Waunakee golf course brings "organic" into play

By: Max Hess - Email
By: Max Hess - Email

Posted Saturday, May 10, 2014 -- 6:00 p.m.

With warmer temperatures, golf is one of those sports that more and more people will step outside for -- a place to do that is Six Mile Creek in Waunakee.

It's not your typical golf course.

In fact, I'm told it's one of the most uniquely maintained courses in Dane county.

"The difference is that we have gone to a biological and an organic program here, so our fertility is coming from compost," said Michael Semler, who is responsible for the course upkeep.

"Here we use the organic products, and it has a connotation of being more safe than the other products," he added.

The course is 20 years old, but organic products weren't applied until about five years ago.

"The last two years the commitment has been to be 100 percent organic, and the goal is 100 percent organic," Semler said.

For moms like Robin Nickel, that's an important aspect.

"It's really important for me as a mom to know that they're in the safest place possible as young golfers," Nickel said about her two kids -- KC, 8, and Nicole, 7.

"I just know what they do, and they advertise what they do, and that gives me a peace of mind," Nickel said.

She called the course "comforting" to her as a mom.

With that in mind, Robin, her two kids, and everyone else who golfs in Waunakee, can practice their tiger perfect swing... safely, naturally, and close to perfectly organic.


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