UW-Green Bay issues additional call for input on Shorewood Golf Course plan

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is issuing an additional call for feedback on a proposed landscape plan for the Shorewood Golf Course on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. Members of the public are invited to weigh in via email (shorewood@uwgb.edu) no later than Friday, Jan. 20, and a decision is expected by the end of the month.

University officials have held a series of open meetings on the Shorewood Tree Management Plan and Winter 2012 project, which would include selective removal of approximately 180 of more than 1,600 trees on the property. The project’s goals include improving the golfing experience; reducing maintenance and cleanup; increasing efficiency in mowing rough areas; extending tee boxes on holes #3, #7 and #8; addressing known safety issues and concerns; and providing an opportunity to plant new native species within the forested areas of the course. In addition to feedback, questions also can be emailed to shorewood@uwgb.edu.

About 50 individuals, including Shorewood golfers, course personnel and UW-Green Bay facilities and natural-areas experts, have weighed in on the project during four open sessions thus far, said Shorewood Golf Course Director Rick Warpinski. Officials have held course walking tours and related presentations on the plan. Trees have been marked for removal using the following criteria:

  • High-risk — generally means trees are damaged, rotting internally or leaning significantly.
  • Suppressed — trees are the same age as nearby trees of the same age, yet growth is not as strong.
  • Opportunity — relates to plans to extend tee boxes or make other course improvements.
  • Thinning out — trees are located in dense or unplayable areas; removal would reduce leaf and stick debris and ease mowing.
  • Replanting — removal will allow space with sufficient light to replant new trees for future generations.

UW-Green Bay has retained Crivitz-based Trees & Trails Forestry Consultants, LLC to assist with the scope, scale and administration of the Shorewood project, and only Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) loggers were solicited and would be retained for its completion. More information about the company and the SFI are available at the following websites:

Work on the project, if approved, may be done this winter if conditions allow.

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WBAY covers potential changes to Shorewood landscape

Potential changes to Shorewood Golf Course drew the attention of area residents and the news media Tuesday (Jan. 10), as officials outlined a plan to remove some 180 of the course’s 1,600 trees. Course director Rick Warpinski offered a walking tour and public presentation on the potential removal, which would include some trees that are damaged, suppressed (not growing as well as nearby trees of the same age) or located in dense or unplayable areas. It was the latest in a series of information sessions to gauge input on the Shorewood Tree Management Plan, a project that aims to improve the golfing experience, reduce maintenance and cleanup, enhance efficiency in mowing rough areas and address safety concerns. The plan also would extend tee boxes on holes #3, #7 and #8.

You can check out a story from WBAY, Channel 2, as well as learn more about the proposed changes, by clicking these links:
WBAY / UW-Green Bay news
 

Additional session (Jan. 10) on Shorewood Tree Management Plan


Interested individuals will be able to walk the site and also hear a public presentation (indoors) on Shorewood Golf Course tree management mid-day this Tuesday (Jan. 10) at UW-Green Bay.

Shorewood Golf Course Director Rick Warpinski says there will be a pair of walking tours, departing the clubhouse at 11 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. Those opportunities will be bracketed around an indoor presentation, at noon, in which the full Shorewood Tree Management Plan and Winter 2012 project will be addressed.

Participants are welcome to attend the presentation and attend either of the tours, and to share questions, comments, suggestions or concerns. In three previous open sessions, interested individuals including Shorewood golfers, course personnel and UW-Green Bay facilities and natural-areas expert have weighed in on the project.

Warpinski says the noon presentation will address details including:

Project Goals — Improve the golfing experience; reduce maintenance and cleanup; efficiency in mowing rough areas; extension of tee boxes on holes #3, #7, and #8; increase sun and wind exposure on course to help with turf management/development; address known safety issues/concerns; provide an opportunity to plant new native species within the forested areas of the course.

Project Scope — Some 180 trees of the more than 1600 on the property have been marked for removal; the trees were marked using the following criteria outlined below.

Project Prioritizing of Trees for Removal
— Each of the trees marked for possible removal has been identified using the following criteria
— High Risk – usually means either damaged, rotting internally, or leaning significantly.
— Suppressed – same age as nearby trees yet growth is not as strong.
— Opportunity – plans to extend tee boxes or other course improvements.
— Thinning Out – in dense or unplayable areas to reduce leaf and stick debris and ease use of mowing.
— Replanting – removal will allow space with sufficient light to replant new trees for future generations.

Project Consultants, Vendors — Trees & Trails Forestry Consultants, LLC from Crivitz, WI has been retained to assist Shorewood Golf Course and the University with scope, scale, and administration of this project. A link to their business operation is shared here. Only SFI Trained Loggers were solicited and would be retained for this project. A link to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) is shared here.

Beautiful weather for golf

Now seems like a great time to remind LOG readers that Shorewood Golf Course is open until November. Come out and enjoy a round of golf this week while the beautiful weather is still here! Fall rates are $12 to walk the nine-hole layout, $20 to play with a cart, and $10 rounds for current students. Plus, the clubhouse restaurant offers fresh, made-to-order sandwiches and salads, Luige’s pizza, chicken tacos, and more! Restaurant hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 920-465-2118 or visit the website www.uwgb.edu/Shorewood to book your tee time.

Glow Golf and Dance at Shorewood Golf Course Saturday

Shorewood Golf Course will feature some great back-to-school deals Saturday (Sept. 10), including golf for just $7 beginning at 6:30 p.m. (sign up at Shorewood Golf Course or the University Ticketing and Information Center). Shorewood also will feature a free dance from 9 p.m. until midnight, accepting as payment Pass Points, Dining Points (food and beverage only), cash, check or credit card. Visit www.uwgb.edu/shorewood or call (920) 465-2118 for more information. The evening is brought to you by the Office of Student Life, Shorewood Golf Course and the University Union.
 

Campus, Warpinski celebrate Shorewood 80th in style

Shorewood Golf Course, 80th AnniversaryShorewood Golf Course went old school Wednesday (Aug. 10), celebrating its 80th birthday with 80-cent hot dogs, ice cream and other delicious summertime fare. Not to be outdone by the retro prices, course General Manager and University Union Director Rick Warpinski donned a pair of golf knickers, argyle socks and an old-fashioned cap. Warpinski admits he had some modern help in acquiring the old-school duds — golfknickers.com, to be precise.

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Photos by Kelly McBride, Office of Marketing and University Communication

Reminder on Shorewood anniversary specials

Turning 80 has never been so much fun:  Monday through Friday (Aug. 8-12) is anniversary week at our campus golf course with $8 greens fees, membership specials, 25% off apparel and golf balls, and more.  On Wednesday (Aug. 10), the Shorewood clubhouse will host a cookout with all sorts of fantastic 80-cent specials between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Hot dogs… bratwurst… sodas… chips… the aforementioned ice cream., all just 80 cents. Free birthday cake, too. Read more.

Golf course is open, Shorewood Clubhouse opens for lunch Monday

Shorewood Golf Course opened for play Friday, as warmer temps finally melted the snow and made the layout playable (for walking golfers only; no riding carts, yet). Spring rates apply so 9 holes is $12, with a special rate of $10 before 9 a.m. (Remember: For 9, it’s 12 after 9, 10 before 9.) The restaurant is scheduled to open at 11 a.m. Monday (April 11), serving the “locally famous” Shorewood (ham/turkey/salami/roast beef), Clubhouse (turkey/ham/bacon), and Water Hazard (tuna) sandwiches are back for another season served on the healthy Wheat Berry bread. Please watch for updates to the menu in coming newsletters, LOG, and website updates.