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#1 rebel13

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Posted 16 June 2017 - 06:17 PM

I am looking to take my dad on a trip to Wisconsin to play Erin Hills and Whistling Straits. I would love to add a 3rd course in there and wanted to see if anyone has some advice on courses to play in that area?

Also, if you've made that trip please throw in any advice or tips. thanks!


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Posted 16 June 2017 - 11:20 PM

I'm going there in August and I am playing Erin Hills, Lawsonia Woodlands and Links, Sand Valley (with a 6 hole preview of Mammoth Dunes), Sentry World, and the Straits, River & Irish courses at Kohler. Plus I'm heading to Michigan to play Arcadia Bluffs. I am very much looking forward to it!

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Posted 17 June 2017 - 12:44 PM

wow, quite a trip. i'll look into some of those courses, thanks.

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Posted 17 June 2017 - 02:49 PM

For a cheaper option, we really enjoyed The Bull near Sheboygan.
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Posted 18 June 2017 - 08:41 PM

Links at Lawsonia. Fantastic course.


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Posted 18 June 2017 - 11:37 PM

I'm going in July and booked Erin Hills, the 4 Kohler courses and the Bull in Sheboygan... Hoping for good weather.

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 12:18 AM

Black wolf - river.  Milwaukee CC

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 09:35 AM

Lawsonia Links just might be the best course in the state.  At least it is IMO.  Golfweek has it #2 behind only Straits.

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 10:02 AM

My brother played Sand Valley a couple of weeks ago....  all he kept on texting me is "OMG"
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Posted 19 June 2017 - 11:40 AM

I met a guy last week that played Sand Valley.  He said it's spectacular and he put it ahead of Whistling Straits.


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Posted 19 June 2017 - 11:52 AM

View Postrebel13, on 16 June 2017 - 06:17 PM, said:

I am looking to take my dad on a trip to Wisconsin to play Erin Hills and Whistling Straits. I would love to add a 3rd course in there and wanted to see if anyone has some advice on courses to play in that area?

Also, if you've made that trip please throw in any advice or tips. thanks!

If you want to stick close to Erin Hills, play Washington County or Nagawaukee.  Two of the best "munis" in the state (WashCo is better than the Nag, tho).  Another track I just played for the first time last Saturday is LaBelle in Oconomowoc.  (Check GolfNow for deals on that course.)

If you want to play somewhere around Whistling Straits, play the Irish Course on the same site.  Kohler also owns Blackwolf Run with the River and Meadow/Valleys courses there.  If you want to play a non-Kohler course in that area, try the Bull, a Nicklaus design.

If you travel through Milwaukee to get from one of your chosen venue to the other, play Brown Deer (another muni) on Milwaukee's north side.  BD is the site of the former Greater Milwaukee Open PGA Tour stop.
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Posted 19 June 2017 - 03:59 PM

Black Wolf Run - River.

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 06:02 PM

View Postrebel13, on 16 June 2017 - 06:17 PM, said:

I am looking to take my dad on a trip to Wisconsin to play Erin Hills and Whistling Straits. I would love to add a 3rd course in there and wanted to see if anyone has some advice on courses to play in that area?

Also, if you've made that trip please throw in any advice or tips. thanks!
Lawsonia and Sand Valley are 2 great options.

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 07:02 PM

View Postgames, on 19 June 2017 - 11:52 AM, said:

View Postrebel13, on 16 June 2017 - 06:17 PM, said:

I am looking to take my dad on a trip to Wisconsin to play Erin Hills and Whistling Straits. I would love to add a 3rd course in there and wanted to see if anyone has some advice on courses to play in that area?

Also, if you've made that trip please throw in any advice or tips. thanks!

If you want to stick close to Erin Hills, play Washington County or Nagawaukee.  Two of the best "munis" in the state (WashCo is better than the Nag, tho).  Another track I just played for the first time last Saturday is LaBelle in Oconomowoc.  (Check GolfNow for deals on that course.)

If you want to play somewhere around Whistling Straits, play the Irish Course on the same site.  Kohler also owns Blackwolf Run with the River and Meadow/Valleys courses there.  If you want to play a non-Kohler course in that area, try the Bull, a Nicklaus design.

If you travel through Milwaukee to get from one of your chosen venue to the other, play Brown Deer (another muni) on Milwaukee's north side.  BD is the site of the former Greater Milwaukee Open PGA Tour stop.

awesome, thanks for the info!

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 07:04 PM

View Postrebel13, on 19 June 2017 - 07:02 PM, said:

View Postgames, on 19 June 2017 - 11:52 AM, said:

View Postrebel13, on 16 June 2017 - 06:17 PM, said:

I am looking to take my dad on a trip to Wisconsin to play Erin Hills and Whistling Straits. I would love to add a 3rd course in there and wanted to see if anyone has some advice on courses to play in that area?

Also, if you've made that trip please throw in any advice or tips. thanks!

If you want to stick close to Erin Hills, play Washington County or Nagawaukee.  Two of the best "munis" in the state (WashCo is better than the Nag, tho).  Another track I just played for the first time last Saturday is LaBelle in Oconomowoc.  (Check GolfNow for deals on that course.)

