Golf lodge proposed in town of Plymouth

by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff

PLYMOUTH – The town of Plymouth could become part of Sheboygan County’s golf destination package.

The Town Board Tuesday heard preliminary plans for a proposed golf lodge, to be located on County S just south of County Z.

Developer Chris Wold presented his proposal for The Tournament Club, along with attorney Crystal Fieber.

“I envision a place where groups or couples would stay while they go play some golf (on area courses). I’ll take care of them when they’re on our property.”

He presented a mission statement saying the club would provide a “unique ‘Ryder Cup’ style experience for individuals and/or groups of golfers.”

Wold said he would arrange and execute tournaments for groups on area courses and provide “excellent accommodations, incredible on-site amenities and an all-inclusive experience.”

The proposed site for the lodge is 15 acres on the east side of County S, roughly one-third of a mile south of County Z.

“What we’re hoping to accomplish tonight is to get some feedback from the board,” Fieber explained.

The property is currently zoned conservancy, she noted, and is subject to the county’s shoreland ordinance as it contains an area of wetland.

Supervisors were receptive to the plans, but concerns were raised over what would be the proper zoning.

Town Attorney Jim Hughes noted that the town’s ordinances allow lodges in conservancy zoning, but doesn’t define what a lodge is, “which muddies the water further.”

The town could rezone the property to business, if the board thinks it proper, or institutional park and recreation, which allows for lodging houses, he added.

Hughes pointed out that rezoning would allow a chance for potential neighbors to have a say on the proposal.

Supervisors were not receptive to business zoning.

“That just opens a can of worms,” Supervisor Ray Gremminger commented, with Supervisor Glenn Kruschke adding that it would be spot zoning.

“We wouldn’t want to rezone business – that isn’t a good fit as far as it refers to Chris’ vision,” Fieber agreed.

“I see it as no more of a business than someone who rents out their lake house,” Wold said.

“I think we all agree it’s a positive project. It all boils down to what we’re going to do with the zoning,” Kruschke added.

Wold explained that the lodge would consist of a great room, two sets of sleeping quarters (eight bedrooms on each side of the great room) and an outdoor lounge.

The three-season outdoor lounge would include ping pong, foosball, billiards and darts, with an adjacent patio area. There would also be a putting/pitching green next to the lodge.

“The parcel has a really beautiful view,” he told the board. “Our plan is to design the clubhouse and golf hole in a way that maintains the natural beauty of the land while accentuating all the location has to offer.”

Wold said The Tournament Club would utilize the county and area’s world-class golf courses, including Blackwolf Run, Whistling Straits, The Bull at Pinehurst, Erin Hills Golf Club and others, for its guests.

“He’s envisioning people coming from Chicago, Milwaukee and elsewhere looking to enjoy what the town of Plymouth has to offer as far as nature,” as well as the golf, Fieber explained.

She stressed that the club would be reserved for one group at a time. “It would not be available to people driving down County S.

“We haven’t filed any applications yet, we just wanted to bounce this off the board,” Fieber continued.

“I don’t see too many negatives,” Kruschke said. “I’d just like to see the neighbors have some input.”

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