GREEN BAY, WB (WBAY) – Students at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay criticize administrators for their sudden decision to close an almost 90-year-old golf course.
School officials say they couldn’t afford the interview and instead wanted to focus on education.
Breeze Christian, a junior at UWGB, spent hours on Shorewood Golf Course last year.
âThis little patch was once the opening tee, and as you can see you can’t even tell anymore,â Christian said.
The coronavirus pandemic has forced gyms and many indoor facilities to close. It was a chance for him and his friends to be outside and socialize.
Christian said he was disappointed when the UWGB decided to shut down Shorewood for good.
âThis campus, as many other students know, we are a bit isolated here. We are not in the city like many other public campuses. But, it gave us a really convenient and inexpensive way of entertainment, âsaid Christian.
UWGB Chancellor Michael Alexander sent an email on July 7 announcing the fate of the golf course. Jack Ludwig, a senior at UWGB, said he was blinded by the decision.
âIt’s a great way for the community to interact with our campus as a whole as well as with our students. Golf is definitely a growing and flourishing medium, in particular due to [Covid-19]”said Ludwig.
Ludwig intended to work at Shorewood during the summer and was part of a student-run organization that would run the golf course like a business.
The emails he provided to the show’s administrators indicated until May 6 that the golf course would open on June 1.
âJust being able to communicate and talk with them was so frustrating during the months we were running this project,â Ludwig said. “.
Golf carts are now empty on Shorewood, collecting dust and bugs.
UWGB declined to comment for this story when we contacted them. However, Chancellor Alexander has previously said maintenance costs are too high and they are struggling to find people to hire.
Alexander added that interest in Shorewood has been waning for many years and that it will be transformed “in the next few months” into a center for student recreation and engagement.
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