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October 13, 2014
Granville Golf Course gifted to Denison University
Columbus Business First

Denison University has gained control of another landmark amenity in Granville.

The university sent out a news release revealing that the Denison board of trustees this weekend accepted the city’s course as a gift from the six shareholders of Granville Golf Course Co.

“We are very grateful for this gift and the opportunity to retain this beautiful and historic golf course in our village,” said Seth Patton, Denison’s vice president for finance and management, in the news release.

“We are committed to maintaining the property as a public golf course,” he added, “which provides economic benefits to the community and enhances the beauty of Granville.”

He noted the course long has served as the home course of the university’s men’s and women’s golf teams.

“We look forward to deepening our relationship with this important landmark,” Patton said.

The college has contracted with the Davey Golf division of Davey Tree Expert Co. to manage the course built in 1924.

The golf course move follows Denison’s $1.25 million purchase of the historic Granville Inn a year ago and the announcement just two months ago of its plans to put another $9 million into the renovation and expansion of that restaurant and lodge operation.

Denison also has tapped Columbus Hospitality Management, the managers of the Granville Inn, to operate the food and beverage services at the golf course.

The university, in the same news release, said golf course will remain on the property tax rolls and open for play to the public.

“The Granville Golf Course partners are delighted to put the course in the hands of Denison University,” Bob Kent, a shareholder in the Granville Golf Course Co., said in the news release. “We all have enjoyed close ties with the university over many years and are quite confident that they will be outstanding stewards of one of the jewels of Granville.”