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Variance would allow construction of six-hole short golf course at Peninsula State Park

Published: May 1, 2013 by the Northeast Region

Contact(s): Kelli Bruns, 920-868-3258 or Jeff Prey, 608-266-2182

FISH CREEK, Wis. - Beginning golfers could have a new six-hole short golf course at Peninsula State Park that could provide a realistic golf learning experience for individuals -regardless of age, skill or ability - to learn the game of golf.

The short golf course is envisioned in a proposed variance to the park's master plan. Comments on the proposal will be accepted through May 10.

"This development will complement the already existing practice areas at Peninsula that include a driving range, a chipping and putting green, and sand bunker that will let beginning golfers learn and practice golf in a more realistic environment before progressing to a regulation nine- or 18-hole course," said Kelli Bruns, superintendent at Peninsula State Park.

The short course would be managed and operated by the Peninsula Golf Course Associates Inc. by agreement with the Department of Natural Resources. The association runs the existing 18-hole Peninsula State Park Golf Course (exit DNR).

The project would include construction of a six-hole short golf course, a starter and staging building, vault toilet facility and 20 vehicle or less paved parking lot that would be located on existing park land across Highway 42 from the driving range at Peninsula State Park. The project parcel is approximately 5 acres in size and is bordered by Highway 42 and Holand Road.

The short course would be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and would accommodate up to 8,000 rounds of golf per year. The course would include no lighting and no amplified outdoor sound system for music. There would be a minimal greens fee by agreement with the DNR.

The estimated total project cost is up to $500,000 with the Peninsula Golf Associates, Inc. and private donors providing all funds.

More details on the proposal and its review can be found by searching the DNR website for "Peninsula" and then clicking on the link for the master plan variance. Written or email comments on the proposed variance are due by May 10, 2013 and should be sent to Jeff Prey, Wisconsin State Parks, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921 or jeff.prey@wisconsin.gov.

Last Revised: Wednesday, May 01, 2013

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