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