April 24, 2013
A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO THE
INTER-COUNTY LEADER & WASHBURN COUNTY REGISTER
Golf Course Locations
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Amery Golf Club
601 Deronda St. Amery, WI Phone: 715-268-7213 Web site: amerygolfclub.com E-mail: email@example.com Owners: Membership owned Club manager: Kevin Maupin Superintendent: Chris Schanon Course designer: Tom Varden of the Twin Cities designed the original nine holes in 1922, and Don Herfort of the Twin Cities designed the additional nine holes in 1989. Type of course: Public Holes: Regulation 18 holes Length: 6,300 yards Course par: 72 Membership: Individual: $645; age 19-30 individual, $500, couple: $890, family: $970, student: $220. Our members also enjoy a reciprocal play agreement with Barron, Cumberland, Frederic, Luck, Colfax, Siren National and Pheasant Hills Golf Clubs. Fees: Weekdays: 9 holes $15 and 18 holes $25. Weekends & holidays: 9 holes $18 and 18 holes $30. Twilight special after 3 p.m.: $30 with cart/weekdays, $35 weekends. Leagues: Wednesday ladies, Thursday men’s. Lessons: Yes, by Steve Wilhelm. Driving range: Yes. Small bucket range balls - $4; Large bucket range balls - $7. Chipping green: Yes Putting green: Yes Practice bunker: Yes Practice green: Yes Power carts: $15/person for 18 holes; $10/ person for nine holes. Pull carts: $6 for 18 holes, $3 for 9 holes. Walking: Yes Golf club rental: Yes Clubhouse: Yes. The clubhouse is available for weddings, anniversaries, reunions, etc. Call 715-268-7213. Restaurant: No Snack bar & cocktails: Yes
Five Flags Golf Course 1855 145th St., East of Unity School Balsam Lake, WI 54810 Phone: 715-825-2141 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Owners/operators: Jamie Calabria, Haylie Nielsen & John Calabria Course designer/groundskeeper: Tommy Thompson Type of course: Public Holes: 9 Length: 6,271 yards Course par: 36 Membership: Call for membership prices. Fees: Call for fees. Leagues: Tuesday men’s & Wednesday ladies. Lessons: Yes Driving range: Yes Chipping green: Yes Putting green: Yes Practice bunker: No Practice green: Yes Power carts: Yes Pull carts: Yes Walking: Yes Golf club rental: Yes Clubhouse: Yes Restaurant: Yes Snack bar & Cocktails: Yes
Frederic Golf Course
Hwy. 35, South of Frederic 1/2 mile Frederic, WI 54837 Phone: 715-327-8250 Web site: fredericgolfcourse.com E-mail: email@example.com Owners/operators: Stockholder owned Manager: Joan Spencer Type of course: Public Holes: 18 Length: 6,173 yards Course par: 72 Membership: Single: $600; couple: $775; family: $825, age 17 and under: $85, age 18-24: $225, 30-day trial: $150. Weekday: $425. Fees: Weekday: 9 holes $16, 18 holes $25. Weekends and holidays: 9 holes $21, 18 holes $33. Senior and junior discounts. Early bird and twilight special (Monday-Friday): Before 10 a.m., $18, after 2 p.m. or after 6 p.m., call for details. Saturday twilight: 3-6 p.m. $25. Sunday twilight: 2-6 p.m. $20. Leagues: Tuesday morning men’s. Lessons: Call for information. Driving range: Yes Chipping green: Yes Putting green: Yes Practice bunker: Yes Practice green: Yes Power carts: Yes Pull carts: Yes Walking: Yes Golf club rental: Yes Clubhouse: Yes. Dining room and pavilion available for parties. Restaurant: Yes Snack bar & cocktails: Yes
Fox Run Golf Course
Hwy. 35, 2 mi. North of Webster Phone: 715-866-7953 Web site: foxrungolf.net E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Owners/operators: Kevin (KC) and Amy Belland Course designer: Ren Belland Type of course: Public Holes: Two nine-hole courses Course par: 9 - 35; par 3 - 27. Yardage: Regular 9 - 2,617; par 3 - 1,250. Membership: Individual: $555, couple: $725, family: $750, Student: $275. Fees: Weekdays (Sunday, after 2 p.m. -Thursday): Par-3 course $9.35. Regulation 9 course $15.50. 18 Regulation course $25.50. 18 Regulation 9 plus par 3 $19.50. Discounts for seniors and juniors on weekdays. Weekends and holidays: Regulation 9 course $18.50. Par-3 course $11.50. 18 regulation $31. 18 regulation 9 plus par 3 $24. Leagues: Tuesday evening men’s; Wednesday morning ladies; Thursday morning men’s. Lessons: Yes Driving range: Yes Chipping green: Yes Putting green: Yes Practice bunker: Yes Practice green: Yes Power carts: Yes Pull carts: Yes Walking: Yes Golf club rental: Yes Clubhouse: Yes Restaurant: No Snack bar & cocktails: Yes
Krooked Kreek Golf Course
2448 75th Ave. (CTH M) Osceola, WI 54020 Phone: 715-294-3673 Web site: KrookedKreek.com E-mail: email@example.com Owners/operators: Dean Dehmer, Kevin Berg, Gary Olson, Glen Dehmer. Director of Golf: Bob Klund Type of course: Public Holes: 18 Length: 6,109 yards
Course par: 72 Membership: Individual: $541, couple: $767, family (couple and one child): $960, additional children: $63 each, college student: $257, junior: $195. Fees: Weekdays: 9 holes $16, $23 w/cart; 18 holes $25, $38 w/cart. Weekends & holidays: 9 holes $20, $27 w/cart; 18 holes $32, $45 w/ cart. Twilight play: unlimited, Saturday & Sunday after 2 p.m. $18, $25 w/cart. Leagues: Tuesday & Wednesday men’s, Thursday ladies, Thursday seniors, Friday couples. Lessons: Yes Driving range: Yes, $3.50 for 30 balls. Chipping green: Yes Putting green: Yes Practice bunker: Yes Practice green: Yes Power carts: Yes, 9 holes $14; 18 holes $26. Pull carts: Yes, 9 or 18 holes $2. Walking: Yes Golf club rental: Yes, 9 or 18 holes $10. Clubhouse: Yes Restaurant: No Snack bar & cocktails: Yes Pro shop: Yes
St. Croix Valley Golf Course
