A 45-minute drive from Menomonee Falls, Rock River Hills is a nice course. The terrain is beautiful, with the famous Horicon marshes and lakes surrounding much of the course.
The track itself is hit or miss. The greens are quick and well kept, and the sand is very nicely maintained. The layout strongly favors a fade, though, and is short to the point that most holes will be challenged with driver followed by 9-iron or shorter. Some additional landscaping would do this course a lot of good, too.
Rock River Hills has a few very nice holes. In particular, the 15th and 16th [located on the opposite side of the street] are very well thought out. 15 (pictured below) is a gorgeous hole with a large pond that meanders nicely around the left side of the hole up to the green. These holes have a very upscale feel to them, while most of the course leaves a Muskego Lakes / West Bend Lakes impression: plenty of promise, but in need of a little more love.
With a par of 70, there are only two par fives at Rock River Hills. They have three very nice par threes, including the 16th (mentioned above), 6th and 13th. The 13th, pictured below, has an elevated tee box with an intimidating 165-yard tee shot between a large pond (left) and the right-side treeline. The 16th is 160-plus yards over water and surrounded completely by sand.
Rock River Hills is certainly worth the $35 I paid as part of my Sunday golf league, and I would certainly pay the same to play it again. The $48 standard weekend rate, however, would be a stretch for me.
Location: Horicon, WI
Yardage: Blue-6350, White-5901
Slope/Rating: Blue-71.0/129, White-69.3/125
Weekend Rates (riding): $48.00
Golf Digest: 4-1/2 stars