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Indian Lake finalizing golf course management agreement

January 10, 2019

Indian Lake Borough officials are attempting to finalize management details for the Indian Lake Golf Club in hopes of a spring reopening.

Council members said Wednesday that they are working on an agreement to lease the 250-acre course to Chris and Kelly Smith, who own Northwinds Golf Course in Indian Lake. The sale of the 18-hole golf course was finalized June 28 for $615,573.

Officials said they should receive a draft of the Smith agreement by the end of week, and it should be finalized no later than their February meeting.

“We want to get (an agreement) in Chris’ hands as much as he wants to get it in his hands,” council member Scott Hollern said. “Unfortunately, there have been some stumbling blocks along the way.”

The Smiths have a deal with the borough to maintain the golf club, which they have done since the borough acquired the property.

Chris Smith said he’s received calls about potential outings but said he is not finalizing anything until there is an agreement with the borough.

“We won’t take any transactions until we have a document signed,” he said at Wednesday’s meeting.

The sale allowed the council to acquire the golf course and pro-shop equipment, along with the course’s liquor license.

Hollern said he’s walked the course, and is confident the Smiths’ hard work has rejuvenated it.

Borough officials are hoping to open at least the first original nine holes of the Arnold Palmer-designed course by spring.

However, officials said there is still much to consider before residents can enjoy it.

“We have a lot of work to do,” council member Bob Hanson said.

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