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Nine holes and 55 years
Nancy and Jim Krieger stand on Windy Acres Golf Course in front of the 10-unit hotel Monday. To order this photo, click here. (Times photo: Marissa Weiher)
MONROE - Jim Krieger didn't realize how much of a hidden gem he uncovered when he purchased the Windy Acres Golf Club in 1961. Krieger, a St. Joseph, Michigan native, was intrigued by the 90 acres of farm-developed recreational land when he purchased the golf course more than five decades ago. Over the years, Windy Acres has developed into a peaceful retreat and a golfer's paradise where visitors can get lost in the course engulfed by trees and wooded areas and can spot oats overlooking farmers' fields.

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