HARSHAW - The economy is not where it used to be and people's time is more valuable than ever. Golf courses have found new ways to attract customers. Pinewood Golf Course in Harshaw has created a fun twist to their holes on Sundays.
"We started big cup Sundays," said Chip Bromann, the owner of Pinewood Golf Course. "So now every Sunday we've got an eight inch cup and a regulation four inch cup only on the front nine greens." Eight inch holes can make putting a little easier for golfers of all skill levels. "It's something I haven't seen offered in the area," said Kyle Adams, a resident of Rhinelander. "I've seen it in the southern part of the state in tournaments and stuff like that. But really it doesn't matter what ability you are as a golfer you can come out here. It's easier to play and it's less frustrating when you aren't three or four putting." Pinewood sees success at attracting more golfers to come out and play with the eight inch cups. "I think it's easier to have chip-ins which always makes you feel good about your game," said Kathie Woodford. "However I can miss a big cup just as easy as I can miss a little cup." "I don't play with people who don't play real often," Woodford said. "A lot of times they don't want to play but the eight inch cup hole option makes it more interesting to play. It just makes the course look different and it's not the same game when you play with the 4 inch cup. " The eight inch cup while adding the beauty of the north woods makes a great combination. "All of the courses in the area, we kind of take it for granted how scenic they are," Adams said. "You go to other parts of the state and it's just flat. You have trees in-between holes here and you have trees along every hole. And you throw the big cups into that it's just something that people out of the area may target Pinewoods to come to." They were also using big putters on some of the holes on Sunday. The business plan will continue to evolve in the golf industry to make the game faster. Some courses even offer foot golf, which is golf with a soccer ball.
RHINELANDER - After the vendors closed up at the end of the first Hodag Farmers Market of the season, several people stayed behind to honor the man who started the market.
That's Douglas Jacobson, and he died last October.
His son, Jonathan Jacobson, said Douglas Jacobson was a big part of the Rhinelander community‚Ä"serving as Lions Club president, being part of many clubs and being a landscape architect for the U.S. Forest Service.
The Jacobson family and Rhinelander city leaders worked to dedicate a bench in his honor in Pioneer Park. That bench went up on Saturday, just off the road that leads into the park.
"He was a pioneer in helping to establish the Hodag Farmers Market many years ago. And from those humble beginnings, the market vendors, the patrons that arrive here, the citizens of Rhinelander, and those in the community have a wonderful place to come to get fresh, home grown, locally grown vegetables," Jonathan Jacobson said. "It was a great event. It was really nice to have everybody stop out and pay attention to what my dad's been doing and acknowledge all the effort he put into the farmers market for many years. And not only that, dad was a great citizen here in the Rhinelander community."
RHINELANDER - You'll likely find some slow-moving guests on the road this weekend. Turtles start laying their eggs in late May and continue through mid-June. But, because of where they like to lay those eggs, it's a dangerous time for the reptiles.
Wild Instincts Rehab Center in Rhinelander treats at least 30 injured turtles each summer. Painted and snapping turtles are most common in the Northwoods. They tend to lay their eggs along roadsides, driveways, and in places with soft sand.
ANTIGO - For the first time since 2013, deer hunters in Langlade and Price counties will be able to target does with an antlerless deer tag in hand.
This week, Wisconsin's Natural Resources Board approved the fall hunt plans submitted by County Deer Advisory Councils (CDACs) all over the state. Langlade and Price counties had had bucks-only harvests in each of the last two deer seasons. But in 2016, some hunters will get antlerless tags as well.
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