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My first visit to The Bull at Pinehurst Farms was a reminder that fall golf is unpredictable, as an unexpected late-season visit to the superb Jack Nicklaus layout turned out better than I could have ever hoped.
My article for Grass Roots Magazine on SentryWorld and their world-class Superintendent Matt Smith, chronicling their path leading up to and executing on the wildly successful 2023 US Senior Open.
The Club at Lac La Belle was recently named as one of the most fun courses in the U.S. by Golf Digest, and in a visit to the property on its closing day for the season I was reminded why it is such a joy to play.
With two well-designed parkland courses and terrific conditions, an incredibly friendly and hospitable staff, excellent food and beverage, a fun atmosphere and affordable rates, Lake Arrowhead provides a great tack-on golf experience for all visitors to Sand Valley and Central Wisconsin, and is well worth the drive for all in-state golf enthusiasts.
Little brother to the world-famous Straits Course, Whistling Straits’ Irish Course often flies under the radar, but Pete Dye’s final work at Kohler holds its own and should not be overlooked.
Designed by Roger Packard, the North Course at Eagle Ridge provides an absolute rollercoaster ride full of golf holes.
Geneva National Resort & Club is well-known across the Midwest as a great summertime destination with fun programming for the entire family and fantastic golf. While the Gary Player and Arnold Palmer designed courses tend to garner the majority of attention in that last regard, it’s the Lee Trevino design that I’d consider its sleeper.…
Nowhere in Wisconsin will you find a better one-two punch of high-end courses that couldn’t be more aesthetically opposite than SentryWorld and Stevens Point Country Club.
With fall right around the corner, I returned to re-shoot Washington County and found Arthur Hills’ brilliant municipal layout to be stunningly beautiful and in perfect condition in peak season.
My first visit to Hawk’s View in Lake Geneva vastly exceeded expectations, with the Como Crossings layout showcasing a scenic setting and outstanding modern architecture.
Over the years, Geneva National Resort & Club has become one of my absolute favorite golf resorts in the state of Wisconsin, and when it comes to golf the Player course takes top billing in my book.
Every time I’ve played Wild Rock in the Dells I’ve walked away impressed. Every time I’ve been wowed, in fact, but I still never see it on anybody’s top 10 public courses in Wisconsin lists.
That’s changed for me.
The Oaks Golf Course, one of Madison’s top public courses, turned 20 this year and I visited the property at sunrise to capture its dramatic beauty this summer.
Highlights from an exciting 2023 WSGA Wisconsin State Putting Championship, presented by Meridian Putters, on The Dance Floor at Geneva National Resort and Club.
Wisconsin’s top 33 par three holes (that I’ve played) leaves us only wanting more. For quality and diversity, this state is unrivaled.
Though close in proximity, Eagle Ridge couldn’t feel less like Southeast Wisconsin. Its great bluffs adjacent to the Mississippi River provide the remote area with incredible topography, and the drive in, friendly staff, terrific golf and wonderfully quaint location lend it oodles of charm.
Nakoma in Madison is the latest Wisconsin Golden Age classic golf course to hit its centennial, and the property is looking better than ever after 100 years of exceptional stewardship.
A day filled with excitement at the US Senior Open at SentryWorld leads to a highly-anticipated round four today that will feature Wisconsin’s two greatest golf icons, Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly, in the final pairings.
Late last month I had the opportunity to spend 30 minutes with NBC analyst and broadcaster Mark Rolfing. Mark will be covering the US Senior Open at SentryWorld this weekend and allowed me to pick his mind about all things golf while focusing on the USGA tournament venue and general state of the game, especially…
When it comes to summertime in Wisconsin, one destination holds the crown as “Wisconsin’s Playground” and “The Water Park Capital of the World”: Wisconsin Dells.
The Seifert family recently visited The Wilderness to enjoy all this great town and water park resort have to offer.
After experiencing SentryWorld firsthand at the U.S. Senior Open Media Day this spring, it’s clear that the top-notch public venue has its sights set on being one of the best hosts in the championship’s rich history.
Mackinac Island is unlike any other island in the world. It’s a trip back in time where there are no cars and the only forms of transportation are by foot, bicycle or horse. It’s a magical vacation experience highlighted by the world-renowned Grand Hotel, and the opportunity to experience one of the most unique golf…
An Arthur Hills-designed municipal gem, Washington County showcases a terrific setting near the Kettle Moraine, complete with playability, strategic options and top-notch conditioning.
