Illinois company will manage course designed by legend Arnold Palmer
The Bog, the privately owned golf course located on Highway I in the Town of Saukville, has a new owner.
The 18-hole, par 72 championship course has been purchased by the family of Jon Hammes, who started and still manages the health-care management firm the Hammes Company.
The course will be managed by KemperSports, a Northbrook, Ill., company that specializes in the operation of golf courses around the country.
The company oversees private golf clubs in 14 states and an array of public and municipal courses.
The most notable of its public course clients is Chambers Bay Golf Course on Puget Sound in the State of Washington, which hosted the 2015 U.S. Open and 2010 U.S. Amateur Open.
“We understand the competitive nature of daily-fee golf, and we will help you maximize your profitability while maintaining the highest standards,” the management company’s website explains in noting its extensive involvement in running golf courses.
The Bog opened in 1995 and was owned by Terry Wakefield of Mequon, the original developer of the course. It was designed by professional golf legend Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay.
The course has five sets of tees and plays from 5,110 to 7,221 yards. The design incorporates woodlands, natural wetlands and rolling hills with 118 bunkers and fast bentgrass greens.
The golf community has bestowed accolades on the course since it opened.
It has been named a “Top 10 Best Overall Golf Course in Wisconsin” by Golf Digest magazine from 2004 to 2014, and has earned a 4.5 star rating in the magazine’s “Best Places to Play” listing.
Last year, the course was named one of the Golf Channel’s “Top 5 Arnold Palmer Courses You Can Play in the US.”
It hosted the 2013 State Amateur Championship, 2006 State Open, 2005 State Women’s Open, 2003 Greater Milwaukee Open Pro-Am and 1999 Great Lakes Amateur Championship.
The new owners have said no changes that will interfere with play are planned for the course during the current golf season.
The sale includes the 297-acre property, which is adjacent to the Cedarburg Bog, a 15-acre practice center and a 10,500-square-foot clubhouse with full bar and banquet facilities that seat 160.
The property had been on the market since the summer of 2013.
Although it is the first golf course the Hammes family has purchased, a sports and entertainment division of their development company played key roles in the creation of the Kohl Center on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the renovation of Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers.
The Hammes Company also developed the Aurora Medical Center facility in Grafton.