After more than 20 years of ownership by a group of four partners, Evergreen Country Club in Elkhorn, a 27-hole golf course known for being open as soon as the elements allow, has a new owner.
The buyer is Nehang Anand, a Chicago-area businessman who also has a partial interest in both Par 5 Resort in Mishicot, the former Fox Hills Golf Resort, and in Par 4 Resort and Foxfire Golf Club in Waupaca.
While Anand is a partial owner of those properties, “this is a sole ownership here,” said Bill Rogers, general manager at Evergreen for more than 20 years and a 35-year employee.
Rogers said the sale, which closed last Tuesday, “is going to be good because everything’s going to be different.” Evergreen has already opened for the season, though it closed once briefly due to snow, but Rogers said the staff is extremely busy planning new menus, getting new ownership paperwork in order and preparing for the season.
Anand will be involved “but it’s not a hands-on business,” said Rogers, who is staying on.
Rogers said he could not comment on the sales price but said one report claiming it was $2.4 million was not correct. According to state real estate transfer records, the sales price of the golf course and personal property included in the transaction totaled $3.2 million.
Evergreen is known for outings and for being open when other courses are not. It is not technically in the Lake Geneva market, Rogers said, but it is just 10 miles away from the high-end courses there and benefits from its more affordable, and accessible, tee times.
Being open in all kinds of weather doesn’t hurt, either.
“I’ve got those guys too, with their cordless drills (for putting tees in frozen ground) and their own leaf blowers,” Rogers said. He had golfers teeing off on Sunday even as they waited for the last of the lingering snow to melt away.
Like most course operators, Rogers is hoping for big things in 2022 after COVID-19 spurred strong play the last two seasons.
“Yeah, the crazy bump the first year and even more the second year, and we’re expecting that to continue. Between the gas (price) and the war are the only things slowing us down right now.”