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Uncle Irvin: How not to run a golf course

03/29/2016 11:57AM ● By Richard Gaw
How do you not run a golf course? The best way is to not have a golf course, and that goes in spades if you are a municipality like London Grove, one of the worst-run townships in southern Chester County.
London Grove owns Inniscrone, a public golf course in which they have invested more than $1.5 million in tax receipts and bank loans, and they have leased it to a management company that is taking them to the cleaners. All the township gets is a fixed payment from the leasing company to cover interest and amortization.
The township is responsible for any and all annual operation losses and items like $32,322 for a new trim mower so the management company can do its job.
Golf courses in general have become bad investments: Too much supply, not enough demand, and very expensive for golfers. In this case, Inniscrone is a money pit for London Grove taxpayers.

(Uncle Irvin's column is his opinion only, and is not a news story.)



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