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Central Wisconsin Golf Card: Trout Lake Golf Club

For this week’s Golf Card, we travel way up north to Woodruff to visit the historic Trout Lake Golf Club.

It was founded in 1924, which means it turns 95 this year.

And even though it’s been around for a long time, there are some big changes coming.

“We’ve created a whole new number one tee complex that we’re going to open up July 4th week as our 95th birthday present to our public,” said head golf pro Mike Osborne.

The current tee box on the first hole can get backed up and crowded, creating fairly stressful conditions to start your round.

The new tee box is tucked back a little bit and offers impressive views of the river. Maybe a little too impressive, since you have to hit over the water to get to the fairway.

“It’s extremely doable, it’s just the mental side of things. You’re looking down that water so you know it’s there now, whereas our current number one tee, you don’t really see the water,” Osborne said.

But that’s not the only change coming. They’ve renovated a more than 100-year old silo that was once used to store potatoes.

“So now our silo over there on number one will be our welcome center, where the golfers will check in with our starter. And then the starter will send them over to our new number one tee box as a foursome, so there won’t be a lot of people around to make them nervous,” Osborne said.

All of those changes go into affect the week of the July 4th holiday.

For more information on the course, visit

Brad Hanson

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