than $34,000.

Wanstreet said although January was a good revenue month, it was not the best golf month, with the golf course being affected by weather.

"However, we had some really good days too, but we had seven days during the month where there was zero golfers," Wanstreet said. "Seven days, and we had three days ... actually, of those other three days, two of those days had one golfer and one of them had three, so we had 10 days ... with virtually no golfers."

Despite the weather, Wanstreet said Ben Geren Pro Shop sales for January 2018 were strong, bringing in just under $1,700 compared to the $143 that was brought in for January 2017. However, concession sales were down between the two months, at $891 for January 2018 and $981 for January 2017.

"Again, that's due to a lot of the decrease in foot traffic," Wanstreet said. "When we have the foot traffic, we're selling food and beverage, which was shown by our traffic this past Thursday, which was a great day weather-wise."

What really helped business for the golf course, Wanstreet said, were the annual golf passes that were kicked off. According to a document provided in the meeting packet, annual pass sales brought in more than $28,000 in January 2018 while only bringing in more than $14,000 during January 2017.

"The 2017 annuals didn't really expire until the end of March, so a lot of people were waiting to buy those," Wanstreet said. "Now, we're going to calendar year."