6th Annual Wisconsin Golf Guide 2002
Wisconsin and Michigan have over 1,600 golf courses between them. Alas, these golf riches are not easily shared. Our bordering water hole, Lake Michigan, has kept us apart since statehood. However, airline fares are reasonable, the SS Badger running out of Ludington makes two trips a day in the summer and you can always drive.
We have reported on many Wisconsin destinations in the past, and you can get all of the reviews at http://michigangolfer.com/nov01/Wiscon_guide.html. This year, we are reporting on the northeast section of Wisconsin
Alpine Golf, Egg Harbor
Fox Hills Resort, Mishicot
Horseshoe Bay GC, Egg Harbor
Although an enjoyable course, the traps seem to find everybody's game. There are a number of outcroppings of rock, primarily because they only could dynamite just so much of the course. The Double Delicious 13th hole provides a double fairway and the 14th, named Udderly Dangerous, can quickly live up to its name. The 18th hole, which finishes next to the clubhouse is a spectacular hole that drops down through a limestone walled boundary on the one side and a sharp drop-off in back of the green, where golfers will be able to view Horseshoe Bay. This is a very special hole and is one that will bring you back for more. (http://hsbfarms.com)
Orchards GC, Egg Harbor
The Peninsula GC, Door County
The Bull, Sheboygan Falls
Owner Dave Bachman is excited about this property. You can share the same excitement by pulling up The Bull's website where you will see some of the emerging holes as well as a visit by Nicklaus and his entourage. (http://www.golfthebull.com)
Blackwolf Run-Whistling Straits-The Irish Course, Kohler
The world has indeed noticed. In 1998, after holding a number of prestigious state and national tournaments, Golf Kohler exploded on the scene with astounding success with the 1998 U.S. Women's Open Championship. It broke several records for the event, including attendance, a whopping 123,000 and the longest, which included a playoff round and then two playoff holes. It was one of the most exciting matches in the history of golf. In 2004 the PGA Championship will be held at Whistling Straits, an awesome prize for such a young course. "Whistling Straits will provide the perfect test for the world's best golfers," said PGA President Will Mann.
Whistling Straits, the newest from the mind of legendary Dye and the vision of Herbert Kohler, Jr., embraces two miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. Fourteen holes are within a Tiger 2-iron of the water. Dye brought in 800,000 cubic yards of sand and sculpted a bit of Ireland and a touch of Scotland. "The size of the dunes reminds one of Ballybunion (old) and Royal Birkdale," said John Morrissett of the USGA.
The American Club is the only AAA Five Diamond Hotel in the Midwest. Famed golfers all over the world come to play these courses, and just as importantly, world hospitality leaders visit The American Club to see how a AAA Five Diamond Resort performs. The service at the American Club is utterly amazing. (http://destinationkohler.com)
Kettle Hills, Richfield
Kettle Hills is a little easier on the pocketbook than the other places mentioned above, but it offers a great golf value. Troy Schmidt and Michele Fleszar are the people that you will likely come in contact with. They have been there since the golf complex was 18 holes. Bob Bellfield, the superintendent has been there since 1988. It is a very stable organization that will give you great service. Ruby Zimmerman, the owner, wants everybody to check out their new website. (http://www.kettlehills.com) MG
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