Reid Golf Course changes challenge golfers, alleviate flooding

Two new stormwater retention ponds will make Reid Golf Course in Appleton more challenging and help with flooding in the city.
Two new stormwater retention ponds will make Reid Golf Course in Appleton more challenging and help with flooding in the city.

APPLETON - A FOX 11 Follow-Up about big changes at Reid Golf Course in Appleton.

The city-owned course underwent renovation last year to add two stormwater retention ponds.

It kept part of the course closed all season but city officials say it will help control flooding issues.

And as of Wednesday morning, golfers are back on the links.

Tim Crowe of Appleton is more than a little excited about being back on his favorite golf course.

"I'm really looking forward to it, it's going to be like a brand new course."

A course featuring a lot more water than it did two years ago.

Last summer we showed you the work in progress. The city added two storm water retention ponds covering four acres and five different holes of the course. At the time city officials said putting the ponds on the golf course were the cheapest, most effective option.

"It's a big piece of the puzzle that is needed to make storm water improvements in this area," said Appleton Public Works Department Project Engineer Pete Neuberger.

The roughly $4 million project to help with storm water retention will help alleviate flooding issues the city has seen several times in the last decade on the south side of town.

Nine holes of the course closed in the fall of 2012. Those front nine holes are now open. Clubhouse Manager Stacey Gassner is hoping golfers return after a more than 60% drop in attendance last year.

Stacey Gassner: "It was really hard, people had to go in different directions, it was a little inconvenient."

While golfers initially expressed frustration over the proposed changes, Gassner says no one is complaining anymore.

"These guys are already chomping at the bit to get out there and play the new stuff and I don't even hear people talk about what was here. Everybody is excited to play what is now here."

And the more challenging course is just a bonus golfers say will make the course more popular.

"I think the new changes that they made back there are going to be just beautiful," said golfer John Boettcher of Appleton.

And collect more than just errant tee shots at the same time.

The back nine holes of the course which feature three of the redesigned holes isn't quite ready for play just yet.

Gassner says those holes should be open on Friday.