Last Saturday night, at approximately 11:30pm, the St. James Golf Course and Rivers Edge Grill caught fire. Jason and Jen Kuester, owners of the course, arrived on scene soon after the fire departments and were quick to plan to keep the golf course running.
Jason reports that the golf course is still functioning, and that people may book tee times on a tee-time app as well as be able to use credit cards for payments. In addition, the Kuesters are in the process of setting up a temporary space for office equipment, as well as tables and restaurant space for the mobile grill.
Meanwhile, the state fire marshal and insurance adjusters have been investigating the cause of the fire, speculated to be of mechanical or electrical origins. Despite the circumstances, Jason and Jen are eager to get the clubhouse, bar, and restaurant rebuilt in the near future. They are hopeful that they will be able to have a brand-new facility established within the next 5-6 months.
On the club’s Facebook page Justin wrote about the fire.
“When we pulled up we were met by six local fire departments that were working hard to put the fire out. Jen and I want to thank St. James, Madelia, Lewisville, Butterfield, Ormsby, & Truman for all their efforts in putting out the fire.
“This will take a little more effort but we know we can overcome this! We will still be open for golf every day as always using a temporary office,” he wrote.
“We also want to thank all the staff and everyone that came out in support during the fire. We appreciate all the hugs and prayers. River’s Edge Grill will be back as soon as possible.”