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BrewVino buys Dover Township's Grandview Golf Club
Former York County Commissioner Steve Chronister still remembers those childhood days when he would try to sneak in 54 holes at Grandview Golf Club before the sun went down.
Now, Chronister is part of the team that owns and manages the golf club.
BrewVino LLC announced its acquisition of Grandview Golf Club on Wednesday from inside its restaurant at the clubhouse.
The restaurant’s clubhouse location, which opened in August, played an instrumental role in the group taking over operations of the entire golf club, Chronister said.
Chronister said BrewVino'’s original intent was to lease restaurant space from Jane and Doug Barton, the previous owners, but discussions about the golf club's ownership began shortly after BrewVino opened. The Bartons then presented BrewVino with a “very generous” offer to take over the golf club, Chronister said.
The Barton family had been looking to sell the golf club for several years and put the property up for auction in 2015, but there were no bidders. Chronister said he had been trying to get a group together to purchase Grandview for the last five years before BrewVino LLC decided to acquire the property.
Although his father used to run the golf club’s pro shop and take care of the course’s greens, Chronister said BrewVino’s acquisition was strictly business.
“The whole idea … in the restaurant business is to fill seats,” Chronister said. “But we also want to fill seats on the golf course. This is all about filling seats and making money.”
With the restaurant and the golf course under the same ownership now, Chronister and BrewVino President Greg Bower said they will be able to create new package deals and events that drive business to both.
“One feeds the other,” Bower said.
Bower said the golf course will undergo several improvement projects over the next few years, from conditioning the course to fixing tee boxes, fairways and greens to adding trees to improve the competitiveness and appeal of the course.
The club also will be purchasing new copper-colored golf carts, Bower said.
Chronister and Bower both thanked the people of Dover Township and its board of supervisors for welcoming them into the community last summer and helping them through the acquisition process.
“Dover Township has been unbelievable to work with,” Chronister said. “(In) my experience as a township supervisor and county commissioner, I’ve never worked with a municipality that actually made it easy to bring a business to their municipality. I want to thank them for everything they’ve done.”
Grandview Golf Club’s new ownership group includes Chronister, Bower and their sons Jordan Chronister and Marc Bower, who also serve as managers of BrewVino’s downtown and clubhouse locations.