Wanted: Good homes for golf art

Peter Trenchard has made great contributions to golf in Door County and across the country over the years and along the way he has amassed hundreds of works of art and history related to golf.

Many have been home to Cherry Hills Golf & Lodge in Sturgeon Bay, but after a complete renovation of the lodge, clubhouse and dining areas over the past two years, owner John Martel has run out of space to store collector’s prints, paintings and mounted story pieces. which hung on the walls. Now he wants people who love golf – or who just want a little art for their walls – to take one or two paintings, all at the cost of a donation to a cause he supports.

“I don’t want to throw them away, so I decided that giving them away would be a good way to clean them up. I accept donations for the benefit of the Association of Veteran Golfers, “said Martel.

It started with 350 tracks two weekends to distribute art at the old clubhouse / half the house behind 18 Green and about half of it remains, said longtime Cherry Hills employee and former Sturgeon Bay Schools principal Jerry Kane. Now Martel or an employee will unlock the building for anyone who wants to view the collection and take something home.

“That was all at Trenchards,” Kane said as he stood surrounded by artwork in frames ranging from limited editions of 1980s and 90s golf stars like Greg Norman and Seve Balesteros to posters by British golfers from 19th century and women playing golf. in the 1930s and much more. “I think his love of golf is what it was. He must have been a collector. It doesn’t accumulate overnight. “

Other elements include advertising related to golf, Sports Illustrated cover and comedy golf art from New Yorker magazines. In addition to the accumulation of art, Peter and Diane Trenchard made a major contribution to the revival in the early 1990s in Cherry Hills.

Cherry Hills owner John Martel has run out of space for a collection of golf history and art, collected in part by Peter and Diane Trenchard, and he wants people to save those pieces. They range from prints and golf advertising to signed posters and more. Photo by Craig Sterett.

Trenchard brought great knowledge of the game to Door County with his leadership roles in the Western Golf Association and the American Golf Association Rules Committee, and he works as a professional tournament staffer. The Trenchard family hires chefs and highly qualified staff and builds a reputation at the Cherry Hills restaurant, especially for brunches and gourmet dinners.

Peter also saw the need to stop using a little green about 50 yards from the clubhouse. He drilled the ninth hole and built – according to the specifications of the champion golf – a large two-tiered green right in front of the balcony of the golf shop and restaurant.

And golf art welcomes guests throughout the resort. The signed poster by one of Trenchard’s friends, Raymond Floyd, hung behind the golf course for many years. Part of the art is kitschy – the fantastic ’70s posters with imaginary golf holes in impossible places like the edge of the Grand Canyon, for example – but most of them aren’t. And some of the pieces are worth taking the time to watch and read.

An imprint, for example, shows President Dwight D. Eisenhower presenting an oil painting of Eisenhower by Bobby Jones to Jones at Augusta National. It is Sports Illustrated cover and accompanying story of then-rising star Jack Nicklaus, who had just left Ohio, plus additional covers of Golden Bear rival Arnold Palmer.

Then there’s a conglomeration of five photos of Bobby Jones smoking a cigarette and watching mid-1900 golf stars trying and failing to do the same descent, a 12-foot shot that Jones sank to # 18 in Winged Foot to win the US Open in 1928.

There are also some non-golf pieces, such as advertising posters for Door County Tourism, Peninsula Players and, of course, Cherry Hills.

Kane said that just as Trenchard helped turn Cherry Hills upside down in the 1990s, Martel has turned the property into an excellent, enjoyable resort course.

“John did a good job reconstructing the whole resort and putting the pitch in very good playing condition,” Kane said.

Lions Stay involved

More than 70 golfers took part in the Maxwelton Braes on June 5 in the Forestville-Maplewood Lions charity trips to Southern Door charities, Lions causes and DOOR CANcer. In addition to strengthening the club’s charitable powers, the Sister Bay Lions served hundreds of bratwursts at the event and raised some money for their Northern Door causes, said Sister Bay Lions president Leroy Butch Schramm.

But this was not the Sister Bay Lions’ biggest golf fundraiser. This is on July 17 at Peninsula State Park Golf Course, when the Lions fill the time gap released by the previously popular Scandia Village outing.

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