Golf Course Photography: Westmoor Country Club

With the Men’s Invitational being played at my home course of North Hills Country Club, I reached out to my friend, Joey, to play some golf at his home course, Westmoor Country Club, in Brookfield yesterday.

We teed off at 10:27 and it was hot, but there was a nice breeze that kept things comfortable. The course was in magnificent shape, and since I already reviewed it last year I took it as an opportunity to continue my dabbling in photography with different filters and “Artistic” photography.

WiscoGolfAddict course review of Westmoor Country Club

While Joey played his worst round of golf in the past 20-plus years for the club championship qualifying round, Jeff played his best shooting 38-42 [as a 15-handicap!].

It’s always fun playing with people who are playing their best, and 38 on the front was phenomenal – it was fairways and greens with some great putts and a few that didn’t quite fall but left easy pars. I love those days, personally, and could tell Jeff was pretty psyched about it, too.

I was especially excited about it because Jeff was my teammate for 6/6/6 for the first six holes, in which he was even par while I was still figuring the greens out.

As a side note, Westmoor has done a fantastic job with their greens – they are rolling really well and true, and you would be hard pressed to find an unfixed ball mark anywhere.

Bill Burkhart, who is on the club’s golf/handicap committee, played along with us and offered a lot of great insight about the course and their current projects. I love the new “Thin fescue” that has been introduced over the past few years, especially, and tried to highlight some of it in my photography of the course from Saturday’s round.

Hole 2

Hole 2

Hole 3

Hole 3 along Moorland Road

Hole 3 from the swale between the tee and green

Hole 3 from the swale between the tee and green

Hole 4

Hole 4 along Moorland Road

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Hole 4 along Moorland Road

Hole 5

Hole 5

Hole 7

Hole 7 along I-94

Hole 7

Hole 7 along I-94

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Hole 9 playing back to the clubhouse

Hole 9

Hole 9 playing back to the clubhouse

Hole 9

Hole 9 playing back to the clubhouse

Hole 11

Joey’s approach on hole 11

Hole 13

Hole 13

Hole 13

Bill’s tee shot on hole 13

Hole 14

Hole 14

Hole 16

Hole 15

Hole 16

Hole 15

Hole 16

Hole 16

Hole 16

Hole 16

Hole 17

Hole 17

After I finished three-putting on seventeen, we made our way to the eighteenth tee where we were met by staff telling us that the incoming storm was only a couple of miles away. They had picked up our bags half-way down the fairway and had us jump in carts to head back to the clubhouse.

It was starting to get a little dark, and a little windier, but nothing happened for 15-20 minutes. Then…

Flash storm from the lounge at Westmoor Country Club

Pop-up storm from the lounge at Westmoor Country Club

Flash storm from the lounge at Westmoor Country Club

Pop-up storm from the lounge at Westmoor Country Club

Flash storm from the lounge at Westmoor Country Club

Pop-up storm from the lounge at Westmoor Country Club

Flash storm from the lounge at Westmoor Country Club

Pop-up storm from the lounge at Westmoor Country Club

Golf Course Review: Westmoor Country Club

Ever since I was a kid growing up in Hartland, I always wanted to play Westmoor Country Club. I passed by it every time I went to Brookfield Square or Milwaukee, and the view up the par three fifth and down the fairway of the adjacent fourth always whet my appetite to see what this course had to offer.

This past October, I got the chance to check it out as my friend, Joey, who is a member at Westmoor, was hosting his annual Chop Stix Open. The event, coinciding with his birthday, was a great time and we couldn’t have been more fortunate weather-wise – I am told they played in 30-degree temperatures and tons of wind last year.

The wind was certainly a factor this year, too, at times well over 25 miles per hour, but the temperatures were in the 50’s, the sun was out and it felt great to swing the sticks in Wisconsin in late October.

The Chop Stix Open event is a two-man best ball competition with [mostly] players of Asian descent versus us regular white guys, and while the white guys won, I am told the Asian team won handily in the drinking and fun department. I have to admit I had plenty of fun, though, myself.

Westmoor is a fabulous golf club, with a large pool and clubhouse, tennis courts, and a massive men’s locker room [with its own cards/bar/game room] that dwarfs the one I am used to at North Hills (it is also a very expensive club with what I have heard is a significant down-stroke).

