While the Montgomery (Minn.) National Golf Course is building a new clubhouse, changing up hole locations, and adding different hazards, the ghosts of former land owners Bendict Burii and his wife, who are buried on the property, may be watching. “I’ve seen a couple of crazy things that I would swear on,” says current owner Greg McKush.
Montgomery (Minn.) National Golf Course is currently going through some changes, including adding a new clubhouse, changing up hole locations, and adding different hazards, WWJO reported. People interested in the paranormal know this can be a recipe for stirring up activity at the reportedly haunted property.
The course was built on land owned by Bendict Burii, and he and his wife were laid to rest near a large cottonwood tree on the first fairway, WWJO reported. The club has had its share of odd experiences in the past, including TVs being turned on and off inside the old clubhouse. The TVs and an apparition in the old clubhouse are supposedly attributed to a former owner of the golf course, seemingly enjoying the afterlife doing what many would want to do, spending the day at the golf course.
Other tales include seeing an apparition out on the course around sunset seemingly fade into nothing, which is attributed to possibly Bendict Burii, the farmer who used to own the land, WWJO reported.
The current owner, Greg McKush, seems to believe, WWJO reported. He said it is ranked as one of the world’s most haunted golf courses.
“Well, there’s a lot of local lore, I must say about it,” McKush told the WCCO Morning News. “If anybody Googles ‘Montgomery National Golf Club’ and ‘haunted,’ you’ll see that we are in a top 10 list of the world’s haunted golf courses. So we got that going for us.”
Also, one of the golf club’s deceased founders is said to still be checking in on the course, WCCO reported. His pale face is often seen peering into windows.
“I’ve seen a couple of crazy things that I would swear on,” McKush says. “I’ve owned this golf course for four years and in the shoulder season, the spring and the fall when my kids are in school, I generally sleep here. I’m almost always here. But one morning last year, as I always do, I prepared my breakfast and it was settling and waiting for it not to be so hot. When I came back in there was a jacket smooshed into my food. I get chills telling this story. So the furry part of the jacket was smooshed into my meal. So, and that’s absolutely no doubt. My first reaction was looking up like, did it fall from somewhere because it wasn’t possible that I would throw it there.”
McKush also tells a story about a mysterious $20 bill, WCCO reported.
“During COVID, we stayed outside,” explains McKush. “I had a big glass [jar] and people would put their money in there, so there’d be a no-touch kind of factor. On this particular day, it was $40, so people would put $20s in and one day one of the $20s flew behind my bar outside. And I knew the $20 was there and it was kind of oscillating in the wind throughout the day, but I’d get it later. Then all of a sudden there’s about 10 people waiting in line and this $20 flew up and went into the glass jar. That’s absolutely true.”
So far, it’s only been stories passed between golfers and the owner that has created the haunted status of the golf club, WCCO reported. McKush says they’re hoping to get a more professional look at what is happening there in the future.
“Ghost Hunters, last year wanted to do a story,” he says. “I haven’t heard from them since, but I assume that I will at some point.”
Another fun fact about the course is every hole is named after a Beatles song, WCCO reported. There is a general music-theme to the course including a guitar-shaped sand trap and a “Yellow Submarine” floating in one of the water features.
C+RB reported on the Beatles theme in May.