Even though I was very impressed with the course the first time I played Milwaukee Country Club, I then played Pine Hills a handful of times since then and in my mind moved Pine Hills ahead of Milwaukee.
It had been a few years since the last time I played Wisconsin’s most prestigious private golf club until last week. We had a beautiful Friday afternoon to enjoy the Colt and Alison gem, and I was excited to be invited out by my boss along with one of his MCC golf buddies, our co-worker Preston, and for nine holes his son.
The thing that hit me immediately was the conditions at Milwaukee Country Club. Everything near the greens is shaved to first-cut length, and there was not a blade of grass out of position.
Our caddies were attentive and enjoyable to spend the day with, and I loved the updates that have been made to the course over the past year. The added bunkers nearing the green on three and the remastered putting surface there fit beautifully, and I think having the opportunity to play it without photography enhanced my overall golfing experience.
The back nine is absolutely sensational over and along the Milwaukee River, and the front nine is an excellent test of golf, as well.
In addition, I think the ninth and eighteenth holes are two of the best finishing holes in the state – the ninth is quite simply a tremendous golf hole.
I played pretty well there, shooting an 83 that could have been considerably lower. I hit most fairways and greens and putted well. I just had a hard time getting out of the green-side bunkers that are a bit heavier than the ones I have become used to.
Another factor that enhances the MCC experience is the food and beverage. Their daily buffet in the beer hall-like men’s locker room is fantastic, featuring carving stations, brats, burgers, sides and desserts.
For the quality of the course and the overall golfing experience, I have decided to move Milwaukee Country Club back to the number one spot in my rankings of the top private golf clubs in Wisconsin.