When golf was forced to take a timeout in early spring as part of the effort to confront the coronavirus, most Wisconsin courses couldn’t wait to open.
But one prominent course is still closed, and won’t be opening anytime soon.
SentryWorld in Stevens Point will remain closed through the summer, said Joe Wood, one of the course’s PGA pros.
“Yes, we have decided to delay the opening to September 8,” he said, and the reason is the continued threat of the coronavirus. Wood said there have been a couple of outbreaks in the area and the course was further wary of bringing in golfers from other parts of the state and country.
“We’re a big part of this community and we want to do everything we can to keep it safe,” Wood said.
SentryWorld’s other facilities, including the restaurants PJ’s and Muse, are also closed until then.
The decision not to open will necessitate shifting a handful of events that had been scheduled for summer, including a Wisconsin State Open Qualifier on July 21 and the Wisconsin/Minnesota Junior Cup Matches, a two-day Ryder Cup-style competition for boys and girls, scheduled for July 16-17. A Wisconsin State Golf Association Net Partners tournament scheduled for Aug. 18 will also have to find a new home.
Those Junior Cup Matches won’t have to go far for a new home, though, because they will be played at the nearby Stevens Point Country Club, according to the assistant pro there, Andrew Krugler. The country club is also making room for other golfers who had previously made tee times at SentryWorld, Krugler said. While the number of rounds played is up this season, the country club can handle more visitors as needed.
“We’re private but since we have a really good relation with SentryWorld we’re helping them with tee times,” Krugler said.
Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., SentryWorld opened in 1982 and quickly became the first destination golf course in Wisconsin. The course underwent a complete renovation beginning in 2013 and reopened in 2015.