Players putt and drive their way through a nine-hole course that stretches 3,030 yards across Irish Greens Golf Club's peaceful grounds. Along the way, they encounter several ponds, a creek, and small greens that make landing shots near the pin difficult and fully choreographed gymnastics routines after an Eagle nearly impossible. Visits don't have to end once the last shot is sunk, though: the club also boasts a cozy dining room and a full menu for sit-down dinners. The bar area provides the ideal spot to watch a game, and daily lunch and dinner specials keep bellies and wallets happy.
Owned and operated by the Village of Howard, this 9-hole, par 36 municipal course welcomes orb smashers with twisting water hazards, challenging bunkers, and pristine tree-lined fairways obscured by teasing turns from the tee box. Seasoned swingers will be able to navigate doubles drive carts ($15 value) with sidekicks or parole officers around the hilly landscapes of the course's varying holes, including the its signature 161-yard Hole 5, which forces golfers to tee off over a large lagoon and avoid the trash-talking trees that yell the names of obscure French films while you're trying to putt. Those famished from the fairway can return to the clubhouse for a frosty brew and a weekly fish fry, featuring salmon, grouper, walleye, and more.
The extensive facilities at Bisbee Golf Center, which include a driving range with 40 grass tees and a 5,000-square-foot putting green, set the stage for practice and improvement under the expert eyes of professional teachers. Since opening the center in 1988, owner Jeff Bisbee, a Class A PGA professional, and his father, Doug, a PGA Class A member since 1962, have helped students lower scores and increase their enjoyment of the game through private and group lessons. Their instruction involves thorough analysis of the swing to identify areas for improvement, calling upon computer-aided techniques to break down the swing into its most basic components of backswing, downswing, and bowing to vanquished opponents.
Fairways stitched by mature trees connect across 6,802 yards of rolling greenery to form Royal Scot Golf Club’s 18-hole, par-72 course. Water hazards come into play on 10 holes, including the par-4 fifth, where a bashful green flanked by bunkers on both sides conceals its ballmarks by hiding behind a front water hazard. Replete with eight yardage signs that extend 250 yards into the distance and a large grass hitting area, the club’s 30-stall driving range gives guests the upper hand by straightening out swings before upcoming rounds.
After hacking their way from green to green, hungry golfers can replenish at the club’s two full dining rooms—both with full-service bars—or place an order from their perch on the expansive outdoor deck. Wireless Internet keeps devices abreast of the latest news, personal emails, or domestic-cat sightings, and golf supplies and veteran instructors wait to enhance games at the pro shop.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par-72 course * Length of 6,802 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 72.0 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 124 from the farthest tees * Four tee options * Link to scorecard
Built 40 years ago on the Clifford Fennedael farm, NorthBrook Country Club’s 18 bucolic holes burst with verdant foliage and the babbling of a small brook. A bar and grill on the first floor of the clubhouse answers postgame appetites with soups, sandwiches, and casual fare, and in the second-story restaurant, hearty steak, shrimp, and chicken entrees adorn tables. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer sweeping views of course play and indiscreet golf carts morphing into Optimus Prime.
In Wisconsin, the golf season is often limited to the short summer months?but not at Mr. Golf. When it's warm outside, Mr. Golf's facilities unfurl invitingly into the Wisconsin plains, beckoning dimpled golf balls onto the verdant landscape of its driving range, putting and chipping green, and nine-hole golf course. In the winter, the facility morphs into an ideal off-season training module. Players can whet their appetites for golf?and improve their swings?inside golf simulators or at the range, which boasts covered hitting bays. Mr. Golf also performs club-fitting services and sells new clubs for golfers tired of teeing off with a pool noodle.