A busy weekend gives Gary D'Amato and Rob Hernandez of Wisconsin.golf plenty of fodder for this week's Talking.Golf. They cover the thrilling Solheim Cup, Jerry Kelly's win in Michigan on the PGA Tour Champions, Piercen Hunt's decision not to play high school golf as a senior at Hartland Arr…
Wisconsin.golf's Gary D'Amato & Rob Hernandez look back at the 2019 Wisconsin PGA Professionals Championship, the WSGA State Mid-Amateur and the start of the 2019-20 college golf season for the Marquette, UW and UW-Green Bay men.
OCONOMOWOC – Perhaps you knew it as Lac La Belle Country Club, a once-prosperous private club that, like many private clubs of a certain vintage, struggled with a dated business model, took on too much debt – much of it for an expensive clubhouse renovation – and had no choice but to sell.
Wisconsin.golf's Gary D'Amato and Rob Hernandez cover a lot of ground on their first post-Labor Day podcast of the 2019 golf season. They talk about Gary's experience at Old Hickory CC in Beaver Dam, the latest from the high school and college golf scene and last week's Korn Ferry Tour Q-Sch…
BEAVER DAM – Destination golf has exploded in Wisconsin over the last three decades, with a lineage that includes the acclaimed Kohler Co. properties, Erin Hills and the still-growing Sand Valley Resort.
Sentry Insurance plans to build an upscale boutique hotel near the 18th fairway of SentryWorld that it would own and manage in order to provide guests and golfers with an immersive experience at its championship golf course.
The Wisconsin State Open has come and gone and Gary D'Amato and Rob Hernandez look back at Dan Woltman's victory, the decorated leaderboard and the expanded field. They also talk LPGA Tour/Symetra Tour Q-School, PGA Tour Q-School Pre-Qualifying and much, much more!
WISCONSIN DELLS — Within two miles in any direction of Wild Rock Golf Club, the kitschy wonders of Wisconsin Dells draw tourists like moths to a flame.
LAKE GENEVA – Dan Woltman has played golf all over the world, but there’s nothing quite like home for the Beaver Dam native.
Wisconsin.golf's Gary D'Amato & Rob Hernandez break down the 99th Wisconsin State Open, which begins Monday at Geneva National GC, the re-birth of the Club at La Belle in Oconomowoc, the WD from the Korn Ferry Tour Finals of Charlie Danielson & another strong finish from River Falls'…
Rob O’Loughlin fundamentally changed the game of golf in the mid-1990s with Softspikes before launching Laser Link Golf, a company at the forefront of the distance-measuring device boom. Now he's championing a new idea: Ad Flag.
Wisconsin.Golf's Gary D'Amato & Rob Hernandez look back on a busy week on the Symetra Tour, Dakotas Tour, well, the Dan Woltman Tour and then look ahead to the U.S. Am, Wisconsin State Open and so much more on their weekly podcast.
MILWAUKEE — Casey Danielson and Austin Gaugert were just kids, hanging out at junior golf tournaments with their brothers and sisters and mutual friend Jordan Niebrugge, intense beyond their years on the course but fun-loving goofballs off it.
Wisconsin.golf's Gary D'Amato & Rob Hernandez look back at a strange weekend of Wisconsin golf, look ahead to the promise of an exciting PHC Classic on Symetra Tour at Brown Deer Park.
SALEM — It was mid-morning on a perfect day to play golf – sunny skies, temperatures in the 70s – when I arrived at Spring Valley Country Club without a reservation last Wednesday, expecting to find a full parking lot and a wait for an open tee time.
STEVENS POINT — If I’m calling the shots at the United States Golf Association, I’m looking at the calendar today and figuring out how soon the organization can get another championship booked at SentryWorld.
Gary D'Amato and Rob Hernandez look back at the U.S. Girls Junior, discuss a crazy Sunday at the Barracuda Championship, and look ahead to the week's tournaments.
GREEN LAKE — It was the summer of 1973 when I joined a bunch of high school golf team buddies on an adventure to Green Lake to play Lawsonia Links. You might have read about our exploits in my previous course review of what is now the Links Course at The Golf Courses of Lawsonia.
On the list of important golf courses built in Wisconsin over the last 50 years — a list that includes major championship venues Blackwolf Run, Whistling Straits and Erin Hills — it can be argued that none was more important than SentryWorld in Stevens Point.
Wisconsin.golf's Gary D'Amato and Rob Hernandez look back at last week's Wisconsin State Am, Open Championship and break down this week's crazy calendar of Wisconsin golf activity including the Wisconsin State Women's Amateur, U.S. Amateur local qualifying and the U.S. Girls Junior Championship.
DELAVAN — Registered letters from out-of-state law offices don’t often show up in the mail at Delbrook Golf Club, so naturally, PGA professional Dan Piecha was intrigued when one arrived last summer from Venice, Florida.
GREEN LAKE — Phillip Johnson knows a two-stroke lead going into the final round of the 118th Wisconsin State Amateur is hardly safe, especially on a golf course that punishes even the slightest error in judgment or execution.
GREEN LAKE – The sun was low in the sky Tuesday evening as Brent Bartels entered the scoring tent after the second round of the 118th Wisconsin State Amateur Championship, an ear-to-ear grin plastered to his face.
GREEN LAKE — Hunter Eichhorn had been playing so poorly in the weeks leading up to the 118th Wisconsin State Amateur Championship that he gave serious consideration to withdrawing from the state’s signature event for amateurs.
GREEN LAKE — If the eclectic leader board proved anything as Round 1 of the 118th Wisconsin State Amateur Championship crawled to a finish at dusk Monday, it was that predicting a winner is just about impossible.
