Bethlehem, Pa. Seeks to Sink $1.75M into City Course

By | August 30, 2018

To get the cash-strapped Bethlehem Golf Club into better playing condition, the city wants to take out loans that would be paid back over 20 years, to make improvements to the course’s bunkers, cart paths and irrigation system, as well as the parking lots and clubhouse. A new pavilion would also be built. The city […]

Steel Club Opens New Restaurant to Add Appeal to No-Fee Dining Membership

By | August 9, 2018

The Hellertown, Pa. property, previously known for 83 years as Silver Creek Country Club, was bought from the membershipby developer David Spirk, who pledged that it would remain private and receive at least $2.5 million in capital improvements to complement its Donald Ross golf course. About 125 people who have signed up for the club’s […]

City Pulls RFP for Bethlehem (Pa.) GC Management

By | May 2, 2018

A request for proposals was issued in early April, but the city has opted to keep management in-house after striking a deal with union workers. The agreement will reduce the number of full-time employees from eight to four, and those who will lose their jobs will have to bid into the vacant seasonal positions. Bethlehem, […]

Private Operation Explored for Pa. and Utah Clubs

By | April 9, 2018

The city of Bethlehem, Pa. has called for proposals to take over the Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course in 2019 on a lease basis, and its  Business Administrator says he has already received a “ton of e-mails” from parties interested in operating the course that sees 34,000 to 36,000 rounds played annually. In Utah, Parks and Recreation administrators are preparing requests for proposals that could lead to private operation of four popular golf facilities.

Bethlehem (Pa.) GC to Keep Managers On Board

By | December 13, 2017

A proposal by councilman Bryan Callahan to cut three golf course managers’ salaries from the municipal golf course’s budget in order to save money has been rejected by the city council. Callahan said his goal was not to shut down the golf course, but to “light a fire” under his push to lease the golf […]

Cities Weigh Financial Options for Municipal Golf Facilities

By | October 12, 2017

Bradford Creek Public Golf Course in Greenville, N.C., and Dodge Riverside Golf Club in Council Bluffs, Iowa could each be managed by third-party firms as part of efforts to increase revenue. In Lexington, Ky., discount rates are being altered or eliminated altogether at the city’s five municipal golf courses, while Bethlehem, Pa., city council is […]