It's a Golfer's Paradise

Photograph by Lara Roehl

The Green Lake region has been a popular golfer’s paradise for generations. Multiple challenging courses attract players who stay and play more than one, enjoying some of the best golf in the country.

Golf Course of Lawsonia

Reputed as one of the most celebrated and challenging courses in the Midwest, Lawsonia’s two courses are distinctly different from each other. The Links Course was built by the H. O. Stone Company in 1930. Designers William Langford and Theodore Moreau traveled to Scotland to sketch and photograph famous golf holes at links-style courses. The seventh hole is arguably the most unique: a boxcar is buried underneath the green, giving it steep sides, with the right side about 20 feet almost vertical.

The first nine of the Woodlands Course was added in 1983, and the second nine opened in 1991. On the second hole, a quarry protects the green, implying it might be best to hit a right-to-left shot when actually it’s best to stay right off of the tee to achieve a better angle into the protected green.

Mascoutin Golf Club

Named for a village south of Berlin inhabited by fire-worshipping Indians, Mascoutin’s gently rolling hills are home to 27 holes. The first 18 holes opened in 1976, and the third 9 opened in 1999. Mascoutin offers numerous clubs and events for men, women, and couples.

Tuscumbia Golf Course

Tuscumbia reigns as Wisconsin’s oldest course. Founded in 1896, the course’s 18 holes feature majestic evergreens, maples, and oaks. Tuscumbia’s Family Links is a 9-hole, par-3 executive course with narrow fairways and small undulating greens providing an enjoyable experience for golfers young and old.

Sondalles White Lake Country Club

This 18-hole, par-72 golf course is carved out of more than 200 acres of ancient glacier land. Nestled among hills, woods, and ponds with 6,382 yards of course, the grounds include significant elevation changes, doglegs, sand traps, and water hazards. A dozen or so free-roaming, friendly peacocks add an unexpected touch of elegance to the experience.

Jean Cornelius is a freelance writer.

The Golf Courses of Lawsonia

in Green Lake Conference Center
W2615 Valley View Drive
Green Lake
(920) 294-3320

Mascoutin Golf Club

W1635 County Trunk A
(920) 361-2360

Tuscumbia Golf Course

680 Illinois Avenue
Green Lake
(920) 294-3381

Sondalles White Lake Country Club

W1680 Country Club Drive
(608) 297-2255