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 […]


Silver Creek CC to Stay Private After Sale to Developer

By | July 11, 2017

Two years after David Spirk reached an agreement with the member-owned Hellertown, Pa. club to build townhomes on excess land on the property, members voted to sell to him, with a commitment that Silver Creek, which has an 83-year history and a Donald Ross-designed golf course, would stay private and receive at least $2.5 million in capital improvements.


Omaha CC, Saucon Valley CC Land Senior Opens

By | June 26, 2017

When the 2021 tournament returns to the Nebraska club, which also hosted it in 2013, it will tie the record for fastest return of a Senior Open. The 2022 tournament will be a record third for Saucon Valley CC and will coincide with the Bethlehem, Pa. club’s 100th anniversary.   The United States Golf Association […]