After a request for proposals was issued in May for a 10-year lease of the 9-hole golf course located in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in Milford, Pa., Joseph Stead’s proposal was accepted. “I am extremely proud to have the privilege to run this golf course, one of only a handful located in a national park,” Stead said of being awarded the lease.
Joseph Stead is the new lessee for the 45.3-acre Cliff Park Golf Course in Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in Milford, Pa., the Warren (N.J.) Reporter reported.
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Superintendent John J. Donahue announced that a proposal submitted by Stead has been awarded by the National Park Service (NPS). Stead hopes to re-open the course to golfers this fall, the Reporter reported.
The NPS issued a request for proposals for a 10-year lease of the 9-hole par 35 golf course in May. One proposal was submitted for consideration. Stead’s proposal outlines a comprehensive plan to successfully rehabilitate, market, and run the golf course, the Reporter reported.
“Mr. Stead’s extensive experience as a golf course manager and as a PGA Golf Professional combined with his business acumen and dedication to environmental sustainability and NPS values make him an ideal operator for this property,” stated Superintendent Donahue. “We are confident that he will bring Cliff Park Golf Course back to its former glory and operate a successful business. “
Stead and NPS officials gathered at park headquarters on September 12 to sign the lease agreement, the Reporter reported.
“I am extremely proud to have the privilege to run this golf course, one of only a handful located in a national park,” Stead said. “It is an important part of the park and the local community and it is near and dear to my own heart.”
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