Owners Chuck and Marilyn Appeldoorn (who also own Appeldoorn’s Sunset Bay Resort in Isle and Northwood Hills Golf Course in Garrison) said with the nature of golf evolving they are revamping the current 18-hole golf course into a nine-hole course.
They will be adding 200 seasonal RV sites with a number of amenities, including a large activity center with two outdoor swimming pools, hot tub, putting green, chipping green, netted driving range, paintball course, water war site, laser tag, fling golf, foot golf, a fishing pond, and playground, with plans to add more with customer input.
When asked about the motivation behind the resort upgrade, Chuck Appeldoorn said, “With the demand going down in golf and the demand of RVing exploding, we decided now is the time to transcend into a family seasonal RV resort with a golf theme. We plan to have something for everyone.”
“We’re RVers ourselves, and some of the things we’re doing here, we’ve seen in other places. When we’ve gone to other parks and saw how many kids were around, we wanted those types of amenities to draw the families,” added Marilyn Appeldoorn.
On the RV site upgrades, Marilyn said, “A big highlight is that the majority of sites are three times the size of a typical RV park. The minimum requirement for an RV site is 2,000 square feet, and the smallest one here will be 5,000 square feet. Also, if you’re coming in with a big rig, there will be plenty of room to maneuver, and each site will have three car sites for guests or a boat. All sites will be full hook up as well.”
Brittany Grove, Chuck and Marilyn’s daughter, added, “We’re looking forward to adding these brand new amenities to the area and providing more job opportunities while bringing in a higher traffic of vacationers to help everyone on Mille Lacs benefit.”
These upgrades are the first in a multi-phase plan. The first phase will consist of the new activity center and outdoor pool along with 91 RV sites ready for this fall and for the 2020 camping season. Planned for the second phase are the remaining number of sites, up to 200 sites, for the 2021 camping season.
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