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.
Course at a Glance: * Nine-hole, par 36 course * Length of 3,284 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 35.6 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 123 from the farthest tees * Five tee options
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.
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.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 60 course * Length of 5,881 yards from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 117 from the farthest tees * Three tee options
At most golf courses, players look out onto dew-kissed fairways or swaying trees and, for a moment, have their breath stolen by the picturesque landscape. At Baraboo Country Club, those moments arrive seemingly at every turn.
With unrivaled views of the bluffs at nearby Devil's Lake State Park and water features formed by Draper Creek in play on nine holes, Baraboo Country Club’s scenery enchants golfers as they traverse the 18-hole course. The inventive layout makes the most of its surroundings, as showcased on the club’s signature hole—the par 5 8th—where drives must carry a water hazard down a tree-lined fairway that dog-legs left on its way to a blind green that, like all of the Club’s putting surfaces, reads a slick “10” on the stimpmeter and doubles as a dance floor for squirrel wedding receptions.
Golfers can prime swings for upcoming rounds with a 10-stall driving range, practice bunker, and putting green, while a full-service pro shop lets golfers replace worn-down gloves or disloyal sandwedges. A wraparound bar with granite countertops awaits at the Fore Seasons Restaurant and Lounge, which serves a menu of classic sandwiches and weekly specials.
Standing at 1,900 yards and posting a par of 30, Fairfield Hills Golf Course won't make the pros quiver in their golf spikes. But for families, the 9-holer can present an ideal venue for beginners young and old to take up the game without getting too frustrated. In fact, foursomes can typically traverse the course's three par 4s and six par 3s in less than two hours?not nearly enough time to develop an allergy to their putter. If the course succeeds in planting the seeds of a lifelong passion, new converts can also hone their skills on the 35 hitting stations at the 340-yards-deep driving range.
It's hard to beat Devil's Head Resort in the summer. Unless, of course, you're talking about Devil's Head Resort in the winter—in which case it's probably a draw. Regardless of the season, Devil's Head summons guests with resort lodging nestled among scenery and terrain suitable for a host of outdoor activities. Two 18-hole golf courses await in the summer, both defined by artful elevation changes and water hazards. The landscape is also a haven for mountain biking, with miles of single track trails that bob and weave over the surrounding hills (lift access is available for bikers on Saturdays in July and August). Two outdoor tennis courts host matches and practice sessions near the resort, which sits two miles from the quaint town of Merrimac on the shores of Lake Wisconsin.
In the winter, the same undulating terrain transforms into a 30-run ski resort serviced by ten lifts. A healthy variety of beginner, intermediate, and advanced runs populate the mountain, which features 500 feet of vertical rise. Most of the mountain is also open for night skiing, so guests can ski under the stars without having to glue candelabras to their ski tips.