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SentryWorld will be closed until renovations are complete


Sentry Insurance officials announced Wednesday that the course will be closed for about a year and a half while it undergoes renovations.

The SentryWorld course is ranked one of the top seven in the state. It's located in Stevens Point behind Sentry Insurance.

The course is a favorite of celebrities and pro golfers alike.

"We're kind of on the bucket list for a lot of people," Head Golf Professional Brian Dumler said.

SentryWorld Golf Course opened in 1982. Since then, some of golf's greatest players have teed up there.

"Gary Players played here, Arnold Palmer played here. We've got pictures of him in our pro shop," Dumler said.

The course hasn't been altered since it opened, but that's about to change.

"It's a great course, it's only going to get better," Dumler said of planned renovations for SentryWorld. The course's 18 holes will be closed for at least a year and a half so they can be upgraded.

"There will be some new holes. We'll have all new grass on the greens. They'll be recontoured and we'll have all new sand in the bunkers," Dumler told Newsline 9.

He said closing the course for so long will be tough, but worth it.

"The new greens are going to have a little bit of an opening where you can hit, maybe not a great shot and still get on the green, but it's also going to be very challenging for the better golfer."

The course's original designer will be in charge of the renovation and Dumler said SentryWorld's signature "Flower Hole" isn't going anywhere.

"I can only imagine what's going to be planned for 2014."

But even he admits, he was a little nervous about the re-design.

"It's already such a favorite of everybody, but the more I thought about it and looked at the changes I said this is going to be great," he said.

A new look for an old favorite.

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