November 27 will be the final day golfers can play the Mason, Ohio golf course, after the small ownership group opted to close the 25-year-old property. The golf course has been losing $150,000 to $200,000 a year before mortgage payments, with annual rounds dropping from 33,000 to 25,000.
Crooked Tree Golf Course in Mason, Ohio is shutting its doors for the last time on November 27, the Cincinnati Business Courier reported.
The 25-year-old course is closing up shop after owner David Brooks and the rest of its small ownership group weren’t able to sell it, General Manager Jack Eifert said. Brooks and the other owners weren’t available for comment to the Business Courier.
“It’s very difficult to run a golf course these days,” Eifert said. “There are just too many courses in the area for the number of golfers still playing.”
Crooked Tree’s annual revenues have dropped from $1.025 million in the early- to mid-2000s to $850,000 this year, Eifert said. The course has been losing $150,000 to $200,000 a year before mortgage payments. Play at Crooked Tree has dropped from about 33,000 rounds a year to 25,000 now, the Business Courier reported.
“David couldn’t continue to operate that way, so he decided to close,” Eifert said.
Brooks’ group tried to sell the course, but it’s difficult to get a decent price for an operating course in this environment, Eifert said. The owners will aim to sell the property. In many cases, golf courses that close are sold to developers of housing subdivisions, the Business Courier reported.
Crooked Tree employs slightly less than 50 people, most of whom were seasonal workers, the Business Courier reported.
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