The Green Lake area has been a draw for golfers since 1896, when Wisconsin’s oldest course, Tuscumbia, was founded. Today, golfers play several or all of the area’s outstanding courses during a single visit.
The Golf Courses of Lawsonia
Lawsonia is comprised of two separate 18-hole courses: The Links and The Woodlands. Both have been ranked 4 1/2 stars out of 5 by Golf Digest. The Links is one of the most celebrated and well-regarded courses in the country, offering links-style golf in the tradition of courses in Scotland. A railroad boxcar was buried by the A. F. Gelhar sand mining company under the seventh green to create its elevation. The Links is ranked by Golf Digest as #13 of their Top 50 Most Fun Golf Courses to Play in America. Golfweek ranks The Links #3 on their Top 10 Golf Courses in Wisconsin.
The first nine of The Woodlands Course was built in 1983, and the second nine opened in 1991. The Woodlands includes beautiful tree-lined fairways, stunning views of Green Lake, and a famous par 3 with a 65-foot drop!
Lawsonia is located within Green Lake Conference Center at W2615 S. Valley View Drive. (920) 294-3320. lawsonia.com
Mascoutin Golf Club
Some 300 years ago, fire-worshipping Indians lived in Mascoutin Village, just south of Berlin. In this gently rolling setting, a magnificent 18-hole championship golf course was carved through centuries-old trees. All 27 holes appeal to adult and junior golfers and offer equal challenges to the professional or novice. Located just south of Berlin and six miles north of Green Lake at W1635 County Road A in Berlin. (920) 361-2360. mascoutingolf.com
Tuscumbia Golf and Country Club
Tuscumbia offers a challenging round. Its 18 holes are dotted with majestic evergreens, maples, and oaks. Tuscumbia attracts both novice and seasoned players, and includes an executive par-3, 9-hole course. Located east of downtown Green Lake across from the Heidel House Resort & Spa at 680 Illinois Avenue in Green Lake. Pro Shop: (920) 294-3381, Office: (920) 294-3234 or (800) 294-3381. tuscumbiacc.net
White Lake Beach Resort and Country Club
This 18-hole golf club has been an institution for more than 85 years in Marquette County, just west of Green Lake County between Princeton and Montello and just a bit off of State Highway 23. Glaciated hills and valleys, woods, and ponds make up the scenic beauty of this course. Because of resort facilities, this may be an ideal destination for families as well as avid golfers. You’ll also enjoy 600 feet of White Lake beach, two dozen or so peacocks, and more. W1680 Country Club Drive in Montello. (608) 297-2255. whitelakegolf.com
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