It’s difficult to find any positives from the novel coronavirus epidemic which has taken over our world.
However, it has caused a rebirth in many outdoors sports, especially golf.
Golf course operators are busy throughout the country, including right here in God’s Country, the Coulee Region.
Forest Hills Golf Course in La Crosse is a perfect example. Drive by the city-owned course and you will usually find the parking lot saturated with vehicles and players either preparing to golf or just finishing.
Keith Stoll (pictured), Forest Hills general manager and PGA pro at the KemperSports-managed course, is pleased with the number of players flooding the 18-hole layout nestled below historic Grandad Bluff.
“Each day I tell our staff every day is Saturday,” Stoll said, during a brief interview recently. “It’s great to see this rebirth in golf.”
Stoll said Wednesdays have traditionally been slow days, but not this year. It’s common to find the tee sheet filled with 200 or more players.
“People are drawn to the outdoors. Our rounds are definitely up and we’re seeing new faces which is also great,” Stoll said.
Play is expected to become even heavier beginning Monday, when golfers may purchase 2021 memberships and play the remainder of this year free.
“We’re getting oodles of calls from people asking us when the season passes go on sale,” Stoll said. “They’re saying, ‘I can play the rest of this year and all of next year with a 2021 season pass? I’m in.’”
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WSGA NET PARTNERS: A pair of players from Prairie du Chien shared 21st place in the Wisconsin State Golf Association Net Partners Event No. 12 Qualifier at the Kenosha Country Club recently.
Jeff Panka and Tom Herried finished with 98-116-214--106.