St. Croix Valley Golf Course 2200 U.S. Hwy. 8 St. Croix Falls WI 54024 Phone: 715-483-3377 Web site: stcroixvalleygolfcourse.com Owners: Mark Becker & Jim Rochford Sr. Managers: Mark Becker & Jim Rochford Sr. Director of golf: Dave Johnson Course designer: Andy Lindquist, opened in 1925. Type of course: Public Holes: Regulation 9 holes Length: 3,060 yards Course par: 36 Membership: Preseason (before May 1) – individual: $349; couple: $568; family (couple & one child): $667; additional children: $99 each; senior: $329; senior couple: $528; high school student: $150; grade-school student: $125. after May 1 – individual: $399, couple: $638, family (couple & one child): $757, additional children: $119 each, senior: $379, senior couple: $598, high school student: $175, grade-school student: $150. Under 10 years old: Free with member parent. Fees: Monday-Thursday: 9 holes $15, 18 holes $22.50, Friday-Sunday & holidays: 9 holes $17, 18 holes $25.50. Seniors (62+) & juniors (under 16) – Monday, Wednesday & Friday, all day: 9 holes $14, 18 holes $20. Twilight play: 18 holes, Saturday & Sunday after 4 p.m. $27 w/ cart. Leagues: Tuesday night women’s league, Wednesday morning seniors league, Thursday night men’s league and Friday night couples league. Lessons: Yes, by Dave Johnson. Driving range: Yes Chipping green: Yes Putting green: Yes Practice bunker: Yes Practice green: Yes Power carts: Yes, $12/person for 18 holes, $8/person for 9 holes. Pull carts: Yes, $3 for 18 holes; $2 for 9 holes. Walking: Yes Golf club rental: Yes, $12 for 18 holes; $8 for 9 holes. Clubhouse: Yes Restaurant: Yes Snack bar & cocktails: Yes Beverage Cart: Yes Pro shop: Yes Club regripping: Yes
Luck Golf Course
1520 South Shore Drive Luck, WI 54853 Phone: 715-472-2939 Web site: www.luckgolfcourse.com E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Owners/operators: Village of Luck Clubhouse manager: Susan Matusiak Course superintendant: Kevin Clunis Course designer: Gordon Emerson Type of course: Public Holes: 18 Length: 6,200 yards Course par: 71 men’s, 72 women’s Membership: Single: $600 unlimited; single - weekdays only: $400; single weekends only $425; couple: $700; couple - weekdays only $475; couple - weekends only $500. Young adult and military (active or reserves, $225; family: $750; youth, $100. Fees: Sunday - Thursday: 18 holes, $35.75, 9 holes $27.75. Friday-Saturday: 18 holes $45.75, 9 holes $32.75.Twilight (daily at 4 p.m.) $20.75. Replay: 18 holes $15.75, 9 holes $10.75. $50 savings if a village taxpayer, valid once per household or $100 savings if a new pass holder, no season pass since 2010. Range passes: Adult, $100; young adult and military $60; Couple or family $150; youth $50. Cart fees, season pass: single $475; couple $575; single - weekdays $275, weekends $300; couple - weekdays $325, weekends $350. Trail fee (for privately owned carts): Single annual $475; couple annual $575; couple weekdays $325, weekends $350. Cart storage - $350. WSGA handicap card $25. Locker rental $25. Driving range: Yes, $4 per bucket. Chipping green: Yes Putting green: Yes Practice bunker: Yes Practice green: Yes Power carts: Yes, 9 holes, $12; 18 holes, $16. Pull carts: Yes, 9 or 18 holes, $3. Walking: Yes Golf club rental: $5. Clubhouse: Yes Restaurant: Yes, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Snack bar & cocktails: Yes
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Challenge yourself at Amery Golf Course
AMERY – Golfers will certainly find a challenging course in Amery, in which half of its 18 holes have water haz-
525 yards from the men’s tee. It’s also tough in that golfers can’t see the flag when teeing off, just like hole number nine. Chris Schanon is the course superintendent. Schanon stated, “The golf course came through the winter in excellent shape. Everyone that comes out will enjoy a great golf experience.” AGC prides itself on its extremely friendly atmosphere, so come out and have fun!” – Leader staff reporter
ards. Amery Golf Club, nestled on 150 acres of land inside the city of Amery, is an 18-hole regulation course that provides numerous challenges along the way. Golfers gain confidence on the first hole, which is one of the easiest pars on the course, according to club manager Kevin Maupin. The course continues to get more difficult after hole number one, but the front nine holes are generally easier than the back nine. Golfers cross Deronda Street to play holes number 10, 11 and 12. When teeing off on hole number 10, golfers are required to hit the ball over water and then deal with water on both Hole number 11 is regarded as Amery Golf Club’s signature hole, because it’s in a pretty spot which is a bit secluded and is surrounded by white birch, poplar and aspen trees. It’s a beautiful hole especially in fall when the trees are turning colors. Golfers need to hit the ball over water to reach the green on the par-3 hole. – Leader file photo sides of the fairway. Hole number 11 is regarded as the course’s signature hole, because it’s a bit secluded from the rest of the course and is surrounded by white birch, poplar and aspen trees. It’s especially pretty in the fall when leaves on the trees are turning colors, Maupin said. The par-3 signature hole is 148 yards from the men’s white tee, and golfers need to hit the ball over water. “It’s probably one of the nicest par 3s in this area,”Maupin added. There’s a drop circle on the other side
of the pond. Once golfers are able to get the ball over the pond, they then need to deal with sand bunkers on both sides of the green. But golfers who hit the ball straight over the pond should be successful. Don’t be surprised to see some wildlife on the course, especially around the signature hole, such as eagles, osprey, turkeys, ducks, fox and deer. The back nine also includes the toughest hole on the course. Hole number 14 is regarded as the most difficult, Maupin said. It’s a horseshoe-shaped hole that is
Amery Golf Club Location: 601 Deronda St. in Amery Phone: 715-268-7213 Owner/operators: Amery Golf Club Inc. leases the golf course and buildings from the city of Amery. Course designer: Tom Varden of the Twin Cities designed the original nine holes in 1922, and Don Herfort of the Twin Cities designed the additional nine holes in 1989. Holes: Regulation 18 holes Course par: 72 Signature hole: Number 11 is a pretty par 3 that is a little secluded on the course. Golfers need to hit the ball over water to make the green, which is surrounded by white birch, poplar and aspen trees. This hole is especially beautiful in fall when the leaves turn colors. Greens fees: It costs $15 for nine holes, and $25 for 18 holes on weekdays. It costs $18 for nine holes and $30 for 18 holes on weekends and holidays. Rentals: Power and pull carts and clubs. Power carts $10, nine holes; $15, 18 holes per person. Services: Nice pro shop, bar, beverage carts, upstairs banquet room, which can be rented for parties and weddings. Onsite caterer available. The course also offers a golf driving range, chipping green with a sand bunker and a putting green.
