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Candidate chosen for new golf course manager

September 15, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Waynesboro's recreation board has selected the person it wants to serve as the municipal golf course's new manager after the retirement of Harry "Chip" Grove Sr.

After more than 30 years on the job, Grove will retire by Jan. 1, 2010, Rec Board President Mike Forney said.

A dozen applicants was narrowed to five, then two through the interview process. The rec board has chosen its candidate and will ask the Waynesboro Borough Council tonight to hire that person.

The candidate is a well-known community member who loves golf and possesses a strong background in the maintenance side of operations, according to Forney.

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The eight-person rec board views the change of leadership as a time to try new things such as league nights or a putting green, Forney said.

"I think we can make a lot more money down there. ... Right now the opportunities are endless," he said.

The nine-hole golf course has operated in the red for three or four years, Forney confirmed. Some borough council members have suggested finding an outside company to operate the course.

Nicknamed "Goat Hill," the municipal golf course off Cemetery Avenue has been a town fixture for decades. It has a good reputation for beginners, but also provides some challenges for more experienced golfers.

"It's a little challenging with the hills," Forney said.

The fee for 18 rounds and a golf cart is approximately $20 at the year-round course, according to Forney.

"We have some gentlemen who play almost 365 days a year," he said.

Daily revenues increased slightly when the economy soured, prompting Forney to speculate golfers were choosing to avoid more pricey courses.

"We've been having a really good year, considering," he said.

Next year might also bring about changes for the manager's house on the property. Borough officials have talked about tearing it down.

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