Cherokee Country Club becomes Wisconsin’s first TPC course | Science and Environment


With bulldozers crawling across acres of brown sand, it looks more like a moonscape than Madison’s newest golf course, but Cherokee Country Club is undergoing a transformation that will turn one of the area’s oldest courses into the world’s first PGA Tournament Players Club. condition.

The TPC network has announced that it will license the club, which will be renamed TPC Wisconsin when it reopens for play next year under the design of professional golfer Steve Stricker.

It will be the 30th class to receive the designation and the first in Wisconsin.


The redesigned course will have new tees, fairways and greens with features designed to reflect how the game has changed in the nearly six decades since the course opened: fitter players wearing better equipment can now hit the ball much farther and With more precision.

Stricker, an Edgerton native and son-in-law of club owner Dennis Tiziani, said the opportunity to design a course where he spent most of his 30-year career and raised his family is “a dream project.”

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“It’s one that I take pride in designing what I believe will be a course that will test the best players in the world but also deliver playability at all levels,” said Stricker. “I will put every ounce of my energy and attention into being the best golf course and golf experience out there, and I look forward to playing a part in bringing it to fruition.”

Jim Triola, chief operating officer of PGA TOUR Golf Course Properties, said the decision to license the Madison club was “unanimous from the start” and that the redesign “is sure to result in a superior experience.”

The $15 million project includes a complete remodel of the 18-hole course, as well as renovations to the clubhouse, which houses tennis, pickleball and racquetball courts along with banquet facilities.

Cherokee Country Club Project Map

Clubhouse renovations began in February and are expected to be completed before the course reopens in August 2023. The clubhouse is open during construction.

Citing deteriorating conditions on the 58-year-old pitch, Tiziani last year proposed a redesign to attract high-profile players and spectators from across the region.

Cherokee golf course under reconstruction

Crews at the Cherokee Country Club, now known as TPC Wisconsin, are dredging waterways, raising playing surfaces and improving turf conditions as part of a $15 million renovation.


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Workers install a bridge as part of a new cart path that is part of a 58-year-old Cherokee Country Club overhaul.


“To now get in the game or get out of the game, we had to address what had to be done on the field,” Tiziani said.

The Department of Natural Resources approved modified plans to dredge waterways and use the sediment, along with external fill, to raise playing surfaces and improve turf conditions, while improving drainage on the course and in neighborhoods. adjacent.

The reconstruction will disturb about 3 acres of wetlands, although the club plans to restore more than 30 acres of existing wetlands, primarily by removing invasive species, and convert 1.6 acres of upland to new wetlands.

Cherokee golf course under reconstruction

Construction crews are renovating the 18-hole golf course at Cherokee Country Club, which will reopen in August 2023 as TPC Wisconsin, the state’s first PGA Tour-branded course.


“In the long term and in the end, very, very beneficial,” Tiziani said of the environmental impact. “The quality of the water coming out of here today is much better than it was in 1968.”

Cherokee consultants said the economic impact of construction alone will be about $39 million, and the renovations will generate about $8.6 million in additional spending each year, as thousands of members, guests, pro players and spectators flock to the site. to the club.

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Cherokee Country Club Vice President of Operations Dave Olesczuk stands near a green under construction on the course. Olesczuk, who played the course in the early 1990s as a member of the UW-Madison golf team, said the redesign will make it more challenging.


Dave Olesczuk, who played the course from 1989 to 1994 as a member of the UW-Madison golf team and now serves as vice president of operations, said the modifications will make the course more difficult, although five sets of tees will provide opportunities for Players. of different abilities.

“With the greens and some of the bunkers and things like that, it’s going to be a lot more challenging than it has been,” Olesczuk said. “Although I thought it was a difficult course to start with.”

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Dennis Tiziani, owner of the newly renamed TPC Wisconsin, discusses renovations to the 18-hole golf course and clubhouse near Madison Airport in the town of Westport.