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601 Deronda St. (Cty. Rd. F) • Amery, Wis. • 715-268-7213 email@example.com • www.amerygolfclub.com
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Frederic Golf Course: Consistently great golf FREDERIC – If you haven’t played Frederic Golf Course we want you to know FREDERIC what you’re missing! This is the 56th year of consistently great golf at FGC and the 13th year of being an 18-hole course. Golfers at Frederic have always enjoyed the lush fairways and beautifully manicured greens along with the challenging but fair holes. Golfers like being able to walk the course if they choose, but there are always plenty of power carts if walking isn’t your thing. It is truly one of the more enjoyable courses in Northwest Wisconsin for all levels of golfers. We believe that once someone plays Frederic Golf Course, we will have a customer for life. Golf course superintendent Ray Amundson is back and will be getting the course in its usual excellent condition when the snow finally melts. With his over 20 years of experience at FGC, people have come to expect great things from Ray and his crew. And they won’t be disappointed in 2013 – consistently great golf at a reasonable price! Opening day is still up in the air with the late spring that we are experiencing, so check our Web site for any updates. Joan Spencer is back as manager again and as usual has some new ideas up her sleeve. This is her seventh year at FGC so she pretty much knows everybody by name and that’s pretty good considering we had almost 15,000 rounds played last summer. Joan, along with the entire clubhouse staff, strives to make every experience at Frederic Golf Course a pleasant one. Joan is happy to accommodate groups of any size and guarantees that any event at FGC will be a well-run and fun experience. Whether it’s a family outing, a corporate tournament or just a great day of golf with friends, the staff at FGC will do their best to make it a good one. There is always a lot going on at Frederic Golf Course. To see a schedule of tournaments and events, please visit our Web site at fredericgolfcourse.com. Remember, if you want to play in our club tournament you need to be a member with a current handicap. Club tournament weekend is always a fun and competitive weekend
The Frederic Golf Course has friendly staff that is eager The Frederic Golf Course offers 18 holes of challenging yet to help you with all of your golfing needs. Pictured (L to R): fair golf with beautiful scenery. Shown above is hole five. – Clubhouse manager, Joan Spencer, Frankie, and superinPhoto submitted tendent, Ray Amundson. – Photo by Marty Seeger and it is a great way to meet new people. There are usually seven or eight flights for the men and three for the women so even if you’ll never be a club champion, you could win your particular flight and that can be exciting too. Just ask anyone who has gone home with a trophy! Last year’s club champions were John Sorensen and Jennifer DeLozier. The Junior Club Championship is back where members ages 7-17 compete. Joey Lewis was our junior champion last year. All other tournaments are open to everyone so check out the Web site and come out and play. The course’s largest tournaments include St. Croix Regional Medical Center and Northwest Passage. Both have had their fundraising tournaments here for years and everyone at FGC is proud we’re their course of choice. Again this year is a spring Big Cup tournament. Everyone enjoys the Big Cup in the fall so much we decided two is better than one. New this year is a competitive two-month-long tournament. Participants will golf as singles or partners. Complete information will be on the Web site soon. Call the golf course for more information or to sign up. Returning to Frederic Golf Course is a meat raffle on Saturday nights starting at 5:30 p.m. It benefits the Burnett Hockey Association which serves Luck, Frederic, Siren and Webster youth and features Daeffler’s quality meats. Everyone is welcome to
come on out – you might get lucky and go home with some great steaks! Information on the junior program will be sent home with the kids from area schools and advertised later in May. The Pitch, Putt and Drive contest for the juniors will be held again this summer. Again, details will be available at a later date. Regular happenings at FGC include scrambles, men’s Tuesday morning league, Men’s Day on Tuesday afternoons, ladies no-commitment morning league on Thursdays, and Ladies Day on Thursday afternoon (course is still open to everyone on Thursdays). New this year is a Monday men’s league. Call the clubhouse to sign up. If you don’t golf and would like to learn, golf professional Dick Johnson is available for lessons. Just call the course for details. The driving range is a great place to practice and is open during golf course hours except Thursday mornings when it is closed for mowing. Don’t forget about happy hour – Wednesday nights from 6-8 p.m., Friday nights from 5-7 p.m., and Saturday nights from 5-7 p.m. And check out the schedule for the Friday night taco buffet or pasta buffets. It includes an all-you-can-eat buffet at a great price. It’s a favorite of many! FGC offers a variety of memberships including single, couples, family, junior, student and corporate memberships. We also offer a one-month membership, a weekday membership, a weekend punch card, a driv-
ing range pass and a riding cart pass. We have reciprocity with many area courses – Amery Golf Club, Luck Golf Course, Siren National, Krooked Kreek (Osceola), Rolling Hills (Barron), White Tail (Colfax), Pheasant Hills (Hammond), Cumberland Golf Course, Chisago Lakes (Lindstrom), Glen Hills (Glenwood City) and Clear Lake. Cost is $25 for 18 holes of golf with cart at these courses if you have a membership at Frederic Golf Course. If you would like to become a stockholder, FGC stock is available but you do not have to be a stockholder to become a member. Frederic Golf Course is a privately owned course open to the public. Outside play is always welcome. It is owned entirely by its stockholders who vote for a seven-person board of directors to help run the club. Any stockholder can run for the board. Some of FGC’s original stockholders are still active members today and like the stockholders back in the 1950s a lot of volunteer effort goes into making the course a success and an asset to the community. For more information on Frederic Golf Course please call 715-327-8250 or check out our Web site at fredericgolfcourse.com. Keep checking our Web site for weekly and monthly golf and food specials. If you enjoy consistently great golf, Frederic Golf Course is the place for you. Come for fun, leave a fan! - submitted
Frederic Golf Course Frederic, WI • 715-327-8250 • fredericgolf.com Monday through Friday
Join us every Saturday night for the Burnett Youth Hockey MEAT RAFFLE
12 for 9 serving Luck, Frederic, Siren & Webster youth. 20 for 18 $ Twilight after 3 p.m........................ 20 for 18 Join our Men’s Leagues on Mondays or Tuesday a.m. $ Twilight after 6 p.m........................ 10 for 18 Ladies League on Thursday a.m. $
Early bird before 10 a.m................. $
$100 off any new membership *Any single, couple or family membership only
Taco and Pasta Buffet on scheduled FRIDAY NIGHTS. See our Web site for schedule!
