Wilson Golf buys 9th course

Wilson Golf Group acquired Northville Hills Golf Club from Capmark Bank. It is an 18-hole, public course in Northville, Mich. designed by legendary golfer, Arnold Palmer. It is the Minnesota company’s ninth golf course, and first in Michigan.

Wilson Golf Group owns and operates nine golf courses in Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The family-owned company actively looks to purchase golf courses in communities with which they are connected, either through business or personal interests.

"Once a crown jewel within the community, Northville Hills has seen a number of ownership changes in recent years,” said said Greg Stang, president of Wilson Golf Group. “We're excited to restore this treasure and make a long-term investment in the course and the surrounding community.”

Wilson Golf Group owners, Ken and Ruth Wilson purchased their first golf course in 1984 as a way to keep a struggling par-3 afloat in their community. Twenty-eight years later the company still owns and operates that first course, Gem Lake Hills in White Bear Lake, Minn.

Ken Wilson is a self-made businessman with longstanding ties to the manufacturing industry. In 1966, he founded a simple tool and die shop, which today is known as Wilson Tool International, the world's largest independent manufacturer of tooling systems for the sheet metal fabrication industry.

Moving forward under the ownership of Wilson Golf Group, Northville Hills will retain the same management and staff.

"We're excited that Diane Wilson and Andy Thoreson will remain with us as the general manager and superintendent, respectively," said Stang "Their dedication and exceptional professionalism are great assets to the course, and we're excited to welcome them to the Wilson Golf Group."

Northville Hills Golf Club is 7,003 yards with native woodlands, wetlands and rolling slopes. Additional amenities include a 10,000-square-foot clubhouse with a pro shop, full-service kitchen, dining room and a 200-person banquet room.

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