A local golfing legend and Chetek icon, Gene Green, recently gathered for a “goodbye lunch” with family and friends before returning back to his home state of Minnesota to be closer to family. Green was a longtime golfer at Sunset View Golf Course and a regular at The Center in Chetek.
“Gene was a fixture at Sunset View Golf Course, and most of the gang—Bob Arneson, Blake Uren, and Duane Williams have passed—but Gene, Bob Nelson and Tom Strobel were still golfing together, until Bob moved to Eau Claire and Gene’s health sidelined him from golfing. He still came every Monday to visit the guys in the AARP league and to maintain his connection to golf,” stated Susan Norton, owner of Sunset View Golf Course.
Green, who was originally from Minnesota, lived in the fourplex on the old golf course across from Sunset View.
“Gene, who was our neighbor and is 93 years old (actually turns 94 this month), is one of the neatest people I’ve ever known. He was a Twin Cities-based architect who designed buildings for U.S. and international clients. He has lately created memory albums of his work for his heirs, which is a very sweet gesture,” explained Jerry Johnson. “His humor and story telling enlivened our pre-Covid weekly visits to Lynda’s Lakeshore for beer and burgers.”
One of Green’s finest moments on the links is depicted in a photo on the wall at Sunset View Golf Course for his hole-in-one he made on Aug. 24, 2010—his first and only hole-in-one of his life.
“He invited me to golf with him under the proviso that I hold his belt so he didn’t fall over when swinging his club,” Johnson joked when recalling the day.
Johnson noted that Green became an artist in these later years with his work shown in local venues, including at the Red Barn Theater.
“Gene has been a favorite at the local senior center, where he charmed the ladies without trying. I have yet to meet a person who didn’t like and admire Gene. He has finally moved, after much persuasion, to live with family in the Twin Cities. Our neighborhood is missing a giant positive presence today. We love you and already miss you, Gene. Be safe and well for many days and years to come,” Johnson stated.
Green will always be welcome to Chetek, and the community is appreciative for all the lives he has touched, especially in the golf world.