Beauty vs. The Beast: Paige Spiranac and Jerry Kelly Go Low to Raise Big Dollars for Charity at Geneva National
On Sunday, June 5 at Geneva National Resort & Club thousands of spectators were treated to some of the best ball-striking and short games ever witnessed as the game’s top celebrity, Paige Spiranac, and PGA Champions Tour icon [and Wisconsin’s own] Jerry Kelly served up magic to the throngs, pouring in 16 total birdies and…
Sunday, May 21’s Drive, Chip & Putt local qualifier at Geneva National was the 1st event of the program’s 2023 tournament season and 19 qualifiers’ 1st step on The Road to Augusta.
While this Mike Strantz charmer in the Carolina sandhills may have taken some time to grow in stature and notoriety, it’s arrived. Very few, if any, courses in the country possess the cache it is so thickly steeped in these days, and the playing experience more than backs it up.
Pinehurst’s take on a short course by Gil Hanse is pure fun, and it’s the perfect add-on to its extensive lineup of outstanding layouts.
Probably my personal favorite of the 5 exceptional courses we played in Pinehurst, Mid Pines is a Golden Age, Donald Ross-designed delight that tugs at the heart strings.
The Mid South Club was a great change-of-pace venue on WiscoGolfAddict’s recent Pinehurst trip, a beautiful, engaging Palmer layout with a laid-back Southern vibe.
While visiting Pinehurst, NC last month we did our absolute best to avoid looking overly touristy these great polos from Bald Head Blues just might have done the trick!
The New Course at Talamore is a perfect introduction to the Sandhills of North Carolina for first-time visitors: A course with beauty, challenge and score-ability all rolled into one.
After an ingenious makeover by Gil Hanse and Jim Wagner, Pinehurst No. 4 makes a strong case as one of the best layouts in the Carolina Sandhills, and is a must-play on a Pinehurst golf trip.
Last summer I was invited to take part in the WSGA’s big 2023 Marketing initiative: Wisconsin Captured.
Earlier this month, WiscoGolfAddict.com Contributing Writers Brian, Troy and I headed down to Pinehurst, North Carolina with our buddy Sam for what would be an epic buddies golf trip.
SilverRock is a solid public option worth visiting while in the Palm Springs area, featuring a stellar mountainside setting and immaculate conditioning.
During a recent trip to Southern California, this property reminded me how brilliant Pete Dye was, and also taught me an important lesson about desert vegetation.
Whether during the golf season or Winter, if you’re looking for the perfect in-state getaway I can’t recommend Geneva National Resort & Club enough.
This year’s PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida truly reflected the incredible momentum behind the golf industry today and shined as what can only be described as a pre-COVID-like event.
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 state.
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 south of @lawsoniagolf, and is one of the #Milwaukee area’s finest golf experiences.
This Coore/Crenshaw marvel is the only inland course at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, an epic journey through nature complete with compelling architecture.
Following an ingenious renovation project led by architect Craig Haltom, Stevens Point Country Club is unlike any other private club in the state, and – for the time being – is Wisconsin’s very best hidden gem.
This year, my journey into the world of golf writing has taken me to compelling venues across the state and country, where I saw firsthand what makes a golf course great.
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 incredible amenities. The course is chocked full of challenge and intrigue, has superb conditioning and would be a delight to play on a regular basis.
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 but got too frustrated to finish. I decided to give it a go again, especially as I reflect on what was a great season of golf in Wisconsin and look…
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 experience.
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 its original course architect Greg Martin.
This year’s Illinois vs. Wisconsin Writer’s Cup was a sporty battle at the beautiful, challenging and freshly renovated Abbey Springs.
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 golf destination.
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 ever seen. Highly recommend staying for at least 2 rounds to fully take it all in.
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 Club.
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 built as a carbon copy of the world’s greatest ever NLE golf course.
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.
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 WSGA’s Wisconsin Captured project.
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 Thursday, August 25.
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 shot values and long, beautiful site lines.
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 has been re-imagined into a much more fun track than than the one I played growing up, and has given Madison municipal golf a shot in the arm.
Over 30,000 annuals are planted every Spring on the famed Flower Hole at SentryWorld, and the result is mesmerizing.
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 down south, and its links-like design makes it truly unique to the region.
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 talented architect and passionate investor.
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 interesting hole layouts.
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 #4 on GolfWeek’s Top Public Courses in Minnesota rankings.
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.
My first trip to Bandon Dunes confirmed what I had heard all along – that it is among the very best places for golf on the planet. By Brian Murphy.
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 in Kenosha.
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 options on the North Shore of the Greater Chicago area, thanks to a thoughtful renovation led by Samuel Beckman of Emergency 9 Golf.
The 2020 (in 2021) Ryder Cup was a shot in the arm for the state of Wisconsin, Team USA and our entire country. Let these spectacular event photos by Contributing Writer Troy Giljohann be the shot in your arm, too!
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 country.
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 to come.
If the Secret Coast is still a secret to you, give this deep south destination a deeper look. It’s a charming area that leaves visitors feeling welcomed and like they’re getting terrific value, and would make for a fun and unique vacation experience as a buddies’ golf trip, couples getaway or family vacation.
