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Craguns 2017

Fairways & Greens
June 25, 2017

Ode To Voyager
Voyager Village #11
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Voyager Village #11
Voyager Village #4
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Voyager Village #4
Seamus McGee


There is a sparkling diamond stuffed deep in the rough, with a front nine so fine, and a back nine that's tough. It has a Par 3 course that is shined, waxed, and buffed. A place so refined, one can't say enough. Expertly designed with a grounds crew so superb! A voyage here, bares resemblance to the experience one expects at a club in a "burb". A fair and fun golf course, well bunkered and testy throughout! Some greens are flat and cute and tiny, while others are undulating and stout. Voyager Village is a gem sent from the heavens!

What makes "The Voyage" so great? What should be expected? For starters, it's an Audobon Course, which ensures the environment is protected. Secondly, the Superintendent....The man sure knows his stuff! Steve Johnson won't allow tree limbs blocking fairways, but "too bad if you've hit it in the rough". Nary a ball-mark-- not a one on these hidden greens! For the golfers all respect the "Supe" here, as he's a man of his word it seems. True, too, there is not a dandelion in sight! Voyager's Village in Danbury, Wisconsin, wow what an absolute delight!

Too, the PGA Professional, now this is a top gent of the game. Gabe Cessna is a real class act, and for any praise he deserves all the blame. Though, no doubt, he would not accept the acknowledgement, as modesty is his middle name. "We have been going to the Minnesota Golf Show since I got up here three years ago," Gabe said. "And so few people from the Twin Cities even knew we existed that we knew we had to make this change."

So, how to play the golf course? Let's talk about what to do. An air strip runs along the first hole, which provides a most interesting view. Two is a dogleg left, and a reachable par 5. Like most holes of length, though, the success all rests on the drive. So, sock it over the bunker, or a little bit left of it. But if you cannot smash the ball, right down the middle is an acceptable hit. A birdie try on this hole should come as no surprise. It is supposedly the toughest handicapped on the course, but it is clear that the scorecard lies.

The third hole is a fun one, a hard dogleg to the right. Hit it straight at the pine tree, with a left to right ball flight. The fourth is a signature-type hole, a par 3 with a wonderful view. Picture perfect most would agree, and there's a good chance at making a two! Five is long and the green is very tough. The most important task here, though, is to keep it out of the rough. Six is a great par 5, the classic snaking kind. Again the air strip appears, if it ever left the mind. Seven is a classic hole, and the eight is a sweet par 3. The ninth hole on this beautiful course is as fun as golf can be.

Word to the wise: Make your move on the front, because the back is a harder stretch. While it may be more difficult, the back nine is the best.

The tenth hole is a narrow one that is tougher than it looks. The legend has it that it's a bogey hog, so be glad when it's in the books. Eleven, now there's a beauty, as finely crafted as they come! The options off the tee, however, may make one start feeling numb. The wisest choice to make all day: play it safe and smart. For if you like to gamble, this hole will steal your heart! The green is not much bigger than a throw rug in a shack. So be careful with a backspin wedge, it just might come rolling back! Twelve is a toughie, and a par is acceptable here. Thirteen gives a breather, and fourteen is not to fear. Fifteen, another great par 5, is an awesome looking design. A dogleg right with lots of hills, this hole is quite divine!

Sixteen is the toughest hole, uphill and long and tough. Especially if the fairway is missed, then the penalty is rough. Seventeen is a great par 3, downhill and not too long. By the eighteenth tee all will agree, that the round hasn't taken too long.

So head up to Danbury this new golf season. The lakes are a draw, but Voyager Village is the reason. Just two hours by ground and 45 minutes by air. The commute from the Metro is more than fair. A natural environment awaits on the links, while the restaurant and grille serve a hearty fare and drinks. Voyager's essence caught ol' Seamus off guard, imagining a trip back will not be hard.

Check out www.voyagervillage.com on June 15 or after to register for an offer that is as impressive as their facility!!! It is a $1,000 value for FREE!

Related Links:
• Great Golf Values At Voyager Village





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