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Madison golf course receives world-class overhaul

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – The Cherokee Country Club is being revamped in hopes of becoming Wisconsin’s first Tournament Players Club.

It would join another class of golf course, becoming one of over 30 TPC courses in the world. The 55-year course will need a lot of work to get there. Former golf pro and club owner Dennis Tiziani said the first thing to do is take care of the wetlands. Preserving the wetlands meant the club worked intensively with the DNR to achieve this goal.

“Some of the drainage areas grew, a lot of overgrown spices, it really bothered me, we had water coming down from the city streets and land developments in the swamp,” Tiziani said.

He added that the course design was in collaboration with his son-in-law, Steve Stricker, and the TPC to bring another level of golf to Madison.

“We brought in TPC, and they provided expertise from a construction perspective and brought in Steve as a professional designer,” Tiziani said.

The overhaul disrupts three acres of wetlands and the club is committed to restoring over 30 acres of wetlands. Tiziani says the construction alone has an economic impact of $39 million and the course will be ready to play in August 2023. Course membership is capped at 250 in the interest of accessibility.

“For our people here, to be able to play on a course that is a championship level course,” Tiziani said. “It’s accessible; it’s very playable.

For other organizations on Madison’s Northside, the continued revitalization is a joy.

“It’s fun to see the north side of madison being cool,” said Vern Stenman, president of the Madison Mallards. “And seeing investments in homes and neighborhoods becomes a cool place.”

In a statement, the organization Friends of the Cherokee Marsh said, “We appreciate the efforts of MNR staff to demand changes to reduce disturbance to wetlands. We urge the DNR to perform monitoring and compliance as needed during the term of the permit.

Friends of the Cherokee Swamp is dedicated to preserving the Cherokee Swamp, Dane County’s largest wetland.

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