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Bill Pearse Returns to Trepealeau Mountain
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 20:16


Seems an old friend is returning to Trempealeau Mountain Golf Course in La Crosse,. Wisconsin.  From the :

Yes, Pearse is back at Trempealeau Mountain as the PGA Professional/General Manager.

"The ownership at Trempealeau Mountain, through this year, had come to the conclusion that the business model we had in place for the 12 years that I was here (1998-2009) was more successful than what they were doing," Pearse said.

"They had hoped to be more successful than it was. They talked to me about coming back as they were going back to the way we had done things. For me, to come back as a general manager and take a leadership role, it really wasn't a lot of arm twisting."

If you're a fan of Bill Pearse, you should find him in the same place he was, just a little bit older.

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Is Fort Snelling Golf Course Not Long for this World?
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:58


It seems that the economy is being very hard on 9-hole golf courses. According to the Star Tribune :

Golfers should probably get in their last rounds at the Fort Snelling golf course in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Last week, Superintendent Jayne Miller presented as part of her recommended 2012 budget the closure of the golf course. It's one of seven that the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board maintains. The closure is estimated to save the park board more than $58,000 next year.

The nine-hole golf course, which is located near the Fort Snelling historic site, has been on the decline for years. In 2009, the course had a negative net income of $56,125. It lost even more last year when it posted a negative net income of $86,464.

At last week's park board meeting, Scott Nelson, golf course operations manager for Fort Snelling and Meadowbrook golf courses, said the course has probably lost money for a decade.

As a consistent money-loser, Fort Snelling Golf Course doesn't do much for the City of Minneapolis budget. As a community asset it probably does a lot more.

This is likely to be its last year.

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Hudson Golf Club Offering Land to School District
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:40


We reported last year that the Hudson Golf Club in Hudson, Wisconsin was once public (in 2009) and became a private club (in 2010) when it was bought by Chris Hanson.

Now it seems that Hanson's company has offered 65 acres (of the 133 acres they own) to the Hudson School District for a future school.

According to the :

"In a joint press release issued Monday from the district administration and club owner Chris Hanson, the precise location of the land that may be donated is not yet known. “The development and donation would have several contingencies, outside the control of Mr. Hanson or the district, including the city rezoning the property, approval of the land use plan, waiver of an eight-year restriction regarding continued use of the property as a golf course and construction of the road.”

It seems that everyone wants to give land to the Hudson School District because the former St. Croix Meadows dog track is also trying to sell to the District:

"The release also indicated that regardless of whether a donation occurs, the district must proceed with the referendum to purchase the 126 acre St. Croix Meadows site for a future secondary school, in accordance with the existing purchase agreement between the district and the St. Croix Meadows owners."

According to the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America:

Most golf courses are spread across 110 to 190 acres. The number of of acres required was determined during a February 2001 survey by the Golf Course Superintendent Association of America.

So it seems that if the School District gets this land, the Hudson Golf Club will no longer exist.

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Plowing Under Another Golf Course in Iowa
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:16


In the state of Iowa it seems that $7 bushel corn is a "higher and better" use for land than a golf course.  Similar to another course in Minnesota that closed in 2010 , both seem likely to be turned back into farmland.

According to the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier:

"The Rockford Golf Course a 9-hole golf course in Rockford, Iowa has closed and could be sold to become farmland.

The property, owned by Jim Dow, is listed with Century 21 Preferred of Mason City, Iowa.

"He would still like to sell it as a golf course if possible," said Jane Fischer, an agent with the real estate company.

However, the listing probably will be changed so the course can be sold as tillable land, according to Fischer.

"It's more valuable as farmland than as a golf course," she added.

Dow has tried for several years to keep the place going as a golf course but was no longer able to do so because of the economy, according to Fischer.

"He had to start looking out for himself," she said.

The price for the 78 acres as a golf course is $695,000."

Who woulda thunk it.

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This Course is Going to the Birds….Literally!
Friday, 22 July 2011 07:42

The Squires Golf Club in Port Washington, Wisconsin, nestled along Lake Michigan, is slowly becoming a bird sanctuary. It closed after the 2008 season.

In 2010, Wisconsin Public Radio did a video piece on the conversion of the 18-hole, par 70 course and its 116 acres. Over the next few years, the former golf course will become a stopping off point for birds migrating along Lake Michigan.

Opened in 1935 the Squires Golf Club didn’t become farmland, a housing development or just a vacant piece of land. In 2008, the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust purchased the course for $2.54 million after other purchasers couldn’t get the proper financing. Now with private donations and a bit of help from stimulus money, the Land Trust is converting it into wetlands and open areas for wildlife connecting it to other open areas on the westside of the Lake Michigan. Former owners Bruce and Bonnie Bloemer sold the course along with its clubhouse and 160 feet of lake frontage to the Trust.

It is always sad to see a golf course disappear, but it is better to see it become something other than a housing development.

Watch the 2010 video of what is happening to the golf course HERE .

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