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.
MERRILL - Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said he didn't want to spend too much time at the Republican National Convention last week because he wanted to get back to campaigning in his home state.
The senator from Oshkosh stopped at the Lincoln County Fair on Saturday.
He faces a tight races against former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis).
Johnson gave a speech on Tuesday in Cleveland about national security, as he is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security.
He seems pleased with the Republican presidential ticket.
"I think it's really complimentary to the skills Donald Trump brings to the table," Johnson said. "You got Donald Trump with the private sector experience. You got Mike Pence with a real record accomplishment both in the House and as the governor of Indiana. I think it's a pretty good pairing."
He said he wouldn't pay too much attention to the speeches at the Democratic National Convention this week.
"They've got their ticket, we've got our ticket," Johnson said. "They'll make a bunch of promises they can't deliver on. And what we're going to focus on is economic growth, strengthen our economy so we can strengthen our military, so we can defeat ISIS and secure our borders."
SHAWANO COUNTY - UPDATE 5:13 p.m.--Police say six people, including children, were taken to area hospitals after two sport utility vehicles carrying Boy Scouts crashed in Shawano County.
The accident happened Saturday morning on Highway 29 near Bonduel.
Police say one of the SUVs was towing a trailer with equipment. The driver of that vehicle went off the roadway then overcorrected and lost control. The second SUV hit the first, and both went off the road. The trailer flipped and the second SUV landed partially on top of the first.
Bonduel police Chief Todd Chaney tells the Green Bay Press Gazette that one of the injured, a troop leader, was airlifted to St. Vincent's Hospital in Green Bay with a head injury.
Chaney said he didn't think any of the injuries were life threatening.
MADISON - State attorneys have asked a federal judge to stay a ruling allowing people to vote without photo identification in November's election pending an appeal.
In Milwaukee this week, U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman issued a preliminary injunction allowing people who haven't been able to obtain IDs to vote in the Nov. 8 election if they sign an affidavit explaining why they couldn't get the identification.
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