Ed Clark, 83, owns the Sandy Ridge Golf Course, located two miles northeast of Midland on Flajole Road. Sandy Ridge is a public 18 hole golf course with some unique golf holes. The complex also has a driving range and a bar / restaurant. They host leagues, company outings, and charitable events. A group of women meets on Tuesday evening for 9 am and wine. During the peak season, Clark employs 36 people, while three work in the winter. Ed’s wife Pat is the accountant. You have been married for 62 years. They have four sons. Two died. The Clarks also have seven grandchildren. Clark is a Midland High graduate and has a college degree. The Clarks split the time between their home on Wixom Lake and a course on a golf course in Lakeland, Florida.
1. How long have you owned your company?
Almost 30 years.
2. What inspired you to own this company?
I was playing in the Information Services (IS) league when I retired from Dow. I had a hot car and was driving around Midland. Sandy Ridge owner said you should buy this place.
3. What makes Midland a great place to run a business?
All different companies support each other.
4. How is your company doing in the local community?
We support cancer services. The military have a big outing here. Then Dow’s racing car comes here.
5. What are your interests and hobbies?
When I’m in Florida, I’m on the golf course, live on the 17th green. When we first went down there there were alligators and snakes in our yard.
6. What local companies do you work with that will make your business a success?
We work with the Chamber of Commerce. I support that. There is support from restaurants and the loons too. That just makes Midland a great place. Dave Kepler with Turtle Cove, very supportive guy.
7. Other thoughts?
Our employees take care of our customers and ensure that our customers are treated well. You can remember names better than me. We thank our friends and customers for their support when we lost our two sons.