Stretching 2,934 yards across the landscape from the longest tees, Bridgewood Golf Course presents players with a nine-hole layout made challenging by multiple water hazards and small, fast greens. As golfers gun for the par of 35, they must contest with ponds that come directly into play on at least eight different parts of the course. The park-like setting and shorter length provide an excellent opportunity to walk or somersault through the course, though golf carts are available.
Before Bob Burns was a tournament winner, he was operating a one-man golf center just north of Appleton. Bob Burns Golf was founded in 1975, and in those days specialized in repairs, custom-built clubs, and golf instruction. By the 1980s, the company had grown?as had its reputation?and Burns was being invited to host seminars on club design, manufacture, and repair by leaders in the industry. His career on a perpetual upswing, the PGA Master Professional invented his trademark No Bananas driver around the same time. Today, his golf lessons are considered among the top 50 in the world by Golf Range Magazine, and in his downtime he acts as the accessible golf editor for Palaestra, where he focuses on making the game accessible for those with disabilities.
Awarded with numerous accolades from the Golf Course Owners of Wisconsin, The Golf Club at Camelot earns recognition for the course's pristine playing conditions of wooded hills and valleys whittled into the landscape by ancient glaciers. Water flows into the picture on half of the holes, including twice on the par 5 ninth, where the fairway bend features an elongated lake and makes players hit their first and second shots with hydrophobic golf balls. On the back nine, the par 3 13th hole places golfers 120 feet higher than the green on a tee box that affords panoramic views of the surrounding landscape and acts as the best place to spot outlaw foursomes on the lam.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 71 course
Total length of 6,304 yards from the back tees
Course rating of 69.4 from the back tees
Course slope of 125 from the back tees
Four sets of tees per hole
For more than 45 years, High Cliff Restaurant has resided at the gates of the High Cliff State Park, welcoming visitors into the verdant landscape of Northeastern Wisconsin. Between Lake Winnebago and the High Cliff Golf Course, the stone exterior gives way to a spacious interior, where each steak or fillet of fresh fish is served with a side of picturesque views and a fork. Banquet halls and a catering menu accommodate groups of up to 500 guests, making High Cliff Restaurant a perfect place for large family reunions and upscale food fights.
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.
With few trees to knock down errant drives, the wide-open course at Kestrel Ridge rewards control and course-management skills for players negotiating its more than 6,000 yards. Players point their tee shots down the center of the fairway from one of four different sets of tees, taking care to avoid numerous lurking fairway bunkers and the water hazards that run alongside the fairways of holes 1, 8, 9, and 10. When they're not engaging in physical altercations with swirling crosswinds, visitors should take time to appreciate the open expanse of rolling Wisconsin countryside through which the course winds. The track saves its crown jewel for last, with an 18th hole that forces players to nail a small, sloping landing area from the tee and then carry their approach over a rock ravine that runs alongside the right of the hole and contains fossils of Neanderthal golfers.
After a round, tired golfers can head to the clubhouse bar for traditional pub fare or re-create dramatic putts on the two large putting greens. A driving range hosts hitters on both grass and rubber mats and challenges them to assail greens located strategically between 125 and 230 yards away.