Former Nemadji Golf Course manager Mark S. Carlson didn’t remain retired very long.
Carlson, who recently ended his 45-year employment at NGC, announced last week that he will now be employed by the Pike Lake (Minn.) Golf & Beach Club, overseeing the clubhouse, course and beach operations.
Carlson worked at NGC since 1974, first hired as course manager before his company moved to a management agreement with the city in 2005.
Carlson opted out of that deal and the Superior City Council approved a five-year agreement June 18 with KemperSports Management to operate and manage the city-owned golf course.
Joining Carlson in his new adventure will be longtime co-workers at NGC Steve Flagstad, Scott Skorich and Reenie Kinney.
Flagstad will be the director of grounds, Skorich is the food and beverage manager and Kinney is the general manager.
Roger and Diane Anderson recently purchased the 68-acre Pike Lake facility from the AAA national auto club.
“I would like to thank the Anderson family for allowing us to be part of this exciting opportunity to reopen the Pike Lake Golf & Beach Club,” Carlson said in a Facebook post. “We will attempt to get all phases of the asset in good shape and up and running by spring 2020.”
The Pike Lake club has been closed the last two years while the sale has been tied up in court.
Carlson also noted that the Andersons have a long-term vision that includes residential housing and additional amenities.
“The auto club has served as an excellent family recreational facility in the Pike Lake area for many years,” Carlson said. “We hope to keep that tradition going and improve and expand on it in the future. The PLG&BC will be an important part of the community providing golf, beach and family recreation combined with fun social and business outings.”
DIVOTS: Roger Anderson is the owner of Harbor City Masonry. … Flagstad was the golf superintendent at NGC for 31 years and has earned "Best Public Course" honors the last three years in the "Best of the Best" awards by the Duluth NewsTribune. … Skorich worked at NGC the last 28 years, providing food, beverage and banquet service; and Kinney served as operations manager at NGC for the last four years.