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Golf course enjoys above-par summer

August 17, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - While it remains affectionately known as the "goat hill," Waynesboro's municipal golf course has been seeing more human foot traffic in recent months.

Revenues from memberships and greens fees are nearly $20,000 more than they were at this time last year.

Changes at the course were initiated by the recreation board, which turned operations around at the municipal pool several years ago and made that facility profitable.

"We made a decision as a board that as we got the pool squared away we'd focus on the golf course. ... I think we owe it to the community," board member David Mackley said.

Twelve dollars buys 18 holes of play on the course during the week, which is now being maintained in a different manner.

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"One thing we've done differently is we never had what you call fairways. We (previously) mowed everything the same length," manager Harry C. "Chip" Grove III said.

The course, which currently is offering half-price memberships, is closed for the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's holidays.

"(Otherwise) we're open any day the weather's conducive for golf," Grove said. Senior citizens use the course for exercise even in 20-degree weather, he said.

Greens fees totaled $1,500 in January, according to Mackley.

The course has generated $67,702 so far this year compared to $49,765 at this time in 2005. Three new members have joined since the discount rate became available at $162 a person. Other rates apply for youths, senior citizens and families.

The six part-time employees in the repainted pro shop are offering a greater variety of merchandise, with apparel developed through Olympian Athletics of Waynesboro.

Upcoming events include the Jack Kennedy Memorial Scholarship Tournament, 10th annual Waynesboro Celebrity Scramble and two-day Waynesboro Open.

The scholarship tournament this Friday splits the two-person scramble between daylight play and more after dusk. Nighttime play uses a glow-in-the-dark ball.

The Waynesboro Open in September totals 36 holes of play, and the celebrity scramble raises money for The Lunch Place in October.

The recreation board, which has a couple vacancies, is considering a system to irrigate the entire course instead of only the greens and tees. Mackley said it would be "a big investment" but could be important for the future of the course.

"A lot of areas don't have municipal courses anymore," Mackley said.

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