23-year-old man buys Wisconsin golf course and hopes to attract younger generation to golf
It was mostly a middle school joke.
What if Tyler Luedtke, now 23, bought the Sir Lanserlot golf course in Plymouth? He is from the area and played this course as a child. And about a year and a half ago, while at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, he pitched the idea to a friend.
“Wow, wouldn’t that be great – to give it a shot?” He asked. “And sure enough, about a year later it was for sale. (I) couldn’t pass up the opportunity to give it a chance.”
Dale Lanser, owner of the Sheboygan County course for 16 years, sold it to Luedtke in June for $1.6 million, the Sheboygan Press reported last month.
Luedtke recently joined Wisconsin Public Radio’s “The Morning Show,” where he said he was trying to appeal to younger audiences and return to the 18-hole executive golf course’s former name: Crystal Lake Golf Course. .
Luedtke said he played golf himself, but not well.
“Growing up and playing golf, I was always intimidated by some of the nice, expensive courses – the areas that attract really good golfers,” he said. “Our goal and one of our driving factors is to try to make the course appealing to people of all abilities.”
That’s quite an undertaking for someone in their early twenties. He said he worked with Waldo State Bank, which he described as a small-town bank he couldn’t praise enough. Ultimately, the bank was ready to take a chance on him, he said.
“I like the challenge,” he said. “Looking at this from different angles and finding solutions to these problems is something that motivates me in the morning.”
Luedtke will also face competition in the form of nearly 20 golf courses in the Sheboygan area. He talked about the events, leagues and clientele of his course, which he said he wanted to stand out as family-friendly and easy-going. The course’s smaller size and relatively cheaper price can help it get there, he said.
He will not be alone in this enterprise. He said his grandparents on all sides of the family cleaned up the clubhouse and planted flowers. His parents prune the trees.
“It’s immeasurable, the amount of help they’ve provided,” he said.
His other projects also occupy him. Luedtke also told Sheboygan Press that he owned a photography business and a farm, which he described as a hobby.
Luedtke said he hears advice daily. But the best bit he tries to implement? Listen to the community.
“Don’t just write them off right now,” he said. “But listen to what people think and see what we can do to work with the community to make it a great environment for everyone.”