Stonehedge Golf Course Attracts Buyer

Jon Oswald listed his property on Nov. 9 and had a suitable offer for Stonehedge Golf Course by Nov. 10.  

Oswald, a former cable-television project contractor, bought the Egg Harbor course and restaurant/bar in 2009. He said he “couldn’t ask for a better job” than operating his business and practicing golf shots in the evenings while working on irrigation, and that the year-round course stayed busy throughout 2020 and 2021.

However, some personal tragedies made him decide to sell. Oswald’s wife, Laurie, died during the summer of 2020, and his best friend – who was also his equipment mechanic and computer expert – died earlier this month. Oswald had closed the restaurant and bar in 2020 for a variety of reasons, including the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The potential buyer has strong Door County ties, wants to keep the course running and will potentially reopen the restaurant. Oswald said he disregarded a proposal this summer from a developer who was interested in using the 41-acre site east of Egg Harbor as a solar farm.

“I threw that right into the garbage,” he said.

Designed by John Cole and opened in 1993 by Cole and his sons, Stonehedge fills a niche in northern Door County as a family-friendly, par-31 executive course. At 2,100 yards, experienced golfers have no problem reaching greens in regulation, but tiny, undulating putting surfaces make approach shots and chips challenging for both beginners and low-handicappers.

Oswald said his plan is to live closer to his grandchildren in the Appleton area.