Built in 1925 as a nine-hole course from soil harvested at a local farm and placed by horse-drawn carts, Lake Wisconsin Country Club has since grown into an 18-hole course that runs alongside Lake Wisconsin. At a distance of 5,881 yards from the farthest tees, the picturesque par 70 eschews overwhelming length in favor of a hazard-intensive round, as players must reckon with dense tree lines, water that comes in play on five holes, and territorial blades of grass throughout the layout. Rounds begin with the course’s most difficult hole, a 415-yard par 4 that demands a straight drive to keep balls out of a small forest on the left and a pond located on the right. A stint at the club’s driving range grants clubbers a chance to prepare for the round and guide 9-irons through warm-up calisthenics.
Kissing the shores of Lake Wisconsin, the club offers complimentary dock slips for guests approaching by boat or in need of a place to station their pet porpoise. The club’s dining room is open to the public for Friday-night fish fries, during which patrons can take in cocktails, surf 'n' turf entrees, and evening views of the lake.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 60 course * Length of 5,881 yards from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 117 from the farthest tees * Three tee options
Standing at 1,900 yards and posting a par of 30, Fairfield Hills Golf Course won't make the pros quiver in their golf spikes. But for families, the 9-holer can present an ideal venue for beginners young and old to take up the game without getting too frustrated. In fact, foursomes can typically traverse the course's three par 4s and six par 3s in less than two hours?not nearly enough time to develop an allergy to their putter. If the course succeeds in planting the seeds of a lifelong passion, new converts can also hone their skills on the 35 hitting stations at the 340-yards-deep driving range.
It's hard to beat Devil's Head Resort in the summer. Unless, of course, you're talking about Devil's Head Resort in the winter—in which case it's probably a draw. Regardless of the season, Devil's Head summons guests with resort lodging nestled among scenery and terrain suitable for a host of outdoor activities. Two 18-hole golf courses await in the summer, both defined by artful elevation changes and water hazards. The landscape is also a haven for mountain biking, with miles of single track trails that bob and weave over the surrounding hills (lift access is available for bikers on Saturdays in July and August). Two outdoor tennis courts host matches and practice sessions near the resort, which sits two miles from the quaint town of Merrimac on the shores of Lake Wisconsin.
In the winter, the same undulating terrain transforms into a 30-run ski resort serviced by ten lifts. A healthy variety of beginner, intermediate, and advanced runs populate the mountain, which features 500 feet of vertical rise. Most of the mountain is also open for night skiing, so guests can ski under the stars without having to glue candelabras to their ski tips.