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Owner trying to sell Grandview Golf

David Weissman
717-505-5431/@DispatchDavid

The owner of the York County's oldest public golf course is looking to sell.

In this file photo, players compete in last year's York County Junior Golf Association Match Play Championship at Grandview Golf Club. Grandview will play host to the newly-named Bob Little Match Play Championship from June 2-4.

Doug Barton, owner of Grandview Gold Club in Shiloh for 10 years, attempted to auction off the land recently, he said, but there were no takers.

"I'm trying to sell it to somebody who will continue running it as a golf course," said Barton, who also works as an electrical contractor.

Chris Borge, who runs the club's golf shop, said the club will continue operating, and 2016 passes are currently for sale.

Barton, who spends very little time at the course nowadays, said the property isn't currently listed, but it has been in the past. He said he's still looking for a buyer, but declined to discuss his asking price.

Regents' Glen Country Club closed

The public course — which was originally built in 1920 according to the club website — makes most of its money from guests playing, but it does have about 30 regular members, Barton said, which is down slightly from when he first bought the club.

Nationally and locally, golf courses have been facing financial struggles.

Earlier this year, Regents' Glen Country Club in Spring Garden Township closed for the foreseeable future and Royal Manchester Golf Links was forced to close its course for a few months to fix its greens, which were severely damaged by a contaminated fungicide.

Royal Manchester Golf Links working to rebound from damaged greens

Barton acknowledged that his club hasn't been immune to the national trend, but said Grandview has paid all of its taxes and isn't facing any major financial problems.

The club — which includes a pro shop, restaurant, indoor banquet center and outdoor pavilion — will continue operating as normal, and Barton has no immediate need to unload the property.

"It's not that bad, I'm just ready to move on," he said.

Reach David Weissman at dweissman@yorkdispatch.com.