Elliot Oscar, the new golf pro at the Golf Courses of Lawsonia, leans on the sign for the first hole of the Links Golf Course. Laura Lyke photo
by Laura Lyke
Green Lake Reporter
The small town of Reedsburg, Wis. is home to professional football player John Harrington, major league baseball player Charlie Kavanagh, head coach of the North Dakota State Bison men’s basketball team Saul Phillips and now the Golf Courses of Lawsonia’s new PGA golf pro Elliott Oscar.
Oscar began his golf career at Reedsburg Country Club and continued on to the collegiate level at Madonna University in Livonia, Mich., where he graduated with a bachelor of science degree in marketing.
Post-graduation, Oscar continued on to play and work professionally throughout the Midwest.
“I worked for a municipal course for seven years, for Point O’ Woods Golf and Country club in Benton Harbor, Michigan for three years, and now I’m here,” Oscar said.
Oscar started as The Golf Courses of Lawsonia’s PGA director of golf in March.
“We’re trying to up the golf experience here,” Oscar said. “We’re trying to create an even more welcoming atmosphere in the golf shop. We have a great golf course already, so now we’re just trying to enhance the experience.”
Oscar and the staff of Lawsonia are excited about the recent developments in preparation for this season’s new events.
“The restaurant is one of our biggest changes this season,” said Nick Lueptow, manager of Langford’s Pub. “The restaurant is very successful. We’ve gone from a small, hotdog-spinning grill to a full, blow-on restaurant that opens every morning at 6 a.m.
“We now serve breakfast, lunch, appetizers and your favorite beverages. We also have a fabulous fish fry on Friday nights that has been voted best in the area and an excellent Saturday night prime rib.”
Lueptow attributes the growing success of Langford’s Pub to co-manager Rocky Pederson.
“Because of his expertise in the restaurant industry, Rocky has more than tripled our sales over the last four years,” Lueptow said. “We now do things we never did in the past, like weddings, rehearsal dinners and class reunions.”
Lawsonia’s developments go far beyond the restaurant and are being made on and off the course to better the golfing experience for visitors and members, Oscar said.
“Lawsonia’s golf shop is now selling hard goods [golf clubs] again, which we weren’t doing in the past,” he said. “Also our management company is doing a very accelerated renovation of the Links Golf Course to return it to its original design. That includes the tree removal on [holes] 10, 13 and 14.”
As for changes in Lawsonia events, Oscar’s list goes on and on.
“We have some new junior golf programing,” the director of golf said. “We’re running a new grandparents and grandchildren camp, so there is going to be a lot more instructing than there has been in the past.”
Lawsonia also will be hosting a variety of other events this season, including the WSGA Father-Son Championship, the NCAA Midwest Regional Classic, a new Wednesday Night Ladies’ Golf League, the Wisconsin State Mid-Amateur Championship and the Langford Shield.
“We’re really excited to be hosting the biggest events in the state,” Lueptow said. “The father and son event brings in 600 to 650 golfers in one day and the Langford Shield is an event that we personally host, versus organizations that come in and host it. It’s a really excellent opportunity to showcase the facility and honor the architect.”
A brand new PGA golf pro brings exciting changes to the Golf Courses of Lawsonia, but Pederson, Langford’s Pub co-manager, credits the growing success to the entire staff.
“It’s all about teamwork and organization,” he said. “The business has been growing fast because we serve a good product at an extreme value and provide excellent service. But mostly, here at Lawsonia, we’re just very fortunate to have such a great team.”