Blue Skies & Fall Colors

Let’s be honest: This has not been the best Wisconsin golf season.

We didn’t get started until mid-May, September was spent largely underwater and it has all the looks and feels of a season ending way too early in October.

While an early Winter is depressing to think about, Fall golf in the Midwest is stunningly beautiful and I was able to get out last weekend for a round that started out cold and dim, but ended up with bright blue skies and gorgeous Fall colors.

I had to snap a few pics on my cart ride home:

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A look back from the green on the par four 3rd hole at North Hills CC in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin

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View from the tee on the par five 4th hole at North Hills

Comparatively, here was the same view last month toward the height of a weeks-long deluge:

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The par five 4th hole at North Hills flooded by the Menomonee River during September, 2018

Speaking of underwater, here was the unintentional island green on the par four 6th. Not only was half of the course unplayable, the rotting smell and subsequent weeks–long mosquito infestation was almost unbearable.

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2017: An Exciting New Year

With the new year comes exciting news and opportunities, both for the Seifert family (exciting news to come!) and for the WiscoGolfAddict site.

If you’re like me, this off-season has already gone on long enough. As I sit here writing, I find myself peering constantly toward the sixth hole tee box, whether to watch for coyotes or to envision it without the snow, slush and standing water that’s keeping me from going outside for a walk. I can’t wait to be on that tee box this Spring, aiming just right of St. Anthony’s steeple to bounce left and downhill, bounding green-ward.

I’ve got my new [for me] Mizuno JPX-850 forged irons arriving on Monday, and the golf bug is starting to get its hooks in me. Unfortunately, we’ve still got a bit of Winter left to get through here but I do have one trip to look forward to in March to Reynolds Plantation in Lake Oconee, Georgia.

Closer to home, 2017 is sure to be a thrilling year for Wisconsin golf with the epicenter of that excitement being June’s first ever US Open in Wisconsin at my beloved Erin Hills (less than 30 minutes away).

Tee Times Magazine recently published its first Wisconsin online issue, including several articles written by yours’ truly on a couple of wonderful Wisconsin businesses, Fore! Milwaukee and Ontal Corporate Golf Wellness.

I’d previously been providing articles for Tee Times Magazine’s print and online publication for Minnesota, including a fun piece on Sand Valley Golf Resort which will officially open its Coore/Crenshaw course to the public on May 2.

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Tee Times Magazine, Minnesota

WiscoGolfAddict will be featuring some talented up-and-coming guest writers this year, including Matt from TruGolf.com* and some great golf equipment reviews [and more] from my good buddy and equipment enthusiast, John. 

Matt’s first article with us, “How to Improve Your Mental Game,” is a foray in to staving off the negative affects of golf’s off-season, sharpening your mental game to ensure a strong start to the 2017 season.

John, a plus-handicapper and fellow member of North Hills Country Club, has the new Callaway Epic driver en route and I can’t wait to hear more about it. You may remember him as the guy who beat me on his final swing for the long drive championship last year:

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North Hills Country Club 2nd Annual Long Drive Competition

John and I will also be partnering up for the 2017 US Golf Classic, a $50,000 winner-takes-all two-man best ball tournament with May 19 state qualifiers (Wisconsin’s qualifier, limited to 50 teams, will be held at Hawk’s View in Lake Geneva). I’ll have more info on the event coming soon, including a registration code for my readers to take advantage of early sign-up.

My beloved North Hills Country Club will have another new member promotion this year, too, as the club zeroes in on its goal of 300 golfing members. I had four referrals join last year, and another seven who signed up after reading about it on my site but never mentioned me as their referrer until we met on the course. Not at all salty about that 🙂

Keep tuned in this year for terrific new content on everything golf: The course reviews you’ve come to expect and love, the 4-1-1 on exciting new gear, insight in to golf strategy and the mental game, a little creative writing and more.

From my family to yours, we wish a happy and healthy New Year to all our loyal readers.

Paul

 

* More on Matt:

Matt is an avid golf enthusiast and part of the TruGolf.com team. When he’s not working on his fairway shot, you will find Matt writing about his passion for the process of the game.

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Great Golfing Weekend!

I don’t know about you guys, but it pains me knowing that the off-season is so close!

This weekend we were blessed with a couple of nice days. Yesterday morning was mid-forties – with a lot of sun and no wind, it was ideal for golf at my home course of North Hills Country Club.

I spent the night before at the Club for their annual Halloween party. I stopped by for a happy hour drink at 3:30, but with a couple of friends there ended up having three. Then, I was talked in to coming back for the Halloween party. Living across the street, I walked home and checked out what I had available: The best I could find was a Ryan Braun jersey with an old pair of baseball pants and a Brewers hat. I drew a syringe on my left arm to complete the outfit.

While at the party, I agreed to play at 9:46 the next morning. When my alarm went off at 8:15, I remember thinking to myself, “Why is my alarm going off? Do I have to work this morning? Isn’t it Saturday?” It was. I hit my snooze button four times before remembering that I had to golf, and made my way across the street. I couldn’t find my playing partners, Dr. Hauser and Bob Suycott, and was told they took off a little early on the back nine. I had Evan take me out to the eleventh hole, where I caught up with them and joined in the fun on the twelfth.

My first swing of the day was a bit awkward on the 178-yard par three twelfth with a six-iron, but was pin-high and ten feet from the pin. It was really thin, but worked out. “Thin to win” – “Who invited this guy?”

My tee shot on thirteen was pretty awesome, and my six-iron approach drew in perfectly. Another skin.

I shot 29 on the seven holes of the back nine and felt great. “He’ll sober up eventually,” Hauser said. I did, and three-putted five times on my way to a 47 on the front nine.

Saturday marked the first time since I’ve been at North Hills that I’ve actually won money! I won five dollars – a huge win for me, considering the other three times I’ve played money games I lost eight dollars, $73, and $43, respectively.

North Hills is a tough course. It’s not long but it’s tight and tree-lined, and the greens are absolutely lightening fast. My best round of the year there was an 85, which was the final round of the Ryder Cup tournament.

Today, I got out of Church and was going to meet up with my buddy, Scott, for a quick nine. I started out hot, but had sevens on eight and nine, finishing the front with a 44. I got hot on the back, though, finishing off my best round of the season at North Hills with a back-nine 40 and an overall 84.

Why in the world are my best two days coming at the end of the season? I’m not losing any balls, putting decently, but more importantly hitting fairways and playing great iron shots.

What gives? This is just like birdying eighteen on your worst round of the year, or hitting an eight-iron stiff after three wayward shots to start a hole. It’s November third, and this is not fair at all! I will obviously have to put together an off-season golf trip this year, and obviously hope for this [fairly] mild Fall weather to continue for a while!

Fall colors between 7 and 8 at NHCC

One of the huge hawks living at North Hills on the 18th fairway