Golf shots soar high over the grounds of Raymond Heights Family Golf Center, looking down upon a beginner-friendly complex that encompasses a nine-hole, par-3 course, a driving range, and a miniature golf course. With five holes measuring in at 100 yards or shorter, the lilliputian links help beginners find their swings and give aces a chance to flaunt their short-game prowess without having to aim chip shots at next-door neighbors' mailboxes.
Open as early as 8 a.m., the 30-stall driving range—equipped with both artificial and natural-grass hitting areas—enables late-night practice sessions with lights that activate after sundown. Glowing balls trace the night sky or roll across turf runways during moonlight play, which Raymond Heights hosts at both the par-3 course and its 18-hole mini golf course, made possible by shimmering flagsticks and caddies that locate hazards using echolocation. After a day on the links, vintage vinyl barstools offer a respite for spiky-soled shoes at the Center's full-service restaurant and bar.
Towering oaks and spectacular willow trees frame Oak Hills Golf Club’s nine-hole course, standing guard as clubbers traverse the 1,845-yard, par 31 course. The relatively short layout features bunker-fortified greens, water hazards on four holes, and an elaborate system of sprinklers programmed to activate during golfers’ backswings. With no par 5's and only one hole longer than 300 yards, the course enables golfers to feasibly reach the green off the tee on eight different holes.
At the Club’s pro shop, players can peruse a wide selection of clubs with which to upgrade their old set of modified crowbars, and the 250-yard driving range offers a venue for players to test out new equipment or improve imbalanced swings. After a long day of tracing drives into the ether, golfers can retreat to The Back Nine Restaurant to enjoy a cool beverage, tuck into a meal of traditional grill fare, and watch the sun slide slowly beneath the earth's flat surface.
Course at a Glance:
9-hole, par 31 course
Length of 1,845 yards
Course rating of 29.1
Link to scorecard
Serving Milwaukee for more than 10 years, Gastrau's Golf Center provides peerless golf education and a year-round destination for those wishing to add distance to their drives or finesse their chip shots. Winter-bitten golfers can grab two large buckets and fling hapless dimpled spheres into the unknown from the covered and heated comfort of Gastrau's outdoor practice facility. The driving area's 16 bays shelter you from the elements so you can practice your swing amid the lull of winter or hide from the vengeful and blister-inducing sun god in the spring. PGA professional Dan Hoffman leads 30-minute lessons, bringing 13 years of experience to his instruction of budding birdie-catchers. The 30-minute lessons will cover topics such as weight transfer, torso rotation, swing plane, and cabinet refinishing. Every lesson is tailored to the individual needs and eye color of each student.
Golfers of all ages and abilities can practice short-range to midrange skills among the many pine trees that populate the nine-hole executive Woodland Golf Course. At 2,089 yards, the course presents an ideal layout for beginners or veteran pairs competing in a three-legged scramble. While short-game finesse is placed at a premium, big hitters will find space to slake a yen for yardage on three holes that measure more than 300 yards.
Framed by dense wooded tracts and thickets of knee-high grass, Deer Haven’s 18-hole executive course spans 3,473 yards on a par 60 track comprised entirely of par-3s and par-4s. Though the course favors precision off of the tee over power, the 15th hole—the longest on the course at 363 yards—invites players to unsheathe their driver or conveniently holstered war hammer to drive the ball deep into the fairway.
At the driving range, golfers can prepare swings for wrapping high fades or power draws around the course’s multiple curving fairways and occasional water hazards. Inside the rustic, wood-paneled exterior of Deer Haven’s clubhouse, golfers can raise a glass from the full-service bar to toast the retirement of their 3-wood’s loyal head cover, which will be replaced by the sweaty embrace of a fresh-off-the-foot tube sock.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 60 course
Length of 3,473 yards from the farthest tees
Two tee options
The Preserve at Deer Creek invites golfers to swing through nine bucolic fairways from a choice of three tees. The course?s creeks sneak across no fewer than seven of the nine fairways, demanding precision from each swing. Before whipping out their scorecards and pencils, players can practice aim without numerical reprimand at the practice putting green or practice-chipping area. After games, they can stroll over to the clubhouse and tell lovelorn tales of the golf ball that got away in between sips of beer.
Course at a Glance: * Nine-hole, par-36 course * Length of 3,210 yards * Slope rating of 128 * Three tee options * See the scorecard