Memberships Single..........................................$600 Couple........................................$775 Family.........................................$825 Weekdays.................................$425
Under 18.......................................$85 18 - 24.........................................$225 30-day Trial..............................$150
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Good September 3 through the end of the season 2013. Not good with any other offers or discounts. Not valid SATURDAYS before 2 p.m.
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Be touched by Luck LUCK – You are invited! is the mantra at Luck Golf Course. We are celebrating our 75th anniversary and have many reasons LUCK for you to play a round with us! Kevin (course superintendent) and I (Susan, clubhouse manager) have gotten an enormous amount of work done in preparation for a very exciting 75th anniversary of Luck Golf Course. To make this the absolute best year ever, we need you! Recognizing that this is an amazing place to take your mini vacations, and that it is so peaceful, we all need to quit keeping this a secret. This is the year to tell a friend, bring a friend and be a friend! Thanks to the generosity of Mr. Dennis Frandsen, we have four rebuilt greens for you this year. There is also a new bunker on hole 8 that will surprise and delight you, thanks to Mr. Ron Glassman. There will be several opportunities for you to play golf in various fundraisers and open events. We also have a couples league, Ladies Day, Men’s Day, Rain Day Game Day, car and golf club washes, fabulous lunches and dinners, a golf
cart raffle for you to enter, and a chance to play the original nine holes during Lucky Days, July 19 - July 21, just to name a few. In an effort to embrace our local village of Luck taxpayers, we are offering a $50 discount on any one season pass per household (excluding youth passes). And, to assist those on the fence on where to call their “home course,” a $100 discount for anyone that has not had a season pass since 2010. 2013 Season pass rates: Adult unlimited golf pass $600, add $475 unlimited cart use (your own or ours). Monday-Thursday (including holidays) $400, add $275 for Monday-Thursday cart use. Friday-Sunday (including holidays) $425, add $300 for Friday-Sunday cart use. Couples unlimited golf pass $700, add $575 unlimited cart use for both. Monday-Thursday (including holidays) $475, add $325 for Monday-Thursday cart use. Friday-Sunday (including holidays) $500, add $350
for Friday -Sunday cart use. Family (couple & children 18 & under) $750. Y o u t h (not covered under family plan) $100. Y o u n g adult - age 19-26 $225. Military (active or reserves) $225. Tournament entry fee $10, add 5.5 percent sales tax to your selection. If you’d like us to store your personal cart, we’ll happily do so for free, a $350 value! Ten spots are still available. We have very high hopes of reuniting, restoring and making new friendships this year. We have the perfect place to play, meet, relax and unwind. Please join us. You are invited! Thank you one and all for your support! Shine on, Suzy Matusiak Clubhouse manager luckgolfcourse.com (Smartphone friendly!) If you haven’t been Touched By Luck before, you have now! On Tuesdays you can play nine or 18 holes with a cart for just $20 per person. Come and see what everyone is talking about. We are open seven days a week from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. May-September and have plenty of fresh air to share!
This is a view of Hole No. 7, which is a par 4. – Photo submitted
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and currently operated by a family from the area. Linda LaMere and son Jamie Calabria purchased the course and took control late in 2009. Tommy Thompson is still on site as the senior groundskeeper, along with Haylie Nielson who has managed the clubhouse bar for over 10 years. Prior to purchasing the course, Jamie and Haylie had committed to relationships with each other and in 2010 they added a son, Jammers, to the family. Up until 2012, Larry and they lived in the residential section of the original clubhouse that was constructed using an old barn structure. In December of 2011 there was a fire that burned the clubhouse and residential sections completely to the ground. There was nothing that was able to be saved and everything was gone. Last year they were able to operate at a low level through a temporary clubhouse set up in the corner of the maintenance shop building. This year a new clubhouse was purchased and moved into place to start a new beginning. Construction renovations and general upgrades are still underway but they are expecting to be fully open for business when the weather permits the start of the season. Jamie’s brother, John, who had moved to Illinois from the area seven years ago, has recently returned to help with the operations. The clubhouse will include a pro shop, members equipment storage area, indoor and outdoor bar and table seating area, his and her rest rooms, and a kitchen. It is most likely that the kitchen will not be fully operational this year but plans are to expand the food menu items as well as support the larger social events and gatherings. A grand-opening celebration date has not been set yet and will be announced later but you should definitely come and see the new place. It is the hidden treasure of Balsam Lake and everyone would love to see you there. - submitted
Fun for the Whole Family
Will be open this spring!
