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Evergreen in December - Playable Conditions With Ice on the Ponds

Late Season, December Golf At Evergreen Golf Club

Q&A With Bill Rogers, General manager

By Brian Weis

Are you a die-hard December Wisconsin golfer? Or are you looking at becoming a card carrying member the of frozen fraternity? In either case, if you are looking for a place to golf, in what most consider the off-season, there is no better home than Evergreen Golf Club in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. The property is notoriously known as "the golf course that is always open".

After playing a round of golf on a mild December day, I had a chance to catch up with Bill Rogers, General Manager of Evergreen GC.

How are you able to stay open longer and open sooner?
We have a supportive ownership group that is willing to spend some maintenance dollars even in the off-season. We always have a year round clubhouse staff due to the fact that we operate numerous charity outings and need to be in contact with them throughout the off season.
The property was originally purchased and developed by a sand and gravel company so that our soils are very light and drain extremely well.

Finally we have the infrastructure, sand based greens, a good drainage system throughout the course and continuous blacktop cart paths on the course.

Q:What type of comments do you receive from golfers for staying open longer than most courses?
All are very happy to be playing. They always are very complimentary of the conditions we provide. They thank us for being open.

Lots of winter golfers keep track of the number of consecutive months they have been able to play and just want to stretch the streak.

Any great stories from players bouncing balls off ponds, etc. in the freezing cold?
How about the guy with a cordless DeWalt Drill on his belt loop to drill a hole to get his tee into the ground.

How many golfers do you typically have on the first warmer day of spring?
150 -250.... If it is a weekend, after there has been snow on the ground in January, February or March we can sell out with 250+

What other things should golfers know about your course?
We are the home of the 27 hole scratch scramble. We host 5 in the spring weekends mid April to mid May and 5 in October on weekends. Play all 27 holes, steak dinner afterwards and cash prizes paid for 1st, 4th, 8th and 12th. Staggering the prize money takes care of the handicapping

How do you let golfers know they are open?
After doing it for 30+ years, we have the reputation as always being open, so people call are constantly call us. In addition, we do an e-blast to our mailing list. Want to be in the know? sign up for the mailing list at

Are you open when temps are below 32 or when snow is on the ground? What needs to happen or not happen to be open? Or how do you determine to be open?
We let snow be our guide. If there is snow, we are not open. However, we routinely shovel snow off of a shaded green so that we can open.

More Information
Evergreen Golf Club
N6246 US Highway 12
Elkhorn, WI 53121

Revised: 12/16/2011 - Article Viewed 33,925 Times - View Course Profile

About: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of, a network of golf travel and directory sites including,,,, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like, and It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

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