The PGA Tour’s TPC Network announced that Cherokee Country Club in Madison, Wisconsin, will become the company’s 30th property and will be renamed TPC Wisconsin. The club will be added as a licensed property, with ownership and operations remaining under Cherokee Park Inc.
The property will receive a complete overhaul to the golf course, including the golf academy and clubhouse. Leading the project with his first course design will be Steve Stricker, a 12-time PGA Tour winner and eight-time PGA Tour Champions winner, as well as a Madison resident.
Cherokee Country Club has served as Madison’s only private facility for 60 years, and currently offers an 18-hole golf course and all-season golf range, among other amenities.
“This is an exciting day for TPC Network as we welcome this wonderful facility as a licensed property into our portfolio,” said Jim Triola, PGA Tour golf course properties COO. “While we have been methodical in the planning process, the decision to move forward in this new and thriving market was unanimous from the start. Knowing the exceptional product that would result from the redesign by Steve Stricker, along with ownership’s commitment to invest in its member and guest experience, this project has significant momentum that is sure to result in an elevated experience.”
Executing in a phased approach, the clubhouse refresh began in February, with the initial phase expected to be finalized ahead of the golf course renovation completion in August 2023. The clubhouse will remain open throughout the construction process and the golf course is currently closed until completion.
Born in Edgerton, Wisconsin, Stricker’s plans include re-grading the course to accent advancements to the game since it was developed by repositioning features and rebuilding all the infrastructure including greens, tees, bunkers and an all-new cart path system.
“I couldn’t ask for a better scenario with my first golf course design project to be the same property that I spent the better part of 30 years of my golf career and where I have raised my family,” Stricker said. “TPC Wisconsin will be a dream project for me. It’s one I have taken great pride in designing what I feel will be a course that will test the best players in the world but also provide playability at every level. It will get every ounce of my energy and attention to be the best golf course and golf experience that there is, and I look forward to playing a role in bringing it to fruition.”
The golf course will be replanted with newer, more improved species of turf grass and will have a new, more efficient, irrigation system installed. There will be some rerouting to improve green-to-tee walks and create greens and tees hubs. Spectator mounding will be integrated into many of these areas, taking into consideration local and regional amateur and professional events.
The golf academy will also receive a remodel, including a new indoor hitting structure that will include club and putter fitting rooms, an indoor putting green and a new space for food and beverages, along with a short game practice area and Toptracer technology.
TPC Wisconsin is also incorporating environmental improvements throughout the golf course. The course is close to the Cherokee Marsh, part of a 2,000-plus-acre wetland complex. More than 35 acres of degraded on-site wetlands will be restored to improve floral diversity, pollinator habitat and grassland bird nesting areas. Various boardwalk structures and clear span bridges serving as golf car and walking paths have been incorporated for crossing over wetland and waterway resources. The course also features extensive waterways and water features undergoing rehabilitation to improve water quality, fisheries and amphibian habitat, and other aquatic species diversity. Heartland Ecological Group completed a comprehensive ecological restoration plan and is leading the restoration efforts.
“The TPC brand is synonymous with premier golf facilities that host PGA Tour events,” Cherokee Park owner and president Dennis Tiziani said. “We are proud to join TPC Network and offer a PGA Tour-level golf course and facilities in Madison and the state of Wisconsin.”