Homeowners on the south side of a street in Stillwater, Minn. are being assessed for its reconstruction, but Stillwater CC, which owns the land north of the two-block stretch that is being redone, is not, because city officials were advised by an appraiser that the club would not receive any benefit from the roadwork. Residents disagree, calling the street “a thoroughfare for members”; the city’s mayor also said he was surprised by the decision, feeling the club will gain value from the project.
The club was established in 1924 as a nine-hole layout by Tom Vardon, and the renovation that began in 2014 was directed primarily at reconstructing bunkers. Other changes include removing some existing trees, constructing new tees, and redesigning the 13th hole to play as a redan.
The surge in golf course renovations has put a premium on purchase-or-lease decisions that must be made for mowing and maintenance equipment now needed for new layouts or turf.
A group led by Dan Pohl has managed the Stillwater, Minn., golf course for the past 30 years, and the owner allowed the lease to expire in October to hire Northco Golf & Hospitality to take over. Northco created the new name and logo, purchased all new carts and equipment, and plans to make “numerous improvements” to the property over the next five years.