KemperSports General Manager and Head Golf Professional at Forest Hills Golf Course, Keith Stoll, is proud to unveil this new addition to the practice facility. “The driving range adds to an already best-in-class experience at Forest Hills,” said Stoll, who has led the team at the property since 2009. “We are excited to offer a new facility for our guests to practice and warm up, and we are looking forward to using this space to engage local juniors and beginners with new programming for lessons and clinics.”
The last time a driving range was open to the public at Forest Hills was in 2014. The range was closed for railroad construction since that time. The updated range features 15 hitting mats, which offer the newest technology on the market with more than two inches of cushion, and is 270 yards deep, allowing players ample space to practice a variety of shots and clubs. In addition to the state-of-the-art hitting mats, the driving range will allow players to hit from natural grass conditions that simulate the on-course experience. The natural grass bays are scheduled to open later this summer.
“The driving range serves as a great way to engage the local community in a safe activity at the golf course. The goal of this project was to create a driving range that appeals to our core guests and avid players, who come here to practice. But, we are also looking to attract a new generation of golfers, especially juniors, to learn the game with expert instruction from our professional staff,” said Jay Odegaard, Director of Parks, Recreation, Forestry, City Buildings and Grounds at the City of La Crosse. “This is a great, affordable amenity for the golf community in La Crosse, and we are eager for them to experience it.”
Follow along on Facebook and Instagram for more updates on the driving range. For information on individual lessons and junior golf, please visit https://www.foresthillsgolf.org/content/course/lessons.
About Forest Hills Golf Course
Forest Hills is a beautiful, mature, parkland golf course located in scenic La Crosse, Wisconsin. With play documented as early as 1900, this public facility is nestled within bluffs that were forged centuries ago by three rivers. The course will both amaze you with its beauty and challenge you with its design. Forest Hills went through a major renovation in 2016 creating 2 new golf holes cut out of Hixon forest and redesigning 3 other holes making for a new golfing experience. The new layout includes a 19th play-off hole to finish your round and settle your bets. Learn more at https://www.foresthillsgolf.org/.
Northbrook, Ill.-based KemperSports builds, owns, leases and manages golf courses, resorts, athletic clubs and lodging venues across the U.S. and Caribbean. The company manages an award-winning portfolio including nationally-ranked courses, private clubs, municipal courses and tournament venues such as Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, named the No. 1 Golf Resort in North America by Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine; Streamsong Resort; The Glen Club; Desert Willow Golf Resort; Chambers Bay, host of the 2015 U.S. Open. For more information about KemperSports, please visit https://www.kempersports.com/.