SILVIS, Illinois — It’s the only big-time sports event in the Quad Cities and a throwback on the PGA Tour schedule, which operates almost exclusively these days in mega TV markets teeming with potential corporate partners. In Ponte Vedra Beach, it’s all about the Benjamins.
OCONOMOWOC – It looks like a hibernation pod from a spaceship or H.G. Wells’ time machine or, more down to earth, the mother of all tanning beds. It occupies the space once reserved for the dining room table in Mike Thompson’s house on Okauchee Lake.
A century ago, Eagle Springs was a sprawling resort that catered to wealthy Chicagoans, with a grand hotel, an 18-hole course and all forms of recreation for an indulgent lifestyle. What’s left is a charming little nine-holer that has been “discovered” in recent years by the golf architecture cognoscenti.
Wisconsin.Golf's Gary D'Amato and Rob Hernandez look back at what could be the final Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic, Charlie Danielson's incredible weekend at the 3M Open, MinitourMania with Jordan Niebrugge, John Langhoff and Dan Woltman, a great start to the summer for another Stricker (Izz…
GREEN LAKE — Back in the mid-1970s, long before a shuttered Army base became Whistling Straits, a cattle farm became Erin Hills and Sentry Insurance CEO John Joanis built an ahead-of-its time destination course called SentryWorld, a bunch of us teens packed into a couple cars and headed nort…
Wisconsin.Golf's Gary D'Amato & Rob Hernandez look back at Steve Stricker's weekend duel with Jerry Kelly en route to his historic victory at the U.S. Senior Open in South Bend, Ind., Owen Butler's victory at the Ray Fischer State Amateur Tournament and more before looking ahead to this …
SOUTH BEND, Indiana — It’s not as if Steve Stricker went kicking and screaming to the PGA Tour Champions when he turned 50. But he did go somewhat reluctantly, convinced he could still win on the PGA Tour, but obligated to tee it up with the old guys on occasion because of his involvement wi…
PEWAUKEE — Its formal name is Naga-Waukee War Memorial Golf Course but regulars know it simply as “The Nag.”
Gary & Rob look back an epic @AmFamChamp weekend of great golf and celebrity sightings, look forward to what's next on the schedule
MADISON – Without a title sponsor for its first 36 years and without a national television contract until 1989, the now-defunct Greater Milwaukee Open always got the short end of the stick when it came to tournament dates. The PGA Tour moved the GMO around at its whim, and never to attractiv…
MADISON — Steve Stricker and his agent and brother-in-law, Mario Tiziani, sat a few feet from a TV screen in the media center Sunday and watched the live feed of the conclusion of the American Family Insurance Championship.
MADISON – The American Family Insurance Championship is moving up on the calendar to the first week in June in 2020 as part of a reshuffling of the PGA Tour Champions schedule.
MADISON – Steve Stricker walked onto the 10th tee at University Ridge Golf Course on Saturday, with the gallery five deep and spilling down the right side of the fairway. He got the thunderous ovation he always gets as a hometown hero and the host of the American Family Insurance Championship.
MADISON – It’s not the fountain of youth, but evidence suggests CBD may be the fountain of feeling a little better. When you’re 50-something and trying to make a living playing golf, anything that helps you sleep a little more soundly, move a little more freely and perhaps lowers your anxiet…
MADISON – They’ve won a combined $79.4 million playing professional golf, so let’s not feel sorry for Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly. They’ve had great careers, they have good lives and the American Family Insurance Championship this week is practically a love-fest for the Madison residents.
MADISON – A lot of amateur golfers who beat up on their buddies in the club championship and win the occasional state-level tournament think that once they turn 50, they’re going to light it up on the PGA Tour Champions.
The latest stories from Wisconsin.Golf's reporting team.
Wisconsin golf headlines from newspapers, Websites and other news outlets around the region.
Milwaukee Magazine: Four of Wisconsin's most memorable golf holes
Tue, Apr 30, 2019
La Crosse Tribune: Groundbreaking held for Tomah VA golf course
Tue, Apr 30, 2019
Janesville Gazette: 5,000 golf balls spill onto Janesville highway
Tue, Feb 19, 2019
Fennimore: Report says Southwest Tech in talks to acquire nine-hole Hickory Gove GC for golf, culinary instruction
Wed, Jan 9, 2019
@WisDotGolf's Top 18 of '18: No. 2 | Three victories on PGA Tour Champions make 2018 way above average for Madison's Steve Stricker
Mon, Dec 31, 2018
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Oconomowoc wants to buy a portion of the Paganica Golf Course to extend Thackeray Trail
Sat, Dec 29, 2018
Nekoosa: Golf magazine adds Sand Box at Sand Valley to Best New Course honors
Sat, Dec 29, 2018
BizTimes.com: PGA plans additional hospitality structure for 2020 Ryder Cup after units sell out
Wed, Dec 12, 2018
WLIF-West Lafayette, Indiana: Purdue golfer meets Green Bay man who gifted her an education
Fri, Dec 7, 2018
WSAW-Wausau: Wisconsin Rapids man played golf with Pres. George H.W. Bush on 9/11
Wed, Dec 5, 2018
Nekoosa: Mammoth Dunes at Sand Valley Resort runner-up to Streamsong as 2018 Best New Course
Thu, Nov 29, 2018
Golf Digest: Streamsong Black edges out Sand Valley's Mammoth Dunes for Best New Course of 2018
Thu, Nov 29, 2018
Wisconsin State Journal: Golf pro lawsuit ends up costing Madison more than $1.2 million
Wed, Nov 28, 2018
Superior Telegram: UW-Superior removes Roger Plachta as softball, women's golf coach
Wed, Nov 21, 2018
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Opponents of Kohler golf course claim Wisconsin DNR caved to political pressure
Mon, Nov 19, 2018