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Pine Valley Golf Course: The history of hole #5


The Pine Valley Golf Course in Marathon was built back in 1966, and was originally known as Pines Country Club. Much has changed since then, but a bit of that history still exists at hole #5.

Many golfers consider the fifth hole at Pine Valley a pivotal point of the course, where the tough green can easily turn a birdie into a bogey.

"This green has a lot of not severe but subtle slopes. But I think I see a lot of people going over the back of this green because you don't want to hit here in the front because of the large embankment," says Pine Valley golf pro, Ryan Wendorf.

"The best opportunity to make birdie is being 110 to 115 yards away so that you have a full shot to control it into this tough green."

Pine Valley actually used to be a nine hole course where hole #5 used to be hole #1. The shack by the current #5 tees was actually the original clubhouse.

"You'd come up to the counter, pay for your nine holes, grab a soda and be on your way," explains Wendorf.

"When they originally opened they didn't have any golf carts, you were walking so it's pretty neat that you could just pay and you're almost right on the tee from there."

A more functional clubhouse was built in 1971 as more golfers visited the course, which was then known as pines country club.

Today, all that's found inside the original clubhouse is a soda machine and a bird's nest.

But Wendorf says that bit of history will soon be only a memory.

"Eventually we're gonna have to see it go. We're going to knock it down and probably build a tee box behind there to lengthen the hole a little bit and bring that slope of the fairway a little more into play."

For now, golfers will continue to be greeted by a piece of history before they tee off at hole #5.

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