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An Ohio golf course went from red to black in four years by cutting an $80K pro, adding sponsors and more (golfweek.usatoday.com)

An Ohio golf course went from red to black in four years by cutting an $80K pro, adding sponsors and more

Brookside Golf Course, which sits in this small city almost equidistant from Cleveland and Columbus, is seeing more green this year — as in profits.

The course is up $100,000 over expenses so far this season, a stark contrast to its deficit just four years ago.

The city had to subsidize Brookside a total of $232,362 in 2017 to help offset annual operations. In 2019, the city contributed $65,000 to the golf course, Mayor Matt Miller said.

By the following year, the course officially climbed into the black.

How? By cutting costs, realigning staff and improving fundraising and community support.

And more people are playing these days, which helps maintain a higher revenue stream.

So far this year, golfers have played 16,800 rounds. That’s more than played the entire year (16,788) of 2017.

Brookside is exceeding expenses by $101,519 so far this season with a few more months to continue the upward trend, Miller said.

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