The many shades of
Fall golf in Wisconsin
TEXT BY DENNIS MCCANN
Blackwolf Run – River Course
Hole 11 l Par 5 l Yards 536
COURTESY OF KOHLER CORP..
t was only mid-August, so when I no-
ticed a single branch on a single
maple in our little town had blushed
yellow and red I wrote it off as an aber-
ration. Too much rain. Or not enough,
or something. And only one branch on
one tree so not to worry, right?
I similarly ignored back-to-school ads in the daily
paper, though I remembered to hide them so as
not to cause my retired-teacher wife the class-
room equivalent of combat flashbacks. It was
harder to deny the truth when the ferns in our
woods began to curl and brown, or when the
morning chill sneaking through the open window
caused a blanket to rise from the foot of the
bed, but I summoned denial on both fronts. Then
two of our foursome showed up to play wearing
wind shirts for the first time in months and
suddenly it was that moment from a courtroom
drama where the witness who for hours had lied
and denied was forced to admit the truth.
Summer’s song was on its last verse, and
autumn’s own elegy was drifting in the cool air.