PGA pro buys Old Hickory for $1.1M

One of Wisconsin’s oldest golf clubs didn’t waste a lot of time finding its new owner.

Mark Bergman, a PGA pro, purchased Old Hickory Golf Club, in Beaver Dam, earlier this month, reportedly for $1.1 million. The club opened in 1920, with a nine-hole, Tom Bendelow-designed course. In the late 1960s, Billy Sixty, Jr. integrated Bendelow’s holes into a new 18-hole track.

Old Hickory officially went on the market in mid November 2013. It’s been struggling in recent years, as its membership has fallen from nearly 400 in 1991 to about 150 today.

“Golf clubs are struggling everywhere,” Old Hickory’s president told the Beaver Dam Daily Citizen, “and we feel it’s best for us to transition at this point.”

Berman bought Beaver Dam with his cousin, Tim Kumbier.

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