Dennis McCann


A Wisconsin native and longtime newspaperman, Dennis has been writing about golf for more than 20 years. When not profiling golf's colorful characters or the courses they play, he can usually be found golfing at beautiful Apostle Highlands GC in Bayfield.

Shorewood was the state’s oldest campus golf course, built on the shores of Green Bay in 1931, decades before the school even opened. “Despite our best attempts to open the Shorewood Golf Course this summer, we will be unable to do so,” Chancellor Michael Alexander wrote in an email to faculty and staff. “As many of you know, Shorewood has been a significant drain on our resources for many years. Interest has been waning for many years and it is not critical to our primary mission of student success."

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It’s not that Lake Wisconsin is a show pony of a course. It won’t make you forget centerfold layouts like Erin Hills or the golf courses at Kohler, but that’s fine. What you will find at this nearly century-old track in Prairie du Sac is a well-cared for golf course in a pretty setting with holes that will tease the unsuspecting player who only sees length and salivates while offering rewards to those who respect its demands.

You can’t schedule a hole-in-one. It would be nice if you could. Most of us would pencil one in for tomorrow. But getting golf’s ultimate job done in one swing is unpredictable, random and so, so elusive that many golfers never even sniff such sweet success. But if you could plan the perfect moment, it might be just like it was for Dave “Doc” Allesee of Waterford.

The lucky pair are Patrick Koenig, 41, of Laguna Beach, Calif., and recent University of Wisconsin grad Bobbi Stricker, 22, who were selected from the hundreds of applicants from 25 different states who sought any golfer’s ultimate summer gig. For 10 weeks, they will play some of Wisconsin's top courses for free and get paid for their creativity in promoting them on social media.

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A little piece of old Door County has found a new owner who plans to reopen and preserve the historic property. The new owner of the Alpine Resort and Golf Course in Egg Harbor, which had been in one-family ownership for a century, is already renovating the clubhouse and grooming the golf course with the goal of beginning play by Memorial Day.

On Feb. 19, after spending the winter at our home in Bayfield, my wife and I received our second shots of the Pfizer vaccine. Two days later, I booked a house (with pool) for the month of April in the golf-centric community of Riverwood in Port Charlotte, Florida, where a couple Sundays ago, six couples from Bayfield played a showdown scramble tournament and then argued the merits of the seeding over a delicious poolside steak dinner.

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