The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources approved the first of several permits that will be needed for the new course to be built by the creators of Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run, even as an array of potential environmental impacts from the project were detailed. Kohler has agreed to create wetlands in other parts of the area and to contribute $200,000 towards restoration work.
Biltmore Forest Country Club in Asheville, N.C. has been sued by a former employee of its Men’s Grill and by its current golf shop manager over allegations of discrimination based on disability and age and other violations. Residents who live near The Kansas City Country Club have filed an action against the club over the noise created by the greens fans that are run during especially hot periods to help fight fungus and other turf damage.
In conjunction with KemperSports, the Brentwood, Tenn. property has completed projects that include a renovated bath house, resurfaced tennis courts, new walking trails with enhanced water features, and lighting and landscape enhancements.
The $8,000 awards, part of the PGA WORKS workforce diversification effort, will be for the 2018-19 school year at any of the 18 accredited PGA Golf Management University Programs. The deadline to apply is February 28th.
Owner Mike McCaw hopes to identify a new owner for the Cincinnati, Ohio property by summer, but is still preparing the Arthur Hills-designed course for the 2018 season. The club is surrounded by a community of over 600 homes and a conservation easement would prohibit its sale for further home development.
The property in East Stroudsburg, Pa. with an 18-hole golf course and the Whispering Pines Banquet Hall was bought by Middle Smithfield Township in 2010, as part of a $2 million deal to acquire unused sewer capacity. Yearly losses under township ownership have been cut from more than $800,000 to less than $150,000, but supervisors feel cost-reduction efforts have plateaued and that part of the property should now be rezoned for commercial use, to enhance chances of a sale.