“Teaching Moments” Help to Revive Pennsylvania Club

Three of the four new owners of Greencastle (Pa.) Golf Club are educators who have spent the year directing improvements to both the golf course and a full-service restaurant, the Fireside Pub. A new indoor simulator has also been added at the semi-private property.

The new ownership of Greencastle (Pa.) Golf Club has been busy throughout 2018 expanding offerings and sprucing up the facility, which now includes a full-service restaurant, the Fireside Pub, reported the Chambersburg (Pa.) Public Opinion.

C&RB reported earlier in 2018 (http://clubandresort.wpengine.com/new-owners-greencastle-pa-gc-plan-overhaul/) and in 2017 (http://clubandresort.wpengine.com/kentucky-pennsylvania-properties-renovate-bar-areas/) on the club’s plan for improvements to the property and restaurant.

The semi-private property now includes an 18-hole golf course, driving range, short-game practice facility and indoor simulator that is open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., the Public Opinion reported. The new restaurant, which includes outdoor dining, is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday and Tuesdays through Thursdays, and 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.

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The new owners include Beth and Ron Powers, who have lived in the Greencastle area for 23 years, the Public Opinion reported, and Dave and Jen Swam, who have lived in the area for 12 years with their three children.

Ron and Beth are retired/soon-to-be retired educators and their son Ben has been Greencastle GC’s golf professional for the past two years, the Public Opinion reported.

Jen Swam is also an educator, teaching second grade in Hagerstown, Md, while Dave Swam has his own business representing cabinet companies.

All of the improvements made to date have been focused on creating a gathering place for local patrons and their families, the Public Opinion reported. The golf shop has been expanded and the simulator has been added to help players analyze and improve their golf swings, get fitted for clubs and have a place for winter golf activities.

In addition to improving the restaurant by adding outdoor seating and expanding the menu.  In addition, events are being held at the club that are designed to draw people together through family nights, weekend entertainment, game nights, date nights, cornhole and more, the Public Opinion reported.

The grounds superintendent, Mark White, has created and prioritized a punch list to work through to improve course conditions and its beauty, the Public Opinion reported.

The club now offers “membership packets for people at any level,” the Public Opinion reported, and lessons and leagues have been formed, designed for golfers “from beginners to serious competitors.”

Others on the staff include Gabe Jaime, Assistant Golf Professional and Corey Hunter, Restaurant Manager, in addition to 50 other team members.