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Two Thomson business partners recently purchased Buck's Barn, a former golf course, hotel and restaurant, with big renovation plans. When it opens, with nine holes instead of 18, Sandburr Run Course and Resort will be slightly different than what people are used to there. There will still be a hotel and bar, but there won't be a restaurant or swimming pool. General manager Zack Swanson says the course, right off of Highway 84, will attract people from surrounding cities, like Savanna, Fulton and Clinton, as well as from within Thomson, which is expecting a population boost when the prison opens up in a few years.

"The contractors, people who are looking for job opportunities, come to the area, and if they need a place to stay, we do extend stays, and we're going to try to help out the area with the growth and the attraction," he said.

Residents say they've waited for this for the last three years, often stopping by to check on the progress of the renovations.

"It's been sitting here empty a long time, and it's like every time we go by, they're doing something different," resident Tom French said. "It's good for everybody. I mean, a lot of people are talking about it. It's a buzz."

They say they expect Sandburr Run to stick around for a long time.

"I was born and raised around here, and when it was here in '76," resident Rich Buckley said. "It's been a great golf course, and I expect to see it just that way again."

The new owners did not purchase all of the land that used to be Buck's Barn, but they say they might consider buying the rest down the road. There is still some construction to complete, but they say they hope to open mid-May.

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