Golf course sells for $1 million
January 14. 2014 10:29AM
The Rocky Run Golf Course in Dell Rapids has a new owner.
Spruce Glen, Inc., a group of area investors who own and develop land surrounding the golf course, purchased the 18-hole golf course for $1 million from Dell Rapids Golf, Inc. on Dec. 17.
DRG publicly shopped the 18-hole golf course since 2012, and twice courted the City of Dell Rapids for offers.
Before the city passed on making an offer in November, DGR’s Rod Pierson cautioned the council that the future of the course would not be certain if a private entity took ownership. A new owner could close the course and develop the land for other purposes, he said.
Spruce Glen partner Carol Johnson said that won’t happen. The golf course is an important asset to the community, and Spruce Glen is committed to maintaining it, she said.
“Dell Rapids has always been a place with a vision for the future,” she said. “As a shareholder in Spruce Glen, I am proud to support that vision.”
Spruce Glen partner Jill Hansen, also a DRG partner and board member, said with the change of ownership comes a change in management.
Dakota Golf Management’s one-year contract expired Jan. 1. Opting to part ways with the golf course specialty firm, Spruce Glen has contracted Norby’s, Inc. to staff and manage the clubhouse.
Trent Geddes, a grounds keeper at Rocky Run for 14-years will take on an increasing role as golf and facilities manager, Hansen said.
Of Spruce Glen’s 11 shareholders, nine also held shares in Dell Rapids Golf.
Also different under new ownership are Rocky Run’s prices. The new annual membership rates range from $570 for individuals to $800 for families. There are also options for monthly payments starting at $50. Members will be allowed to bring private carts onto the course, and there will be options for annual cart leases and storage. Rocky Run members have priority tee times and will be able to reserve tee times up to two weeks in advance.
“The advantage of being a member is that you have access to play as little or as much golf as you want whenever you want,” Hansen said. “You can use your own cart and drive to the course or you can store your cart at the course. We want people taking advantage of this community’s great golf course and enjoying the game of golf. We also want to create a friendly social atmosphere that is welcoming to all.”
Spruce Glen also has agreed to an affiliate relationship with GreatLife Malaska Golf and Fitness. GreatLife members will have access to the Rocky Run course at restricted times. GreatLife members will be limited to tee times up to three days in advance and will not have access to the course on weekends before 3 p.m. or on Thursday afternoons.
GreatLife president Tom Walsh is not an investor in the new ownership group at Rocky Run.