MN Golf Course Changes Hands In Wake Of Legal Dispute

As a 30-year lease expires for the Sawmill Golf Club, the family that owns the land reportedly plans to take over the course.

After three decades in operation, it appears that a Minnesota golf course is poised to close its doors (and reopen under a different name).

Sawmill Golf Club, Inc.—which currently runs the Sawmill Golf Club in Grant, a town northeast of the Twin Cities—and the Nicholson family, which owns the land on which the course is built, have decided not to renew a lease contract, according to a Pioneer Press report.

The lease had bound the parties since 1983, according to the St. Paul newspaper. Court records reportedly indicate that the parties have a contentious history and that the Nicholson family has tried to evict Sawmill Golf Club owners four times since 1989.

Marian Nicholson told the Pioneer Press that she hired a management company to run the day-to-day operations of the course, which they plan to reopen next season under a new name.

An owner of Sawmill Golf Club, Inc., told the newspaper that his group will continue to operate the nearby Loggers Trail course, which is leased from a different landowner.