Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 will be the last outdoor golf day of the season at Shorewood Golf Course. The Clubhouse restaurant will also close on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 to daily activity but will remain open and available for special events and activities over the winter months. Indoor golf on the TruGolf Simulator will open the week after Thanksgiving. Contact Rick Warpinski at email@example.com to inquire about clubhouse use and arranging for time on the simulator over the winter months.
The awards keep adding up for UW-Green Bay’s Shorewood Golf Course. The Golf Course Owners of Wisconsin (GCOW) has once again recognized Shorewood, and this year it is for Golf Course Appearance and Maintenance. “Course Superintendent Nate Rusch and his grounds crew team do exceptional work with the resources available,” said Rick Warpinski, UW-Green Bay’s Director of Shorewood and the University Union. “Customers routinely comment on the quality of the course’s playing conditions and are amazed this nine-hole course on a college campus is so well maintained.” This award adds to the lists of awards from GCOW including two-time State of Wisconsin Nine-Hole Course of the Year (2008 and 2016). See the full list of award winners who will be recognized November 13, 2018.
Former UW-Green Bay golf coach Jim Van Pee was featured in the Wisconsin.Golf article, “Family-owned golf courses in Wisconsin forced to look outside family to sustain, extend legacy.” In the article, Van Pee discusses his decision to sell Castle Rock Golf Course. Read the full article.
Weather-pending Shorewood Golf Course will remain open until Nov. 4 and is offering several deals:
- Receive twilight rates for the remainder of the season: $10 to walk and $15 to ride for nine holes. If you want to keep playing, it’s just $5 more to walk and $10 to ride for a second round of nine holes.
- In honor of Halloween, all food orders will come with a free full-size candy bar. Coffee and popcorn will also be provided at no charge to all visitors to Shorwood’s Clubhouse.
- From now until the close of the season, all items are 50% off or buy one, get one free. If $100 in merchandise is purchased, a round of golf in the 2019 season will be included.
Lee Reinke, coach for UW-Green Bay men’s and women’s golf teams, will now be able to focus on his teams without the weight of previous responsibilities as assistant director of UW-Green Bay’s University Union and the Shorewood Golf Course. Wisconsin.Golf has the full story.
On Wednesday, June 27, some 50 aspiring boys and girls age 14-and-under will convene at the Shorewood Golf Course to participate in the Wisconsin State Golf Association Future Champions Tour Event #3. This annual tournament is full, attracting players from all over Northeast Wisconsin, as well as the Madison area. These young players will be accompanied by their parents or guardians and will take over the entire golf course with a “shotgun” start at 8:30 a.m., and a buffet lunch following golf around 11:30 a.m. Last year the low girls’ score was 46 and the low boys’ score was 38. Please click here for the event details.
The Green Bay Press-Gazette and WBAY, Channel 2, both picked up the news this week that a proposal to remove 180 trees from the Shorewood Golf Course has been shelved. We told you Tuesday (Jan. 24) that course director Rick Warpinski relied partially on campus and community input in deciding not to pursue the removal. Warpinski held several meetings on the plan before making his recommendation.
Coverage: Green Bay Press-Gazette / WBAY Channel 2
Shorewood Golf Course will continue the longstanding practice of removing dead or diseased trees in playable areas, but a proposal for more extensive tree removal across the 60-acre property has been set aside.
Course Director Rick Warpinski announced the decision Tuesday (Jan. 24).
A tree-management plan drafted by an outside forestry consultant would have removed approximately 180 mature trees from the heavily-wooded nine-hole course. The plan suggested that limited, selective thinning could enhance the golfing experience; reduce maintenance and cleanup; and provide an opportunity to plant new native species within the forested areas of the course.
In recommending that the University reject the proposal, Warpinski said he relied in part on campus and community input from golfers, naturalists, neighbors and others who spoke up at four public forum sessions and shared thoughts via emails and phone calls.
“The feedback from everyone — whether for or against the project — was truly appreciated,” Warpinski said. “As a state-owned property that also has to generate its own operating revenue, we value that feedback. We have responsibilities not only to our playing customers but to the larger campus and community, as well.
“The oak savanna forest here pre-dates the course itself (built in the early 1930s), and the University and Shorewood management will always value the integrity of that property. We have always been, and will continue to be, the best possible stewards of that resource for current and future generations.”
Originally an 18-hole private course, Shorewood was acquired in the late 1960s by the state of Wisconsin and Brown County. About half the course, along with adjacent farmland and bayshore holdings, became the building site for the new UW-Green Bay.
Warpinski says crews will under take several course-improvement projects this winter and spring, including work to extend the tee boxes on holes Nos. 3, 7, and 8. Any work in those areas that includes tree removal will be properly evaluated prior to moving forward, he added.
NBC 26 news featured shots of a very snowy Shorewood Golf Course during its evening broadcast Thursday (Jan. 12), as it covered a proposed landscape plan for the grounds. Course officials are still accepting feedback on the plan, which includes select tree removal, through Friday, Jan. 20. You can see the story, and read more about the plan, here:
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