THOMSON, Ill. — It’s been nearly four months since three Thomson locals took on the business venture of purchasing the former Buck’s Barn golf course and hotel hoping to revitalize the long-time Thomson staple.
Now they are ready to unveil those months of hard work during a soft opening on Monday to a community that has anxiously awaited the golf course’s return as Sandburr Run.
“We started working on the course the day we closed on the building,” Sandburr Run general manager Zack Swanson said. “There has been two and a half years of overgrowth so it took a lot of work. We basically took a field and turned it into a golf course.”
Though Swanson and Sandburr owners Ryan Eissens and Zac Vandendooren know the course isn’t quite ready for a full, grand opening just yet, they wanted to test the work they’ve done so far to see how the community responds.
By doing so, Swanson said, they can test out the course and make adjustments accordingly before the grand opening on Aug. 1 and 2.
“Monday is really just a soft opening to make sure it is a good product,” he said. “So far it’s just been us and a few friends that have played on it so we wanted to give people a taste of what is to come. This is all new territory for us so it’s also a chance for us to get our feet wet before the grand opening.”
As new as the territory is, Swanson added that he, the owners and all 12 Sandburr Run employees have adjusted well to the challenge and have seen a lot of success in just a few months of business.
He believes some of that success stems from Sandburr’s dedication to providing the best customer service possible.