Owner Linda Rusnock attributed the decision to close the public property in Greensburg, Pa., which features an 18-hole golf course built in 1965, to younger generations not taking up golf and increased difficulties finding seasonal help. She wasn’t sure of plans for the land and it was not immediately clear whether the club’s restaurant and bar would remain open.
Golfers have a limited time to tee off at Valley Green Golf & Country Club in Greensburg, Pa. before the doors are shut for good, The Tribune-Review of Greensburg reported.
Valley Green, with an 18-hole public golf course that was built in 1965, will close by the end of the year, according to owner Linda Rusnock. The decision was attributed by Rusnock to a dwindling number of golfers caused primarily by younger generations not taking up the sport, along with difficulty in finding seasonal help, The Tribune-Review reported.
Rusnock added that she wasn’t sure of her plans for the land, and it was not immediately clear whether the restaurant and bar located on the property, Putzel’s Pub, would remain open, The Tribune-Review reported.
“We’ve had a great run,” Rusnock said.
A sign hanging on the door of the Valley Green clubhouse now reads, “All credit on the books must be redeemed by Dec. 31, 2019, or it will be forfeited,” The Tribune-Review reported.
“It is true that the number of courses being built now is not equal to the number of golf courses closing, but our area’s been pretty good that way,” Terry Teasdale, Executive Director of the Western Pennsylvania Golf Association in Pittsburgh, told The Tribune-Review. “I think in the last 20 years, I think it’s six [in the region] that were closed.
“Depending on the club, sometimes it’s not sustainable,” Teasdale added. “Markets change [and] inevitably [closures] are going to happen.
“There is a lot of golf in Western Pennsylvania,”Teasdale said. “We did have a bunch open back in the mid- to-late ‘90s. Going forward, that [building boom] may contribute to [further closings].”
“There is a lot of golf in Western Pennsylvania,”Teasdale said. “We did have a bunch open back in the mid- to-late ‘90s. Going forward, that [building boom] may contribute to it.”