Governor Evers “Safer at Home” Order Overruled by Wisconsin Supreme Court

 Allows Golf Courses to go back to Pre-Order status

Understand that while the Governors Order has been deemed invalid, there likely will be state guidelines coming in the near future.  Until then, it is up to local authorities should they wish to put guidelines in place. 

Some counties may not issue any guidelines. Some entities that have already instituted restrictions are Dane, Milwaukee and Brown Counties and the cities of Racine and Milwaukee.

It is nearly impossible for the GCOW keep up with everything across the state so I would encourage you to be proactive to know what is allowed in your city or county.  If you think you should be allowed to do something and your city or county prohibits it, reach out to your local health department and try to explain why it may be done safely.   
We would like to remind you that because the order was lifted doesn't mean we shouldn't continue to do those things that have kept your employees and customers safe. Keeping Social Distancing and monitoring the number of people in your clubhouses/restaurants is wise, however now the decision is up to you.

Many of the on-course restrictions like no rakes, water coolers, raised cups are a wise thing to continue and some of the precautions you have taken could be the “New Normal”.  

In short, the court decision immediately lifts restrictions on employers and businesses including Golf Courses.  However, local governments may still issue their own orders and will require a county-by-county analysis.   


IF you have any questions my office number is (414) 443-3568 and cell is (414) 520-5964

Should you like to talk to a GCOW Board Member, their contacts are below.







Harris Golf Cars

(262) 886-2816



Grand Geneva




Door Creek GC

(608) 839-4519



Evergreen CC




The Broadlands





(262) 255-7600


Thank you for your membership and your patience





The 2020 Platinum Passport

is almost SOLD OUT!

We have an ALL TIME RECORD of 63 courses and 114 rounds of golf ready for you in 2020!

ONLY 55 Platinum Passports Are Left!

We sold out last year for the 3rd year in a row so act fast once it goes on sale!

The Platinum Passport is a joint venture between the GCOW and the WSGA.  More than $350,000 has been raised over the years, which went to the WSGA Foundation and the GCOW was able to establish scholarships and also funded tourism and legislative efforts.

When you buy the Platinum Passport for $369 you will pay NO GREENS FEES at 63 courses and enjoy 114 free rounds of greens fees. THAT'S RIGHT - ZERO GREENS FEES

The Passport is NOT a "Buy One, Get One Free" deal or a discount on greens fees - ALL GREENS FEES ARE FREE! Most of the courses offer FREE greens fees for TWO PLAYERS. So you and a guest pay no greens fees!

CLICK HERE to see a list of courses and parameters for 2020.

CLICK HERE for Frequently Asked Questions about the Platinum Passport!


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The ACTUAL Platinum Passport books are in and your order will be processed and put in the mail to you the following day! Thank you!  


2020 Platinum Passport Courses

We have 63 courses and 114 FREE greens fees for the 2020 Platinum Passport.  

