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 - Hodag Park received a sizable donation Thursday morning. New sand was dropped off to help the Rhinelander Parks Department grow the beach back to its original shape.
There were thousands of pounds of sand dropped off and spread out. There was a high need for this because of all the rain we've had this season.
"It was getting in pretty poor shape and washing out more and more, but this year especially, it just seems like we've lost a lot of sand. So now we're going to shape it up nicely and hopefully it'll last the year," said Rhinelander Parks Director, Jeremy Biolo.
All of that sand was donated and delivered by a company in Rhinelander.
"Musson Brothers, Inc. donated all the sand and they said we could help ourselves to as much as we want, which is unbelievable because this beach really needed some work," said Biolo. "Every little bit like that helps our community out and it improves the community. It's awesome that the Musson Brothers stepped up and would do that for us."
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