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Craguns 2017

Fairways & Greens
June 25, 2017

Hayward National Golf Club - Loaded With Fun And Variety
Hayward National Marsh Nine
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Hayward National Marsh Nine
Hayward National Pines Nine
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Hayward National Pines Nine
By Will Brogan


Hayward National Golf Club is located on Fun Valley Road in Hayward, Wisconsin. While there isn't a valley on the course, it does set up for plenty of fun! A "flat" course that houses an equal amount of doglegs in each direction, as well as straight holes, provide Hayward National with a great deal of variety. Cleverly placed yardage books are attached to every cart, which deliver golfers every detail they'll need. Two distinct nines comprise the golf course; the fittingly named "Pines Nine" leads off, while the "Marsh Nine" provides a watery but negotiable challenge to close out the round.

The Golf Course
At a length of 6,364 yards from the longest tees, Hayward National is built for the golfer to attack - on most holes. In fact, longer hitters can even take a crack at driving the green on both "opening" holes (1 and 10). Both holes are fairly straight, identically distanced at 325 yards, and have open access to the front of the green. On warmer days, if you think you can go for it, give them both a shot!

Tall, thin pines frame each of the holes on the front nine. While these trees are a natural beautifying element of Hayward National, they also serve as a scare tactic from the tee box. However, do not be afraid! In most cases there is little to no undergrowth, meaning that not only should you be able to find a wayward tee shot, you might still have a legitimate chance to reach the green. Still, golfers will need to control both distance and shot shape to be able to go low on the "Pines Nine".

After the potentially drivable tenth hole, things start to really "open up" for the first time on the eleventh hole, where the sight of the marshes becomes omnipresent for the next several holes. To add to the challenge, the "Marsh Nine" is home to several fairways that significantly tighten down, by a little extra rough, where tee shots will typically land. Don't be surprised if your drive goes right on the line you chose, only for the ball to be in the rough. It just adds a little extra challenge and variety to the course.

The most noteworthy three-hole stretch on the course includes back-to-back par 5s (14 and 15) and Hayward National's signature hole, the par 4 16th. Hole fourteen is a double dogleg where danger is presented on both sides of the fairway, but at only 477 yards from the back, it is definitely possible to get home in two. Fifteen is one of the more deceiving holes in the entire Hayward area. Even with a yardage guide in the cart to help you anticipate what you can't see from the tee box, water is well hidden on the left side and towering pines stand ready to cut off the fairway if driven too far down the right side. Be absolutely committed to the tee shot before firing. Sixteen has a creek that severs an abbreviated fairway from the green. However, golfers that successfully find the fairway have not much more than a lob wedge into a well-protected (but receptive) green.

With tall pines and/or water hazards on half the holes, there is plenty to challenge the scratch golfer while simultaneously providing a fun track for higher handicappers. Only about two-dozen bunkers make their homes on the course, but about half of them are very well placed, strategic fairway bunkers.

Hayward National offers six different and clearly defined pin positions on their gently sloping greens. Very few of the greens are surrounded by worrisome hazards, so golfers of all abilities should feel comfortable with attacking the greens in the manner that best suits their game.

Club Amenities
An atmosphere of fun awaits inside the modern and cozy clubhouse. While not a large, banquet-type building, golfers can kick back, relax, and feel right at home and comfortable on one of the couches or lounge chairs. After the round, stop at Jeff's Bar, where "We charge for drinks, the sarcasm is free!" If the weather is nice, enjoy a bite to eat while spending time on the beautiful and spacious patio that looks out to the 18th hole.

Head PGA Professional Kevin Hansen and his staff are among the kindest, most helpful people you'll meet anywhere. Hansen's pro shop is loaded with the newest equipment, and is stocked with every possible article of clothing you could ask for.

A complete practice facility aids in preparing golfers for a potentially memorable (and low) round. With such a "light" winter all throughout the Midwest, the course is already in excellent condition. The peak of Wisconsin's golf season is right around the corner, so be sure to add Hayward National to your list when making the journey to "The Golf Capital of Wisconsin".





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