Getting To Know: THE BOG
An Insightful Interview With Ted Osmundson, PGA General Manager
By Brian Weis
Whether you have played a course 20+ times a year or looking to play the course for the first time, insights from an insider can help enhance your golf experience. Below is an interview with Ted Osmundson who shares some valuable tidbits about the course, memorable holes and must eats and treats at the 19th.
Give Our Readers An Overview of the Golf Course/Property
*2013: WSGA State Amateur Championship
*2004-11: Ranked in the Top 10 Best Overall Golf Courses in all of Wisconsin by Golf Digest
*2004-11: Rated 4.5 Stars by Golf Digest's "Places to Play"
*2004-11:Highest rated Milwaukee area Golf Course by the WSGA
*Championship Public 'Daily Fee' Golf Course *Arnold Palmer Signature Design since 1995
*297 acres of wetlands: woods, rolling hills and wildlife habitat *Bentgrass tees, greens and fairways
*5 sets of tees for all levels of golfers
*117 bunkers & 10 water holes that come into play *Excellent 40,000 sq. ft. Practice Center teeing area; with chipping and bunker areas
*10,000 sq. ft. clubhouse designed for golf outing and banquets
If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
THE BOG is a:
*Arnold Palmer Signature Design
*5 sets of tees for all levels of golfers *Fast and true greens- "better than most country clubs"
*Quiet and tranquil out in the wilderness & the bog *Located only 25 minutes from downtown Milwaukee *Supreme customer satisfaction *Overall excellent amenities (course, clubhouse, range) *Great internet 'specials' through website within 4 days!
What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
*Buy a yardage book for $5 to see the course layout and trouble areas to avoid. The Bog has a few holes that have blind shots.
*Use the putting green before you play to gain a feel for the greens- which tend to be quick, yet true.
*The Bog provides practice balls, so use them at the Practice Center to warm-up and also take a few shots from the practice bunkers- there are 117 bunkers throughout the golf course.
*Finally, choose the set of tees which best suits your group's level of play. The 'green' tees are best for most golfers and still provide a solid challenge at 6351 yards.
Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
THE BOG continues to receive a variety of top awards and rankings from local, state and national publications and associations annually since 1996.
In 2013, THE BOG will be hosting the Wisconsin State Golf Association (WSGA) State Amateur Championship.
What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
What to pick?: #2, #6, #12, #14, #16, #17, #18??- many Signature/Favorite holes at THE BOG, but I think #12. This hole can either reward you with a birdie or hurt you with a double bogie.
#12, par 4, only measures 348 yards (back tees), 318 (gold tees), 306 (green tees). If you can play #12 the way the hole is designed: hit an accurate tee shot over a portion of the bog, and between multiple bunkers, you will find the fairway. Then, you will have a tricky wedge approach shot, demanding a precise yardage to the green/pin over a stream. The green is wide, but is only 12-15 yards deep. Don't be short (stream) and don't be long (long rough & woods)- you must be accurate choosing your approach club and yardage to the green.
What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It? See above :)
Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
1) The 'Bog Dog' - All beef 1/4 lb. hot dog served with short peppers, jalapenos, tomatoes, pickle relish, grilled and served on a toasted sub bun. Served with beer battered fries.
2) The Bog Signature Cheese Burger- 8 oz. certified black angus burger grilled to perfection. Topped with pepperjack cheese and creamy ancho chipotle sauce. Seved with beer battered fries.
The '19th Hole Nachos'- Seasoned ground turkey, a blend of Mexican cheeses, black olives, green onions, tomatoes, jalapenos, sour cream, piled on top of home made tortilla chips, sided with home made salsa. (1/2 order & full orders available)
The 'Arnold Palmer+'- vodka, lemonade, iced tea served with a lemon.
Who Holds Course Record and What Was Their Score?
The Bog's-PGA Golf Professional, Chris VanPietersom, shot a smooth 64! with 10 pars and 8 birdies from the Gold Tees in 2008. He says he still lost the Nassau that day...
Back Tee Stats
THE BOG 3121 County Road I; P.O. Box 80079
Saukville, WI, 53080
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About: Brian Weis
Brian Weis is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, a network of golf travel and directory sites including GolfWisconsin.com, GolfMichigan.com, ArizonaGolfer.com, GolfAlabama.com, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.
All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched GolfWisconsin.com. In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and GolfTrips.com was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like GolfTrips.com, GolfGuide.com and GolfPackages.com. It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.
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