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This Course is Going to the Birds….Literally!
Friday, 22 July 2011 07:42

The Squires Golf Club in Port Washington, Wisconsin, nestled along Lake Michigan, is slowly becoming a bird sanctuary. It closed after the 2008 season.

In 2010, Wisconsin Public Radio did a video piece on the conversion of the 18-hole, par 70 course and its 116 acres. Over the next few years, the former golf course will become a stopping off point for birds migrating along Lake Michigan.

Opened in 1935 the Squires Golf Club didn’t become farmland, a housing development or just a vacant piece of land. In 2008, the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust purchased the course for $2.54 million after other purchasers couldn’t get the proper financing. Now with private donations and a bit of help from stimulus money, the Land Trust is converting it into wetlands and open areas for wildlife connecting it to other open areas on the westside of the Lake Michigan. Former owners Bruce and Bonnie Bloemer sold the course along with its clubhouse and 160 feet of lake frontage to the Trust.

It is always sad to see a golf course disappear, but it is better to see it become something other than a housing development.

Watch the 2010 video of what is happening to the golf course HERE .

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