Golf Course Review: Shepherd’s Crook (IL)

Shepherd’s Crook first got on my radar last year when it was named GolfWeek’s 13th best municipal golf course in the country, one spot behind its neighbor, ThunderHawk, and 22 spots above Washington County Golf Course in Hartford, Wisconsin. I have been intrigued to check it out, to say the least. Just across the Wisconsin/IllinoisContinue reading “Golf Course Review: Shepherd’s Crook (IL)”

Golf Course Review: Washington County Golf Course

Washington County Golf Course has received huge acclaim since opening in 1997, and there is good reason why. Its world-famous course architect, Arthur Hills, is well known for creating tracks that reward the smart golfer, including Oakmont, Inverness, Chaska Town Course, and more locally, Nagawaukee and [interestingly enough] Wanaki. Washington County is a thinking man’s course,Continue reading “Golf Course Review: Washington County Golf Course”

Golf Course Review: Whistling Straits, Irish Course

The Straits course at Whistling Straits, site of the 2004 and 2010 PGA Championships and future site of the 2015 PGA Championship and 2020 Ryder Cup, is slated as the number three course in the United States (according to GolfWeek and Golf Digest), and is the perennial number one track in the state of Wisconsin.Continue reading “Golf Course Review: Whistling Straits, Irish Course”

Golf Course Review: Lawsonia Links

  Note to the reader: Lawsonia’s magnificent Links course was significantly altered in 2014 to eradicate almost all trees from the course. It now looks almost nothing like it does in the photos from this review. I am keeping this article active as the precursor to a study on the effects of tree removal onContinue reading “Golf Course Review: Lawsonia Links”

Golf Course Review: Lawsonia Woodlands

At the mention of Lawsonia, most golfers immediately default to thoughts of the Links, which is an authentic links-style course currently rated as the 55th best Classic track in the country, and top five in the state. The Woodlands at Lawsonia is a wonderful course in its own right, chocked full of fantastic golf holes and all the charmContinue reading “Golf Course Review: Lawsonia Woodlands”