Local News

What's a Union Going to do with Hillcrest Golf Club
Monday, 18 April 2011 09:42

Some might call them crazy, but the Steamfitters Pipefitters Union Local 455 has bought the Hillcrest Golf Club in Maplewood, Minnesota, a suburb of St. Paul.

What is odd about the purchase is not that a private club was sold, but that a union bought it. There are a few other examples of a union owning a golf course with the most visible being the UAW that owns Black Lake Golf Club in Onaway, Michigan, but its the exception to the rule.

Though the land could be developed for other uses, Local 455 was the only bidder to pledge to continue operating Hillcrest as a private golf club for at least two years. The union's 1,426 members, including retirees, unanimously approved the purchase, using money from a special building fund established in the 1980s and financed by contributions from member paychecks.

So, a union, kind of the anti-white collar, fat cat, private club membership, organization owns a golf course.

We'll see how it goes when they plan to reopen this Spring.

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