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CF golf course finds potential buyers

CRYSTAL FALLS—While the state of the county budget and the relative health of county-wide discretionary spending have taken up a significant amount of interest in local affairs as of late, they are not the only area concerns with high price tags attached to them.
    In recent months, the city of Crystal Falls has marketed its Crystal View nine-hole golf course, which has been losing money for the city at an average rate of $35,000 a year for the last 10 years. This cash outflow may be stemmed soon, however, as at its regular monthly meeting on Oct. 14, the Crystal Falls City Council moved forward with offers from two parties interested in the location.
    One of the interested buyers is unknown, and Dawn Margoni of Wild Rivers Reality – who is involved in this process – was unable to speak to the buyer’s identity. This second offer was received the morning of the meeting. The sale price proffered was $180,000 with a down-payment of $5,000 at an interest of 5 percent. Closing was proposed sometime in January or early February at the latest, and acceptance agreement was due Oct. 18.
    The other interested party, Jim Emmers, spoke during the meeting. For nearly two decades, Emmers has been in real estate, but prior to that he was a member of the Professional Golfers Association through the 1980s and into the early 1990s. With an A-grade membership classification, he was at one time Head Professional at the Sun Air golf course in Haines City, Fla.
    Mayor Mike McCarthy said during the meeting that Emmers “had a lot of good ideas” for Crystal View. Emmers and local contractors conversed during the meeting with the board; renovation of the inside had pegged costing somewhere between $50,000 to $100,000. Sand trap work would be around $15,000. In addition to the projected costs on infrastructure, Emmers also said that he was interested in some tree removal for aesthetic purposes, removing just enough foliage so that the course and the city would have mutual line-of-sight with each other; the cost for this was estimated at under $20,000. The course would also be measured again for the first time since 2004, to satisfy the requirements of the United States Golf Association. More employees would also be hired.
    Emmers said after the meeting that he first noticed the property was for sale simply through proximity, as he lives near Crystal View.

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