Shangri-La Expansion Continues
New Par 3 Golf Course Planned for Opening Late Summer 2022
By Brian Weis
Construction is underway on yet another major attraction at Shangri-La Resort. On the heels of the new $12 million indoor/outdoor activity park at the resort, comes "The Battlefield," an 18-hole par three golf course slated for opening in late summer, 2022. The course will be located at the north edge of the resort property, directly behind the Monkey Island Fire Department, and will operate as a separate destination course, independent from the club house golf operations for the resort's 27-hole Championship course.
"The setting is beautiful," said Shangri-La Executive Chairman Jason Sheffield, "but the motif will be more rugged - like a World War II battlefield set in a wooded area with dramatic elevation changes. The facility will have its own small clubhouse and turn house concessions and golf carts, as well as a short driving range for warm-ups and a putting green. The full practice facility and driving range will remain adjacent to the main Shangri-La club house," he said.
Designed by architects Tom Clark and Kevin Atkinson, with building designs by Mark Thomas, the course will feature Bermuda grass fairways and Bent Grass greens, just like the Championship course at Shangri-La. Although the course can be walked, golfers who choose that method of play may want to make sure they're in good shape due to dramatic elevation changes. From beginning to end, there is a 100-foot change in elevation as the course winds from hilltop to the bank of Grand Lake. With multiple tee boxes like the Championship course, difficulty of the course will vary depending on the tee boxes chosen by players.
"The Par 3 course is a great addition to the golf offerings at Shangri-La," said PGA Director of Golf Rob Yanovitch. "Our course can be challenging, and many players - especially resort guests - prefer the relatively lesser challenging of playing only par 3 holes. If time is a factor, naturally it takes a lot less time to play 18 par 3 holes than the more traditional Championship course."
Due to the distance of "The Battlefield" from the existing course, separate parking will be available for automobiles and the course will have its own golf cart storage facility separate from the Championship courses.
At "The Anchor," Shangri-La's indoor/outdoor activity park which opened in June 2021, the resort added a variety of new entertainment options - four tennis courts, six pickleball courts, a basketball court, a mini-Fenway Wiffle® Ball park and immensely popular indoor gaming ranging from pool, darts, ping, pong and shuffleboard to Trackman Golf Simulators, LaserShot Shooting Simulators, virtual reality games, a Hologate virtual reality arena, and a plethora of traditional arcade games with an eye-popping indoor/outdoor sports bar area, video walls, and fun food options at The Galley.
"The increase in both tourism, group events, and membership at Shangri-La, combined with the recent upsurge in the popularity of golf make this a natural move for Shangri-La," said Sheffield. "We are constantly planning ways to set Grand Lake and Shangri-La in position to be the ultimate destination in our region."
Shangri-La's Resort Hotel also offers 119 guest rooms, 9,000 square feet of indoor meeting & convention space, a medical spa, an indoor pool as well as a massive 6,500 square foot outdoor pool, a children's playground, and multiple dining and drinking options at 10 different venues. Boat and personal watercraft rentals, yacht charters, and parasailing adventures are also available seasonally at Shangri-La Marina.
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Brian Weis is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, a network of golf travel and directory sites including GolfWisconsin.com, GolfMichigan.com, ArizonaGolfer.com, GolfAlabama.com, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.
All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched GolfWisconsin.com. In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and GolfTrips.com was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like GolfTrips.com, GolfGuide.com and GolfPackages.com. It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.
On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.
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