The Bog’s new 5,000-square foot facility will be
available for weddings when completed next spring.
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
“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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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
Hartwig also said the facility is being added with Bog
members in mind as well.
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
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.