The OLD COURSE back in action this summer

Klick looking to create former Country Club atmosphere on private course

by DIANE LEUKAM
STAFF WRITER

The OLD COURSE, formerly the Sauk Centre Country Club, will soon be opening as a private golf course, during a time of transition for property owner, Steve Klick.
Klick, with his company, Centre Graphics, has ties to the former Country Club, having caddied as a kid for Pat DuBois. After graduating from high school he lived in the metro area for a number of years, but moved to Sauk Centre in 1980 with late wife, Peggy (Kleinschmidt), and their children.
Klick’s business, Dairyland Computers, kept them busy as it grew, and in 1987, they relocated to Glenwood, eventually selling the company in 2007.
Life took a turn in February 2014, when Peggy passed away from cancer. Since then, Klick has remarried to Mary Krebs, and continues to live in Glenwood.
Klick’s memories of his Sauk Centre days helped to form his vision for the future of the golf course.
“We decided if we were going to do it, we were going to do it like it used to be,” Klick said.
The clubhouse and cart shed area have been completely renovated. Additional tees, sand traps, a new pitching/sand practice area, and one water hazard have been added, and the green on hole number eight has been extended. The clubhouse has been renovated to give the feel of the original clubhouse.
The course is reopening as a private, reversible, 9-hole course. Since August 2013, the course has been changed to play as 18 unique holes and accommodate residential housing. The original 9-hole course remains with minor changes, while the reverse direction course provides a completely different experience.
All this will occur over a period of time, through a process of steps.
The City of Sauk Centre will move forward with Phase I of a utility project that will extend utilities from the Cates Estates Sixplex on Lake Shore Drive going toward the south. It will connect with Main Street North near a Native American burial mound located north of Fairway Pines Assisted Living. This project will service an apartment complex scheduled to begin construction this spring.
According to City Administrator Vicki Willer, potentially, that project could extend farther south to link up with utilities on Country Club Road, allowing another developer to build an apartment complex in the area, as well as a housing development on The OLD COURSE.
Housing development
On the west side of Main Street, Klick has plans for a potential 13 homes to be built along the east side of the course. Building covenants have been established which restrict the type of houses to be built. 
Reservations will be taken and used for selling those lots – reservations that would lead to platting, sale and ultimately Phase II of the city’s utilities project.
According to Klick, lot sales will be completed once the city’s utility work is completed, most likely in 2018.
In the meantime, property owners will have availability of memberships on the course, which is not open to the public on a regular basis. Membership status will be provided through reservations since houses cannot be completed until water and sewer can be completed. Reservation holders are allowed to play the course during non-event times.
Food for all events has been coordinated with a local vendor. In addition, a select number of coursed dinner events will be held over the summer in the clubhouse.
Over the first three years of operation, covenants restrict the activities of the course. However, once they have been removed, and the initial startup phase for the course is completed, it will become a new neighborhood and have areas that cater to individuals 55 and over.
This year, The OLD COURSE will open the season with an invitational Father’s Day tournament event on June 18 and will end play on Sept. 17 with another invitational event called the “Old Timers” tournament. In between those events, the club will be available for private events for corporate and non-profit organizations, reunions and weddings. In addition, five men’s, five family and five ladies nights will be held that are open to the public with advanced paid reservations, with all events limited to a specific number of people. All events will include golf, beverages, buffet dinner and prizes.
In the end, Klick is looking forward to creating a neighborhood course that will draw people from out of the area, as well as those already living in Sauk Centre.
“Hopefully we’ll know where we sit after this season,” he said.

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