Wilkes-Barre officials negotiating lease of Hollenback Golf Course | News

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The City of Wilkes-Barre is in discussions with the Wilkes-Barre General Municipal Authority regarding a possible lease of the Hollenback Golf Course by the authority, Mayor George Brown’s office announced Monday.

The authority has shown success in managing the Wilkes-Barre Municipal Golf Course in Bear Creek Twp., “and under their expertise, the Hollenback Golf Course can become a successful venture,” the Mayor’s Office said in a press release.

Last year, Hollenback cost more than twice to run than it generated in revenue. The city spent about $268,945 on maintenance, salaries and benefits and received only about $126,548 in revenue generated from fees and advertising, according to a December 2019 financial report.

The authority ended 2019 with $436,997 in revenue and $522,069 in expenses for the Wilkes-Barre Municipal Golf Course, representing an $85,072 deficit, according to a financial report the authority board provided earlier this year. 

“The change in management at the Hollenback Golf Course will result in substantial savings to the City of Wilkes-Barre. Further updates will be provided as the discussion moves forward,” the mayor’s press release states.

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