Bentgrass greens and fairways blended with blades of bluegrass and fescue connect across 3,284 yards to form Argue-Ment Golf Course’s nine-hole golf course. Natural wilderness, tall grass roughs, and rows of crops flanking the course stand as testaments to the horticultural conscientiousness of the family-owned facility, which minimizes the amount of pesticides used on the layout to preserve the area’s ecological integrity and create a traditional links-style course right in heart of Southcentral Wisconsin. Golfers must exercise astute club selection and confident swings to steer balls around or over water hazards, which come into play on three holes and torment hydrophobic golf balls. At the end of each fairway, small greens elude errant approaches and flummox putters with subtle breaks. Golfers can prepare for their round by enrolling in a lesson with PGA member David Haugh, who helps hone swings at the course’s practice facilities.
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Staffed by experienced golfing professionals and computers who’ve sworn allegiance to the three laws of golfing robotics, GolfTEC uses motion sensors and high-speed cameras to monitor swings and break down each individual’s form on a high-definition video display. Sensors chirp with approval whenever they detect the perfect stroke or an especially witty golfing joke. GolfTEC’s certified teaching professionals will point out flaws and strengths while providing golfers with tips on how to permanently improve their game from tee to green.
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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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.
Nevada Bob’s helpful golf gurus equip course expeditionists with garb and gear that span the brand spectrum, including such notable names as Nike, TaylorMade, Callaway, and Cobra. Look sharp without donning fork shorts in a Whistling Straits polo shirt ($15), or protect yourself from gusts and airborne sand from the traps with a Whistling Straits windshirt ($20). In addition to keeping hands warmer, the Adidas Inertia gloves enhance grip and control ($15 for 2). Or add to your cache of ball conkers with one of many club selections, such as the Cleveland Mashie Hybird ($149.99), TaylorMade R11 Driver ($399.99), or the Adams F11 Driver ($299.99). Sphere slingers can tote their club collection on the course with the Sun Mountain Micro Cart ($169), an easier alternative than lugging them around in a shoulder bag or mastering the art of 5-iron levitation.
Cleaved through a dense forest of trees within Wapsipinicon State Park and situated along a bend in the river of the same name, the park’s nine-hole golf course awaits golfers of all skill levels. The course stretches to 3,187 yards, challenging players with tight fairways lined by dense foliage. The history-steeped course opened in 1923, and its clubhouse followed a year later, built entirely by prison labor with rock from the river bluffs, white-oak logs hauled by horse-drawn bobsleds, and a fireplace made with the world's only fireproof stones.