Little River Country Club was built in 1927 for the purpose of providing recreation for the people in the Marinette Area. Dr. Theodore R. Michaelis was most influential in starting the endeavor. Shares of stock were sold to obtain finances to build the project. The original club house was located near the current ninth tee. Etched in stone by the entrance is, "His dream of a beautiful playground for the health and happiness of Marinette people was gloriously achieved in the building and development of Little River Golf Course."
The golf course is relatively short by today's standards, however, with six par threes and relatively small greens, it will be challenging for all golfers. Little River, for which the course is named, surrounds four greens on the course requiring a precise short game. Through the years the course has changed several times. During World War II, it was shortened to a nine-hole course because of the short supply of gasoline and other commodities. In 1962, Little River hosted the Wisconsin PGA Championship. Prior to the event, the course was lengthened and a new clubhouse with a banquet facility was constructed. The club became famous for Friday night fish and smelt fries. People would scoop smelt right out of the Little River itself and bring them to the clubhouse to be fried.
In 2000, Peter and Amy Kretz purchased the facility from the stockholders. They have made numerous improvements to the course and the clubhouse. The eighth hole was redesigned and several tee boxes were added to lengthen the course. The banquet room was expanded which can currently serve over 300 people for weddings and other community functions. Other improvements included new patios so golfers may enjoy refreshments outside during the beautiful Wisconsin summers.
The course continues to be a favorite place to play and Dr. Michaelis's dream has endured for almost a hundred years. Thank you for choosing Little River Country Club as your destination for an event or a round of golf. The Little River Staff will be happy to serve you!
Voted in 2015 as best Banquet Facility and 2nd Best Golf Course in the area by EagleHerald Readers. Thank you for your continued support!