New ownership renovating and hosting events

Sussex Pines Country Club in Georgetown was recently renamed Mulligan’s Pointe, and the new owner is eager to turn it into a community gathering spot.

Pete Townsend, not of The Who fame, but a Georgetown entrepreneur who also owns the very successful Sports at the Beach, took over the loan for the facility in February.  He’s now in charge of the 170 acres, which include an 18-hole golf course, pool, restaurant, bar and banquet facilities.

Sussex Pines Country Club first opened in the 1967 and was managed by a nonprofit board of directors. For many years, it was a private club, but Sussex Pines went public a few years ago.

“The problem was nobody knew it,” Townsend said.

Unfortunately, in the new millennium, business slowed and Sussex Pines struggled.

“We didn’t have enough revenue to cover expenses,” said former board member Ralph Harrison.

Townsend stepped in and took over the bank loan. Under his direction, the restaurant, bar and banquet facilities have been completely renovated and the menus updated. An outdoor deck addition for the restaurant is planned. He has reduced overall membership prices, allows for single golf sessions and pool-only memberships.

He also hired Dawn Slacum as event coordinator, who has scheduled paint nights, trivia, bingo, karaoke, live music and more at the bar, and handles events such as fundraisers, weddings, banquets and other special occasions. The facility’s two banquet rooms can accommodate up to 300 people.

“I actually played golf here on opening day in 1967. My parents were members,” Townsend said. “It’s a great golf course and it’s affordable. I’m trying to bring some life back into the place.”

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