The long-range forecast for “Play at the Lake” on Aug. 16 still calls for sunshine, so don’t hesitate to sign up now for the Tech Council’s first-ever “scramble” tournament.  Online registration is available here until 5 p.m. August 10th; starting August 11th please call Julie at 608-442-7557 to check if foursomes or single golfer spots are still available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Features will include a $10,000 prize for a hole-in-one on a designated Par 3 hole at the Lake Arrowhead Pines Golf Course (sponsored by Goben Cars), a pre-tournament clinic with club professionals, and other games and competitions.

Other sponsors include: AT&T, BDO, Findorff, Marshfield Clinic Health System, Michael Best, PDS, Quarles & Brady and Rome Realty.

The tournament will be a scramble format.  While there are no official U.S. Golf Association rules governing scrambles, most feature team members teeing off, choosing the team’s best ball for their next shot and continuing until completion of the hole.  No good shots on your team? Mulligans will be available for $5 each or three for $10.

There will be other hole-in-one prizes among games and contests.

Click here to sign up for the tournament, which will feature a golf clinic at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. shotgun start, fresh grilled burgers and brats at the turn all afternoon, bag service, carts, prizes and an end-of-day reception and traditional Wisconsin dinner buffet in the just-opened Lake Arrowhead Clubhouse, which overlooks the course.

Tech Council members can golf, all included, for $125. Non-members can golf for $150 or join the Tech Council at our individual membership rate for the year, which qualifies you for the member rate for the golf tournament right away. Foursomes are also available at $450 and $500, respectively. Watch our “Events” page for more information at

Not a golfer? Join us for the buffet and cash-bar social hour following the tournament and take advantage of the swimming pool next to the clubhouse and area activities before joining the group for the evening festivities. The dinner-only price is $30.

Lake Arrowhead is near Roche-A-Cri State Park, which has a 300-foot-high rock outcropping with a wooden stairway to the top. The park features Native American petroglyphs and pictographs. The Necedah National Wildlife Refuge is also nearby with nearly 44,000 aces and 10 miles of hiking trails. Bicycling opportunities, ATV trails, water skiing, boating, fishing, tennis, bocce ball and other recreational activities abound.

Lake Arrowhead is in the Adams County Town of Rome, just 15 minutes south of Wisconsin Rapids off Highway 13. From Madison or La Crosse, it’s a drive of about 1 hour, 40 minutes. From Downtown Milwaukee, 2 hours, 25 minutes. From Green Bay or Eau Claire, 2 hours.

Want to make a long weekend out of it? Here are some places to stay near the golf course. There are several options with overnight accommodations, including Lodges of the Lakes, Eagles Nest, the Cottage Keeper and the Lakes Inn.