The results of a $3 million renovation of the club’s golf course was previewed on April 1, culminating the recovery from trees lost from a chemical used for broadleaf weed control three years earlier. A clubhouse renovation and new pool area are also expected to be completed this season for the 300-member club.
After a chemical used for broadleaf weed control led to the loss of over 2,000 trees, a long-overdue course renovation was begun that will include new bunkers and tees along with a new irrigation system and widening of fairways.
Golf courses throughout Wisconsin are bucking national trends by bringing in strong outing and event business at competitive pricing. In neighboring Illinois, municipal golf facilities are turning to video poker and slot machines to make up for declining revenue with varying degrees of success.
Funded through the Environmental Institute for Golf and Syngenta, the program provides $1,500 scholarships to the children and grandchildren of Golf Course Superintendents Association of America members who have been active for five or more consecutive years.
The property has served notice, through a major course and clubhouse renovation, that it plans to be a big part of central Wisconsin’s emergence as a new mecca for golf and other activities.
The Stevens Point, Wis., property has been closed for renovations since 2012. Updates include a redesign of several holes and the addition of new grass on the greens and sand in the sand traps.
With a new golf professional and Executive Chef on staff, the 255-member, 18-hole facility is updating its offerings, including adding a new pro shop called Joe Hatch’s Golf Shop. Oliphant Golf will work on landscaping and a golf course redesign over the next few years, portions of the clubhouse have been renovated, and the dining menu has been overhauled.
Mike Keiser, the Chicago businessman who transformed Bandon, Ore., into a premier golf destination, is planning to build Sand Valley, a multi-course resort on sand dunes in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. Keiser has signed an agreement to purchase 2.4 square miles of land with a closing date of December 17, at which point he is expected to name the architect for the first course.
The Stevens Point, Wis., club closed last year for construction and remained tight-lipped on renovation plans. The club has since revealed that the golf course will have new greens, white sand and longer holes, while a new pro shop, tennis courts, restaurant and banquet space are also in the works.