Delaware National Country Club to close

WILMINGTON, Del. - December 1, 2010

An owner of the Delaware National Country Club, Ron Holliday, says the club has agreed to terminate its five-year lease with the real estate firm Pettinaro Company. He says it's no longer feasible to operate the club, in part because of a high electric bill.

Holliday says he's trying to find jobs for about 70 employees who will soon be unemployed.

The club opened in 1937 as the Hercules Country Club, a golf course for executives of former chemical company Hercules Inc. which was spun out of the DuPont Co. It currently has an 18-hole course.

A portion of the former Hercules Country Club site is owned by Homebuilder Toll Brothers, which plans to build a 264-unit housing development there.

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Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., http://www.delawareonline.com

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