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BALSAM LAKE – Five Flags Golf is a beautiful nine-hole BALSAM course, with hilly fairways and rollLAKE ing greens. Rated at 34.7 with a 115 slope, this course offers 3,136 yards of play with a par of 36, a 10- to 15-bay driving range and a putting practice green. There is a family-friendly atmosphere and plenty of room to enjoy a relaxing, laid-back afternoon of golfing and socializing. The clubhouse is open to the public with daily fees or memberships for the year. Golfing supplies and accessories are available for rent or purchase as well as snacks, beverages and some food items. The course was designed and built in 1986 by Larry and Joyce Fassett and Tommy Thompson. Together they continued to manage and operate the course until 2009 when Larry and Joyce decided to retire from the industry and offered the course for sale. It was then bought
Leagues forming now... Men’s League on Thursday Ladies League on Wednesday
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Tuesday, May 7 & Thursday, May 9
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St. Croix Valley offers beauty and scenery ST. CROIX FALLS — Nestled in the heart of the ST. CROIX St. Croix River Valthe St. Croix VALLEY ley, Valley Golf Course sits on 133 acres of rolling, wooded terrain. Adjacent to the Interstate Park in St. Croix Falls, this golf course offers the beauty and scenery which gives this hidden gem a parklike experience that golfers will enjoy during their round. From tee to green, the course is kept in pristine condition that will keep you coming back. With rolling and tree-lined fairways, along with elevated greens that are among the best in the area, the St. Croix Valley Golf Course offers a challenging experience for all abilities of golfers in which no two shots are the same. Playing the 3,060 yards from the back trees, this par-36 golf course will test every club in your bag. Every hole at the St. Croix Valley Golf Course has its own characteristics that can’t be matched
An aerial view of the St. Croix Valley Golf Course. – Photos submitted anywhere. The signature hole is the par-5 fifth, which was converted from a par 4 to a par 5 back in 2008, and gives each golfer the chance to see the beauty of the course, not to mention the chance
to pick up a stroke on the scorecard. The tee shot to many appears tight, but there is plenty of room to land your ball in the fairway and go for the green in two or at least reach the green in regulation and have a chance at birdie. The St. Croix Valley Golf Course has a Tuesday night women’s league, a Wednesday morning seniors league and a Thursday night men’s league. All of their leagues are “people friendly” and laid-back, with the emphasis on fun first, with just a hint of competitiveness that allows the winners bragging rights for that year. There is also a Friday night couples league that is open to couples or singles, where they play a scramble format. Call the course at 715-483-3377 to inquire more about the leagues or to sign up. Having an outing? The St. Croix Valley Golf Course offers reasonable rates and will help you with your outing to help make it both enjoyable and memorable. The St. Croix Valley Golf Course of-
fers lessons and golf club regripping both done by teaching professional Dave Johnson. The course also has both power carts and pull carts to make your round more enjoyable. Forgot clubs? No worries. Golf clubs are available for rent. After your round enjoy a drink in the course’s fully stocked bar. Many people love to sit on the deck and watch the golfers come in on No. 9, sipping on their beverage of choice, while golfers putt on the most difficult green on the course. The bar also has a grill that features one of the best burgers in St. Croix Falls and a full menu of other sandwiches and appetizers. With rates starting at $12, the St. Croix Valley Golf Course is dollar for dollar the best value around. Come see for yourself and you won’t be disappointed. As soon as the weather permits, the course will be open and in full swing for the 2013 season. They hope to see you. For more information log onto stcroixvalleygolfcourse.com or call 715-4833377 for rates and specials. - submitted
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APRIL 24, 2013- GOLF ISSUES - C - INTER-COUNTY LEADER - PAGE 9
Gain a mental edge on the course
HAWAII – Across the country, men and women routinely turn to golf as a means of relaxation and letting off steam. However, many players soon discover that golf can be as stressful as a day at the office. Such was the case for Darrin Gee, author and founder of Darrin Gee’s Spirit of Golf Academy. Like many people, Gee liked to hit the links as a means of letting loose. With a background in marketing, sales and corporate strategy, Gee is well aware of the stress that comes with working in a corporate environment. Looking
to quell his frustration on the golf course, Gee soon developed his own approach to mastering the game and now shares it with readers in his new book “The Seven Principles of Golf: Master the Mental Game On and Off the Course,” published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang. Utilizing his Bachelor of Arts in psychology from UCLA, Gee shares the best way to mentally approach the oftenfrustrating game of golf. In recent years, the technique has been made famous by world renowned players such as Vijay Singh, Annika Sorenstam and even Tiger
Woods. Each has used sports psychologists in the hopes of gaining an edge. For proof of the success of a finely tuned mental approach, one need look no further than the nearest leader board, where you’re sure to find the names Sorenstam and Singh at or near the top. Living in Hawaii where he has worked personally with over 3,500 clients and has taught over 5,000 pupils at his school, Gee sought to reach a larger audience that perhaps could not make it to the Big Island and figured writing a book would meet that goal.
Throughout the book, Gee provides exercises which are easy to understand and simple to follow. Having benefitted from the exercises himself, Gee was pleasantly surprised with the results such exercises produced not only on the golf course, but away from the links as well. To learn more about Gee and mastering the mental side of golf or to order your own copy of “The Seven Principles of Golf,” visit hnabooks.com. – Metro Creative Graphics
STATEWIDE – Remember when golf used to be simple? You’d grab your clubs and hit a golf ball down the fairway. But that was before golf went high-tech. Nowadays, more and more golfers are whipping out a handheld personal digital assistant, global positioning system or other gadget to obtain diagrams of the course, distance measurements, pro tips, information on wind velocity or elevation and maybe order a beer and burger from the clubhouse’s restaurant. Even the golf ball has become complex, tweaked to allow golfers to hit the ball farther with greater accuracy. Such high-tech devices are promising to improve golfers games not to mention help some golf courses across the country lure golfers to their courses with the latest technology, golf experts say. Indeed, some golf courses are installing Wi-Fi hotspots to help golfers measure course distances and surf online for stock updates and sports scores. Companies are identifying golfers needs and developing specific technology geared to improving the speed and precision of their games, says Andy Brumer, author of “The Golf Revolution: How Technology is Driving the Game,” TechTV, 2003.
monitors. Golfers can also turn their smartphone or palm pilot into their golf caddy. Software on such systems can be integrated with GPS to provide golfers with scoring, course information and shot tracking.
