Courses

Our most recent public course reviews:

Plum Lake Golf Club: A Historic Northwoods Treasure
This past summer I re-discovered Plum Lake, a Golden Age delight tucked away in the Northwoods, and one of the best 9-hole properties in the …
Bandon Trails: Golf’s Greatest Hike
This Coore/Crenshaw marvel is the only inland course at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, an epic journey through nature complete with compelling architecture.
The Wisconsin Dream 18: The State’s Best Golf Holes
While the idea behind this post is not original, it's a fun practice and one I've tried a dozen or so times in the past …
The Oaks Golf Course: A One-of-a-Kind Experience on Madison’s East Side
The Oaks has long been one of my favorite local courses, and it's become even better after a successful renovation effort under the direction of …
2022 Illinois vs. Wisconsin Writer’s Cup Recap: Abbey Springs Delivers
This year's Illinois vs. Wisconsin Writer's Cup was a sporty battle at the beautiful, challenging and freshly renovated Abbey Springs.
Sheep Ranch: Bandon’s Best-Kept Secret, No Longer
Sheep Ranch, the newest course at Bandon Dunes, is a cliff-hanging adventure packed with amazing views that adds to the legend of the world's greatest …
Landmand: A New American Links Classic of Epic Proportions
Landmand is a must visit for any golfer seeking adventure, stimulating strategic golf holes, views for miles and possibly the wildest land & greens you’ve …
“Wisconsin Captured”: Summer’s Sunrise Over the Straits Course
For years I've dreamt of flying a drone over Whistling Straits in Haven, Wisconsin, and last month finally got the opportunity as part of the …
The Dance Floor: A Little Something-Something for Everybody at Geneva National
The state's newest putting course, the Craig Haltom designed Dance Floor at Geneva National looks forward to hosting the WSGA State Putting Championship this coming …
Shell Landing Golf Club: Spectacular Long Views & Long-Term Vision (MS)
One of the top handful of golf courses in the state of Mississippi, Shell Landing is a gorgeous parkland track with terrific strategic playability, great …
Abbey Springs: Lake Geneva’s Hidden Gem
This scenic property on the south shore of Lake Geneva has undergone a terrific renovation, and will challenge golfers of all levels.
The Glen Golf Park: A Model of Inclusivity and Accessibility
The Glen Golf Park has been re-imagined into a much more fun track than than the one I played growing up, and has given Madison …
The Flower Hole: Robert Trent Jones, Jr.’s Mona Lisa at SentryWorld
Over 30,000 annuals are planted every Spring on the famed Flower Hole at SentryWorld, and the result is mesmerizing.
Kiva Dunes: Links-Style Golf in Gulf Shores
Kiva Dunes' challenging layout, awesome green complexes, windswept topography and beachside property lend it a memorable coastal vibe that's everything I dream of when visiting …
The Club at Lac La Belle: Craig Haltom’s Home Run
The Club at Lac La Belle is a textbook example of a complete redesign to save a classic, treasured Wisconsin gem made possible by a …
The Preserve at GrandView Lodge: A Wonderful Walk in the Woods
A quick 15-minute shuttle ride from the Grand View Lodge in Nisswa/Brainerd, MN, The Preserve offers fabulous Northwoods golf with stunning elevated tee shots and …
The Pines Course at Grand View Lodge: Thrilling Golf in the Northwoods
Designed by Minnesota-based architect Joel Goldstrand and debuted in 1990, The Pines course is Grand View Lodge's premier golf experience and currently weighs in at …
Grand View Lodge Spa & Golf Resort: A Northwoods Getaway for All
One of Minnesota and the Brainerd area's top resorts, Grand View Lodge is the perfect Midwest getaway for you and your golf buddies or family.
Bandon Dunes Golf Resort: A Golfer’s Dream Come True
My first trip to Bandon Dunes confirmed what I had heard all along – that it is among the very best places for golf on …
Why Erin Hills is a Great Golf Course
In my first visit to play Erin Hills in 15 years, I re-discovered why it is one of the premier golfing destinations in the entire …