The course is very impressive. What was once considered to be a perhaps overly tight parkland track was opened up and lengthened in 2009 by Lohmann Golf Design – the critiques I have heard have gotten mixed reviews, with some saying the renovation got rid of some of its character, while others love the new-age look and feel of the traps and mounding.

Westmoor originally opened in 1926 as a 27-hole facility designed by one of its members, Lloyd Fitzgerald. In the 1950’s, Interstate 94 was expanded and the legendary William Langford was brought in to redesign the fourth through eighth holes that were wiped out by construction of the freeway (courtesy of Westmoor’s Assistant Superintendent, Bryan Bergner, via GolfClubAtlas).

You will notice in my commentary below that my opinions are very much in line with Bergner’s: The fourth through eighth holes are the strongest, most beautiful and strategic ones on the course. Simply stated, they are outstanding golf holes.

In 1973, renovation work was done to holes one and ten, and on fifteen through eighteen by David Gill, and the course was then merely tinkered with until the large-scale renovation of 2008/2009.

Lohmann’s redesign was intended to unify the course in to a more Langford-like track with elevated, plateaued greens alike those played on Lawsonia’s Links course (designed by Langford and Theodore Moreau) and at nearby West Bend Country Club.

While I never played Westmoor prior to this year, I do think the majority of the course is consistently themed rather well, but most importantly that it is entirely aesthetically pleasing and an excellent challenge of golf.

The openness of the renovated course allows for the wind to affect play significantly, while allowing for slightly off-struck longer shots to result in less penalty. Sans the water hazards and nearby road traffic, there are few unplayable areas at Westmoor.

I also really enjoyed the variety of par fours, with some as short from the first tees in as the 339-yard tenth (356 from the tips) and [the reachable] 346-yard sixth (378 from the tips), and as long as the beastly 442-yard second hole (467 from the tips) that played directly in to the teeth of the wind.

Equally as varied are their par threes, which range from 154 to 220 from the tips, and from 146 to 180 from the first tees in (copper tees). The par threes have great character, especially the fifth which plays over a pond and significantly uphill from 180 (217 from the tips). This is the par three seen from I-94.

Westmoor begins with a fairly straightforward par four of 399 yards. A good tee shot down the middle should leave in a simple approach to a large green that slopes from back to front to help hold irons.

Hole 1: Par 4 (439/399/372/372/350)

Mike completing his swing in front of the first hole tee box monument:

Hole 1: Par 4 (439/399/372/372/350)
 
The second hole at Westmoor is not quite as straightforward. Well over 400 yards, and playing back toward the clubhouse, two is a bitterly long hole that played straight in to a severe wind. I hit maybe my best drive of the day on this hole, then a solid three-wood, only to be 20 yards short. I then, feeling like a world beater, shaved under a wedge, ran the ball two-thirds of the way up this steeply sloped green and two-putted for double.
 
Hole 2: Par 4 (467/442/377/377/367)
 
Playing alongside Moorland Road across the street from Brookfield Square, the third hole is the kind of hole that it is either:
  1. Good to remind yourself that any damage caused by errant shots is your responsibility
    … Or…
  2. Terribly detrimental to have any thoughts in your mind of pushing a ball in to oncoming traffic
Playing from 146 yards from the copper tees, the shot is uphill to an elevated green with deep sand traps surrounding the putting surface. The back of the green falls off long and left, so distance control is key.
 
Hole 3: Par 3 (154/146/146/128/122)
 

Four is a beautiful par four – maybe my favorite on the entire course, in fact. Continuing alongside Moorland Road, the traps that adjoin the fairway and rough are obviously best to avoid, but are playable. The berms are steep, and more bunkers encroach the green complex.

A slight ridge runs through the front-left of the green, which was the difference between Mike and I beating Ross and his playing partner, or tying. I read it opposite and Ross read it correctly – our match, which started on five, finished all square.

 
Hole 4: Par 4 (406/381/381/372/349)
Hole 4: Par 4 (406/381/381/372/349)
 
My favorite par three on the course, five is a long, uphill one-shotter over water that requires one to two extra clubs. The green-side bunkers are deep, but the green is large and forgiving beyond its false front.
 
Hole 5: Par 3 (217/180/174/174/161)
 
The shortest of the par fours on the course as the bird flies, six can be attacked by long hitters with a draw over the left-side trees and bunkers. From 346 yards (copper tees), Ross actually hit it from the tee with a high draw for the day’s first birdie.
The pond on the right side, which is flown on the previous par three, is in play but there is open grass on the long side of it for big hitters.
 
