Ariana Lubelli Aug 11, 2017, 8:07 pmAug 12, 2017, 6:35 am

Ramapo looks for private company to operate golf course that’s costing town money

Supervisor says town is losing $700K annually from the Spook Rock Golf Course

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The Spook Rock Golf Course in the Village of Montebello offers golfers a par 72-course with acres of open green. It's an area favorite, but to many residents’ surprise, the popular spot is struggling with revenue losses.

Town of Ramapo Acting Supervisor Yitzchok Ullman says Ramapo is losing over an estimated $700,000 annually from the course.

The town now wants to hire a private company to operate and maintain the golf course. The board has approved a request to seek proposals from companies interested.

"To better manage at a more cost-effective way. And that is not to say that our workers aren't managing well enough, but it's just becoming a cost that the town can no longer afford," Ullman says

At this point, it's unclear if and what fees will increase for players. But one golfer says he would dish out the extra money, if it means keeping the top-rated course as is.

"Well, I would have to consider, you know, what the fees are obviously, but you know, right now, the fees structured as it is right now, I think it is very reasonable. If it went up a little bit, I would still come to this course,” golfer Ting Chin says.

The town is proposing a five-year lease for the course and according to Ullman, it has already had several interested bidders.

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