Business is booming at Cranberry Highlands

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Cranberry is posting more than its share of birdies at its publicly owned golf course.

Business is booming on the course, in the pro shop and in the banquet hall at Cranberry Highlands on Powell Road, and the township is looking to increase its full-time staff.

“Business is nonstop. Things are very good. But since customer service is a No. 1 priority, we’ve got to expand staff,’’ said township manager Jerry Andree.

The township is searching for an assistant golf supervisor to oversee contracted services, inventory, cash management, and reservations and coordination of golf outings.

Mr. Andree said applications will be accepted through the end of the month and those applying must have four years experience with an 18-hole golf course, a driver’s license and a high school diploma. The annual salary will range from $33,000 and $36,000.

The 18-hole course is managed by superintendent Dave Barber, who oversees the course, and Craig Walker, manager of golf, who handles the clubhouse, outings and banquets. Mr. Barber is paid $83,216 annually; Mr. Walker’s salary is $55,200.

The new employee would assist Mr. Walker.

“Not only is the course busy all the time, the non-golf business is overwhelming,” Mr. Andree said, noting that social events such as weddings, showers and graduation parties are increasing each year. The facility opened in 2002.

Daily play approximates about 30,000 rounds annually, which is about consistent in recent years, Mr. Andree said, while special golf outings are in the thousands, increasing by about 12 percent from 2012 to 2103. Other events increased by 10 percent from 2012 to 2013.

The course yields about $2 million annually, covering its operating expenses. Mr. Andree said 2012 and 2013 saw the highest years for overall revenue with green fee income rising by about 10 percent from 2011 to 2012, then going up again by about 12 percent from 2012 to 2013.

The township pays $95,000 per year toward debt service on the facility, which will be paid off in about 12 years. In addition to maintenance costs, expenses include the salaries of five full-timers associated with the golf course and two full-timers at the clubhouse.

“We can’t be more pleased with how things are going. It’s an amenity for our residents and we know it’s an economic boon in terms of property values,” Mr. Andree said.

Karen Kane: or at 724-772-9180.

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