Nestled amid 187 acres of mature wooded and rolling terrain, Chippewa Valley Golf Club’s course snakes through striking scenery, dramatic elevation changes, and precision-manicured greens. Golfers will be able to ooh and aah at striking scenery during a weekday ($38) or weekend ($44) round of golf while cruising along in comfort thanks to a cart rental. A computerized irrigation system keeps greens, fairways, and tees as fresh as the grocery produce isle, and an elevated, natural-turf driving range provides an enjoyable spot for practicing swings with a bucket of range balls ($5). Aspiring Sam Sneads can work on their short game and putting on Chippewa Valley's large practice green and bunkers. Visitors can also restock on equipment at the pro shop or refuel with tasty grub at the restaurant or by calling in a food and beverage order at hole nine and picking it up at the clubhouse on the way to hole ten (not included in Groupon). Practice your short game while dazzling friends and frenemies alike with highlight-worthy putts, thanks to today’s side deal to Chippewa Valley Golf Club.
Designed atop a moraine left by glaciers thousands of years ago, Spring Valley Golf Course showcases two distinct front and back nine sides featuring significant elevation changes due to the landscape's ancient terrain. The front nine is designed over a deposit of debris, rocks, and the scribbled wills of melting icebergs, a tricky track of holes where wind becomes a factor due to the scarcity of trees. As soon as players make the turn to the more challenging back nine, towering pine trees crowd the narrow fairways and demand extremely precise course play.
Players can browse the latest equipment or rest weary legs on the Pro Shop's welcoming porch, a prime vantage point for watching players take aim at the green of the par 3 seventh hole or swordfight with sand wedges over a disagreement concerning maximum gimme distance. The grounds also encompass a restaurant and full bar area.
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Formerly farmland for five generations of the Schmidt family, Lake Pepin Golf Course now boasts 18 holes that span across rugged links-style topography flanked by the bluffs of the Mississippi River Valley. The course plays to 6,752 yards, with 12 holes showcasing panoramic views of the lake and the remaining six holes providing access to an underground miniature golf course. Those who prefer manmade scenery can gawk at Joe "Snowball" Schmidt's 1869 two-story stone house, nestled between the 17th green and 18th tee.
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.
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One of the only golf courses of its type in the Midwest, the sprawling, lake-fronted Castle Course replicates some of the game’s best-known layouts. Golfers compete against imaginary PGA rivals on meticulous reproductions of seven legendary holes, including the 13th hole at Augusta National, and the water-surrounded, Nessie-guarded 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass. You and a companion roll from dream link to dream link in an included cart, equipped with GPS to ensure foolproof navigation, and, should that fail, plenty of practice balls to act as more durable bread crumbs.
Throughout a golf career that encapsulates a stint as a collegiate player at Weber State University and a Class A membership with the PGA of America, Jared Shears has had ample opportunity to identify what works and what doesn't on the golf course. While many approaches have been tried—from rote drills to hypnosis to becoming one with the golf ball by going on a couple's retreat with it—Jared believes that improvement can realistically be narrowed down to five keys. He's come to this conclusion only after spending hour upon hour studiously watching film of hundreds of the game's greats. His analysis? These elite players keep their head steady and weight forward, maintain a flat left wrist, control the clubface, and guide the club's sweetspot on a diagonal swing path. Jared believes that, with practice, each of these key skills can be achieved by golfers of any skill or experience level.