There is an adage older than persimmon woods that says what goes up must come down. And so it goes with the unseasonably warm temperatures in Wisconsin.

The end of the golf season in Wisconsin appears to be hanging in the balance of the amount of snow predicted to blanket the state overnight Saturday into Sunday and the patience of course to see if a slight warming trend by Tuesday allows some courses to re-open, if only for a day or two.

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As much as 4 inches of snow was predicted to fall across the middle part of the state overnight Saturday into Sunday. A band of snow ranging from 1 to 3 inches was expected on a line from La Crosse south and east to the southern edge of the Milwaukee area. A trace of snow was projected on a similar line from Prairie du Chien to Burlington.

A few areas of the state saw snow already Friday evening. Prairie Woods Golf Course in Avalon, near Janesville, posted a photo to its Facebook page of its course covered by a solid dusting of snow.

Many of the state's destination courses saw winter coming and called it a season earlier this week.

A historic 2021 golf season in the Kohler area — highlighted by the rescheduled 2020 Ryder Cup — has come to an end. Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run officially closed for the season Nov. 8, according to a representative at the Destination Kohler call center, after golfers got their final rounds in over the weekend on the Irish Course at Whistling Straits and the original collection of 18 holes at Blackwolf Run.

A slew of other destination courses around the state have now followed suit.

The Golf Courses of Lawsonia in Green Lake closed for the season after play Nov. 8. University Ridge Golf Course in Madison and Wild Rock Golf Course in Wisconsin Dells closed Nov. 11. Bullseye Golf Club in Wisconsin Rapids will close the following day, just ahead of the first wave of snowfall that coated the fairways in Western Wisconsin and far northwest Wisconsin.

In northeast Wisconsin, golf on the famous Door County peninsula has come to an end at popular Peninsula State Park Golf Course in Egg Harbor, but will linger through Wednesday at Maxwelton Braes in Bailey's Harbor. After that, however, temperatures will begin their gradual descent into the 30s throughout the region.

Already, several courses in northwest Wisconsin — after seeing thermometers spend last weekend in the mid-60s — have elected to call it a golf season. At least a half-dozen courses announced via Facebook over the weekend that Sunday was the final day this fall that they would be taking tee times, seeing rain on the radar Monday and high temperatures bottoming out in the mid-30s by Sunday.

Temperatures in the Milwaukee area are forecast to remain above freezing for most of the next 10 days, but that didn't keep Milwaukee County from closing Dretzka Park at the start of the week or announcing plans for Brown Deer Park and Greenfield Park to close for the season starting Friday. In the Madison area, however, overnight lows are expected to drip into the high 20s overnight beginning Friday, but Odana Hills Golf Course and Yahara Hills Golf Course are among several courses that remain open.

The following courses have closed for the 2021 season or announced dates they intend to do so, according to a Wisconsin.Golf scan of Facebook, other social media channels, website postings and emails. Courses not listed that have welcomed their final golfers for 2021 can contact Wisconsin.Golf's Rob Hernandez at rob@killarneygolfmedia.com to have their names added.

SOUTHEAST

Closing Course/link City Phone
November 12 Greenfield Park GC Milwaukee (414) 256-4010
November 12 Brown Deer Park GC Milwaukee (414) 352-8080
November 11 Whispering Springs GC Fond du Lac (920) 921-8053
November 8 Dretzka Park GC Milwaukee (414) 354-7300
November 8 Whistling Straits Haven (855) 444-2838
November 8 Blackwolf Run Kohler (855) 444-2838
November 8 The Club at Lac La Belle* Oconomowoc (262) 567-7833
November 5 Warnimont GC Cudahy (414) 481-4730
November 5 Hansen Park GC Wauwatosa (414) 453-4454
November 1 CC Estates Fontana (262) 275-3705
November 1 Lauderdale Lakes CC Elkhorn (262) 742-2454
October 31 Deer Haven GC** New Berlin (262) 650-0760
October 17 Erin Hills Erin (262) 670-8600
* = Course closing confirmed via text, email or Messenger
** = Permanent course closing

SOUTHWEST

Closing Course/link City Phone
November 11 Trappers Turn GC Wisconsin Dells (800) 221-8876
November 11 Evansville GC Evansville (608) 882-6524
November 11 University Ridge Madison (608) 845-7700
November 11 Platteville GC Platteville (608) 348-4653
November 11 Wild Rock GC Wisconsin Dells (608) 253-4653
November 10 Castle Rock GC Mauston (608) 847-4658
November 8 Monroe GC Monroe (608) 325-3157
November 2 Hickory Grove GC Fennimore (608) 822-3314
November 1 Coachman's GR Edgerton (608) 884-8484
November 1 Monona GC Monona (608) 266-4736

CENTRAL

Closing Course/link City Phone
November 13 Homestead GC Wisconsin Rapids (715) 423-7577
November 12 Bullseye GC* Wisconsin Rapids (715) 423-2225
November 12 Tri-City GC Wisconsin Rapids (715) 423-1380
November 9 GCs of Lawsonia Green Lake (920) 294-3320
November 8 Ridges GC Wisconsin Rapids (715) 424-3204
October 31 Lake Arrowhead GC/Pines Course* Nekoosa (715) 325-2929
October 30 Crane Meadows GC Weston (715) 355-1264
October 20 Lake Arrowhead GC/Lakes Course* Nekoosa (715) 325-2929
October 15 Sand Valley GR Nekoosa (888) 651-5539

