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Woodside Sports Complex

Woodside Sports is Mauston’s premier sports complex that offers camps, clinics, tournaments and other events for all ages. This western themed sports complex features eight all-turf baseball fields. The second facility will in-clude soccer and baseball fields, as well as the Wisconsin Dells Center located just down the road in Wisconsin Dells. The Woodside Wisconsin Dells Center is an indoor dome large enough to hold one football field that also hosts tradeshows and conventions.

Sports offered are baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse, football, field hockey, volleyball and wrestling.

HISTORY: Humble beginnings
Today’s famous Ranch Guest House started out as a simple two-story farmhouse built in the 1850s. Driven by aspirations of becoming a farmer, Davenport, Illinois, railroad worker William Feldman, his wife Sophie and their five children purchased the farm in 1914. Known as Woodside Farm for the next 15 years, the Ranch became a getaway from the city, and the Feldmans saw their dream expand as more of the friends and family vacationed there. For the next 60 years, Woodside Ranch was owned and operated by the Feldman family.

In 1998, Damon Zumwalt, owner of Woodside Ranch and owner/developer of Woodside Sports Complex, visited Woodside Ranch as a guest over the winter, and while on horseback he ventured through the woods and into the meadows. Damon’s first thought was, “How many soccer fields could I build here?” A visionary and entrepreneur, Damon envisioned hundreds of youths playing sports, and believed Woodside Ranch had the potential to become the most unique sports complex in the country.

As a father of five children, all of whom were involved in sports growing up, Damon had an idea of what worked and what didn’t work. Damon’s vision was to create a state-of-the-art complex where youths would compete and learn valuable lessons taught through sports, lessons and principles he also learned through his career as a high school and collegiate athlete.

In 2002, Damon purchased the land from Lucille Feldman Nichols, one of the original five Feldman children. It has been over 10 years of persistence, commitment and patience that Damon’s vision has begun to formalize into a reality. On Nov. 13, 2010, one half mile from Woodside Ranch, ground breaking ceremonies were held at the construction site where over 100 community officials, residents, media and celebrities attended, including then-Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, hall-of-famer Paul Molitor and future hall-of-famer Frank Thomas.

Since 2010, Woodside Sports Complex has grown to include the 245-acre facility in Mauston, as well as soccer and baseball fields in Wisconsin Dells. Future plans also include championship stadiums for baseball and soccer as well as tennis courts. Opened in June 2014 with eight fully synthetic turf baseball/softball fields in Mauston, Woodside eventually hosts over 80 events per year when complete, and is committed to becoming the premier complex that provides programming for youth and athletic development, and attractions for the entire family.

The Woodside Ranch Resort & Conference Center of today is an all-inclusive guest ranch that is open year-round. The all-inclusive rate includes your meals, lodging, activities and of course, horseback riding and pony and wagon rides. Lodging options consist of cozy cabins with working fireplaces, ranch house rooms (rustic hotel rooms) and a recently renovated lake house. Meals are home cooked and served family style in the ranch house. In the morning, the legendary breakfast ride takes guests out in the woods to breakfast. For those looking to stop in for a day of fun, Woodside also offers horseback rides and pony and wagon rides to the public as well. There is something for everyone.

Discover a Wisconsin legend 100 years in the making.

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