The Karis family built the Menomonie, Wis., property 20 years ago and is hoping to sell to a person or group who will maintain it as a golf course. The asking price is $600,000, which includes a par-29 executive golf course, a clubhouse with a 263-person capacity, and a maintenance and equipment storage building.
The Bud Karis family built Pinewood Golf Course in Menomonie, Wis., more than 20 years ago by reclaiming a gravel pit and providing nearly all the labor, and now they’re looking to sell, the Eau Claire (Wis.) Leader-Telegram reported.
Karis, 78, and his son, Tom, hope to sell the property to a local person or group who will maintain it as a golf course the Leader-Telegram reported.
“Our goal was to provide the noncompetitive, fun-loving golfer a place to golf,” Bud Karis said. “We tried to make the golfing economical. During the week from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. you can golf for $6 a round. I felt the town needed a recreational course.”
The executive length course is a par 29 with the longest hole being 254 yards. The course has a chipping and putting green, the Leader-Telegram reported.
“The golf course is not in financial trouble,” Bud Karis said. “We decided to sell it for two reasons. Tom has a separate machine tooling business that needs his full-time attention. I’m in poor health and have terminal cancer. I’m living one day at a time.”
The clubhouse has a liquor and beer license and a restaurant. It would be easy to sell that as a separate property and the rest of the nearly 30-acre course for a housing development, Bud Karis said.
UW-Stout golf classes are at Pinewood, as well as recreational golf classes. “That is where golf needs to be learned,” Bud Karis said.
Depending on the terms, Pinewood is available for about $600,000. “It is a turnkey operation,” Karis noted, adding that golf equipment and carts are available.
Jake Bostrom was golfing on the course August 28 and has golfed Pinewood for 15 years. He golfs several times a week during the season, the Leader-Telegram reported.
“For a senior citizen, it is perfect,” Bostrom said. “You get out here and you can get on the green. It’s a fun course. There are challenges. You get to use every club.”
Pinewood’s clubhouse has a capacity of 263 people. There also is a maintenance and equipment storage building. Many of the members include families with grandparents playing golf with their grandchildren, the Leader-Telegram reported.
“We try to make it for the average worker or retired person on a limited income to bring their grandkids and have good quality time with them.”
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