Minnesota daily fee course replaces bankrupt private club

Golfers in Albert Lea, Minn., now have a new 18-hole public course to play, following the demise of the town’s only other golf facility in 2006.
Wedgewood Cove Golf Club & Estates, a daily fee course and residential development owned by local developers including Paul Field and Jerry Vogt, opened its second nine holes on Aug. 11 after debuting nine holes in June.
The new Wedgewood Cove course was designed by architect Garrett Gill, and built by Prinsburg, Minn.-based Duininck Golf. The development team had to accommodate stringent environmental constraints, due in part to the location of Pickerel Lake nearby.
Albert Lea's only other golf course, Albert Lea Country Club, was purchased out of bankruptcy in 2006 by a local developer and was scheduled to be replaced by housing, but the developer also subsequently filed for bankruptcy.
"The community was badly in need of a golf course," Field said of the town of 20,000 located about 90 miles south of the Twin Cities. 

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