The Bog to expand
The Barn increases capacity for weddings, large events

By Laurie Arendt

June 15, 2018

The Bog’s new 5,000-square foot facility will be available for weddings when completed next spring.
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SAUKVILLE — Most people are drawn to The Bog for its Arnold Palmer-designed course in the town of Saukville. Since 1995, it has been one of the premiere courses to golf in the area.

Recently approved plans, however, are likely to expand the course’s appeal to a different demographic: brides and grooms.

“We’ve been able to rent out the clubhouse for banquet events and weddings since The Bog opened in 1995, and we do about 20 weddings a year,” said K.D. Hartwig, events and marketing manager at The Bog.

The clubhouse capacity is about 150-175 people, and can stretch to a maximum of about 200 people. But many weddings far exceed that number of guests.

“A lot of people reach out to us with guests lists of 300 to 500 people and we just can’t accommodate them,” Hartwig said. “Or we have clients who call who want to book dates that are already taken.”

The Bog underwent an ownership change in 2015 and was purchased by Milwaukee developer Jon Hammes. Hartwig said the ownership change spurred some reinvestment in the property, including an interest in expanding capacity for events.

Plans for The Bog’s new event space — a standalone barn overlooking the course — were recently approved by the town of Saukville.

“We are in Wisconsin and barn weddings are very trendy,” Hartwig said of the addition.

Barns as wedding venues have been a strong trend across the country and remain so, according to Bridal Guide. The issue with barns, however, is that they were intended for a more functional purpose: farming. While they may seem at first look to be a great wedding venue, they often come with issues, ranging from lack of permanent bathroom facilities and accessibility issues to parking problems for large numbers of guests. Some municipalities also require special permitting to hold events like weddings in agriculturally zoned areas.

The Bog’s new 5,000-square foot facility will never be home to animals or hay storage, but it will have bathrooms, kitchen prep facilities, a second-floor loft and suites for the bride and groom on their big day, among other things.

Hartwig also said the facility is being added with Bog members in mind as well.

“It is also a place for them to come — it’s really an all-around new space for everybody,” she said, adding the exterior also includes an area for cocktails after a round of golf. “It really gives us a lot of flexibility.”

The Bog hopes to break ground this summer for the facility with completion set for spring 2019.

And, according to Hartwig, The Bog has already started taking bookings for the new space.