Bass Lake GC (Deerbrook) -- TWOSOME
Beaver Dam CC (Beaver Dam) – TWOSOME
Blackwolf Run (Kohler) -- TWOSOME
Broadlands Golf Club (North Prairie) -- TWOSOME
Brookfield Hills (Brookfield) -- TWOSOME
Bullseye CC (Wisconsin Rapids) -- TWOSOME
Cedar Springs GC (Manawa) -- TWOSOME 
Cherokee CC (Madison) --  TWOSOME 
Drugan's Castle Mound GC (Holman) -- TWOSOME
Edgewater CC (Tomahawk) -- TWOSOME {New for 2020}
Edgewood GC (Big Bend) -- TWOSOME
Evergreen CC (Elkhorn) -- TWOSOME
Fairfield Hills (Baraboo) - TWOSOME
Fox Hills Resort (Mishicot) – TWOSOME
Fox Lake GC (Fox Lake) – TWOSOME
Glacier Wood GC (Iola) – TWOSOME
Glen Erin GC (Janesville) -- TWOSOME
Grand Geneva (Lake Geneva) -- FREE ROUND
Hawks View (Lake Geneva) -- FREE ROUND {New for 2020}
Hiawatha GC (Tomah) -- TWOSOME
Hilly Haven GC (DePere) -- TWOSOME
Horicon Hills GC (Horicon) -- TWOSOME
Kestrel Ridge GC (Columbus) – ONE ROUND {New for 2020}
Kettle Moraine GC (Dousman) -- TWOSOME
Lake Wisconsin CC (Prairie du Sac) – ONE ROUND
Mascoutin GC (Berlin) -- TWOSOME
Mayville GC (Mayville) --  TWOSOME
Mid Vallee GC (DePere) -- TWOSOME
Missing Links (Mequon) -- TWOSOME
Morningstar GC (Waukesha) -- FREE ROUND
Muskego Lakes (Muskego) – TWOSOME
Old Hickory (Beaver Dam) – TWOSOME
Pine Acres (Abrams) -- TWOSOME
Platteville Golf & Country Club (Platteville) -- TWOSOME
Prairie du Chien Country Club (Prairie du Chien) -- TWOSOME
Prairie Woods (Avalon) -- TWOSOME
Quit Qui Oc GC (Elkhart Lake) -- TWOSOME
Reedsburg GC (Reedsburg) -- ONE ROUND
Rivermoor GC (Waterford) -- TWOSOME
Royal Scot Golf Club (Green Bay) -- TWOSOME
Shorewood GC (Green Bay) -- TWOSOME
Sondalles White Lake GC (Montello) -- FREE ROUND
Songbird Hills GC (Hartland) -- TWOSOME
Spring Brook GC (Wisconsin Dells) -- TWOSOME
Stevens Point CC (Stevens Point) -- TWOSOME 
Tanglewood Greens GC (Menomonie) -- TWOSOME
The Bull at Pinehurst Farms (Sheboygan Falls) -- TWOSOME
The Golf Club at Camelot (Lomira) -- TWOSOME
The Golf Course at Northern Bay (Arkdale) -- TWOSOME
The Golf Courses at Lawsonia (Green Lake) -- TWOSOME {Just Added}
The House on the Rock Resort (Spring Green) – ONE ROUND {Just Added}
The Oaks GC (Cottage Grove) – ONE ROUND
The Orchards at Egg Harbor (Egg Harbor) -- TWOSOME
Thornberry Creek (Oneida) - FREE ROUND
Trapp River (Wausau) --TWOSOME {New for 2020}
Trappers Turn (Wisconsin Dells) -- FREE ROUND
Tribute GC (Wausau) -- TWOSOME
Wander Springs (Greenleaf) -- TWOSOME
Waushara CC (Wautoma) -- FREE ROUND
West Bend Lakes GC (West Bend) -- TWOSOME
Western Lakes GC (Pewaukee) -- TWOSOME
Whispering Springs GC (Fond du Lac) -- TWOSOME
Wild Rock GC (Wisconsin Dells) – ONE ROUND



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Golf Course Owners of Wisconsin

The mission of the Golf Course Owners of Wisconsin (GCOW) is to provide education and advocacy on behalf of its members and to promote golf throughout the state of Wisconsin. The GCOW, established as a non-profit association in 1984, is a member of the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA). It is governed by an elected board of directors.


The GCOW is an association that supports the golf course owners and operators in the State of Wisconsin. By representing and working on behalf of Wisconsin's courses, we serve to promote, protect and educate its members of all sizes.


We aspire to provide many benefits for golf course owners including:

In addition, by becoming a member of the GCOW, all courses also become members of the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOAand receive all the benefits they provide such as Smart Buy Programs, LIST SERVE and many more programs and services.


To accomplish its objectives, the GCOW has created strategic partnerships with the Wisconsin State Golf Association (WSGA), PGA – Wisconsin Section, the Wisconsin State Department of Tourism, and the Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast Association (WBBA).


The GCOW offices are in the Golf House of Wisconsin, located at 11350 W. Theo Trecker Way, West Allis, WI 53214.  We are proud to share offices with the PGA--Wisconsin Section and the Wisconsin State Golf Association (WSGA). 

For more information please contact Jeff Schwister, Executive Director of the GCOW at or (414) 443-3568.



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Allied Associations

National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA)
PGA-Wisconsin Section (PGA)
Wisconsin Golf Course Superintendents Association (WGCSA)
Wisconsin State Golf Association (WSGA)

Industry Partners

Tourism Federation of Wisconsin (TFW)
Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast Association (WBBA)
Wisconsin Department of Tourism
Wisconsin Hotel & Lodging Association
Wisconsin Restaurant Association
Midwest Food Expo
UW-Stout Golf Enterprise Management (GEM) Program – Online Program
UW-Stout Golf Enterprise Management (GEM) Program – On Campus Program

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