The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Local News

July 10, 2014

'Wanted To Create The Best Course'

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.

Text Only
Local News
  • Take a 'National Night Out'

    For one night every year, communities across the country celebrate National Night Out, a nationwide initiative to fight crime and promote safe communities.

    July 31, 2014

  • Well affected by mercury spill is working again

    Mercury remains in one of Clinton’s Archer Daniels Midland wells, stemming from a November 2013 spill. But according to an independent study, threat levels are below Iowa Department of Natural Resources standards.
    The affected Well No. 4 returned to operation earlier this month.

    July 31, 2014

  • Roosevelt building Big plans in the works for Roosevelt

    The Clinton Community School District wants to preserve “historical charm.”
    Community Housing Initiatives wants to add another housing option to a market with limited diversity.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-30-14 Libby Goodman Goodman selected Rotary president CLINTON — Alverno Administrator Libby Goodman will become the new Clinton Rotary Club president for the coming year. Since 2008, as administrator at the Alverno, her primary responsibility has been to ensure the day-to-day facility operations are in

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Clinton judge hears motion to suppress in drug case

    District Court Judge Stuart Werling will consider a motion of suppression against a warrant that led to the arrest of a Clinton man on drug charges.

    July 30, 2014

  • Sidewinders photo Debating decibels: Finally Fridays, Showboat at odds over concert volume

    Two events will take center stage at the riverfront Friday. And if it’s anything like the last time these entities shared the same evening, both crowds may want to take note of the decibel levels coming from the bandshell.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • County building construction Clinton County's satellite office in DeWitt on track for September 2 opening

    With the construction of a new parking lot expected by the middle of August, county officials are planning for the Clinton County Satellite Office’s opening to happen soon.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • New sentencing hearing sought in robbery case

    A man serving a minimum of seven years in prison on a second-degree robbery charge has applied for a new sentencing hearing, seeking a prison sentence without a mandatory minimum.

    July 29, 2014

  • photo-55.JPG UPDATE: 17-year-old fell, airlifted at Eagle Point Park (with VIDEO)

    A 17-year-old male was airlifted to Iowa City Monday afternoon after he fell approximately 80 feet from the bluff at Eagle Point Park. The male was not identified by authorities.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Judge rejects McClellan's suspended sentence

    A Clinton man accused of assaulting his girlfriend recanted his guilty plea after a District Court judge rejected a plea agreement that recommended a suspended sentence.

    July 28, 2014

Clinton Herald photos

Browse, buy and submit pictures with our photo site.