GPS devices a digital caddy Before, golfers needed a caddy to in-
form them about the course, yardages, hazards and dangers to avoid. Now, a GPS can tell you that. And some golfers have found them useful in getting them to the green faster and staying below par. These GPS devices — mostly found installed in golf carts at high-end golf or resort courses — boast high-resolution color monitors that pinpoint distances to the hole. Many GPS devices also can suggest game strategy and recommend which club the golfer should use. Furthermore, GPS programs often allow golfers to compare their games to other players’, monitor the position of other golfers on the course to determine when they should tee off, and provide instant contact to the clubhouse in case of golf cart troubles or a medical emergency. “The graphics are continually getting better,” Brumer says about GPS monitors. Plus, they’ve been useful in improving golfers games and speeding up the game, he adds. That’s because precise information golfers need to set up the perfect shot is often at their fingertips. “[Golfers] can carry them around, get measurements of how far their shot is, outlines of each hole with diagrams and suggested course strategies,” Brumer says. Some golf courses are also finding these devices can be useful in gaining revenue by flashing advertising on the
It provides information about the acceleration and rotation of the swing too. Some products — such as EDH Sport’s FlightScope — can also trace or record the actual flight of the ball when it is struck. These products track the ball and analyze the characteristics of the ball’s flight to help golfers find the club that produces the best shot for them, Brumer says. Along those same lines, some golfers are finding that using virtual reality programs — such as Virtually Perfect Golf — may also help improve their swings. Golfers wear a virtual reality head monitor as they swing in a simulated environment. A virtual instructor offers swing analysis, including errors in the swing, and overlays the golfer’s swing with a model for comparison. It then guides golfers on how to achieve the perfect swing. Whether tapping virtual reality or accessing satellites for GPS, golfers are finding many options in ball, club and system technology to choose from in improving their game. “There is always new technology being introduced,” Brumer says. Some golf experts predict that many of these devices will soon become more prevalent among amateur golfers. Brumer expects that launch monitors used for club fitting will especially grow in popularity in the coming months. – Metro Creative Graphics
STATEWIDE – Adults who play golf know just how fun and frustrating the game can be. Whether you’re a veteran golfer or someone just learning the links, golf can be challenging. But as exacting as the game can be, it also can be just as rewarding, even for kids. Children who embrace the game of golf will learn a host of lessons they can apply in all facets of life. A humbling game even for professional golfers, golf can teach kids lessons in humility and the value of persistence even when things aren’t going your way. Golf is also a great way for parents to get kids off the couch and outdoors for some fun in the sun. Instead of spending summer afternoons in front of the television, kids who play golf are out patrolling pristine golf courses while getting some cardiovascular exercise along the way. Golf can also strengthen a child’s hand-
eye coordination, which can help them in other activities, including many different sports. Though many people do not begin playing golf until they’ve reached adulthood, it’s never too early for boys and girls to start learning the game of golf. Parents of preschoolers can start their kids off with a toddler play set. Though it’s just a toy, a play set can help lay a solid foundation for future golfers. Kids who have watched Mom and Dad play golf or practice their swing can develop their own swings on their play set. As kids approach school age, don’t overlook the nearby putt-putt or miniature golf range as a valuable teaching tool. Miniature golf clubs are small enough for many children to use comfortably, and kids can use miniature golf courses as a place to put any lessons or advice on putting to good use. What’s more, a
Golf technology becomes par for the course
Golf club The golf club also continues to get technologically advanced. Golfers may tap simulators to determine club movement, club head speed, path and ball flight in helping to take the guesswork out of choosing the right club or improving their swing. Brumer says the sport is seeing more of these launch monitors in club fitting and testing. Launch monitors might use a camera or digital method to measure data when the golfer hits a ball against a wall, which can then be used to reveal such items as the spin rate, speed and direction of the ball, Brumer says. Some golfers may even be able to put this technology right into their club. For example, one such product — SmartSwing, developed by an Austin, Texasbased golf systems company — allows golfers to have a circuit embedded in their club that collects information on their swing while on the course. The data is stored in the club’s memory and then later can be downloaded into golfers computers to access a graphic of their swing.
Help kids learn the game of golf miniature golf course is more than just golf, with creative courses and other fun activities, so kids won’t feel overwhelmed with golf. When kids move on from preschool to elementary school, some might want to tag along with Mom or Dad to the driving range. You should try to avoid overwhelming kids with too much instruction or information. Instead, keep things as simple as possible, teaching them the basic swing and encouraging them no matter how quickly they adapt. As kids enter middle school and approach high school, those who are enjoying the game of golf can take advantage of the driving range if they haven’t already begun to. A driving range typically has markers that indicate the distance of a regular hole, regardless of which tee you will play from on an actual golf course. Kids can aim for holes at shorter distances
to learn how far their drives are going. You can then adjust the lessons you teach your children based on how far youngsters can drive the ball. As a child gets closer to high school, you might want to buy the child his or her own set of clubs. Look for inexpensive clubs (oftentimes, thrift stores or other secondhand retailers have clubs for sale) because growing children will eventually grow out of their first set of clubs. When your child finds a set of clubs that suits him or her, teach the proper way to swing and consider signing up your son or daughter for lessons. Those first few lessons can prove invaluable, turning a pastime into a passion kids will carry with them throughout their lives. – Metro Creative Graphics
Tips for newcomers to the game of golf you. • Take lessons. Even the very best at self-teaching might find it extremely difficult to become a self-taught golfer. When first trying your hand at golf, take some lessons and don’t expect to be playing 18 holes any time soon. Before hitting the course, where you might be discouraged and you might frustrate those golfing behind you, learn the fundamentals by taking a few lessons at the driving range. Learn from a professional, who won’t offer you any hidden secrets to golfing glory (there aren’t any) but will offer sound advice on the game’s fundamentals. • Take the game home with you. This doesn’t mean building a putting green in your backyard. Rather, purchase some instructional DVDs to learn the game during your downtime throughout the week. Many golfers don’t have time to hit the links during the week, but they do have time to watch some DVDs when they get home from work. Such instructional DVDs can help you master your grip and stance, which you can then take with you to the course over the weekend. • Have fun. Golf is a fun game; it just
takes time to hone your skills. But even if you aren’t ready for the professional tour after your first few rounds, you can still have fun. Don’t let some beginner’s frustration, which every golfer experiences, ruin the fun of the game. Take note of your surroundings when you hit
