For Steve Ramey, owner of Chisholm Hills Golf and Banquet Center, there’s never truly an off-season.
“There’s a constant battle in maintaining the property and striving to improve,” Ramey said.
The rolling terrain 18-hole golf course welcomes golfers year-round. But even when frigid Michigan winters get cold enough to deter devoted golfers, the Chisholm Hills banquet hall is bustling with events and parties. Ramey has a core team of about 20 employees who work with him at Chisholm Hills and Branson Bay, Ramey’s Mason-area golf course. The team is constantly searching for new ways to beautify both facilities and keep them in tip-top shape for every season of use.
Chisholm Hills was first opened by Alex Chisholm in the early 1950s. The golf course stayed in the Chisholm family until the early 1990s, when Ramey purchased it.
“I always wanted to have a business myself and I liked the nature of the golf business,” Ramey said.
Since first purchasing the property, Ramey expanded the course by 60 acres and renovated the golf course’s facilities to be able to handle weddings and other major events. While he saw a dip in
golfers around the Great Recession of 2008, Ramey says that the golf course has seen increasing growth over the last decade.
Looking ahead, Ramey says he’s looking forward to keeping his beloved facility up and running for his devoted golfers, especially during particularly wet and rainy seasons like this past spring.
“I’m just looking to keep up with the regular demands of running a business,” he said. “There’s always new issues and new improvements, but working with the public is a lot of fun.”
Chisholm Hills Golf Club is located at 2395 Washington Road in Lansing, 517.694.0169. www.chisholmhills.com