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Group to buy, improve Beaver Creek course

September 30, 1999|By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

The Beaver Creek Golf & Country Club is expected to be sold today to an investment group headed by two Hagerstown brothers, the prospective buyers and seller confirmed Thursday.

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Neither side would disclose the selling price.

"It's been a lifelong dream for all of us," said Patrick Steiner, 40, a partner in the group buying the 170-acre country club and golf course southeast of Hagerstown in the Beaver Creek area.

"We grew up along Beaver Creek Road ... We all enjoy playing golf so what better way to make a living," he said.

Steiner, who will serve as president of the facility, said the group plans to spend about $540,000 on upgrades within the next year.

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Planned improvements include repaving one parking lot, paving another parking lot and the golf cart paths, which currently are topped with gravel, resealing one of the lakes on the golf course and renovating and expanding the clubhouse, he said.

Steiner's brother Michael, 44, who currently is superintendent at the golf course, will become part-owner of the property.

Michael Steiner will continue working at the course as the facilities manager, which means he will be in charge of the golf course, Patrick Steiner said.

Jack Patterson, an investor who is a retired educator from New Market, Md., will be clubhouse manager, Steiner said.

Jack Young, who built and opened the golf course in the late 1950s, said he would not be involved in any aspect of the business operation after today.

When asked why he decided to sell the golf course and country club Young said: "I'm 84. It's time to move along."

The pro shop at the golf course will not be included in the sale, Young and Steiner said.

The Beaver Creek Golf & Country Club is at 9535 Mapleville Road between Smithsburg and Boonsboro in eastern Washington County.

The property includes an 18-hole semi-private golf course, driving range, putting and chipping practice areas, clubhouse and swimming pool.

Steiner said there are no plans to change membership fees.

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