Art Tangen was born on Wednesday,
January 31, 1912 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He
contracted polio at the age of one and wore leg
braces for a number of years. At the
age of twelve, he began caddying at the now
defunct Riverside Golf Course in Eau Claire, and
as a high school junior he became caddy master at
the Hillcrest Golf Course, also now not in
Upon high school graduation he
worked at the newly opened Neillsville Golf Course
briefly but by this time, Art knew he wanted to
become involved in golf as a profession. One of
his trips took him to Florida looking for work in
the industry where he met his future wife, the
former Merida James.
They married in 1941 and had two daughters,
Tonya and Peggy.
In 1941 Art and Culley Johnson
leased Hallie golf Course from Bertha Moe; a year
later they bought it. Art
became the sole owner in 1957. Also in
1941, Art organized the very first “Hallie Open”,
won by Don Johnson.
In 1958, Art, along with Bill
Rolland and 6 other area club pros met and
launched the Chippewa Valley Golf Association. In 1975,
Art developed the still used point system to
determine Player of the Year and qualifications
for the Tournament of Champions.
In 1963, Art became a PGA Class A
He was a well respected member of the
Wisconsin PGA and was recognized as “Pro of the
Year” in 1976 by the WSGA. In
1987, he became a member of the Quarter Century
Club of the PGA.
Arthur G. Tangen passed on Saturday,
September 6, 1997.
He was 84.