Under new ownership, Wanaki Golf Course in Menomonee Falls has a renewed, bright future, but yesterday’s round had me thinking mostly of the past at the course I learned to play on.

A deserving top 100 public golf course in the country, and top 3 in the state of Arizona, Quintero Golf Club in Peoria features desert golf at its finest: Challenging and strategic target golf with impeccable conditions, beautiful scenery and some of the most memorable par threes anywhere.

My wife and I recently spent a couple nights at Geneva National celebrating our 4-year anniversary.

The brand new Suites at Geneva National were the perfect home base for our weekend getaway, which involved outstanding golf, luxurious and comfortable accommodations, spa treatments and a tremendous culinary experience.

Last month I had a 9 am tee time with my cousin, Frank, at The Club at Lac La Belle. I’d been there earlier in the season, and several other times for preview play and had a good idea of the shots – especially drone shots – I most wanted to get….

Here are some of my favorites.

Bullseye Golf Club is a terrific course to add to the itinerary of a trip to Sand Valley Golf Resort, but as a “Pro tip” I highly recommend playing it before playing Mammoth Dunes. It would be hard to find two more diametrically opposed golf courses…

If you’re a fan of classic parkland courses, Bullseye is well worth the greens fee. The tees, fairways and greens are beautifully manicured, the putting complexes are interesting and quick, and there’s just something about being amongst tall trees and wilderness that’s good for the soul.

David McLay Kidd has designed some of the most vast, fun-filled golf courses of the 21st Century. Beginning with the break-through of all break-throughs, Bandon Dunes in 1999, Kidd has led developments at Nanea Golf Club in Hawaii (2003), the Castle Course at St Andrews (2008), Tetherow in his now home town of Bend, Oregon (2008), Gamble Sands in Washington (2014), and a dozen or so others.

His philosophy on golf course design sits in perfect harmony with Keiser’s on resorts; David McLay Kidd was destined to play a part in Sand Valley.

A top 3-rated golf course design project in the world in 2020, June 20, 2020’s grand opening of The Club at Lac La Belle is sure to be a momentous occasion for the Oconomowoc course with roots to the 1890’s and some of the game’s greatest competitive players. Course architect Craig Haltom’s work is sure to impress the golf world with bold design, great visuals and amazing green complexes. Look for it to break in to the state’s top 10 public courses quickly.

A preview of the Club at Lac La Belle in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, which opens for 9-hole preview play on Monday, September 9, 2019, and for good in 2020.

This is a project that will be talked about… A lot.

Some still and video shots from a beautiful 36-hole day spent at The Golf Courses of Lawsonia in Green Lake, WI. May 2019.

The journey of Mistwood Golf Club over the past 20 years has been well documented and for good reason: This is a fantastic public golf destination and an incredibly well run operation. The first thing you’ll notice at Mistwood is its facilities. The bag drop is just outside the pro shop, downstairs from their Scottish-style …