Hit the Links

Are you ready for warm weather yet? If you’re a golfer, the answer is probably “Yes!” One of the great things about playing golf is that there are great courses no matter where you go! Planning to travel this season? Or maybe you want to make a special trip to try out a new course? Whatever the case, pack up your clubs and hit the road this Spring. Here is a list of some great public courses to try out.

Whistling Straits – Haven, Wisconsin

The course that is set to host the 2020 Ryder Cup has over 1,000 bunkers, so watch your step. It is set on Lake Michigan on an abandoned air base. There is a second course at Whistling Straits called the Irish Course, which is further inland.

Erin Hills – Erin, Wisconsin

Erin Hills hosted the first U.S. Open for the state of Wisconsin in 2017. In fact, modifications were made to the course in a bid to host the event. It also hosted the 2008 U.S. Women’s Public Link and the 2011 U.S. Amateur.

Arcadia Bluffs – Arcadia, Michigan

Located in the Michigan mitten’s northwest corner, Arcadia Bluffs offers a lakeside links-style course complete with deep bunkers, long grasses and challenges at every turn. Oh, and of course, picturesque views of Lake Michigan, which you can see from every hole on the course.

French Lick Resort – French Lick, Indiana

Beautifully located in Indiana’s Hoosier National Forest, the French Lick Resort went under a massive restoration a decade ago. Complete with hills at every turn, crater-like bunkers and greens that would make the pros shiver, this midwestern track is one of the best.

Cog Hill – Lemont, Illinois

Nestled in the suburbs of Chicago, Cog Hill has a relatively straightforward track, but not void of challenge. The “Sierra of the Midway,” as it’s been nicknamed, will give players an “up north” feel just outside from the hustle and bustle of the Windy City.

GreyStone Golf Club – Dickson, Tennessee

Had enough of Broadway, the Grand Ole Opry and city life in general while visiting Nashville? A short drive from the city and easily accessible to the rest of central Tennessee, GreyStone golf club pops up year after year on lists of not only the best public golf in Tennessee, but in the country.

The Harvester – Rhodes, Iowa

Rolling hills may not be the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about the state of Iowa, but The Harvester course will make you think twice. The course takes advantage of an 80-foot elevation change and features a 60-acre lake to make it a picturesque Midwest course.

-Par Shooter

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