One more round: Mini-golf course for sale again
Little Bear Valley Golf is looking for its third owner in one year, but neither profitability nor lack of business are reasons the property is listed.
Mike and Betty Fredrickson have put the miniature golf course, which is east of Craig on U.S. High-way 40, on the market just nine months after purchasing it from Joan and Melvin Snyder.
“It is a very profitable business, and it’s a lot of fun,” owner Mike Fredrickson said. “We’re just at the point where we’re ready to do some different things.”
The mini-golf course, which features a soda fountain and various children’s attractions in addition to golf, is slated to open in the spring regardless of whether it sells.
“If it takes three years to sell, it will stay open no matter what,” Mike said. “We’re not going anywhere until it is a viable business for someone else.”
Although the business is successful during the season, the real growth potential lies within the untapped year-round opportunities.
“My hope is that someone can incorporate a restaurant or another draw to encourage year-round business,” Mike Fredrickson said. “Being open year-round would be a good benefit to someone.”
The Fredrickson’s purchased the business in mid-summer of 2004, which is something they hope that the new owners can avoid.”We hope someone can buy it before opening season, so that they can get the benefit of the whole season, which is why we have it listed now,” Mike Fredrickson said.
The Fredricksons have listed the business with Country Living Realty. The seasonal business would be well-suited for a teacher or retired couple, according to the real estate firm.
“The business is turn-key, and everything except for the train is included in the purchase price,” Mike said.
When the Fredricksons originally bought the business, they told the Daily Press they weren’t specifically looking for a mini-golf course. They just wanted a fun place for families. Mike thinks they have created that atmosphere.
He said the business is viable and credited the Snyders with creating community relationships, including sponsoring reward programs at the schools.
Rob Gebhart can be reached at 824-7031 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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