NORTHWEST

Closing Course/link City Phone
November 14 River Run GC Sparta (608) 269-3022
November 13 Hiawatha GC Tomah (608) 372-5589
November 11 River Falls GC River Falls (715) 425-7253
November 11 New Richmond GC New Richmond (715) 246-6724
November 11 Forest Hills GC La Crosse (608) 779-4653
November 11 Hickory Hills GC Eau Claire (715) 878-4543
November 11 Nemadji GC Superior (715) 394-0266
November 10 Lake Hallie GC Chippewa Falls (715) 861-5442
November 10 Rolling Oaks GC Barron (715) 537-3409
November 9 The Grove GC Cochrane (608) 248-2800
November 8 Trempealeau Mountain GC Trempealeau (608) 534-7417
November 8 Bristol Ridge GC Somerset (715) 247-3673
November 8 Ojibwa Golf Bowl Chippewa Falls (715) 723-8823
November 8 Voyager Village Danbury (715) 259-3910
November 8 Chequamegon Bay GC Ashland (715) 682-8004
November 7 Botten's Green Acres GC Lake Nebagamon (715) 374-2567
November 5 Lake Superior View GC Washburn (715) 373-1100
November 1 Troy Burne G Hudson (715) 381-9800
November 1 Ellsworth CC Ellsworth (715) 273 4438
November 1 Siren National GC Siren (715) 349-8000
November 1 Walsh GC La Crosse (608) 781-0838
October 31 Krooked Kreek GC Osceola (715) 294-3673
October 31 Turtleback GC Rice Lake (715) 234-7641

NORTHWOODS

Closing Course/link City Phone
November 8 Big Stone GC Three Lakes (715) 546-2100
October 24 NorthWood GC Rhinelander (715) 282-6565
October 23 Inshalla CC Tomahawk (715) 453-3130
October 23 Bass Lake CC Antigo (715) 623-6196
October 16 Pinewood CC Harshaw (715) 282-5500

NORTHEAST

Closing Course/link City Phone
November 14 Cherry Hills GR Sturgeon Bay (920) 743-3240
November 12 NorthBrook GC Luxemburg (920) 845-2383
November 12 GC at Branch River Cato (920) 684-3319
November 12 Mid-Vallee GC De Pere (920) 532-6644
November 12 Clintonville Riverside GC Clintonville (715) 823-2992
November 11 Lake Breeze GC Winneconne (920) 582-7585
November 11 Grand View GC Hortonville (920) 779-6421
November 11 Maxwelton Braes GC Bailey's Harbor (920) 421-4653
November 11 Far Vu GC Oshkosh (920) 231-2631
November 11 Wander Springs GC Greenleaf (920) 864-4653
November 11 Shamrock Heights GC New London (920) 982-9993
November 11 Chaska GC Greenville (920) 757-5757
November 10 The Patriot GC Abrams (920) 826-7770
November 8 Winagamie GC Neenah (920) 757-5453
November 8 Hunter's Glen GC Crivitz (715) 854-8008
November 8 Shawano Lake GC Shawano (715) 524-4890
November 8 Peninsula State Park GC Egg Harbor (920) 854-5791
November 2 River Island GC Oconto Falls (920) 846-3303
November 1 De Smidt's GC&CC Crivitz (715) 854-7939
November 1 Winchester Hills GC Larsen (920) 836-2476
November 1 Seven Lakes GC Cato (920) 775-4000
October 31 Royal St. Patrick's GL Wrightstown (920) 532-4300
October 30 Westwood GC Phillips (715) 339-3600
October 27 Nicolet CC Laona (715) 674-4780
October 22 Glen Cairn GC Ogdensburg (920) 244-4653


Nov. 2: It's bound to happen and in some parts of the state it already has as the end is coming to 2021 Wisconsin golf season

The end of the 2021 golf season in Wisconsin is coming. In fact, it has already arrived at nearly two dozen golf courses, including at least one in every region of the state.

How soon the very end of the golf season arrives throughout Wisconsin, however, remains the million-dollar meteorological question.

The Milwaukee area is showing high temperatures in the low to mid-50s into the middle of next week, according to the Weather Channel forecast for southeast Wisconsin. The Madison area, which woke up Tuesday to temperatures in the upper 20s, will also see high temperatures reaching 57 by Sunday and staying there for three or four days. Ditto for the Eau Claire, Wausau and Green Bay areas.

The Rhinelander area, which reported snowflakes dancing in the air on Halloween night, is expected to see its high temperatures dip below 40 by Nov. 15. The Bayfield area has spent the last two days there and, after a brief warming spell this weekend, will see those frosty highs return by the end of next week.

Two of the state's top destination courses — Erin Hills near Milwaukee and Sand Valley south of Wisconsin Rapids — called it a season during the middle of October. Kohler Golf has not yet announced an official closing date for Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run, but will begin taking reservations Tuesday for its end-of-season golf shop sale, which has been scheduled for Nov. 19-20.

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