Key Milwaukee

May 2016

An A-Z visitors guide to Milwaukee Wisconsin. Sponsored by Key Magazine Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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ake heart, soon – oh, please make it soon – every day will be a golf day. It's always worth the wait because Wisconsin is one of the country's top golf destinations. With Sand Valley in Nekoosa getting ready to open its Coore & Cren- shaw and David Kidd courses in 2017, the state will be several strokes ahead of other states. Also in 2017 Wisconsin will be hosting the US Open at Erin Hills in Hartford, 30 miles northwest of Milwaukee. Plan now to attend the Open and play a few other of Wisconsin's finest while you're here. Here's our tour of the best courses to play in Wisconsin. We've got to start with Erin Hills, designed by Dr. Michael Hurdzan, Dana Fry, and Ron Whitten. It's caddies only and you'll be glad someone else is toting your clubs at this behe- moth. Erin Hills will make you appreciate the talent of tour pros. Just up the road from Erin Hills is my favorite, Washington County, an Arthur Hills design that Golfweek says is the 33rd best municipal course in the country. Believe it. It's a smaller version of Erin Hills. About 25 miles to the southeast in Milwaukee is another highly rated municipal course, Brown Deer, a former PGA Tour stop. The parkland course, packed with mature trees, puts a premium on keeping it in the bent grass fairways. And the greens are some of the fastest, truest and biggest around. North on I-43 are seven excellent courses, including some of the world's best. Fire Ridge is the first stop. A combination parkland and links course, it's always immaculate- ly kept and a great test. A few miles farther north along I-43 is The Bog, an Arnold Palmer Signature Design course that winds its way over, up and down, and through 297 acres of the Cedarburg Bog. Continuing north to Sheboygan Falls, you'll find The Bull at Pinehurst Farms This time it's a Jack Nicklaus Signature course that Golf Digest ranks the 70th best public course in America. The Bull demands your full attention or your game could get gored. Just a couple of par 5s away is Blackwolf Run, accounting for two – The Rivers and The Meadow Valleys – of the famous Kohler kingdom courses. These courses have played host to a number of tour events, including two LPGA US Opens. Five or six miles away is Whistling Straits, home to the other Kohler gems: The Straits and The Irish. While I like The Irish, The Straits is the famous course, having hosted several PGA Cham- pionships, a Senior US Open, and soon the Ryder Cup. You can thank Pete Dye for all of the Kohler courses. Before heading north to Green Bay, let's take a slight tour to the west. Perhaps one of Wis- consin's best values and a real hidden gem is Whispering Springs in Fond du Lac. No famous architect here; just a solid course that's all bent grass manicured to a tee. West of Fond du Lac in Green Lake are The Links and The Woodlands of Lawsonia The names tell you what type of courses they are, but you have to experience the beauty and challenges. The Links, ranked in Golfweek's list of top 100 classic courses, opened F O C U S O N G O L F T Wisconsin golf's unlikely nirvana 40 By Jerry Slaske KEY Milwaukee Golf Editor The Brute

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