As the old saying goes, “all good things must come to an end,” and that’s certainly relatable to the recent announcement of the 96-year-old privately owned Hillcrest Golf Club in St. Paul closing later this fall.
According to a recent report from The Pioneer Press, owners of the club concluded that its fewer than 200 members isn’t enough for the business to remain sustainable, ultimately forcing the decision to shutter and sell off the sprawling 110-acre property.
As noted by The Press, the Hillcrest site will likely be marketed to real estate developers and could potential bring hundreds of new homes to the area, which is already almost entirely residential.
The Hillcrest Golf Course originally opened all the way back in 1921 as a municipal course, and it also became the region’s first Jewish-only country club when it sold years later in 1945. Since the late 1970s, however, membership has been unrestricted and open to everyone.