Young’s looks forward with ambitious plans

Once known as George Young Recreational Complex, Young’s is in the early stages of an ambitious project that aims to make the resort a “world-class regional destination.”

IRON RIVER—The 3,300-acre slice of Upper Peninsula beauty nestled in south central Iron County has been known for more than 40 years chiefly as a golfing destination. Which is ironic when the history of what became known as the George Young Recreational Complex and is now known as Young’s is considered.
    For when founders George and Margaret Young developed the documents that established the trust that governs the complex, the word “golf” is mentioned just once.
    “Golf was the first major step,” local trustee Rick Kent explained. “But it wasn’t followed up with the second and third steps. And so what we’re trying to do is put those second, third, fourth, fifth steps in place so that the total mission is realized.”
    That effort, which has begun in earnest over the last several months, aims to revitalize Young’s into much more than a golf resort. It is a giant project, really, with a timeline stretching at least five years into the future with plans for wholesale changes centered around making Young’s into a “world-class regional destination for the public to recreate, learn, relax and cherish all the gifts of nature offered through its unique properties and facilities” according to its mission statement.
    It’s quite an ambition, for sure, but all the elements are there to develop Young’s into a hub of recreational and educational activity for locals and tourists alike.
    “One of the conversations we had with the advisory teams is what makes Young’s unique,” Kent said. “And as we look around at (the advisory team members’) experiences of traveling around the Midwest and regionally, no one could name a place like this, that was 3,300 acres that has three lakes connected to it, a beautiful golf course and this kind of facility. You put all those pieces together and it makes Young’s not only a jewel for the Upper Peninsula, but it makes it so unique.”
    For those unfamiliar with the history behind Young’s, the story started when George, a native of Iron County, met Margaret while attending Northwestern University. The couple married and continued to live in the Chicago area. They owned and operated the Chicago Brick and Fire Company, but often vacationed in the Upper Peninsula and were especially fond of Iron County. 

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