If you want to play somewhere around Whistling Straits, play the Irish Course on the same site.  Kohler also owns Blackwolf Run with the River and Meadow/Valleys courses there.  If you want to play a non-Kohler course in that area, try the Bull, a Nicklaus design.

If you travel through Milwaukee to get from one of your chosen venue to the other, play Brown Deer (another muni) on Milwaukee's north side.  BD is the site of the former Greater Milwaukee Open PGA Tour stop.

awesome, thanks for the info!

You're welcome!  Enjoy time spent with your dad!!!

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 07:36 PM

When would be the ideal time to make this trip?

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 07:53 PM

View PostTitleistHOG, on 19 June 2017 - 07:36 PM, said:

When would be the ideal time to make this trip?

Second week of September. No doubt in my mind.
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Posted 19 June 2017 - 08:05 PM

Gotcha....going to try to plan a good trip next year w 3-4 couples.

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 08:12 PM

Second Lawsonia Links and Sand Valley. Lawsonia is a great layout. Very reasonable green fee.

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Posted 20 June 2017 - 07:57 AM

I would recommend Sand Valley!  It is such an amazing place.  Erin Hills is a huge piece of property, but it doesn't give you the amazing views this place does IMO.  Erin Hills is so difficult with the fescue and Sand Valley is so playable with sand instead of fescue.  I have played Lawsonia as well, but I would rather play Sand Valley.

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Posted 20 June 2017 - 10:38 AM

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Gotcha....going to try to plan a good trip next year w 3-4 couples.

Have a blast!  September here is still nicely warm, but the humidity drops and there is a lower chance of rain than in summer months.  Also, you might get some "shoulder season" pricing, especially from the munis.
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Posted 20 June 2017 - 10:49 AM

Sand. Valley.

Lawsonia is also a must, I loved both courses there
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Posted 20 June 2017 - 10:54 AM

EH
WS

On the list.....will check out others

Best location to stay

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Posted 20 June 2017 - 11:17 AM

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EH
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On the list.....will check out others

Best location to stay

If money is no object, stay at the American Club in Kohler, near Whistling Straits.  If the women in your group don't golf, they'll love the Kohler Design Center (bathroom ideas) and the Shops at Woodlake.  If the trip is golf-centric, Erin Hills has onsite cottages you can look into those.

If you're looking to add to your golf itinerary, go to Green Lake to play Lawsonia (Links course is great, Woodlands is very good) and stay at the Heidel House Resort.  Very nice, and both golf and accommodations should be significantly less expensive than either American Club or Erin Hills, but you won't sacrifice much in the way of quality of either.

And, of course, looking at your screen name, you might want to look into staying at the Iron Horse Hotel in Milwaukee.  I think you'll like that!
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Posted 20 June 2017 - 01:52 PM

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Lawsonia Links just might be the best course in the state.  At least it is IMO.  Golfweek has it #2 behind only Straits.

I third Lawsonia Links.  One of my friends, with who I played it the week before last, who had recently returned from Pinehurst mind you, couldn't stop praising Lawsonia.  He has also played WS and preferred Lawsonia.

Sand Valley could be its own separate trip.  With the courses the OP already has slated, I might skip SV as it's a lot more driving and walking, and do Lawsonia instead.  It's over an hour closer, cheaper and imo, a better course (I think both SV and LL are great)  Sand Valley will be an incredible destination in and of itself once the second course opens and the property matures a bit.


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Posted 20 June 2017 - 05:23 PM

Rebel, I hope you don't mind but I would like to tag onto your thread since I am also doing research for a Wisconsin golf trip.  It will be in 2018.

There are eight courses on my list and I will probably need to reduce to six.

Two are firm (I can't pass up  PGA and US Open sites):

Erin Hills
Whistling straits

If we stay near Sheboygan (we usually rent houses), these four are an hour or less away;

Blackwolf Run - River
Straits - Irish
The Bog
The Bull

These two are a long drive if we stay in Sheboygan, but I would like to add them;

Lawsonia
Sand Valley

Please help !!!

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Posted 20 June 2017 - 07:46 PM

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Rebel, I hope you don't mind but I would like to tag onto your thread since I am also doing research for a Wisconsin golf trip.  It will be in 2018.

There are eight courses on my list and I will probably need to reduce to six.

Two are firm (I can't pass up  PGA and US Open sites):

Erin Hills
Whistling straits

If we stay near Sheboygan (we usually rent houses), these four are an hour or less away;

Blackwolf Run - River
Straits - Irish
The Bog
The Bull

These two are a long drive if we stay in Sheboygan, but I would like to add them;

Lawsonia
Sand Valley

Please help !!!

The answer is easy. Add Blackwolf Meadow Valleys to EH, WS, Irish, Blackwolf River, and the Bull. Package the Kohler courses and you're good to go.
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Posted 20 June 2017 - 08:21 PM

Make the drive to Lawsonia, you will not regret it.  Do not play the Bog.  It is average in every way.

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Posted 20 June 2017 - 09:00 PM

Agree on skipping the bog & considering the meadows. Can't go wrong with any of the others.

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Posted 20 June 2017 - 09:52 PM

Thinking of doing same type of trip. Fly into Milwaukee and then drive to dells and play wild rock then work my way back and play Sand Valley, Sentry World, lawsonia links, Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run Meadows. This would be next year. Only question I have is should I play Wild Rock or unniversity ridge?


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