Lawsonia: One of Wisconsin’s Best 36-Hole Destinations

For my money, there’s probably no better spot in the state of Wisconsin for 36 holes than Lawsonia. An hour and fifteen minutes from Milwaukee, Lawsonia offers two distinct golfing experiences: The all-world Langford/Moreau classic Links course, and the tree-lined, scenic Woodlands course.

I made this year’s first pilgrimage to Lawsonia two weeks ago, and this time brought with me a new gadget.

My friend, Troy, had been telling me how easy it is to use the DJI Spark drone, and he let me borrow his to try out for a couple of weeks.

Like any golfer, I’ve always salivated over amazing drone footage of great golf holes. No one I’ve seen recently has done that better than Andy Johnson of The Fried Egg. For a terrific example, see his video from Lawsonia here:

“The Boldest Value in Golf: Lawsonia Links” – video credit: Andy Johnson, The Fried Egg

Despite having no drone or video editing skills, I fumbled around enough to take a couple nice shots I wanted to share. The first is one of my favorite par fours: The second hole on the Woodlands course.

Lawsonia Woodlands hole 2: Par 4 from the sky

A view from the sky shows the strategic value in playing off the tee to the fairway right of the quarry: A clear shot to the green.

Another great par four on the Woodlands course is the curvy, up-and-down fourteenth (click image for video):

Lawsonia Woodlands hole 14: Par 4 from the sky

Finally, a video of Phillip’s tee shot on the famous par three seventh on the Links course (click image for video):

As an aside, I didn’t realize until after this trip that I haven’t updated my review and photos of the Links course since it was deforested in 2014. I’ll aim to re-shoot the course and update photos sometime during the 2019 season.

And, finally, to all the dads out there… Happy Father’s Day!

My Magazine Article Debut in Midwest Golfing Magazine’s Summer Issue

Following up on my last post:
The new issue of Midwest Golfing Magazine is being released today, including my first ever article in a printed publication, on Lawsonia – very cool!
Here is a link to the PDF:

 

Make sure to keep an eye out for it at your local golf courses, or of course if you are a subscriber to MGM then you should be getting it in your mailbox shortly.

Best regards,
Paul

My Magazine Article Debut in the Summer 2013 Edition of Midwest Golfing Magazine

It’s been a long and interesting road with my golf writing, and wow have I been blessed to get all of the opportunities that I have!

I am sure that a lot of you already receive Midwest Golfing Magazine four times a year, and probably read all the great articles, and of course Turk’s Takes and interviews with the most important people in the golf world, but you now have an added reason to check it out for this summer’s issue: My first printed article!

My article, entitled “The Modernization of a Legend: Lawsonia’s Perfect Balance of Beauty and Grandeur Keeps Up with Today’s Modern Golf World,” is a quick study on the Golf Courses of Lawsonia, and their now 83-year-long quest to be Wisconsin’s ultimate golf destination.

If you are not yet a subscriber to Midwest Golfing Magazine, you can read their current issue on the MGM website, located here:

The Summer issue will be at over 1,500 Midwest golf courses by July 15, as well as to their thousands of subscribers who have purchased the 10-round promotion for free golf (including Lawsonia, Fire Ridge, Big Fish, Christmas Mountain, The Bull, Trapper’s Turn, Castle at the Bay, House on the Rock, Morningstar, and Lake Lawn).

So I have actually been working on quite a bit, but have had a hard time actually getting anything posted on here. More to come!

Thanks, and best regards,

Paul

The Five Best Values for Southeastern Wisconsin Golfers

If there is one question that I get asked way too often, it is “How can you afford to play so much golf?” First of all, I agree that I probably play a little too much golf, but I also very rarely pay full price.
This post will go over several of the best deals that I use to keep my pocketbook in check, while still allowing myself to hit the links as often as possible.
The Five Best Values for Southeastern Wisconsin Golfers:
5. The Bull at Pinehurst Farms (Sheboygan, WI):
Before scoffing at their $135 daily rate, hear me out. I know The Bull is an expensive course, but if you’re looking to play only a couple of high-class rounds a year, plan on making this one of them.
The Bull has as many or more opportunities for $40-55 rounds than any of the premiere courses here in Wisconsin. Their 50/50 Club, for example, provides ample opportunities to play for as low as $37.50, including cart. GolfNow.com has rounds for $50 every day if you’re willing to tee off at 4:00 or later. Fill out their guest survey after your round and receive a 2-for-1 coupon, or visit them at the Journal Sentinel Golf Expo and receive a coupon for a $55 round. Now you just need to make sure you can hit the ball straight…Website: http://www.golfthebull.com/

4. Silver Spring Country Club (Menomonee Falls, WI):Keep the receipt when you play, and your next round will be $28 with cart for the Island Course, or $24 for the Falls.

Just don’t try playing mid-week for twilight, as it is not atypical for three to five separate leagues to be on the course at the same time (#slowgolf).

Website: http://www.silverspringgolf.com/

3. Fairways of Woodside (Sussex, WI):Using GolfNow.com, you can almost always get in 18 holes for $35 or less, including cart.

Fairways of Woodside is what I would consider to be my home course. They have an awesome clubhouse and staff, and two extremely different, and both fun, nines. The front nine is relatively short at just over 3,000 yards, but you will need to use it as a warm-up for the back, which adds more than 500 yards to the length. This course is an excellent value.

Hole 10: Par 4 (404, 394, 339)
Hole 13: Par 5 (479, 442, 403)

Website: http://www.fairwaysofwoodside.com/

2. The Golf Courses of Lawsonia, Links and Woodlands Courses (Green Lake, WI):I am already angry at myself for making other people aware of this: Every day between 2:50 and 3:10 pm, there is one tee time available on GolfNow usually for $25, including cart. Why pay $90 when you can play a little later, still finish your round and save $65?

These courses are phenomenal. The Links is the 58th ranked classic course in the country, and the Woodlands is an excellent modern track in its own right. The Links is GolfWeek’s number three ranked course in the state, while Woodlands was I believe number 11 last year.
Woodlands Hole 16: Par 3 (189/157/145)
Website: http://www.lawsonia.com/1. Washington County Golf Course (Hartford, WI):

WCGC has been advertising on TV considerably lately, which brings awareness to something most of us golf addicts already know: This course is awesome! But you don’t need to pay their $75.50 to enjoy a round here… After 4 pm every day, twilight rates drop to just $34, including cart, for the 29th ranked municipal course in the country.

Hole 13: (570/548/528)
Website: http://www.golfwcgc.com/I hope this helps some of you enjoy a little more Wisconsin golf. Please comment back with other great deals you think deserve to be mentioned, and check out the ones above and let me know what you think!