Forest Hills offering holiday specials through Dec. 20

Give the gift of golf this holiday season from Forest Hills Golf Course in La Crosse.
It may not look like golf outside, but golfers are always thinking and talking about their beloved sport and hobby.
Try one of these specials:
* Golf for two with cart in 2019 and one dozen golf balls for $99.
* Free $5 gift card with every $50 gift card purchase.
* 25 percent discounts on all pro shop merchandise including putters, bags, gloves, clothing and more.
* Free $50 gift card with purchase of a 2019 season pass.
Pro shop hours Dec. 3, through Dec. 20, are Mondays and Tuesdays - 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; and Wednesdays and Thursdays - noon-6 p.m.
For more information, call 608-779-4653.

Knothe, Carnal win Turkey Shoot at Forest Hills

Mike Knothe and Casey Carnal shot a 4-under par 67 to capture first place in the Turkey Shoot two-person scamble at Forest Hills Golf Course in La Crosse on Saturday.
Knothe and Carnal each won $60.
Second place went to Brian O'Leary and Mark Boldt with 68. They won $40 each defeating Mark and Frank Servais in a scorecard playoff.
Corey Close/R.J. Wallace, Paul Larson/Felix Fernandes and Cody Fisher/Carl Favre were $25 random drawing winners.
Turkey winners were Chris Cheever, Jacob Krause, Jay Smith and Fisher.

Mike Knothe/Casey Carnal 33-34-67 ($60 each)
Brian O'Leary/Mark Boldt 34-34-68 ($40 each)
Mark Servais/Frank Servais 35-33-68 ($25 each)
** Corey Klose/R.J Wallace 33-36-69 ($25 each)
Justin Hemker/Jay Smith 34-40-70
Jay Blackdeeer/Ken Littlegeorge 34-37-71
** Paul Larson/Felix Fernandes 35-36-71 ($25 each)
Hunter Kneeland/Jacob Krause 36-36-72
** Cody Fisher/Carl Favre 39-33-72 ($25 each)
Bobby Peterson/Ron Brenner 35-38-73
Tim Jirsa/Mark McConaughey 37-36-73
Jeff Miller/Chris Cheever 39-36-75
Brian Zingler/Amelia Zingler 40-40-80 (Gift card)
Event Winners: Closest to pin on No. 3 - Chris Cheever; Closest to pin on No. 7 - Jacob Krause; Closest second shot on No. 9 - Jay Smith; Longest putt on No. 10 - Cody Fisher

* Scorecard playoff winner
** Random drawing winners

Work begins on new Forest Hills Golf Course practice range

Golf may be in the waning stages of another season, but there is still plenty of action at Forest Hills Golf Course in La Crosse.
A brand, spanking new practice range is in the beginning stages of development at the 118-year-old layout below Grandad Bluff on the eastern edge of the city.
Forest Hills has been without a range ever since a major renovation of the course three years ago, which included a tunnel beneath the railroad tracks, so players weren't delayed by trains passing through the course.  
"So far, they have just cut trees and removed underbrush on the right side and the back of the range," said Keith Stoll, PGA professional and general manager. "We're hoping to see the poles go up soon."
While a wet, miserable October delayed construction, Stoll said the pace will pick up once Les Manske and Sons bring in their big equipment.
"Then it won't take all that long, probably around two weeks," he said. "That's our goal anyway."
The new range faces north, along the left side of the first hole, according to Stoll. It stretches to about 250 yards.
Manske will build the tee and then it will be seeded. However, golfers will be hitting off mats to begin the season next spring.
Tall nets will line the east side and the end of the range.
"We hope to have the poles for the nets set yet this fall," Stoll said.
A 20-foot high net will be placed along the back of the range for about 200 yards, with 50-footers along the east side, according to Stoll. He added that target greens will eventually be built, but not next year.
Forest Hills has gone through several face-lifts through the years. The original range was never in the best location to begin with as players had to hit over the railroad tracks to even reach the practice range. The old small teeing area had mats, too.
The new range will be much better. First and foremost, it is located on the east side of the tracks.

Turkey Shoot set at Forest Hills on Saturday

Forest Hills Golf Course in La Crosse is playing host to a Turkey Shoot, two-person 18-hole scramble on Saturday, Nov. 3.
Entry fee is $40 per person including 18 holes of golf and cart. The cost is only $20 for Forest Hills pass holders.
There will be hole events and position prizes with a chance to win your own turkey for Thanksgiving.
Tee times are available anytime before 2 p.m. Call 608-779-4653.

Uno returns to Forest Hills Golf Course

Uno is back at Forest Hills Golf in La Crosse.
Make a hole-in-one at any participating KemperSports property, including Forest Hills, and win a trip to Mexico.
"We are back onboard for the rest of this year and in 2019," said Keith Stoll, general manager and PGA pro at Forest Hills. "The contract was just signed, so go knock one in."
Vidanta Resorts, SQN Escapes and KemperSports are co-sponsoring the Uno Hole-in-One program. Every hole-in-one at participating KemperSports properties around the country is awarded a 5-day, 4-night complimentary luxury vacation for two guests in a Grand Mayan Master Room at your choice of locations: Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta, Vidanta Puerto Penasco or Vidanta Riviera Maya.
"We are hoping for a hole-in-one now," Stoll said. "It's a great promotion for us and it gives somebody something for their achievement."
Eight players notched holes in one at Forest Hills during the Uno program in 2016. Stoll said he knows at least two of those players - La Crosse's Paul Taylor and Bud Miyamoto - went to Mexico.
"They both had a great time," Stoll said. "Whether a hole-in-one winner utilizes it or not, it's a fun promotion. For us it's a no-brainer."
Stoll said free golf is not included in the prize package, although people have an option to sit through what is called a "vacation club meeting," and receive an extra bonus like a free round or two of golf.
Stoll said he played the Vidanta Riviera Maya course in 2016 and it was beautiful. He said the entire resort complex was huge and extremely nice.
For more information, call 608-779-4653.