the links, and appreciate the time you’re spending with your group. If the game becomes more a source of frustration than fun, then take a break and put in some more work away from the course, be it at the driving range or studying at home. – Metro Creative Graphics
STATEWIDE – Few hobbies can be as enjoyable one moment and as frustrating the next as golf. Golfers know a great putt can be quickly followed by a bad tee shot, and maintaining their composure through the highs and lows of the game is a key to success on the links. Maintaining that composure isn’t always easy, even for the professionals. It’s even more difficult for beginners, who quickly learn the game of golf involves more than just spending sunny weekend afternoons on pristine golf courses. In fact, golf can be quite demanding, and beginners would be wise to heed a few tips before hitting the course. • Don’t commit to an expensive set of clubs right off the bat. Golf clubs can be very expensive, so beginners should buy an affordable secondhand set of clubs so they can get the hang of what they like before spending a lot of money. Visit a pro shop and explain that you are just a beginner. The shop will likely make some valuable suggestions and might even let you try out a pair of clubs. In addition, many driving ranges allow customers to rent clubs, and this can be a great and inexpensive way to find the right clubs for
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Golf season slow to start for area teams
Luck/Frederic begins season as a co-op
by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer BALSAM LAKE – It probably goes without saying that high school golf teams, and the area’s casual duffers, are a bit frustrated with the winter that won’t go away. Entering their fourth week of practice, area boys teams are eagerly awaiting the spring season and have yet to get any sort of viable outdoor practice time, with exception to making some chips and drives on patches of brown grass outside school grounds. Some coaches feel the first match of the season won’t be until May 1, while others are more optimistic that some courses will be opening a bit sooner, so long as the temperatures are near 50 degrees, the snow is gone and moisture on local courses is limited. Some courses, however, will take longer than others, so area high school teams are going with what they have available. Unity is no exception and, despite having a match scheduled for Stillwater, Wednesday, April 24, coach Larry Stencil was doubtful that was going to happen. So instead of smacking balls around in the gym, the team is headed for a larger venue near Maplewood, Minn., at the Goodrich Golf Dome, where kids will be able to hit balls in a heated indoor driving range. With financial help from the WINGS Foundation, the team will be able to make the trip happen. “We’re just going to go, and we’re going to play,” said Stencil. “We’re going to hit a simulated match out there the best we can. I’ve got to go through all the particulars, but that’s what we’re going to do.” The Eagles are expected to be one of the top teams in the conference this season and Stencil says they’ll be looking to defend their previous four consecutive titles. The team has more than 20 golfers again this year but after winning their first regional championship in 28 years, a sectional championship and first-ever team trip to state last season, that goal could be a bit tougher to attain this season. The team lost three seniors to graduation but does get two members back from last year including seniors Evan Lunda, who will sign a letter of intent to play for UM-Crookston next fall, and senior Jake Engebretson. But even with a good portion of their team gone from last year, the Eagles still show a lot of promise coming up. ���We have a lot of young kids and a lot of sophomores with a lot of promise and a couple juniors with a lot of
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Last year the Saints finished ninth out of the 11 competing teams in the Division 2 regional championships, with one golfer, then junior Manny Beaver, earning a trip to the sectional round. That’s as far as the Saints would get, however, but three golfers are returning again this season, with all three having played at the regional last season. They include seniors Kyle Chapman and Grant Simpson, as well as junior Bret Johnson. All three will be key golfers for the Saints this season according to Gudmunsen, but he also says there are several others who are energetic and eager to improve.
As is the case with every other boys golf team in the area, the Unity golf team has resorted to playing indoors for the first four weeks of the season, and it could be May 1 before teams are able to hold an actual tournament on a local course. – Photos by Marty Seeger promise, but we have to get them on the course to see where we are,” Stencil said. With the miserable weather, Stencil said the varsity squad may not be set in stone until the conference meet near the end of the season, which should make for some interesting competition among all members of the team. “I think that we have a lot of kids who are about the same, and now it’s going to be a matter of who’s going to be able to do what needs to be done to get themselves on varsity. Just because they made varsity doesn’t mean they’re going to stay on varsity,” Stencil said. Both Lunda and Engebretson are all but set in stone for a varsity roster and Stencil expects big things from both players, but it will be up to the rest of those athletes, who are fighting for a spot on varsity, to determine how successful the Eagles can be this spring. “I think that we could be very good … we could be very average, it just depends,” Stencil said.
Luck/Frederic golf LUCK – The Luck/Frederic golf team is entering its first season as a co-op under head coach Rick Giller, who coached the Luck golf team for the past several years. The team has a total of eight athletes out for golf, with only three coming from Frederic, but Giller hopes that will change in the coming years. “I think in the coming years, there’s going to be more, unless we lose them to baseball or track. There’s a lot of kids in the fifth-, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade range that have been golfing at Frederic,” Giller said. The team will be basically picking up from where it left off last season with seniors Brendan Fenning and Jordan Bazey and juniors Casey Eckholm, who were the No. 1, 2 and 3 golfers, respectively, for Luck. Sophomore Tanner Nielsen was the team’s fifth golfer last season, and will likely produce decent scores for the team as well. The Cardinals finished last in the regional championship last season out of seven teams playing at Siren National, but with everyone back the team has had time to improve; but just how much they’ve improved from last season is yet to be seen with the weather not cooperating. “I think everybody’s ready. I think we’re chomping at the bit to get out there and just play something,” Giller said. It’s been a bit more challenging for Giller this season, not only with scheduling practice areas and times with two different schools, but also with coaching in general. It’s one thing to teach an athlete the correct form or swing technique, but without being able to see the results from hitting a real golf ball in distance and direction, there’s no way to tell what the results might be. Giller said the first time the team actually steps out onto the course might actually be their first match of the season. That could still be weeks away so, until then, the team will continue to focus on the things they can try to control such as swing, putting and their wedge game. St. Croix Falls golf ST. CROIX FALLS – The St. Croix Falls golf team will be working with a new head coach this spring with Shawn Gudmunsen looking to lead a young Saints team. Gudmunsen isn’t exactly new to the program, however, as he’s spent the previous 10 years as an assistant golf coach. “I am most excited to work with such a young team! We have some energetic young men who are also excited,” Gudmunsen said.
