This is the last season for golf at the Lower Course at Peek’n Peak Resort.
One of the region’s best known ski and recreation resorts will close the lesser of its two golf courses and convert the 200 acres to a different use that will have year-round appeal.
What that might be has not yet been decided.
Options for the course could include both residential or entertainment-related concepts. Scott said the company is seeking input from consumers and considering what other resorts around the country are doing. A decision probably will come in the spring.
“We’re working on a bunch of different ideas,” said Nick Scott Jr., vice president of the Erie, Pa.-based Scott Enterprises. “We’re just not ready to put anything down.”
The family-owned hospitality company bought the popular resort in Clymer six years ago and is hoping reuse of the second golf course area will help with the goal of making it a four-season destination, rather than just a wintertime ski resort.
“We are working on plans for that land,” Scott said. “We are not ready to announce anything at this point in time. But we are looking at various options to make the resort more four seasons, and give our guests more amenities. Everything’s on the table.”
Scott Enterprises owns 27 hotel, conference, franchise restaurant and resort locations, including Splash Lagoon Water Park in Erie and Peek’n Peak, as well as a Staybridge Suites in Clarence and a Spring-Hill Suites by Marriott in Lancaster.
Founded in 1964, Peek’n Peak is better known for its skiing and other winter sports, but the Scott family has worked to expand its offerings and draw more visitors. Scott Enterprises has renovated all 108 hotel rooms, introduced Segways to the resort for tours, added a snow sports BagJump, expanded the Terrain Park, improved the spa and opened a new multimillion-dollar adventure park with mountain ziplines. The resort also offers mountain biking and hiking, archery and a pool, as well as both miniature and regular golf.
However, its two golf courses are not considered equal in stature or desirability. Both are full 18-hole courses, but the Upper Course is on top of the mountain, surrounded by both homes and woods, in a private setting. And it’s a PGA-championship-level course that hosted the PGA Web.com Tour this past summer, bringing visibility to both the resort and some new golfers.
The flatter Lower Course, on the other hand, is located in the valley below, and while it’s “also very nice,” Scott said, “it certainly isn’t as nice as the upper.” It’s also half the cost of the Upper Course, charging $59 on weekends and $39 on weekdays, compared to $109 and $69, respectively, for the Upper Course.
“There really isn’t a huge demand for the lower golf course,” Scott said. “Everyone wants to play the Upper Course. It’s our jewel. We plan on investing money into the course and continue to improve it.”
So it made more sense to shut it down after this season and repurpose the land, he said. The Lower Course will close permanently on Oct. 2, although the driving range and practice facility will remain. The Upper Course will close for the season at the end of October but will re-open in the spring.
“If anybody wants to come out and play one last time, you’d have to come out before Oct. 2,” Scott said.