This is the Village people talk about in the Twin Cities. And by “people” I mean golfers. The club-wielding explorers who rush beyond the metro limits to find the gold in them there hills. The ones who know where the true beauty of the state lies: north and/or throughout the St. Croix River Valley.
When Tom Lehman and Steve Stricker teed off for Troy Burne’s inaugural round back in 1999, the golf world was in full throttle. This marked the same year a 23-year-old Tiger Woods dominated the PGA TOUR with eight victories.
The month of May is rife with beginnings and endings. It marks the (almost) end of the school year and the beginning of summertime. It’s the end (hopefully) of colder weather and the true beginning of golf season. It’s also the end of the TV season and the beginning of reruns.
River Falls Golf Club is the oldest golf course in western Wisconsin. Opening in 1929 during the Golden Age of Golf (the first golf boom), this beautiful golf course has stood the test of time for almost 100 years, it’s wonderful natural qualities have kept golfers returning year after year.
I don’t know what Kilkarney Hills is more well known for, their fabulous weddings and events operations or their serene golf scene. And that’s kind of the way they like it.
Question: What does it take to make a great golf experience?
Answer: A perfectly conditioned golf course with great views and an attentive staff with lots of inventive ideas to make golf fun for you!
The whiskey still of Clifton Hollow? Folklore has it that in the early 1900’s a pair of “entrepreneurial” gentlemen developed a recipe for whiskey that was unrivaled in the region. Invisible from the law, they discreetly hid their still on what is now Clifton Hollow Golf Club.
In the summer of 1848, after his tour of duty in the Mexican War, Joel Foster visited St. Croix County, near Hudson, WI. Foster spent several weeks exploring the area along the St. Croix River while he relaxed, hunted and fished.
If your golf dream budget can’t quite accommodate the dollars needed to fly eight hours to Ireland, there is a wonderfully economic alternative in River Falls, WI. Kilkarney Hills is just a 25-mile trek from St. Paul.
You better make your St. Croix National tee times today if you want to experience one of Western Wisconsin’s most spectacular courses for fall colors.
Aeration!! Aerification!! Punching the greens!!
Question: Why do golf course superintendents punch holes into their beautiful greens every fall, making them nearly unplayable for the balance of the season?
Answer: Aeration is a necessary evil.
It seems that fewer and fewer people are taking family road trips, I don’t think any one of us can deny ever hearing the phrase, “are we there yet?” If you are not a regular traveler to Western Wisconsin, some might think that is the case when crossing the river to play River Falls Golf Club in River Falls.
With all the courses in the area to choose from, it’s not easy to pick some place new. We’ve all got our regulars, places that we return to often. If you’ll take one golf guy’s suggestion, take a short drive into Wisconsin and play Hudson Golf Club.
Mirroring the passage of Earthly time, the grounds of St. Croix National Golf Club in Somerset, WI were once dominated by snow, and cold and ice.
I know a guy who calls himself “The Walking Eagle.” He’s quite a character and a lot of fun to play golf with. He’s earned the name, he says, because he’s so full of crap that he can’t fly.
The summer season is flying by and you’ve yet to take your annual golf road trip. Clifton Highlands in Prescott, WI, offers a best of both worlds excursion for Midwest golfers seeking a fresh experience to their favorite game.