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Hagerstown officials considering selling beer at golf course

June 14, 2012

As a way to stimulate business, Hagerstown officials are considering a new policy that would allow the sale of beer at its public golf course.

City Engineer Rodney Tissue took two suggestions before the Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday to outline the idea.

During the discussion, Tissue said the city could allow third-party catering companies to serve food and drinks for groups playing in tournaments at the course. The caterers would have to offer wine or beer under their own licenses, he said.

The catering companies would have to contract directly with the tournament host, and any liability would fall on the tournament manager and the catering company, Tissue said.

The other option is for the city to pursue a Class C liquor license from the Washington County Board of License Examiners, which would allow the sale of bottled beer in the newly renovated clubhouse.

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Tissue said most other golf courses sell beer, including the county’s Black Rock Golf Course on Mount Aetna Road.

Beer sales would allow the city to continue to meet the needs of golfers and increase revenues, he said.

However, issues of people taking beer off-premises and other concerns need to be considered, Tissue said.

The five-member council did not express objections to either option, and the issue will be on an upcoming work session meeting agenda.

— C.J. Lovelace

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