Loading
Search
NEWS STORIES

Pinewood in its third generation of the family golf businessSubmitted: 06/14/2013
Ben Meyer
Ben Meyer
Managing Editor / Senior Reporter
bmeyer@wjfw.com

Pinewood in its third generation of the family golf business
HARSHAW - The success of big box stores and corporations means family businesses are more difficult to come by.

One place in the Northwoods is not only family owned, but has been for generations.

"It's home, sure," say Al and Judy Bromann.

Pinewood Country Club in Harshaw feels like home for the Bromann family.

It's been in their family since it opened in 1962 - when they carved the course out of potato fields.

"They looked at it one day, and my mother got a little tired of looking at my dad, and she said, 'do something.' That's what he did," says Al.

"They were cutting fairways with a Jeep, towing three gang mowers behind it," remembers Chip Bromann.

Al Bromann Jr. and his wife Marie got the course started, followed by Al III and Judy.

Now it's Al IV - or as everyone knows him, Chip.

"I can remember walking 45 holes a day with my bag on my back, and the golf course was a lot different back then, but, yeah, we spent a lot of time out here," says Chip.

Some of Al Jr.'s more quirky ideas the early 60s wouldn't have flown on a new course today.

"His first idea was to put all of the greens in holes so he wouldn't have to water them," says Al III.

These days, it's tricky enough to find any business that's family owned anymore

But a golf course that's been in the same family for three generations is truly unique

"We're very proud of being a third generation. When I tell people that, they just kind of look at me and ask me again, 'what was that?' And I say, yeah, third generation," Chip says.

But to be family at Pinewood, you don't have to be blood.

"With our business today, I've known everybody that's gone off," Chip says on this Friday. "I've known everybody that's been on the first tee so far."

"A lot of them that are still playing today can remember the years before water, when big hills were brown and the ground was dry," Judy says.

"Meeting old friends, making new friends, that's really what it's all about. I really enjoy doing that," says Chip.

That's something the Bromanns have been doing for 51 years.

Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
| Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com





 IN OTHER NEWS
What We're Working OnSubmitted: 06/27/2017

- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

We'll show you Governor Scott Walker's visit to a veteran's businesses in Wausau as part of his trip for Veteran-Owned Business Day throughout Wisconsin.

We'll bring you the details of the expansion of a walking and biking trail in Merrill and talk with a trail official about what the expansion will mean for people and businesses.

And high school students in Rhinelander attend a camp where they learn about what robots and do and how to build one.

We'll bring you the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.

+ Read More

MERRILL - Six years ago, Merrill promoted the River Bend Trail across the city to try to get people to use it. Now, the trail sees more than a hundred people every day and is scheduled for more expansion.

+ Read More

LADYSMITH - The man accused of killing a Rusk County sheriff's deputy may go to trial.

44 year old Doug Nitek is accused of first degree murder in the death of Deputy Dan Glaze.

+ Read More

MADISON - Budget talks between Wisconsin state Assembly and Senate Republicans have broken down.

Leaders from both sides on Tuesday called each other's position on how to pay for road construction projects "laughable." A meeting with Republican leaders abruptly ended after 40 minutes.

+ Read More

LAKE TOMAHAWK - Lake Tomahawk's snowshoe baseball games provide entertainment throughout the summer for the Northwoods and visiting tourists.

2014 was the last time the field got new mulch. To prepare for this season, the league got a whole new field of mulch put in with help from the Pukall Lumber Company.

+ Read More

EAGLE RIVER - Before you head out on an outdoor adventure this summer, you might want to check your packing list.

Tom Stephens and his wife, Jessica Allen, own The Hiker Box in Eagle River.

They're used to helping people get ready for outdoor trips, including camping, hiking, or kayaking.

They say packing food, water, fire starters and emergency blankets are crucial.

Clothing is important, too, right down to what socks you wear.

+ Read More

RHINELANDER - One Rhinelander man dedicated his life to giving back to the city and taking care of its natural resources. Now he's getting recognized for all his work.

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: 





Click Here