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 golfers a chance to prepare for the round.
Kissing the shores of Lake Wisconsin, the club offers complimentary dock slips for guests approaching by boat. 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
The activities at Christmas Mountain Village change throughout the year, even as the peaks and rolling hills surrounding it reveal different aspects of their beauty as seasons change. In summer, a 27-hole championship golf course sends players swinging right down the middle of the resort. Outdoor pools and hot tubs sparkle throughout the grounds, while canoes, kayaks, and paddle boats float on the surrounding natural waters. Warm days are also filled with mini golf, sand volleyball, and horseshoes.
When winter covers the mountainside in snow, it's time to ski—either downhill or cross-country. Fifteen downhill runs range in difficulty from complete beginner all the way up to double black diamond. More advanced snow-masters can practice tricks at the terrain park.
It's a lot to explore in one day, but thankfully, the resort offers many lodging options: including cottages, log cabin rentals, and an RV park and campground. There's also Mulligans Bar and Grill, an ideal place to warm up by filling your mittens with cheese curds.
Surrounded by the glacier-formed peaks of the Baraboo Bluffs, Devil's Head Resort lures visitors to South Central Wisconsin year-round with the promise of natural escapes from the bustle of city living. The resort originally opened in 1970 with a 92-room hotel, 10 ski runs, four chairlifts, and a number of bars and restaurants, although it has since expanded into a modern winter haven by adding a conference center, six additional chairlifts, more hotel rooms, suites, and condos, and a slew of new runs.
Currently, the 500-foot-tall mountain features 30 newly widened runs ranging from bunny hills with two Magic Carpets to beginner-friendly slopes to double-black-diamond trails. To ensure that the powder remains fresh and pristine throughout the season, staff members groom each slope twice a day using snow groomers and fine-toothed combs. They even use PoleCat high-capacity snow-making machines to blanket the mountainsides when the weather conditions are less than ideal.
The 300 acres of skiable terrain also includes a fully stocked terrain park—complete with jumps and grinding rails for skiers and snowboarders—as well as a 3.5-mile cross-country-skiing loop that idyllically winds its way around a snow-covered golf course.
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.
Work on perfecting your overall handicap with a round of golf at Trappers Turn Golf Club in Wisconsin Dells.
With a sizzling plate of terrific food, this course boasts among the best eats this side of the city.
The perfect place to take the kids, this course won't cost you a sitter.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
If you're looking to get acquainted with the sport of golf, stop by Trappers Turn Golf Club in Wisconsin Dells today and learn the fundamentals out on the course.