Jay’s Covered Bridge

The Conception of Jay’s Covered Bridge -Inspiration at the Clubhouse

On a cozy June evening in 2022, right after the Spring Big Cup Tournament, Bruce and Jay Slind were kicking back at the clubhouse, chatting about what’s next for Sioux Creek Golf Course. Bruce and Jay Slind sat together in the clubhouse, sharing visions for the future of the course. It was here, amid the camaraderie and the shared passion for golf, that Jay shared his dream of doing something special for Sioux Creek, something that would stick around long after he was gone.

Commitment and Collaboration

Owners Brad and Bruce, already planning to replace two bridges, collaborated with a bridge designer to integrate a covered bridge into their plans, inspired by extensive research and discussions with Steve and Linda Slind and Quinn Johnson.

Design and Construction

Quinn Johnson, with a clear vision for the bridge, led the construction effort using rough-cut pine rafters, alongside his father, John, and sons, Drew and Nate, contributing significantly to the project’s success.

A Tribute to Jay Slind

Sadly, Jay passed away before the bridge’s completion. A few days prior to his passing, Steve and Bruce finalized the design with him. He was excited for the project. Jay lived in LaCrosse but was a long-time fan of Sioux Creek. He loved to golf and would often stop in to play a quick 9 on his way to see family in Superior. It was quite a coincidence that Brad, Marlo and Bruce would buy the course he loved.

Jay’s Legacy

Jay’s memory lives on through his generous contribution. Prior to Jay’s Covered Bridge, Wisconsin housed only five covered bridges according to Wikipedia. Now, thanks to Jay’s enduring gift, there are six.