Hole 6: Par 4 (378/346/346/334/290)
 
Seven is a long par four, all uphill. At 429 yards from the first tees in, the first objective is to avoid the traps both on the left and right side of the driving area. From there, a long iron or fairway metal can be hit uphill to a green that slopes from back to front.
 
Hole 7: Par 4 (440/429/382/382/333)
Hole 7: Par 4 (440/429/382/382/333)
 
Eight is a great hole, with the shortest distance of any of the par fives on the course. Carrying the traps on the left side of the fairway is a task, but can be done. The smarter play, of course, is to hit to the fairway and lay up on the second shot. The approach area is literally smattered with fairway and green-side bunkers that have to be flown to hit this green in two. The green is elevated and heavily contoured.
 
Hole 8: Par 5 (491/484/484/471/454)
 
Finishing the front nine is the longest hole on the course, a 575-yard monster of a par five that plays uphill to an elevated green before the clubhouse. This is a true three-shot par five.
 
Hole 9: Par 5 (601/575/484/484/414)
 
Ten at Westmoor actually reminds me a little of the opening hole at North Hills Country Club, which is a short par four with a treeline running the length of the left side of the tee boxes, and a fairway that veers softly in that direction.
What we did not expect was the water feature beyond the right-side treeline just before the green. Three of us hit this pond, which was an un-welcomed surprise to say the least. Thankfully, I was the one who did not hit it and ended up winning the hole easily.
 
Hole 10: Par 4 (356/339/339/322/302)
 
With out-of-bounds left, and a treeline right, the eleventh plays straightforward until the green complex. The green is very heavily sloped from back to front, before plateauing and falling off in back.
 
Hole 11: Par 4 (393/366/366/329/308)
 
Twelve was a great hole for us during our round, with the wind directly at our backs. This hole was bombs-away at its best [with a draw], as exemplified by Ross who was 100 yards out off the tee (325-plus yard drive).
This elevated green had what was probably the trickiest pin placement of the day: All the way back on a shelf that was nearly impossible to get near.
 
Hole 12: Par 4 (447/427/375/375/341)
 
Thirteen is another good driving hole with a really difficult green. The traps on the right are the only real obstacle off the tee, while a solid drive will bound the ball forward charitably. The green complex lies on the opposite side of some deep traps, though, and leans heavily from back-left to front-right.
 
Hole 13: Par 4 (390/380/380/352/315)
Hole 13: Par 4 (390/380/380/352/315)
 
Although only 167 yards from the copper tees, fourteen was by far the hardest of the par threes at Westmoor during our round. The wind was absolutely howling in and to the right of us, bringing the pond front-right of the green well in to play.
Our group had some long hitters in it, especially Ross who usually hits a five-iron well over 200 yards. On this day, though, a 200-yard shot was nowhere near enough to reach, as he fell short and right in to the water.
Learning from the others, I hit a perfectly struck three-hybrid (my 225-yard club) right in to the teeth of the wind, watched it climb higher and higher, then submerge itself completely in the green about six feet short of the pin. It was my shot of the day. Even though I missed the birdie putt, I tapped in for par and beat the field by a stroke.
 
Hole 14: Par 3 (184/167/167/158/153)
Hole 14: Par 3 (184/167/167/158/153)
 
Ross’s tee shot on fourteen:
 
Hole 14: Par 3 (184/167/167/158/153)
 
Fifteen is a tough par five, with a mostly blind tee shot to a fairway that falls sharply to the right near the targeted driving zone. From there, the fairway goes downhill and the approach area is over a lot of water, which is never an easy task with an almost inevitably downhill lie. This is a great hole to play it safe on.
 
Hole 15: Par 5 (554/519/497/497/457)
Hole 15: Par 5 (554/519/497/497/457)
Hole 15: Par 5 (554/519/497/497/457)
 

Another really great looking par four at Westmoor is the sixteenth. Favor the left side of the fairway to stay out of the traps on the right at all costs. Take it from me, they are not fun to be in especially with a downward lie.

The fairway runs heavily to the right, but the sand found on that side of the fairway is a long way to fly and should be kept away from.

 
Hole 16: Par 4 (404/385/385/356/342)
 
With the wind at our backs, the 173-yard par three seventeenth was anything but a short par three. I led the group off with a nine-iron that looked like it almost hit the flag, for example, only to be 40 feet above the hole. The false front here means flying the green is a necessity, but the heavy slope from back to front will help hold irons.
 
