Alpine Valley Resort GC (East Troy): This 27-hole layout, built in 1964, was the only foray into the Lake Geneva area for Madison’s Art Johnson. The Summit, Meadows and Sugar Creek nines are cut through mature trees along Sugar Creek, with water in play on nearly half of the holes.
Country Club Estates (Fontana): This nine-hole, private-turned-public Tom Bendelow layout is known as “The Little Jewel,” and beloved for its fast greens and even faster rounds.
Delbrook GC (Delavan): The city of Delavan-owned facility began life in 1928 as an 18-hole private club. The city bought the club in 1945 and kept the status quo for more than 50 years. In 2001, Steven Halberg designed nine new holes, giving Delbrook the North, South and Middle nines.
Evergreen CC (Elkhorn): This 27-hole facility north of Elkhorn is usually the first course in the area to open and the last to close. Its original 18 (now the North/South courses) was designed by Ken Killian and Dick Nugent and opened in 1973 and its third (the East Course), designed by Gary Welsh, opened in 1993 to complete the Golf Digest 4-star facility.
Geneva National GC (Lake Geneva): The most famous of the Lake Geneva-area courses, thanks to courses by three golfing legends — Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino and Gary Player. The Palmer Course, featuring elevated tees and challenging greens, cuts through the rolling woods and culminates with three stunning finishing holes along Lake Como. The Trevino Course — like The Palmer — opened in 1990 and slices through the trees but the holes are designed to favor Lee Trevino’s natural fade with a steady diet of dogleg right holes. The Player Course, which debuted with nine holes in 1995 before Gary Player finished the second nine in 2000, has become perhaps the most popular of the three layouts, capitalizing on natural wetlands to create tough risk/reward holes.
Grand Geneva Resort (Lake Geneva): The granddaddy of all championship courses in the Lake Geneva area, Grand Geneva was known as The Playboy Club (until 1982) and Americana Resort (until 1993) before Marcus Hotels bought it and made it the AAA Four Diamond Resort it is today. The resort’s two courses are diamonds, too. The Brute was designed by Robert Bruce Harris and opened in 1968 while Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus added The Highlands in 1971, before Robert Cupp led a major renovation in 1997. The two award-winning courses remain among the best-kept and most challenging championship courses in Wisconsin.
Hawk’s View GC (Lake Geneva): The new kid on the block among Lake Geneva-area courses, Hawk’s View opened in 2001 and brought some fresh air to the area golf landscape. Its Como Crossings layout (above) on the site of the former Mt. Fuji ski hill is a 7,074-yard championship course that rivals its more famous neighbors at Geneva National and Grand Geneva. The Craig Schreiner-designed Barn Hollow course is the area’s first championship par-3 layout. The result? A 36-hole facility golfers of all ages can enjoy.
Majestic Oaks at Lake Lawn Resort (Delavan): Rescued from financial difficulty in 2011, the new owners revived one of the area’s oldest layouts — designed by Tom Bendelow in 1921 and re-engineered in 1990 by Dick Nugent. Set along the tree-lined shores of Delavan Lake, the course is known, appropriately, for its majestic oaks, deep sand bunkers and the subtle undulations of its small, fast greens.
Whitewater CC (Whitewater): Opened to the public in 2012, this former nine-hole private club — located in a lively university town — adds another fast, fun nine to the Lake Geneva-area portfolio of golf courses.