Liberty Forge Golf Course has new ownership
The longtime caterer at Liberty Forge Golf Course in Cumberland County has purchased the property.
Lucky Bear LLC, an affiliate of the Altland House in Abbottstown, Adams County, bought the course on Lisburn Road in Lower and Upper Allen townships from Liberty Forge Hospitality Inc.
The deal took effect Tuesday. The sale price was $1.5 million, according to the Cumberland County Recorder of Deeds.
The Altland House is a subsidiary of Hospitality Management Corp., which is run by the Haugh family. The company operates event venues, hotels, restaurants, a brewery and off-site catering services. It has been the exclusive food and beverage and catering partner at Liberty Forge for a decade.
Vice president Ryan Haugh said existing operations will continue at Liberty Forge. In fact, he added, his company hopes to take the Cumberland County golf course to the next level.
Hospitality Management said it plans to expand youth golf programs, offer more league opportunities, and upgrade the course's golf center and driving range. The Lodge at Liberty Forge finished last year with more than 50 weddings but the company believes it can do more in the corporate community to bolster the number of events each year.
"We intend to market the golf course and practice facility to a wide variety of golf enthusiasts," Haugh said. "The course is perfect for seniors, youth, corporate outings, fundraisers or just a quick round of play."
Liberty Forge opened to the public in 2003 - a dream of the late John G. Williams, an attorney, real estate developer and philanthropist who purchased the property as a residence in 1985. Williams co-founded the Cumberland County law firm of Shumaker Williams with former state Sen. John Shumaker, among other business ventures.
The 18-hole golf course measures just 3,633 yards, divided evenly between par-3 and par-4 holes, with water on half of the course.
In addition to the course, there is a full practice facility with a 34-stall driving range, putting green and practice bunker. There also is an 18-hole miniature golf course.
In addition to the Altland House and The Lodge at Liberty Forge, Hospitality Management owns and operates Center Square Brewing in Abbottstown, Founders Grille at Penn National Golf Course in Franklin County, Ski Roundtop Food and Beverage in northern York County, a Best Western hotel in King of Prussia and Wyndham Garden York in West Manchester Township.
Editor's note: This story has been updated to include the recorded purchase price.