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September 2016

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

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24 September and October are ide- al months for golf in Wisconsin, especially southern Wisconsin. Most of the bugs and humidity are gone and temperatures are, for the most part, comfortable. There may be some nasty days, but this is the best time to tee it high and let it fly. Many courses have fall discounts and, for the most part, aren't as crowded. The down- side is that many clubs aerate their greens during this time, so check beforehand. Here are a few must-play courses: Brown Deer: A former stop on the PGA tour's regular season schedule, Brown Deer, built in 1929 and owned by Milwaukee County, is always stunning and conditions are impeccable with fast and true greens. Hundreds of mature, towering trees line every bent-grass fairway. It has some of the toughest par 4s in the region and I always look forward to #18 – a par 5 – no matter how I've played the other 17. You also might want to play Whitnall, which I like to think of as a smaller Brown Deer, and Oakwood, the longest of Milwaukee County-owned courses. Both are well-main - tained and reasonably priced. Washington County: This Arthur Hills course (bent grass tee to green, and meticu- lously maintained) ranks 31st nationally among municipal courses, according to Golfweek aae. Sitting high above Pike Lake State Park and the northern Kettle Moraine, it's a stunning vista as you stand at the clubhouse and look toward the spires of Holy Hill. I'll never forget the one early Sunday morning in October when I arrived at Washington County to see the rising sun burning through a light fog and colorful hot air balloons rising into the mist along the course's perimeter. Mee-Kwon and Hawthorne Hills: Both are owned by Ozau - kee County, and both can't be beaten for their excellent con- ditions, especially Mee-Kwon. These courses make golf fun to play, but don't think they're pushovers. ou won't find a better finishing hole than Mee-Kwon's #9, a par 4 that demands two accurate shots. Then there are #s 10 and 14 at Hawthorne, both par 4s that require you hit the fairway with your tee shots. Petrifying Springs: Built in 1936 in a park-like setting, this course could be considered the gem of southeastern Wisconsin. It's short (6,000 yards from the tips), but it's exciting to play. There isn't a flat hole in the bunch and #18 is one of the most challenging finishing holes anywhere, a long uphill par 4 over or around water with a green that slopes severely from back to front. The owner, Kenosha County, takes great pride in this course and the conditions prove it. Nagawaukee: A wonderful tree-lined parkland setting owned by Waukesha County, the back nine of this muni overlooks Pewaukee Lake and has enough ups and downs to rival any roller coaster. The par 5, #14 tee looks down a winding tree-lined fairway that appears to lead right into the lake. The course is known for having the region's largest greens (average size 9,000 sq. ft.), which also are extremely undulating. Morningstar: Carved out of an old quarry, this course sits high so the view is awesome, partic - [ f o c u s o n g o l f ] Fall in for golf

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