Evolution of Baehmann’s Golf Center

By JOHN EHLE -  News Graphic Correspondent

Dec. 3, 2015

Baehmann’s Golf Center looked different in the early years. Above, the original pro shop with Keith Baehmann posing in front of the door in 1971.
Submitted photo

Baehmann’s Golf Center has been a fixture on Cedarburg’s north side for 55 years, originally opening as a driving range in 1960.

The facility is located on what was the Baehmann family farm, which was on the east side of the street and the range was built as a stand-alone business. The mini-golf course and the nine-hole par-three course were installed soon after.

Bud Baehmann, now 79, continued to farm the land north of the driving range with assistance from his father, Edmund, and Emil Paulus, who raised beef cattle there for his grocery and butcher shop in downtown Cedarburg.

When Dale Baehmann returned from his tour of duty in Vietnam, he joined the business with his father. Eventually Dale and his wife moved to North Carolina, where they still reside.

The counter.
Submitted photo

With the golf industry becoming more complicated and competitive, the Baehmanns strategized about how they might boost the business by bringing Bud’s son, Kurt, home from Colorado. Kurt is an able golfer and a marketing whiz, and his vision for the center included bringing a PGA professional on board and installing a very sophisticated golf simulator.

They hired local pro Dan Gogin and established a full complement of teaching/learning opportunities for all ages, concentrated on leagues and establishing a FootGolf course to attract youngsters and families to this entry-level subset of golf offshoots.

The FootGolf course is part of the par-three nine, which is north of the range. The Baehmanns are emphasizing family sports activities and offer snacks and beverages to participants who choose the golf center as a locus of family recreational activities.

The interior of the current pro shop, as it looked in the early 1970s.
Submitted photo

Dan offers lessons in the simulator and the Baehmanns have golf leagues, which offer play on some of the finest simulated courses in the world. They still do club fitting, regripping and reshafting as well.

Baehmann’s Golf Center is located at W73 N1122 Washington Ave. in Cedarburg.

Call the golf shop at 377-0768 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. if you have any interest in these services and opportunities, or visit Baehmann’s website at www.golfcedarburg.com. Dan Gogin can be reached at 414-810-8119.

News Graphic golf columnist John Ehle can be reached at jcehle@sbcglobal.net.