The Stevens Point Country Club

SentryWorld commands most of the attention in Wisconsin this year. This is due in part to its recent renovation and reopening as well being selected to serve as the venue for the 2023 US Senior Open.

One should not, however, overlook the Stevens Point Country Club located just 3 1/2 miles southeast of SentryWorld. The club unfortunately lost over 2,500 Norway spruce and white pine along with several other varieties in the early 2000s due to Dupont’s Imprelis herbicide. After the EPA pulled it from the market in 2011, Dupont lost an estimated $2 Billion in a class action lawsuit and filed claims.

Stevens Point received their fair share-at least two commas in the number, and membership then voted in favor of a renovation plan by Craig Haltom of Oliphant Golf Management. While it’s still parkland in nature, the routing opened up nicely with the loss of the trees and is set on a natural tract of lowland on the east side of the Wisconsin River’s wetlands. Although water hazards affect play on less than 1/3 of the holes there’s a host of conventional and massive waste area sand bunkers yet with generous green complexes. 

If you’re in town for the US Senior Open this summer, Stevens Point is a must-play, and if there’s time for another round, check out the nearby Wisconsin River Club. Before or after the Open when SentryWorld is open for outside play, the Stevens Point area offers a great long weekend golf retreat. There’s plenty of reasonable lodging, restaurants, and shopping and a host of other outdoor activities in this Central Wisconsin Tourism Corridor.