The storied history of The Peninsula State Park Golf Course began as early as 1909, and the first 6 holes of the golf course opened in 1917. The course was expanded to 9 Holes just a few years later, and in 1931 opened with all 18 Holes. Join us in 2017 for the Golf Course's Centennial Celebration, but for now enjoy the information timeline below for some very important dates that brought us to where we are today.
|1909||Wisconsin paid $100,000 for land for Peninsula State Park.|
|1914||1st Park Supt authorized to build two 9-hole courses in Park. Ephraim course started. Fish Creek started, plans abandoned.|
|1917||Ephraim Men's Club manages new 6-hole golf course; called it "Door County Country Club".|
|1923||9-hole course opened; "sand and oil greens".|
|1925||First Resorters' Tournament held.|
|1927||Memorial Pole (between 1st and 9th fairways) erected; many Potowatomi Indians attend dedication.|
|1929-30||Second 9 holes designed and built.|
|1931||Chief Onanguisse Kahquados buried on course just north of Memorial Pole - stone marker nearby.|
|1931||18-hole course (5000 yards) opened.|
|1941||Green fees $1 for 18 holes - no carts available.|
|1948||Pull carts introduced to course players.|
|1949||Beer sales end at clubhouse.|
|1954||New clubhouse built - first one was a granary!|
|1960s||Course redesigned; Hole #5 across Hwy. 42 eliminated.|
|1960s-70s||Course operational but conditions poor.|
|1970||Memorial Pole replaced - pine laminate replica.|
|1981||Ad Hoc Committee formed to save golf course convinces Wisconsin Gov. Lee Dreyfus and Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to allow them to run golf course.|
|1982||Peninsula Golf Associates, Inc (PGA, Inc) formed to manage golf course.
First lease for operations signed with DNR.
|1983||PGA, Inc Board members each gave personal guarantees of $5000 to finance course - wives called them crazy! PGA, Inc hires first manager.|
|1989||Clubhouse expanded and improved.|
|1997||PGA, Inc goes into debt for irrigation system; DNR paid half.|
|1998||Lease agreement with DNR extended to 2009.|
|2002||Debt for irrigation system paid in full!|
|2004||PGA, Inc. becomes a 501c-3 organization. Tax exempt donations sought for improvements.|
|2006||PGA, Inc starts fiscal year without a loan!|
|2007||PGA, Inc Celebrates its 25th Anniversary!|
|2008||Building improvements project begun with phased upgrades.|
|2009||Agreement with DNR extended to 2019 for PGA, Inc. to manage and operate golf course.
Season opens with improved clubhouse facilities.
|2010||Continued upgrades of clubhouse maintenance and 10th tee facilities.|
|2014||Opening of our Beautiful 6 Hole Short Course for play. Championship Course preparing for next year's Centennial Celebration!|