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This was good news for the golf course as for the first time in many years the management of the county-owned White Deer Golf Course brought money to the county instead of bad news.
“We have been overseeing the golf course for six years now. It’s been a long road, but a lot of fun too. said Chris Strand, regional manager of Indigo Sports, which manages White Deer.
“You know (we) have adopted a course that has had its financial difficulties, but it’s exciting today to say that a golf course for four years now has not borrowed a dollar from the county. Now we are at a point where we are self-sufficient ”, Strand said.
Strand announced the good news along with a check for $ 25,000 to the county at the Lycoming County Commissioners’ meeting on Tuesday.
“We continue to make the necessary improvements, and now you have $ 25,000 back in the county” Strand said.
When Indigo took over management of the golf course, the operation was losing a few thousand dollars a year and was in debt of $ 300,000, Strand said. He also mentioned other debts incurred when his group took over the management of the course.
“Let’s say we had a million dollar hole just to start six years ago, so it’s exciting now to have the money in the bank and be able to start giving back. “ he said.
Last year, the outdoor furniture on the golf course was replaced. In October, Commissioners approved the first payment on the new golf carts for White Deer.
“There were golf carts falling apart, and (golf) clubs falling off the carts and being damaged,” said Commissioner Scott Metzger.
“It is ready for good success in the future and we are in a good position”, Strand said.
“It’s a lot more fun talking about where we can go to spend certain things and do certain things and get the money back than trying to get out of the hole, where we were years ago.” he added.
Thanking taxpayers for their patience, Commissioner Rick Mirabito acknowledged that this was a “Difficult road”.
“This has always been a controversial issue. On both sides we have a meeting where 60 people come out and say keep the golf course and we can probably find 60 more that say get rid of the golf course ”, said Mirabito. “At the end of the day, it has to be positive for our people who live and work here that there is a public course where they don’t have to join a country club in order to play golf. It must be an asset for people who see our community as a place to live, especially in retirement, that we have a public asset.
Speaking to Strand, Commissioner Tony Mussare admitted, “It was difficult… you used your expertise to change all of that. “