From the tee box on the fourth hole, golfers might notice something familiar about the green at which they're aiming: it's in the shape of Wisconsin. The geographically-inspired green is just one of many novel features that make up Missing Links 9-hole, an award-winning par-three golf course, which was designed with the help of Jack Nicklaus. Ponds and berms splotched with native grasses characterize the terrain throughout the course. Before sticking their tee or railroad spike into the soil on the first hole, golfers can warm up at a practice facility with a grass tee driving range, putting greens, and practice bunkers.
Staffed by experienced coaches and computers who’ve sworn allegiance to the three laws of golfing robotics, GolfTEC’s motion sensors and high-speed cameras monitor swings and break down each individual’s form on a high-definition video display to get results. Sensors chirp with approval whenever they detect the perfect stroke or an especially witty golfing joke. GolfTEC’s experienced personal coaches will point out flaws and strengths while providing golfers with tips on how to permanently improve their game from tee to green.
There's a time, right at dusk, when the expansive greens of Brookfield Hills Golf Course look more like velvet than grass. These greens are the most forgiving aspect on a course riddled with water hazards and precisely placed bunkers.
On the par-32 front nine, the wooded framework of towering deciduous and pine trees makes it easy to forget the course is located in a busy suburb. The eighth hole works those trees into its design, challenging players to shoot their balls or launch them with slingshots over the treetops en route to the green. At par 30, the back nine puts more of an emphasis on the short game, and six of the holes feature imposing water hazards.
Course at a Glance:
Broadlands Golf Club's 18-hole course spans 6,884 yards of open terrain organized in a majestic, links-style layout. Glassy waters, mounded terrain, and tall native grasses flank fairways and greens throughout the course, letting golfers experience the charms of golf's old Scotch-Irish courses without having to swap their golf ball out for a potato. Throughout the course, dimpled orbs speed across bentgrass fairways and greens, which provide a smooth and fast surface for flush drives and testy breaking putts. The course punishes slow starters and jet-lagged drivers with the par 5 second hole, a relatively straight, 534-yard tract that demands precision to avoid a green heavily fortified by six sand traps. To prepare golfers for their rounds, Broadlands offers lessons, an onsite driving range, and a satellite tour of their course.
Course at a Glance:
Willow Run Golf Club delights golfers of all skill levels with 18 holes of well-manicured greenery and sylvan surroundings. Before hitting the links, argyle-clad shoulders test their oscillating aptitude in the practice range, sending dimpled orbs on expertly arched trajectories. Dynamic teeing twosomes tour the verdant course, clapping daintily for excellent shots and providing whispered commentary about one another’s outfits. Gallop across the greens in a horseless buggy that dutifully bears the burden of heavy bags loaded with woods, irons, and marble busts of Arnold Palmer. As an après-clubbing treat, famished wedge wielders nosh on a toothsome brat or hot dog from the clubhouse menu, while toasting swinging successes with goblets of fountain soda.
Morningstar Golfers Club challenges golfers of all experience levels with a dynamic championship course built around the rolling terrain of a former rock quarry. Four lakes come into play on six holes, doubling as watering troughs for thirsty golf carts. Changing elevations test players' accuracy and adaptability, and stately trees stand guard over the fairways and wildflowers accent the greens. Shots are constantly challenged by strategically placed bunkers, depressions, mounds, and lofty transition areas. Guests can also visit The Golf Shop at Morningstar, an on-site retail shop specializing in instruction and club fitting.