Golf course rep inquires about serving alcohol in ‘dry’ Antrim

PAT FRIDGEN

A representative for Greens of Greencastle golf course didn't find the encouragement she hoped for at last week’s Antrim Township Board of Supervisors meeting.

Susan Stepnick from Spirit Golf in Hagerstown, Md., introduced her company as the manager of the golf club, effective Nov. 15. The course allowed golfers to bring their own alcoholic beverages, but that didn't give Spirit any control over consumption and left the Greens open for liability, she told the supervisors.

"We've discovered the challenges as we provide traditional golf services — outings, tournaments, things of that nature."

However, business could expand into weddings and other special events if the course could serve its own alcohol. She had talked to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, which had walked her through the process to apply for and obtain a liquor license in a dry township.

Supervisor Fred Young III informed Stepnick that it was a referendum issue, and she would need to gather enough signatures to get it on the November 2013 ballot, the year of the next municipal election.

She said there was an obvious disconnect with that news and the information she received from the PLCB, who told her the decision on the license rested with Antrim.

"It would be interesting to see what would happen if I applied anyway."

Zoning officer Sylvia House responded, "They'd want to know of public support."

Lisko advised her to contact an attorney and the Franklin County elections office.