Driving range now open at Forest Hills Golf Course

It's new. It's busy and players are extremely happy that it is back.
That's the reaction from Forest Hills Golf Course officials after this week's opening of the new practice range in La Crosse.
"It's been six years in the making, but we're really excited with the potential it gives us," said Keith Stoll, general manager and PGA professional.
Stoll said the new practice facility completes the overall plan for the historic course nestled below Grandad Bluff on the east side of La Crosse.
While Stoll said the new tee area grass is going through its "growing in process," players are currently hitting off mats.
"We have invested in 15 of the best hitting mats on the market. They will amaze you with how real the feel is when hitting the ball," he said.
The range is temporarily limited to irons only as seeded areas near the back portions of the range beyond 200 yards must also fill in, but Stoll said he hopes to open for woods within a few weeks.
Stoll said the practice range now completes the total package with the remodeled 18-hole layout in addition to its existing putting green, chipping green and 19th or practice hole.
"It completes what we set out to do," he said. "The whole purpose is to grow the game of golf beginning with our juniors all the way up, and this accomplishes that. Yes, we are really excited about this."
Forest Hills also also announced a relaxation of a few of its policies due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
* Two players are now allowed to a golf cart rather than one because of the 6-foot social distance rule. However, if players are comfortable riding with their playing partner in a golf cart they are welcome to ride together, although course officials recommend facing forward in the cart when speaking to one another just to be safe.
If a golfer is not comfortable being around their playing partner, then separate golf carts are an option, according to Stoll.
* 12-minute tee times are continuing through the end of May. Beginning June 1, tee times will be shortened to 10-minute intervals.
* Beginning Thursday, May 28, required tee times will no longer be prepaid online. Players may reserve tee times online and pay when checking in at the course. The snack bar window remains the check-in site.
* The Monday Night Golf League begins June 1, and continues through Monday, Aug. 31. Stoll said there is still room for a couple more teams.
For more information about the league or tee times, contact 608-779-4653, or log onto www.foresthillsgolf.org.