The Long Off-Season Continues

Mired in an Easter brunch food coma, I decided yesterday to take advantage of the almost-Spring weather to get some fresh air in my system and get my blood flowing again.

Having recently joined North Hills Country Club, this was the first time I’d had the opportunity to see the course and check out some of the holes in person. What I saw, although soggy and with some remaining snow, succeeded in getting my blood flowing.

I had reached out to a number of Wisconsin golf experts prior to joining the club, and heard all rave reviews, and the pictures I have seen online look beautiful. Even having been told about it by a number of people, though, I was not expecting to find anywhere near as much elevation as there is at North Hills.

The par threes look nice in pictures, but have to be seen in order to appreciate how challenging they are.

Numerous people have told me the greens are small and heavily sloped, but finding a water-logged golf ball on the course and rolling it toward the middle of several greens revealed some absolutely crazy rolls.

All of the greens are small and well-defended by sand, with a number of false fronts and drop-offs around the putting surfaces.

To say I am looking forward to the club allowing walking players out on the course is an understatement. I know that pictures do not do it justice, but here are a few from my afternoon jaunt:

White-tail deer on the 11th hole

A typically well-defended green complex on the 11th hole

Hole 12: Par 3 (177/155/132/107)

Hole 7: Par 3 (185/152/125/115)

The bank of the Menomonee River defending the 7th hole green

The downhill approach on hole 14: Par 4 (419/412/400/400)

Greenside traps and false front protecting the 2nd hole green

The course is aiming for an April 15 opening, and hope to have walkers out shortly before. None of this could come soon enough for me, but I am trying to remain patient. 
With overnight temperatures still in the twenties, one to two weeks remains a hope and a prayer. This has been an unbelievably long off-season, though, and I’ll continue to provide both.

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