By Tina Snell, Staff Writer Lance and Tonya Enneking of Rice have purchased the 213-acre Pine Ridge Golf Course in Lincoln. The papers were signed July 25, and the couple is excited about their new adventure. Tonya said the two have been entrepreneurs forever, and this is just another challenge for them.
“We liked the idea of it being seasonal so we could have some down time,” she said. “We looked at the Pine Ridge last July and were surprised at the price. Then in April this year we checked again to see if it was still on the market and found the price had dropped.” The name will remain the same and the bar/restaurant will be called Ridge Rib and Steak House. Lance met with officials at Pine Country Bank in Rice and learned it would help with financing. “I like the idea of owning a golf course because it will be more of a family-run business. Our children will be able to help,” said Lance. “It’s also a business we may be able to hand down to them. They are excited.” The Ennekings’ children are Danielle, 20; Brady, 15; and Ellie, 8. Danielle is currently attending college, but helps out on the weekends. Brady golfs daily, and helps out with stocking and some service work. Ellie helps wherever she can. Other family members have already pitched in to assist Lance and Tonya. For starters, the new owners are doing cosmetic work. Both the deck and the outside of the clubhouse are being stained and a downstairs bathroom is being planned. The pro shop will be reorganized with increased inventory. “We would like to add more food products, clubs, clothing, accessories and cocktails,” said Tonya. On the course itself, the Ennekings will first work on the tee boxes. “I want to widen and flatten the tee boxes,” said Lance. “They are small and the grass gets beaten up when everybody tees off in the same spot. I want to give the golfers more room.” Other future plans include holding more tournaments and opening up the banquet area for more events. “We are hosting the Staples Motley Jerry Riewer Invitational, a cross county meet, Monday, Aug. 26,” said Lance. Tonya said, “While we will close for the winter, we will be available for weddings, Christmas parties and other special occasions all year long.” The golf course will stay open until about Oct. 15, as long as the weather holds. To attract the younger golfer, the Ennekings also plan to offer reduced rates for non-adults. “We appreciate anyone who uses our facility. Our aim is to provide quality customer service along with improving the facilities and the course,” said Lance. When not working, Lance and the couple’s children love to golf and have spent many hours at Pine Ridge in the past. The family owns a cabin on Pine Island Lake in Cushing and they love to ice fish. For more information, call Pine Ridge Golf Course at (218) 575-3300.