Grantsburg golf GRANTSBURG – This could be a pretty good year for the Grantsburg Pirates golf team, who return the bulk of their talent from last year including Lars Thoreson and Jake Langevin, who both played strong in the regional last season and finished with all-conference honors. Drew Alderman is also back for another year, and just missed being all-conference last season according to third-year head coach Tom Hullander. While the team may have ended their season at the regional meet last season, Hullander feels that the Pirates could be one of the top teams in the conference, along with Unity, who is projected by many to be the top team in the conference again this season. With Luck and Frederic having joined into a co-op, Hullander feels they could be another team to beat, but the Pirates appear to be up for the challenge, especially with a good number of kids competing for their spot on varsity. “We have seven or eight solid players who should all compete for a varsity spot,” Hullander said, but it could be a challenging year for many area athletes with such a limited amount of time to improve on the course due to the weather. “This year it will be the amount of time on the golf course,” Hullander said about the team weaknesses. “The weather is not cooperating.” Siren golf SIREN – It will be a tough task for the Siren Dragons golf team to repeat their memorable run to the school’s first-ever regional championship golf title in school history last season. But the team does return state qualifier Jake Swenson as well as Jade Merrill who both played on the regional championship team from last season. The other two have moved on to the college level and another has chosen to compete on the Siren track team. In total, the Dragons have seven on the roster including a senior boy and two senior girls, two juniors and two freshmen. “We’re going to be young and inexperienced,” said coach Brian Webster, whose team is impatiently waiting for their home course, Siren National, to open. The team is one of the few in the area, however, that has made it outside to get at least a few rounds in – at the Yellow Lake Golf Course – before the latest snowfall hit local courses. Because of the course’s sand greens, however, the team was just able to drive the ball. “We didn’t putt, but we got to hit to see where the ball was going instead of hitting wiffle balls or hitting a real ball into a net,” said Webster. For now, the team will be confined to the gym or the football practice field to practice chipping the ball, but Webster is thinking they’ll be out on the course a lot sooner than some people are expecting. He said that if highs reached into the upper 40s by Sunday, April 21, there was a good chance they’d be playing on April 23 or even earlier, at least on some area courses. “It won’t be ideal, but I think they’ll let us play unless it’s too wet or whatever,” said Webster.
The Luck/Frederic golf team is getting a slow start to their first year as a co-op team under head coach Rick Giller. – Photo by Marty Seeger
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Krooked Kreek has the sights and wildlife OSCEOLA – The Krooked Kreek Golf Club is nestled between OSCEOLA the bluffs of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway and the glacial eskers of western Wisconsin just two miles east of Osceola on CTH M. Golfing in the serenity of the prairie and natural wetlands is a sure way to see and hear many different forms of wildlife, such as ducks, whitetailed deer, foxes, turkeys, pheasants, sandhill cranes and many more. The golf course was first opened in 1990 with the front nine holes, while the back nine were added in 1995. Staying true to the name, a crooked creek runs through the course, challenging golfers and showing the true beauty of the
An aerial view of hole one.
countryside through gorgeous landscapes. The front nine greens of the Krooked Kreek Golf Club are generous in size and fairly level. The back, however, are smaller and have more pitch and plenty of undulations to test even the experienced golfer. The 18-hole course is a par-72 championship course that is enjoyable for golfers of all skill levels. Most of the holes are par 4, except the second, sixth, 12th and 16th holes which are par 3 and the third, ninth, 13th and 15th which are par 5. The first hole is a good start for any golfer. It’s a par 4 that the course pro says “a good drive will leave you a short iron into an inviting green.” The course’s Web site, krookedkreek.com, gives a pro tip for each hole along with pictures. Reservations for tee times may be made up to seven days in advance, but 24-hour notice is asked for tee time cancellations. For golfers desiring a USGA handicap, there’s a handicap computer on grounds. League play will start soon for the year and anyone wishing to participate, who is not currently on a team, may contact the clubhouse for information. There is a men’s, women’s senior and couples league available. The junior program offered is a twopart program. All juniors are welcome to participate in both sessions or to choose the one that best suits their level of play. The first part is basic instruction and the second is a nine-hole league. The program is designed to introduce juniors, age 7 to 17, to the fundamentals of the golf swing, proper golf course etiquette and prepare them for play on the golf course. KKGC will soon open for the season and will be open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset. Twilight hours are unlimited Saturday and Sunday
The Krooked Kreek Golf Club is enjoyable for all ages and all skill levels. The photo shows the view on hole seven. – Photos submitted after 2 p.m. Golf carts, pull carts, club rental, a spacious driving range and practice green are some of the many features of the golf club. Club regripping is a service that is available, in a variety of grips, which are all done in-house. A bar and grill are located in the clubhouse for lunch, dinner or a snack. Lessons, club-fitting and club repair are available in the full-service golf shop, along with golf equipment, clothes, balls, clubs, hats, towels and accessories, several with KKGC’s logo. Group outings are welcome and hassle free for the planner after calling Krooked Kreek. There is a dining/meeting facility, bar and cook who will prepare the meal or snack you would like. Accommodations can be made for groups up to 144 people. All tournament packages include full event services, registration tables, prize
tables, event announcements to welcome guests, personalized cart signs, professional scoring, beverage cart attendants, hole contest signage, setup and pickup of signage/tables/chairs on the golf course, two complimentary committee carts, as well as use of practice putting green. Full beverage service is provided. The club’s banquet area has seating for up to 90 people. While the golf course usually closes in November, the banquet center is open for seasonal events. Tournaments are scheduled from May until October, several being member events, which league players are invited to. If you’re interested in becoming a member of the Krooked Kreek Golf Club, call 715-294-3673 or visit the clubhouse. – information from the course Web site
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