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UnitedPuppySlayer 12-04-2012 12:12 AM

Courses open for winter in S WI
Hey guys, I'll be heading down to the Delavan/LG area for Christmas to visit with family. Was wondering what courses are open in the area. Willing to spend a day in the Milwaukee area, or over to Kenosha, or even possibly into IL a little bit.

Thanks in advance.

notroman 12-04-2012 12:15 AM

Grey Fox is open all winter. Red Fox also just got a complete redesign with short (concrete) and long (mulch) tees. Dretzka Park in Milwaukee is rearranged to a shorter winter layout, but is playable. Brown Deer is pulled over winter. I'm not sure about Kenosha (UW Parkside), someone may have to chime in on that one. They either pull the baskets for the winter or just during muddy season in spring.

Courses in Illinois (except Palatine) stay in all winter.

harr0140 12-04-2012 12:16 AM

Here are the ones I know that have closed . . . Brown Deer, Dretzka's normal 27 but the winter course is not one you want to miss, Sussex. I do not think any of the others one around here will close.

UnitedPuppySlayer 12-04-2012 12:18 AM

I've played Parkside already, but isn't there another course in Kenosha? Maybe I'll try to make it to Grey Fox this year since I wasn't able to go there a couple xmases ago.

We Minnesotan Golfers don't get why WI pulls their courses in the winter...

Thanks for the quick responses guys! Perhaps if schedules allow, I could meet up with someone to play some frisbee basket chain rattling.

harr0140 12-04-2012 12:23 AM

There are 2 courses at Parkside . . . Grey fox would be a great course and the new red fox is much improved (I have heard).

WI and northern IL are tough areas because there are weeks at the end of fall and end of winter where the courses would completely get destroyed. It isnt so much that they couldnt be in during the winter it is that they will simply receive too much damage from leaving them in during the spring thaw, and the freeze and thaw cycle of the fall time.

MN just stays frozen for like 6 months!

UnitedPuppySlayer 12-04-2012 12:25 AM

I played whatever one has the elevated tee. I really liked it actually. MN actually stays frozen for 8 1/2 months a year...

notroman 12-04-2012 12:27 AM

Because unlike Minnesota where the ground pretty much stays frozen year round, down here it thaws quite frequently, causing a sloppy mess. Heavy foot traffic on dead grass with mud underneath just tears up the grass which has no chance of regrowing. You end up getting pretty bad erosion.

Other courses get pulled because their fairways get used for cross country skiing in the winter.

There is another 18 basically across the street from the original 18 at Parkside, but from what I hear it's nothing exciting. The course has a lot of disc-eating prairie grass off the fairways so depending on whether they cleared it (if they clear it even) for the winter, it may or may not be worth playing.

notroman 12-04-2012 12:30 AM


This is the other course in Kenosha. I guess it's 21, not 18. Pretty much across the street from the one you played with the elevated tee.

harr0140 12-04-2012 12:47 AM

the 21 holes across the street are best played right now . . . no ticks it is beat up from whatever traffic it had all fall and it is easier to find discs right now. It is only OK in my opinion so dont plan on a trip there unless you just want to pick up another course. Grey fox would be the best bet as would the new 9 at red fox although the shorts have the concrete and the longs are just mulch or gravel right now.

UnitedPuppySlayer 12-04-2012 01:06 AM

How about courses in Madison? Didn't get to play Elver last time I was there and I wouldn't mind playing Hiestand again either.

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