Hole 17: Par 3 (220/173/173/144/125)
 
I love a good challenging eighteenth hole, and Westmoor has a doozy. At 417 yards from the copper tees, and 469 from the tips, the eighteenth plays sharply uphill and has a multitude of fairway traps to avoid during the climb.
 
Hole 18: Par 4 (469/417/381/381/325)
Hole 18: Par 4 (469/417/381/381/325)

Playing back toward the clubhouse, I am sure the next time I play Westmoor I will have one thing on my mind during this trek: I cannot wait to get a huge order of french fries. Westmoor is well known in the Milwaukee area for providing the best culinary experience, and you will get a good taste of this from the fries alone – prepared in duck fat and seasoned with parmesan cheese, they are absolutely amazing.

Although my round here was on a mostly leafless late October, I really enjoyed the golfing experience at Westmoor Country Club, and cannot wait to hopefully get back again next year to re-shoot it when the weather is warm and the course’s conditions are tip-top (the conditions for late October, though, were absolutely spectacular, especially the fairways!).

While Westmoor is a private club, the public does have a number of opportunities to play it, usually on Mondays for charitable golf events like the Milwaukee Bucks outing to benefit cystic fibrosis (which was held on September 22 this year). If you have the opportunity to take time off from work, and $2,500 for a foursome, I highly recommend playing it.

Course Wrap-Up:
Location: Brookfield, WI
Yardage: Black-7010, Copper-6555, Hybrid-6209, Silver-6008, Green-5503
Slope/Rating: Black-135/74.6, Copper-131/72.6, Hybrid-128/70.9, Silver-126/69.9, Green-119/67.7
Par: 71
Weekend Rates: N/A (private club)

Wisconsin’s Best Public Golf Courses

When you look at any of the key “Top 10” lists in the state of Wisconsin, there is certainly a lot of parity. My list is not much different from others, but I do like to think that I tend to be more subjective than the major media (GolfWeek, Golf Digest, Golf.com). How some state courses are consistently left out of the major top ten lists (ie: Wild Rock, SentryWorld, Geneva National, etc.), for example, is beyond me.

My Top Ten List:

1. Erin Hills (Erin, WI):

Golf Digest: #8 US public, #42 US top 100, #56 US toughest, #2 Wisconsin
GolfWeek: #139 US modern, #31 US resort, #5 Wisconsin public
Golf.com: #96 US top 100, #22 US public

Located in the middle of  nowhere, Southeastern Wisconsin, Erin Hills is looking forward to hosting hundreds of thousands of spectators for the 2017 US Open.

With fine fescue fairways, and bent grass tees and greens, Erin Hills is one of the most finely manicured courses in the country, and certainly in the state. Elevation is used stunningly, and craggy, deep sand traps abound the fairways and green complexes. The US Open will be the longest in history, around 7,700 yards.

With a slope of 145 from the championship tees, Erin Hills is one of the most challenging courses I have played, and also one of the most picturesque.

Hole 18: Par 5 (660/637/620/539/506)

2. Whistling Straits, Straits Course (Haven, WI):

Golf Digest: #4 US public, #22 US top 100, #48 world top 100, #6 US toughest, #1 Wisconsin
GolfWeek: #6 US modern, #4 US resort, #1 Wisconsin public
Golf.com: #28 US top 100, #6 US public, #49 world top 100

Host of the 2004 PGA Championship, 2007 US Senior Open, 2010 PGA Championship, 2015 PGA Championship, and the much-anticipated 2020 Ryder Cup, the Straits course is perennially rated as one of the top five golf courses in the country, alongside legends like Sand Hills, Pebble Beach, Pacific Dunes and others.

The Straits course features eight holes that run alongside the shore of Lake Michigan, offering one of the most beautiful (and windy) natural settings for golf in the world.

Hole 18: Par 4 (520/487/424/420/380)

3. Blackwolf Run, River Course (Kohler, WI):

Golf Digest: #16 US public, #32 US toughest, #4 Wisconsin
GolfWeek: #56 US modern, #17 US resort, #3 Wisconsin public
Golf.com: #89 US top 100, #14 US public

Absolutely breathtaking. I loved, too, that I could play it on Tiger Woods Golf the night before playing it for real! The 47th ranked modern course in the country, the River has been the site of many professional golf events, including the 1998 and 2012 US Women’s Opens, and in the mid-nineties the Arthur Andersen World Golf Championships.

