Trempealeau Mountain Golf Club opening on Friday

TREMPEALEAU, WI - Trempealeau Mountain Golf Club is opening on Friday, April 10, but not without strict guidelines.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers issued his COVID-19 Emergency Order No. 12 on March 24. The Safer At Home order went into effect from 8 a.m., March 25, to 8 a.m., April 24, shutting down non-essential businesses, including golf courses.   
However, in a mass email to customers and boblamboutdoors.com early Wednesday, a letter from Trempealeau Mountain stated it will open on Friday under a "park and play" policy. No walk-ins will be allowed during the coronavirus pandemic.
The clubhouse will be closed and only on-line tee times will be accepted.
"Trempealeau Mountain Golf Club is committed to be a leader in the golf community by maintaining a safe and healthy workplace for our employees and helping our customers to do the same," the letter stated. "As such we are monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak and implementing practices according to the CDC guidelines.
"The nature of our business with only a small group of golfers playing together in an outdoor activity greatly minimizes exposure, golf isn’t a close-proximity event. Below is our current policies approved by the Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Dept., and Trempealeau County Health Dept. These policies and procedures are ever-changing along with new developments and recommendations from local, state and national agencies."

General Rules:
* All tee times must be booked and paid online via our website or Trempealeau Mountain App.
* Please arrive no more than 5 minutes prior to your tee time and go straight to the first tee to check in with the starter.

Inside the Pro Shop:
* The clubhouse is closed.
* No food or beverage will be available for purchase.

On the course:
* Walking Only!!! NO GOLF CARTS AVAILABLE!
* The cups have been raised 1 inch above surface to prevent the need to remove the flag-stick. Although unconventional, please putt to the raised cup and when you hit it with the ball, consider that putt made… no more lip outs.
* Rakes have been removed from bunkers, please smooth sand with foot. You can place your ball in preferred lies.
* Ball washers have been removed from the course.
* Keep social distancing of 6 feet at all times on course and property.
* Driving range will remain closed at this time.
"We appreciate the trust that you place in Trempealeau Mountain Golf Club. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and take actions necessary to help keep our employees and customers safe while providing the products and services you depend on from us."
Sincerely,
Chad & Amy Landis

Chad Landis, new co-owner and course manager, said golfers may bring their own push or pull carts. However, no private power carts are allowed.
Landis said after receiving 15-20 messages each day from golfers inquiring when the course will open, and hearing about at least one Dunn County course opening, he and his wife decided to open, too, after meeting with local law enforcement and health officials.
There are two ways to pay fees, according to Landis.
"You can pay online, or when you book your tee time, you must give your credit card number," he said, adding that an outdoor kiosk will be available for customers.
Green fees are $26 for 18 holes or $19 for 9 holes. For golfers wishing to play more than 18 holes, the "replay rate" is $25.
"As for now, that's what the prices will be," Landis said.
For more information, call 608-534-7417.


USGA moves U.S. Open Championship to Sept. 17-20

LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. – The USGA announced today that due to the unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and the continued uncertainty surrounding it, several additional changes have been made to the 2020 championship season schedule:

U.S. Open
The 120th U.S. Open, which was scheduled to be held June 18-21 at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y., has been postponed. The championship has been rescheduled to Sept. 17-20 at Winged Foot.
“We are hopeful that postponing the championship will offer us the opportunity to mitigate health and safety issues while still providing us with the best opportunity to conduct the U.S. Open this year,” said Mike Davis, CEO of the USGA. “We are incredibly thankful to the membership and staff at Winged Foot for their flexibility and support. We are also grateful for the wonderful collaboration among the professional tours and other majors in working through a complicated schedule.”
The USGA is currently evaluating how the postponement will affect exemption categories, and definitive changes will be communicated as soon as possible. As previously announced, the USGA will strive to conduct qualifying that fits health and safety guidelines while accommodating the rescheduled championship dates.

U.S. Senior Open and U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championships
In addition to the postponement of the U.S. Open, the USGA has made the decision to cancel the U.S. Senior Open and U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championships for 2020.
The 41st U.S. Senior Open had been scheduled for June 25-28 at Newport Country Club in Newport, R.I. The 41st edition of the championship will now be played at Omaha (Neb.) Country Club from July 8-11, 2021.
The 3rd U.S. Senior Women’s Open, scheduled July 9-12 at Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield, Conn., also will not be conducted this year. More information about future sites and dates will be announced in the coming weeks.
“Canceling this year’s Senior Open championships was a very difficult decision to make,” said Davis. “Not only are they important pillars of our championship schedule, but we also value our relationships with both Newport Country Club and Brooklawn Country Club and were looking forward to staging incredible events there this summer. Given the ongoing health and safety issues related to COVID-19 and the significant consolidation of schedules into the back half of 2020, including the postponement of the U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Open, we felt it necessary to make these unfortunate adjustments to our 2020 championship plans.”

