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Billy Casper Golf to operate Dauphin Highlands

By , - Last modified: January 16, 2013 at 11:47 AM

The Dauphin County General Authority has selected Virginia-based golf course and resort owner-operator Billy Casper Golf to manage Dauphin Highlands Golf Course in Swatara Township, according to the company.

BCG will manage Dauphin Highlands’ operations, course and property maintenances, sales, marketing, public relations, staffing, special events, restaurant and banquet activities, golf instruction and financial management, the company said in a statement.

The company did not release financial terms of the deal.

BCG said it will implement green initiatives at Dauphin Highlands to improve maintenance efficiency in energy, water, pesticides, fertilizers, equipment wear and labor.

Based in Vienna, Va., BCG manages more than 140 properties around the country, including eight golf courses in Pennsylvania.

Dauphin Highlands was up for sale over the summer for a price of $16 million. The course was in debt for nearly $15 million at the time. Officials with the general authority did not immediately respond to requests for additional information.

The course is still on the market to be sold, said Robin Zellers, chief operating officer for Wormleysburg-based NAI CIR, the real estate firm managing that sale. BCG was only brought in to manage the golf course’s operations, he said.

“With all its properties, the authority has a fiduciary duty to consider proposals that would be in the best interests of the authority and its bondholders,” Zellers said.


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