The owner of the 132-acre course in Harrisburg, Pa. has signed an agreement to build an assisted-living and memory-care housing facility on the property, along with apartment buildings, townhouses and single-family homes. The plans call for closing the golf course in November.
Sunset Golf Course in Middletown, Pa. will now have a links-style front nine to go with its more traditional parkland-style back nine, after tree work by Londonderry Township, which owns the course, that will also reduce a potential danger for airplanes approaching and departing the nearby Harrisburg International Airport.
Last year, the Harrisburg, Pa., property used a tainted batch of fertilizer that contained an herbicide that kills weeds and tall grasses. The property closed to resod three greens and slit-seed the other 15, and reopened on March 11.
The day after the Harrisburg, Pa., golf course applied chemicals to the greens, the distributor informed staff that it was a “bad batch,” and shouldn’t be used. The course will be closed for two months to repair the damage, and is losing nearly $7,000 per day.
Now called Felicita Gardens, the Harrisburg, Pa., facility will reopen in May without its money-losing golf course, spa, lodges and dining facilities, and focus its efforts on being a “special events resort.” The resort’s owner noted that weddings were “incredibly profitable” at the property, and the company is booking events for 2015.