Remaining USGA Amateur Championships
The USGA will continue to rely on CDC and WHO recommendations in determining schedule considerations for the remaining eight 2020 amateur championships. The first two scheduled championships for 2020, the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball and U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball, were canceled on March 17.
On April 3, the USGA announced the postponement of the 75th U.S. Women’s Open to Dec. 10-13 at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas. For more USGA schedule updates and information, visit usga.org.

SOURCE: USGA

41st Curtis Cup Match postponed until 2021

LIBERTY CORNER, N.J., and ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – The USGA and The R&A today announced that due to the evolving dynamics of the global COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions to international travel, the 2020 Curtis Cup Match has been postponed.
The biennial team competition contested by female amateur golfers has been rescheduled for the summer of 2021 at Conwy Golf Club in Wales, the original host site.
“The decision to postpone this year’s Curtis Cup Match did not come lightly, but based on a number of factors, including guidance from the CDC and restrictions on international travel, we’re confident this is what’s best for the health and safety of our players, staff, fans and everyone associated with the Match,” said John Bodenhamer, senior managing director of Championships for the USGA. “We’re extremely appreciative of The R&A and all involved for the quick work and dedication to ensure this competition moves forward next year.”
Sarah Ingram, a three-time U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion (1991, 1993, 1994) and a member of three USA Curtis Cup Teams (1992, 1994 and 1996), will continue as captain of the USA Team. Elaine Ratcliffe, a distinguished amateur player who won the English Amateur Championship and the Finnish Amateur Championship, will remain captain of the Great Britain & Ireland squad. The formal team selection process would have taken place this month.
“It is certainly disappointing anytime you have to postpone something you are so actively looking forward to, but when we take our team to the Match, we want to be able to focus on competition and camaraderie, rather than have to worry about health and safety,” said Ingram. “I feel for the players who have worked so hard these last two years and share in the disappointment they surely feel that the Curtis Cup will not be contested this June. Despite the delay, we will be ready and eager to have the experience of a lifetime.”
The Curtis Cup Match is contested by two teams of eight female amateur players, one from the United States of America and one from Great Britain and Ireland, which is comprised of England, the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The USGA’s International Team Selection Committee selects the USA Team, while The R&A selects the GB&I Team. The USA Team leads the overall series, 29-8-3.

SOURCE: USGA and The R&A


2020 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship canceled

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLA. - The PGA of America today announced that the 2020 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, scheduled for Harbor Shores Resort in Benton Harbor, Michigan from May 19-24, has been canceled in light of the the stay-at-home order enacted on March 23, for the state of Michigan.
“While we are incredibly disappointed, we all understand that protecting public health is the highest priority,” said PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh. “We are especially disappointed for the Benton Harbor community, our friends at KitchenAid and the fans and volunteers who support this important championship so passionately.”
"This was not an easy decision," said Jeff Noel, vice president of communications and public affairs for Whirlpool Corporation, parent company of KitchenAid. "This Championship means so much to our KitchenAid brand and the Southwest Michigan community, however the health and safety of our community is our priority.
"We thank our corporate and hospitality partners and our 1,600 volunteers for their continued support of the Championship," Noel added. "The contestants have become a welcomed extension of our community over the years and while we are incredibly disappointed that the Championship will not return to Benton Harbor in 2020, we know that this is the right thing to do."
The 2021 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship will be played at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma, May 25-30, and return to Harbor Shores Resort in Benton Harbor, Michigan in 2022.

SOURCE: PGA of America

Coulee Region golf courses abiding by governor's order

La Crosse area golf courses are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Officials from three courses in the Coulee Region issued statements about their closures to boblamboutdoors.com, after Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers issued an order on Tuesday that all non-essential businesses must close until further notice, effective on Wednesday.
Keith Stoll, general manager and PGA professional at Forest Hills Golf Course in La Crosse, said, "Tony Evers just closed all non-essential businesses until further notice, so I have no idea when we will be able to open."
Dave Cornelius, general manager and PGA pro at The Golf Club at Cedar Creek in Onalaska, opened the course on Tuesday.
"We did get open today for one day and everyone was great relative to the rules we put in place for social distancing," Cornelius said in a statement to members.
Cornelius said the course will be closed due to COVID-19 Emergency Order No. 12, adding that the Emergency order states 8 a.m, March 25, to 8 a.m., April 24, or until a superseding order is issued.
Cornelius said golf course staff will be in limited amounts also due to the order.
"If you call for questions, please leave a message. We do want to answer any questions you might have," he said in the statement. "Our staff is still booking future events and answering e-mails and phone calls/messages."
Trempealeau Mountain Golf Club also issued this email statement:
"In order to remain compliant with the WI Governor’s EO, we have been mandated to close the golf course, Wednesday, March 25. We are hoping in the future the Governor's order exempts golf courses as other states have ruled. If this status for golf courses change, we will let you all know." - TMGC Ownership.
Drugan's Castle Mound Country Club in Holmen and Ettrick Golf Course also closed.