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Our most recent private club reviews:

West Bend Country Club: The Best Front Nine in Wisconsin
Langford & Moreau's front nine masterpiece at @westbendcc is an awe-inspiring trek across stunning post-glacial land with some of the best, most wonderfully constructed greens …
Stevens Point Country Club: Wisconsin’s Ultimate Hidden Gem
Following an ingenious renovation project led by architect Craig Haltom, Stevens Point Country Club is unlike any other private club in the state, and – …
Strawberry Creek: Kenosha’s Modern Private Club Experience
Along with SentryWorld, Green Bay and Horseshoe Bay, Strawberry Creek provides one of the state's premier modern golf experiences with an excellent new-age track and …
The Wisconsin Dream 18: The State’s Best Golf Holes
While the idea behind this post is not original, it's a fun practice and one I've tried a dozen or so times in the past …
Nakoma Golf Club: The Ideal Everyday Course
My home course, Nakoma Golf Club, one of Tom Bendelow’s finest original designs in Wisconsin, has embraced continuous improvement to promote an optimal everyday golfing …
Landmand: A New American Links Classic of Epic Proportions
Landmand is a must visit for any golfer seeking adventure, stimulating strategic golf holes, views for miles and possibly the wildest land & greens you’ve …
Minocqua Country Club: The Crown Jewel of Northwoods Golf
One of Wisconsin's very best private clubs, Be sure to bring your A-game and camera for this majestic ride through the forest at Minocqua Country …
The Lido: America’s Next Great Golf Course, Again
The most highly anticipated course development of our time just might be The Lido, a private club adjacent to Sand Valley Golf Resort that's being …
Milwaukee Country Club: Wisconsin’s Ultimate Private Golf Experience
My first trip to Milwaukee Country Club shattered all expectations and proved why this is one of the most treasured properties in all of Wisconsin.
The Pond
Written by Gregg Thompson Ever dreamt of building your own backyard par 3 golf course? That's exactly what Gregg Thompson is doing at his home …
Glen Flora Emerging as a Top Private Club on Chicago’s North Shore Thanks to Emergency 9’s Historic Renovation
One of the top hidden gems I've found in a while, Glen Flora in Waukegan, IL is emerging as one of the top private club …
The Vince Lombardi Golf Classic: 50 Years Supporting the Fight Against Cancer, and How You Can Do Your Part!
Being held Friday, June 3 to Saturday, June 4 at North Hills CC in Menomonee Falls, this year's Vince Lombardi Golf Classic looks to be …
Ozaukee Country Club
One of the Milwaukee area's top private golf clubs, the Langford/Moreau designed Ozaukee CC in Mequon enters its 100th year with its best days still …
Oneida Golf and Country Club
An old-school course in a beautiful setting with fantastic greens complexes, Oneida is one of the top private courses in the state.
Seabrook Island Club (Crooked Oaks)
Seabrook Island is a charming, low-key vacation spot down the road from more world-famous courses. Its own 36 holes are worth checking out, including the …
North Hills Country Club: My Home Close to Home
My home course, North Hills is a wonderful Golden Age parkland gem with some of the best greens and conditions in the state. Home of …
North Shore Golf Club (Menasha)
I had the privilege of being invited up to North Shore Golf Club in Menasha, Wisconsin, last month, and was not disappointed! This 1930 Leonard …
Tuckaway Country Club
Last month I had the opportunity to revisit a course I haven't played in a really long time: Tuckaway Country Club. Following my first round …
Nakoma Golf Club: Madison’s Bendelow Gem
Nakoma Golf Club in Madison, Wisconsin is a great classic parkland course originally designed by Tom Bendelow and opened in 1925. We took great advantage …
Green Bay Country Club: Wisconsin’s Best New-Age Private Course
I knew I was in for a treat when I was asked to play Green Bay Country Club, but I had no idea how much …