With 32 miles of pristine white sand beaches from Fort Morgan to Florida, high-rise and boutique hotel and condo complexes stretch as far as the drone’s lens can reach in Gulf Shores, AL.
Whether in Gulf Shores or Coastal Mississippi, vacation-goers can expect incredible food in this part of our great country. Shrimps, fish, scallops, oysters and lobster all come from the same shores you’re dining along, and the pricing for such ridiculously fresh and well-prepared cuisine – especially in Mississippi – provides Midwesterners a wonderful sense of…
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 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 beautiful Robert Trent Jones-designed Crooked Oaks.
A unique par 73 layout fraught with drama and unique minimalistic design, the 2017 addition of the Black course at Streamsong gives this world-class resort a course for all golf enthusiasts.
This Golden Age masterpiece that has undergone a highly successful restoration should be on every Wisconsin golfer’s bucket list. One of the best public golf deals in the state, Lawsonia Links is widely regarded as one of Langford and Moreau’s finest works.
The newest golf course in the Madison area, Pioneer Pointe in Verona is an awesome 13-hole par three track designed by Lohmann Quitno that features great Golden Age designs. This is not your average executive course!
One of what I consider to be the state’s top hidden gems, the Greg Martin designed Glen Erin Golf Club in Janesville is a fantastic daily fee course with incredibly upscale design elements at an affordable price tag, and one of my top 25 public courses in Wisconsin.
With three 18-hole championship courses already open and thriving, and the resort’s 10-year anniversary underway, the time is right for expansion, and this investment in the facility’s infrastructure is a smart, strategic one that will allow guests to play more golf on-site in less time for a more affordable price tag.
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 the country’s longest-running 2-day charity golf tournament, The Vince Lombardi Golf Classic, it’s a private club with a fun, golf-obsessed membership, great pace of play and perfect walkability.
Closed for the past 2 seasons, SentryWorld has kept busy preparing for the 2023 US Senior Open, and for a revolutionary new operational model they plan on rolling out upon the course’s reopening in Spring 2022.
The newest golf amenity at Destination Kohler, The Baths at Blackwolf Run is the perfect way to spend an hour or four before, between or following rounds on their championship courses. Designed in partnership between former Pete Dye protege Chris Lutzke and Herb Kohler, Jr., The Baths is an incredibly fun golf experience featuring Golden…
As I wrote in my recent stream-of-consciousness entry “The State of the Game of Golf in Wisconsin,” destination golf in the Badger State began in earnest at Blackwolf Run. Development of its Original Championship course marked the start of a long and successful partnership between Herb Kohler and Pete Dye, and proved to be the…
The original Sand Valley Course is my favorite at this world-class Wisconsin golf resort that in just 5 short years has made a significant impact on golf in the state of Wisconsin. And this is just the beginning.
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 Macomber track is one of the state’s true hidden gems, featuring great golf and conditions, beautiful scenery alongside Lake Winnebago and a wonderful Golden Age course design.
When on-site, it’s almost impossible to comprehend that it’s just 15 years old. It’s got all the looks and feels of a historic property that’s been played and refined for centuries. Certainly, no course in America has changed and accomplished more in as short a period of time as Erin Hills, going under the knife…
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 there in 2013, I remember liking the course but not being wowed. It was a long time ago, though, and a lot has changed since then. . Tuckaway’s done an…
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.
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 of this perfect Fall day, got some nice photos and played excellent golf including some of the best greens I’ve played in Wisconsin.
Two thumbs up, Nakoma.
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 of a treat that was going to be.
Green Bay CC is one of the top 3 private golf courses I’ve played in the state.
There’s not a more…
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.
My favorite of the three courses at Medinah Country Club, Course 1 features great design, terrific routing and the best of all worlds: A lot of wide, forgiving fairways with strategic playability, great par 3’s and 5’s and a little bit of tree-lined parkland style thrown in for good measure.
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…
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…
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…
This year’s 100th Wisconsin State Open is writhe with intrigue: Will Dan Woltman be the 1st to 3-peat? Will Harrison Ott stay hot after his impressive performance at Bandon? Will Longbella back up his State Am title? Will one of the streaky guys a way back, maybe Charlie Delsman, get hot and fire off something…
I have always gone back and forth between Milwaukee and Pine Hills as the state’s top private club.
Why hasn’t the rest of the golfing world, even in-state, done the same?
Several miles down the road from Blackwolf Run, Sheboygan’s Pine Hills CC is one of the top 3 private golf courses in the state.
But they’re not stopping there. Upcoming renovation work by Drew Rogers should turn its weakest hole in to one of its best, and other improvements plus fresh eyes on the…