The River is Pete Dye’s quintessential parkland course, with a championship tees slope of 151, making it one of the 30 toughest courses in America, and certainly one of the most beautiful.

Hole 4: Par 3 (219/195/185/146/117)
 

4. Whistling Straits, Irish Course(Haven, WI):

Golf Digest: #47 US public, #91 US top 100, #6 Wisconsin
GolfWeek: #172 US modern, #35 US resort, #6 Wisconsin public
Golf.com: #89 US top 100, #79 US public

The Irish course at Whistling Straits is the next best thing to its $400-plus big brother Straits course. Striking vistas of Lake Michigan, and a perfectly curated layout make this course quite memorable. The 10th hole (shown below), nicknamed “Shepherd’s Post,” provides one of the most visually stunning tee shots I have ever taken.

Hole 11: Par 3 (208/193/177/169/125)
Carved alongside the site of the 2004 and 2010 PGA Championship Straits Course, the Irish features much of the same charm that makes the Straits such a fantastic tournament venue: Roaming herds of sheep, huge cliffs and changes in elevation, and lightning-fast bent-grass greens and fairways that roll beautifully. Even the restrooms built into the hillsides add to the rustic charm that is the Whistling Straits.

5. SentryWorld (Stevens Point, WI):

Golf Digest: #5 Wisconsin
GolfWeek: #4 Wisconsin public
Golf.com:

Home of the famed “Flower Hole,” SentryWorld is much more than just one beautiful par three. The course is a classic Robert Trent Jones, Jr. parkland design in central Wisconsin, and has been a perennial top ten to fifteen course in the state for nearly 30 years (including number one until Kohler entered the scene).

SentryWorld is scheduled to reopen in the Spring of 2015, after a major course renovation was executed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. and his course design team led by Bruce Charlton and Jay Blasi.

The new SentryWorld is better than ever. The improved routing and added length have successfully updated the course for the times and technology, while making the course more challenging for low-handicap players and more enjoyable for the weekend warrior.

It is my prediction that SentryWorld: Reimagined will find it’s way back on to every major golf course ranking provider’s top ten list in 2015.

Hole 12: Par 3 (161/139/123/86/76)

SentryWorld Website

6. Lawsonia, Links Course (Green Lake, WI):

Golf Digest: #85 US public, #12 Wisconsin
GolfWeek: #71 US classic, #2 Wisconsin public

The most legendary public course in the state, the Links is a perennial top 100 course in the United States, and Wisconsin’s most true to form links style setup. Highly elevated green complexes, huge elevation and devilish sand traps make it a fantastic test of golf.

Hole 13: Par 5 (568/556/489/489)
 

7. Wild Rock (Wisconsin Dells, WI):

Golf Digest: #15 Wisconsin

The one word that comes to mind when trying to describe this course is “Majestic.” How each hole seems to somehow outdo the last one is mind-boggling to me. The drastic changes in elevation, and the ridiculous length of this course is staggering, too (7,418 yards from the Quartzite tees). Wild Rock is a bit pricy, but well worth the $89 rate.

Hole 15: Par 3 (179/166/148/130/118)

8. Blackwolf Run, Meadow Valleys (Kohler, WI):

Golf Digest: #72 US public, #10 Wisconsin
GolfWeek: #10 Wisconsin public

With nine of Blackwolf Run’s original 18 holes, the Meadow Valleys includes my number one favorite hole in the state of Wisconsin: The magnificent par four fourteenth, known as “Nature’s Course.” This is just one of many beautiful layouts on the Meadow Valleys.

I recommend not trying to play the Meadow Valleys from the tips, like we did on July 20, 2014. At 7,250 yards, there are par threes with forced carries of 227 and 230. Yikes.

Hole 14: Par 4 (423/409/384/376/293)

9. University Ridge (Madison, WI):

GolfWeek: #7 Wisconsin public

The split-fairway sixteenth hole is one of the coolest holes I have ever played. U-Ridge is a Robert Trent Jones, Jr. course, and is the home of the Wisconsin Badgers golf team. The back nine has some exceptional holes cut through the woods, starting with the thirteenth and continuing through sixteen.

