Another season has come to an end.  The year definitely had its challenges that forced us to make some difficult decisions.  No different than other businesses have had to do during this pandemic.  If I were to pick somewhat of a bright spot, the limited amount of rain we received allowed most every day to be a good day to play golf.  Our tee sheet was certainly proof of that.  

I would like to give a huge shout out to all the staff at The Wilderness for the extra time and taking on additional responsibilities for making this season a successful one despite all the challenges.  They are the engine that keeps us going and why The Wilderness is the place to play!

I hope everyone has a great and safe winter.  I look forward to seeing you next season and for brighter days ahead. 

Happy Golfing,

Ryan Peterson

Closing time, open all the valves
And let the water drain free...
Closing time, aerify the fairways,
And sling the sand over every tee and every green...
Closing time, one last call for skins
So, finish your holes and rounds
Closing time, you don't have to go home
But you can't play here

We thought 2020 was going to be the craziest year, then 2021 said, “Hold my beer!” COVID,
drought, and labor shortage made for an interesting and sometimes difficult season. The
maintenance staff hung tough through it all.

Here are some pictures of the course and crew…(imagine a musical overlay from the song Closing Time)

As the sun sets on the 2021 season, thank you to an outstanding crew and the thousands of golfers that make it all worth it!!

Closing time, time for you to go out
Find a warmer place to play
Closing time, this course won't be open
Till the weather and the seasons change
So, gather up your clubs, move them to the closet
I hope you have enjoyed it here
Closing time, every new beginning
Comes from some other beginning's end…
From all of us here in Golf Maintenance, may you have happy and safe holidays and your
dreams be of fairways hit and birdie putts...and we’ll see you on the first tee (in a few months).

Be safe,

Ryan VerNess (Red)

The best photo for last...Wilderness Maintenance winning Vermilion Fairways Men’s League

Follow our maintenance team on Twitter @Wildernessgcm!


Golf Digest's, America's 100 Greatest You Can Play, was recently published and The Wilderness moved up 3 spots to #69 in America! This is quite outstanding for a property with a short season due to the change in seasons and its remote location. 

We had 4 hole-in-ones in September so that makes 22 hole-in-ones this year so far! This beats 2011's record of 19 hole-in-ones!

Pictured below are the hole-in-ones from September. Congratulations to everyone who aced their shot and a special shout out to Chris for acing hole #17 for $10,000!!! Chris paid $5 for a chance at a hole-in-one through our Swing King promotion. Way to go!
Pictured from left to right.

Justin Maki | September 17 | Hole 17
James Lehner | September 22 | Hole 7
Christopher Rengstorf | September 26 | Hole 17
Greg Loop | September 28 | Hole 12

The Annual Fall Ladies Day Tournament on September 27th was a hit! Sunny and high 70s at the end of September? Yes, please! Thank you to everyone who participated. We hope to see you next year on June 6th for the spring event.

The Wilderness Grill - LAST DAY is SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9TH!
Bar open at 8:00 am daily

  • 11:00 am - 5:00 pm (patio grill: burger basket, brat basket, hot dog basket only)
  • 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Full lunch and dinner menu 
We will send out any information pertaining to specials and changes in hours/menu via email to our Dining Club (sign up here).

Other on-site dining options here.

The Wilderness Winter Hours
The Pro Shop stays open from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm Monday through Friday throughout the off season. Make sure to stop on by and say hi if you are in the area!

Hope you all have a wonderful winter and hope to see you in 2022!

Rachel Indihar

P.S. 'Click' on the photos below for more information.