Golf club cuts out dinner service

Jan. 24, 2013 @ 12:07 AM

Dinner is no longer being served at the Sevierville Golf Club. "It didn't really pan out to have a full-service restaurant," said Mark Wallace, general manager of the city-owned facility.

Executive chef Aaron Ward, who ran the club's kitchen, left in October. There are no plans to replace him.

The golf club still serves lunch and hosts private functions.

"The restaurant business is tough," Wallace said.

The Sevierville Golf Club lost $417,397 for the fiscal year that ended in June 2012, according to unaudited figures. In the prior fiscal year, the club lost $730,294.

The golf club's second 18-hole course opened in July 2011.

"The current [fiscal] year is our second year with both courses open," noted Sevierville city spokesman Bob Stahlke in an email. For the current fiscal year, Stahlke wrote, "rounds of play, revenue and margins are improving significantly over the prior year."

So far this fiscal year, the club has lost $105,067, according to unaudited figures. Money to make up for the golf club's losses comes from the city's general fund.

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