There’s been a lot of buzz recently around the Hillcrest Golf Course Development on the East Side. In a city steeped in history, its fascinating to get to know how such a large development could affect this large small town. How will our neighborhoods in the Greater East Side be affected by the construction? Here at ABC Realty we like to think about how the history of Saint Paul and the East Side shapes the future, so we thought it might be helpful to do an overview of the history of the Hillcrest Golf Course.
In 1921, the Hillcrest Golf Course opened in the Greater East Side. The original owners of the Golf Course and Golf Club were primarily wealthier white Minnesotans. In the 1940s, after stumbling through the Great Recession, Jewish investors bought the club. Prior to the purchase of the club, Jewish Minnesotans weren’t allowed to play golf in any other course in the Twin Cities. After the purchase, Hillcrest became a Jewish only club up into the 1970s. In the 70s, the club was opened to the public.
In 2000, a nearly 3 million dollar clubhouse opened. Unfortunately, the debt from the new clubhouse, the recession, and a waning interest in golf caused the club to close. It was bought by the Steamfitters Pipefitters Union, and is now being developed by the city of Saint Paul and the Port Authority.