The verdict is in, and it looks to be official: the HST is coming on July 1st, so we must brace ourselves for the tax hike. In terms of golf, it means that there will be an extra 8% on the price of a greens fee after July 1st. The golf portion of memberships will see the usual 5% GST for this year, but next year it will be 13%, along with a few other services such as club storage, locker fees, handicapping, etc. Game card packages will be exempt if purchased before My 31st. We lobbied hard, but a majority government can legislate at will. More on this later. I need a glass of wine.