Recently renovated for 2013, U-Ridge now features the same 007 Bentgrass greens as at the Olympic Club, Augusta, and other select world-class courses.
Hole 6: Par 5 (623/570/534/442)

 

My favorite of the three courses at Geneva National, the Palmer Course features some of the most unique hole layouts I have found in the state. The par five seventeenth hole is ranked as one of Arnie’s “Dream 18” holes, and is one of mine, as well.

Hole 17: Par 5 (573/530/485/421/406)
The Next Ten:

11. The Bull at Pinehurst Farms (Sheboygan, WI):
Golf Digest: #70 US public, #9 Wisconsin
GolfWeek: #9 Wisconsin public
 
The Bull is beautiful, to say the least, with outstanding hole layouts. But, it is also incredibly tight and penalizing. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, the course is spread out over 400-plus acres of former farm land, and beautifully incorporates the Onion River, dense forests, rolling hills, deep ravines, large ponds and significant elevation changes. The course rolls out one signature hole after another, especially in the stretch of the fifth through eighth holes, which is one of my favorite four-hole stretches of all time.
Hole 8: Par 5 (568/556/500/487/435)

12. Castle at the Bay (Arkdale, WI):

A primarily replica course, my only complaint about Northern Bay is that it’s too damn far away! I have a hard time deciding which of the replica holes is my favorite: Oakmont’s church pews, Firestone, Amen Corner, Bay Hill… Probably TPC 17. It helps that I seem to play well here, but Castle at the Bay is the most entertaining course I have played on.
View from the club house of hole 10

13. Hawk’s Landing (Verona, WI):

Featuring some of the truest, fastest greens in the state, Hawk’s Landing is a beautiful golf course with incredibly challenging par fives and great par threes.

Hole 9: Par 5 (587/550/533/469)

14. Lawsonia, Woodlands (Green Lake, WI):

One of Wisconsin’s most beautiful Fall-time courses, especially, the Woodlands at Lawsonia is in stark contrast to its world-famous sister course, the Links. With exceptional holes like the second, third and seventh on the front nine alone, the Woodlands is half of what makes Lawsonia one of my favorite Wisconsin golfing destinations.

Hole 2: Par 4 (341/329/315/315)
 

15. Geneva National, Gary Player Course (Lake Geneva, WI):

My close second favorite of the Geneva National layouts, the Player course has some great hole layouts, especially on their par fours. With a number of holes offering extreme risk/reward scenarios, Player allows golfers to risk disaster for the potential reward of more managable approaches.

Hole 5: Par 4 (354/310/283/257/255)

16. Hawk’s View, Como Crossings (Lake Geneva, WI):

With one of the best collections of par threes in the state, Como Crossings takes great advantage of its rolling Lake Geneva land and former Mt. Fuji ski hill.

Hole 17: Par 3 (169/153/136/120/91)

17. Grand Geneva, The Brute (Lake Geneva, WI):

Everything you need to know about The Brute at Grand Geneva is said in its name. This course is huge: Huge bunkers, huge water features, huge greens, huge elevation… Make sure to bring your A-game!

Hole 1: Par 4 (424/395/255)
 

18. The Bog (Saukville, WI):

Golf Digest: #14 Wisconsin

An Arnold Palmer signature course, The Bog is assuredly the Milwaukee area’s best overall public golf course (since the PGA Tour stopped coming to Brown Deer after 2009), and best championship test at 7,200-plus yards from the tips.

Hole 9: Par 5 (543/521/493/467/401)

19. The Oaks (Cottage Grove, WI):

The Oaks made its way to being one of my absolute favorite golf courses in the state this past year. Their greens are lightning quick and undulating, and its unique mix of six par threes and five par fives make it a wonderful test for anyone’s short and long games.

Hole 7: Par 3 (192/175/170/157/150)
 

20. Wild Ridge (Eau Claire, WI):

Wild Ridge was a perennial top ten course in the state of Wisconsin before the building boom of the 1980’s and ’90’s that introduced such tracks as Blackwolf Run, Whistling Straits, the Bull and Erin Hills. Wild Ridge has awesome elevation and a great collection of par fives. This was a great stop on the way back from the Twin Cities, just off of I-90/94 in Eau Claire.

Hole 12: Par 3 (184/153/141/127/127/107)

Notable Media Rankings:

GolfWeek’s Top Ten Public Courses in Wisconsin (2013)

Golf.com’s Top 15 Public Courses in Wisconsin (2012)

Golf Digest’s Top 10 Golf Courses in Wisconsin (2014)