BOWLS NSW, defending its fee rise, denies claims this is taking money away from the clubs.
It says while membership fees make up less than 5% of clubs' total revenue, they are 85% of the state body's.
In a news item in which it says there has been "some conjecture" from members who perceive the state fee as disproportionate to the club membership fee, Bowls NSW points out the bulk of a club's operating revenue comes from daily gaming and bar trade.
The club, it says, also has a regular income from green fees of $10 which generates $520 a year from the bowler who plays once a week, whereas the state has to operate on a one-off $60 from club membership fees.
"Bowls NSW does not have the luxury of generating additional revenue from gaming, bar trade or green fees," the news item says.