Wisconsin golf course changes keep rolling in

Inshalla CC will play at par-70 this season

Published on March 14, 2012
St. Germain GC will offer an expanded and upgraded practice range in 2012, one of several changes at northern Wisconsin golf courses this spring.

St. Germain GC will offer an expanded and upgraded practice range in 2012, one of several changes at northern Wisconsin golf courses this spring.

Inshalla CC in Tomahawk is ready to unveil its new par-70 golf course this spring, although the new holes were in play briefly last fall.

Par on the back nine at Inshalla has been increased from 34 to 35 thanks to some not-too-subtle changes. The old par-3 10th hole was taken out of play last season, and a new par-3 16th hole – measuring 160 yards from the back tees and playing slightly uphill – was constructed back in the woods. Meanwhile, the former par-4 11th hole has been lengthened to 511 yards and will now serve as the 10th hole and play as a par-5.

A new chipping and bunker practice area has been added in the location of the former par-3 10th hole.

“The main reason (for the changes) was for us to be more relevant for the traveling golfer,” said Inshalla manager Andy Hein. “And we thought we could do that by getting to par-70. Also, we’re attempting to get the course up over 6,000 yards. We fell a little short with this last renovation, but we’ll be working on that in the next couple years.”

The revised layout was re-rated by the Wisconsin State Golf Association last fall. The back (Blue) tees will play at 5,915 yards this season and have a course rating of 68.8 and a slope rating of 125. There are four sets of tees. Check out the new Inshalla CC scorecard and course map here.

Inshalla was built by Bill Hein Sr. and opened in 1964. Andy Hein is the third generation of Heins to operate the facility, and the family has maintained a tradition of ongoing improvements.

“We are constantly improving the course,” said Andy Hein, who also pledged to reach the 6,000-yard goal in Inshalla’s next renovation effort.

Inshalla will work with another nearby family-owned golf course this season in a marketing effort. Inshalla and Pinewood CC, located nearby in Harshaw, will offer a combo pass for both golf courses for the 2012 season. Contact either club for details.

In other Wisconsin golf course news:

In Ashland, it looks like the Ashland Elks have found a way out of a sticky financial problem relating to the expansion of Chequamegon Bay GC to 18 holes and the addition of a housing development in the late 1990s. The Ashland city council gave its blessing Tuesday night to a plan that will allow the Elks to avoid foreclosure of the course. A newly formed company called Chequamegon Bay Golf Club, Inc. will be allowed to purchase the golf facility. For more on the proposed transfer, click here.

The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District is eyeing a piece of property where Blackstone Creek GC lies. The MMSD wants to protect more than 500 acres located at the headwaters of the Menomonee River, and a portion of that land is owned by Romano & Schmidt LLC and is home to the golf course. Even if the sale goes through this season, it looks like Blackstone Creek would remain open for the 2012 season and likely close in 2013. For details, click here.

Two longtime club employees have purchased Shamrock Heights GC in New London. PGA professional Corey Feller, who has worked at the club for five years, and golf course superintendent Cory Kluge, a 13-year veteran, took over the club on March 1. The duo purchased Shamrock Heights, which was in foreclosure, from Johnson Bank. Kluge said there are no major operational changes in the offing, but the clubhouse has been remodeled and a new chef has been hired.

St. Germain GC, located in St. Germain just east of Minocqua, is improving its practice facility in advance of the 2012 season. The old driving range will be lengthened, widened and re-sodded prior to the start of the season, allowing longer clubs to be used and providing better practice conditions in all sorts of weather.

Fox Valley GC in Kaukauna will be part of the Boxgroove network of clubs in 2012. Boxgroove is a consortium of private clubs offering social networking through reciprocal play agreements. For more information, click here.

The University of Wisconsin has announced it will close University Ridge GC in Verona in August for what is being called a “20-year tune-up” for the course. University Ridge will re-open in May 2013. Read the full story here.

For more Wisconsin golf facility news previously published on wisgolfer.com, click here.

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