Sale pending for La Belle Golf Club

By Brandon Anderegg - Freeman Staff

March 6, 2018

LAC LA BELLE — The La Belle Golf Club is expected to be sold by mid-April to Prestwick Golf Group in Sussex, according to Prestwick Golf Group Vice President Tyler Morse.

The company, which manufacturers golf course furnishings out of recycled plastic, plans to renovate La Belle, Morse said. He added this will be the first golf course the company has ever owned.

“We’re really excited to be a part of the La Belle community and to create quite a golf experience at La Belle,” said Morse. “I think it’s going to be exciting for the community to see what we’re going to be able to do there.”

The 18-hole golf course, located at 6996 Pennsylvania St. was previously known as Rolling Hills Country Club. Frank Romano, Troy Schmidt and John Meunier purchased the property from First Financial Centre of Oconomowoc in 2015.

Though the specifics of the renovation won’t be clear for a few months, Morse said the company intends to display several of their outdoor furnishings branded under the name “Sister Bay.”

“Everything from soft seating to Adirondacks, benches and outdoor firepit tables,” Morse said. “It’s going to be a neat showroom for us.” But Prestwick does more than just outdoor golf course furnishings. The company is also in the business of club house and pro shop interior design. In fact, Prestwick recently purchased Sturdy Craft, which is responsible for much of the interior design found in Von Maur at The Corners of Brookfield, 20111 Lord Street.

Prestwick was founded in 1997 by Matt Morse, Tyler’s father, under the name Great Lakes Golf Products. In 2007, the company moved its operations to Oconomowoc and became known as Prestwick Golf Group. Two years later, Prestwick moved its operations to Sussex. Meunier denied a request for comment.

New headquarters

Prestwick had been working with Delafield officials to move their headquarters from Sussex to Delafield on 28 acres of land near the interchange of Hwy C and interstate 94.

Prestwick wants to build a 71,000 square-foot corporate headquarters along with a gathering center and event barn during the first phase of the project and another 68,000 square feet in office space to be developed for lease or sale in the second phase.

But Prestwick’s development plans were foiled after the project was denied by the Common Council at a Feb. 19 meeting. Six votes were required to adopt the change in ordinances because a sufficient number of neighbors living within 100 feet and owning at least 20 percent of the land adjacent to the development had filed formal protests.

Former Mayor and Ald. Jim Behrend attempted a compromise by suggesting an amendment to require a 100-foot buffer from neighbors along the southern border of the development and limit the use of the event barn to corporate events. But Alderman Al Zietlow and Alderwoman Jackie Valde voted no.

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