About The Course
Winagamie Golf Course is ideally situated on the west side of Wisconsin’s beautiful Fox River Valley. It features sweeping, magnificent views in all directions. There are few homes and no highways bordering the course. You are truly engulfed in nature.
Our 27-hole facility is unique to the Fox Valley. With the Pines, Woodlands, and Highlands courses, Winagamie offers golfers more variety than any other course.
The Pines course, est. 1962, is a traditional course scattered with hundreds of mature evergreens with rolling terrain.
The Woodlands course is a PGA Tour designed course with many holes cut through the woods. The course, which opened in 2001, features wild flowers, wetlands, huge undulating greens, and numerous bunkers.
The Highlands is a course designed for families. Everyone loves this course: Beginners, Juniors and Seniors.
Winagamie Golf Course was established in 1962, featuring a nine-hole course known as the Pines. Ten years later, Mary Beth Nienhaus, a passionate educator and golfer, became a partner in the business. Nienhaus took sole ownership in 1993. Under her leadership, Winagamie flourished.
- 1994 – new irrigation system installed
- 2001 – Woodlands and Highlands courses established
- 2009-2010 – Clubhouse remodeled
On December 31, 2013, Nienhaus finalized the gift of Winagamie, Inc. (the parent company of Winagamie Golf Course) to the Appleton Education Foundation.
In a press release, Nienhaus said, “I made this gift to the AEF to give back to the community. I know the AEF board and staff share my vision of creating unique learning opportunities for generations to come.”
Winagamie continues to be a top-notch course under the leadership of the Winagamie staff and board of directors.
Winagamie boasts 27 holes on 200 acres and includes a driving range and putting green. In addition, the TWIGS course is where the next generation learns the game through the Winagamie Junior Golf Program.
To carry on Nienhaus’ wish of creating learning opportunities at Winagamie, the Appleton Area School District and Fox Valley Technical College are involved creating beyond-the-classroom experiences at the course. These allow area students to study all facets of the business from turf maintenance to event management. To learn more about these educational opportunities visit the Education page.
More about Mary Beth
A graduate of Marquette University, Nienhaus was the school’s first female student-athlete. She joined the men’s golf team in 1965 after winning the Wisconsin Women’s Public Links Golf Association Amateur Championship in 1963 and 1964. The first to represent Marquette in intercollegiate postseason play, she won two state amateur championships and was named Wisconsin Female Golfer of the Year in 1969.
A life-long resident of Appleton, Nienhaus taught physical education and coached for 28 years at Appleton West High School. During her tenure, Appleton West golf teams won four state championships. She is a member of numerous halls of fame and was named LPGA Coach of the Year in 1987 – the only high school coach to ever receive this honor.
Nienhaus is Wisconsin’s only LPGA Master Lifetime Professional.