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.
MARATHON COUNTY - Two important Wisconsin products won't benefit from a possible trade war. It will likely hurt them. Last month President Trump placed tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminum imports. China came back and slapped tariffs on more than 100 U.S. products. The motives are political. But the effects trickle down to hurt local economies.
When it comes to growing ginseng, nobody does it quite like Marathon County.
"Wisconsin ginseng is sort of the cream of the crop when it comes to American ginseng," said Hsu's Ginseng Enterprises Director of Operations Mike Klemp-North.
Ninety percent of the U.S.'s ginseng crop is grown in Wisconsin. Ninety-five percent of that crop is grown in Marathon County.
EAGLE RIVER - Several Northwoods schools wanted to make it clear to their students Wednesday, there's always someone there to talk to. Anti-Bullying and suicide prevention speaker Bob Lenz spoke at Three Lakes and Northland Pines high schools Wednesday. Northland Pines Dean of Students Josh Tilley said he hopes students walk away from the talk knowing they can reach out to at least one person when they feel alone.
"Over the last few years, we've been bringing speakers in, national, local and state speakers so that we can really help our students understand that if they feel different they have the opportunity to be an individual, but if it's hurting them they can get help," said Tilley. Northland Pines staff members recently looked closely at their relationships with students by reviewing class rosters. They want to make sure all students have support.
ANTIGO - People around the country will see just how much a police officer killed in the line of duty meant to his family and community.
Karl's Transport in Antigo revealed its newest semi-trailer design Tuesday afternoon. The trailer features Everest Metro Detective Jason Weiland. Weiland, 40, was shot and killed in a shooting rampage around the Wausau area on March 22, 2017.
MADISON - The Legislature's finance committee is giving the Department of Corrections more money to cover prisoner health care.
The agency was budgeted $80.6 million in fiscal year 2017-18 to inmate health care but now expects to spend $90.7 million thanks to rising drug costs, more hospital visits for the prison system's aging inmate population and rising contract nurse costs.
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