Olsons’ hand off the dream

By Brenda Erdahl

LeRoy and Michelle Wurm never dreamed they would buy a golf course, but that’s just what happened in January when the local couple became the new owners of Albion Ridges Golf Course south of Maple Lake.

It all started when Dennis Olson called LeRoy into his office.

“Anyone who plays here knows Dennis,” Michelle said by way of introduction. Dennis and his wife Jo Ann had the original dream to build a golf course in the middle of Albion Township farmland on what used to be a pig farm. Since construction started in 1989, the Olson’s have built it into a successful business that attracts golfers from around the state for its country setting and top-of-the-line practice facility.

“He said ‘you gotta buy this.’ He wanted someone he knew to have it,” LeRoy recalled of that fateful meeting. “I didn’t know how it would work, but it did.”

To Michelle, it was a privilege more than anything else.

“He didn’t put it up for sale, he chose LeRoy,” she said.

Olson had good reasons for choosing his long-time superintendent to succeed him. LeRoy and his family have been a part of Albion Ridges since the beginning,

“Dennis had a dream to have a golf course and he worked it, sun up to sun down,” Michelle said.

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