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After 53 years in business, the golf course in West Linn will reopen with new ownership and a new layout.

COURTESY PHOTO: SANDELIE GOLF COURSE - The Sandelie Golf Course in West Linn will close Sept. 29 as it transitions to new ownership and undergoes renovations. It's your last chance to play a round at Sandelie Golf Course, for now.

The 18-hole course near Wilsonville in West Linn is set to close on Sept. 29 after it went up for sale last year. The new owner plans to spend the winter building a restaurant, bar and putting course, current owner Keith Kaiser said.

"Part of the property is going to be repurposed as golf, and the new owner has plans for a short course," Kaiser said. "He'll be a good neighbor."

It has yet to be formally announced whether the course will be converted to nine holes or remain at 18.

With his 87-year-old mother, Jan, Kaiser owns both Kohl Creek Golf Course and Sandelie. Kohl Creek will remain open, and there are no current plans to sell it. Jan will retire once the sale is final, he said, after running the course for the last 53 years.

"I'm gonna stay and she's gonna retire," Kaiser said. "She's been here the whole time."

The new owner, Mike Fritz, hasn't spoken about his plans for the property, and it is unclear when it will reopen. Fritz said he was not ready to make any official announcements about his plans yet because the deal isn't closed.

Kaiser said he isn't worried about how the sale will impact his business.

"We're going from 27 holes to nine holes (Kohl Creek is a nine-hole course), but we're also going to have far fewer expenses," he said.

As the owner of one of a handful of golf courses in the area that has served players for decades, Kaiser said selling Sandelie is bittersweet.

"It's sad to see it go, but that's progress," he said.

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