The Lake Wisconsin Country Club was chartered by the State of Wisconsin in October 1925. Granted free use of the land adjacent to the Prairie du Sac hydroelectric dam (remnants of the dam construction are an intergal part of the course to this day) by the Wisconsin River Power Company and enthusiastically promoted by a courageous group of Sauk-Prairie citizens, the club was soon boasting 100 members. Greens construction was started by harvesting soil from a nearby farm and placing it with a horsecart. A clubhouse was built and a watering system for the greens installed. Momentum carried the club through the depression of the 30’s but World War II brought club activity to a halt as the power company fenced in most of the course for security reasons. In 1948, the club was reorganized, the fence was removed, the fairways were mowed and the greens reconditioned. The club had reestablished itself and was back in business.
As membership increased in the 50’s, the pressure to expand did also. In 1963, a new clubhouse was built and a second nine holes was added the following year. In 1974, a semi-automatic sprinkling system was installed. In 1985, after surveying the membership, the course was updated with the rebuilding of two greens, the addition of a new practice green, a new maintenance facility, a number of new tees and the expansion of the clubhouse.
In 1995, plans were developed for a new irrigation system and a master plan for course updates was started. This dream was realized in the fall of 2000 when a computerized double row irrigation system was installed. At the same time, a pond was dug to act as a reservoir and the excess material from the pond excavation was used to build 17 new tees and a number of mound complexes. In all, 16 of the 18 holes received updates.
The course you play today is the result of the forward thinking and support of the membership at Lake Wisconsin Country Club. Enjoy!
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A par 4 slight dogleg left. There is water in play for the longer hitters off the tee to the right, fairway is key here. The elevated green sloping back to front is a tricky one. You will want to stay below the hole if you can, it can get quick coming down hill at a front pin. Par is a good score on this one.
Longer hitters will try to carry the two sand bunkers on the right to shorten this hole to a reachable par five. Shorter hitters aim to left side of the fairway. Miss the fairway left or right and it is an almost certain punch shot under the trees to get the ball back in the fairway. Two-tiered green that plays it’s toughest with a back pin position. This hole can be an easy par if played conservatively as a three approach shot hole.
This short par four requires a fairway wood or iron off the tee, as being in the fairway is essential. Second shot is a mid to low iron to an elevated green that is bunkered both left and right. The third green has many subtle breaks so concentrate on a good lag putt.
Check out the beautiful view from the tee but don’t lose your concentration before playing this demanding par five. To prevent a high score, aim away from the dense woods on the left on the tee shot. Longer hitters may risk cutting some of the corner off on this dogleg left par five. Second shot should be played down the right side of the fairway setting up a better angle to the green for the third shot.
The first of LWCC’s six challenging par 3’s. The tee shot is from an elevated tee to an elevated green. If the green is missed, the uphill approach shot is difficult to get close, making for a tough par. Still, it is better to be short than long. One of the tougher greens to make a putt; it is important to be on the correct side of the hole on all approaches.
Hit your straightest club as accuracy supersedes distance on this challenging short par 4. Whether the woods on the right or the out of bounds fence on the left, this hole has ruined many rounds. If the flagstick is right, play to the center of the green to elude the overhanging tree. Those making par or better will gain confidence to face the upcoming tough stretch of holes.
The toughest par 3 at LWCC. Tee shot is downhill to an elevated green guarded by out of bounds on the left and a steep slope on the right. If at all undecided about club selection choose the shorter club, as being short of the green offers the best chance to get up and down. This green can be scary fast putting to a front right hole location. Play smart to prevent the high score.
This sharp dogleg left hole offers a tough decision off the tee. Either play the tee shot safe to the corner and have a tough time reaching the green in two or hit a high risky shot over the trees and shorten the approach shot considerably. Either way, the green is still tricky to be on in two shots as the prevailing winds tend to push the ball right. The green slopes from left to right so play the proper break.
The two fairway bunkers on the left are targets to stay away from on this mid-length par 4. The second shot is to a green surrounded by mounds and a sand bunker front right. The best place to miss this green is short, otherwise saving par with the short game will be a challenge.
This hole challenges every golfer’s mental and physical game especially if it is the first hole of day. The choice off the tee should be whatever club is straightest (or doesn’t fade) as the road is out of bounds the entire length of the hole. Miss the fairway left and a low punch shot will be required to get back in play. Large trees and a sand bunker surround the green, requiring the approach shot to be precise. If the pin is back left, be careful of Lake Wisconsin as it can swallow the ball very easily. Bogie or better is a good score.
Better hope the wind isn’t blowing, as this par 3 is a tough one, if the breeze is coming off the lake. Lake Wisconsin, which borders the entire right side of this mid-length par 3 hole, sees more than its fair share of golf balls. If the tee shot is left, get ready for a very challenging up-and-down. Make a three here and you’ll pick up strokes against your fellow competitors.
LWCC’s most historic hole with the famed “island tee”. Re-tee and hit three unless the tee shot crosses over Lake Wisconsin. There is more trouble ahead as the lake closely borders the green. It is a tough up-and-down from long and left as the dike comes into play. Par or better on the first three holes on the back nine should leave a chance for a personal best.
Straight away short Par 5 with big trees and bunkers off the tee. Finding the fairway on the tee ball will make this hole play easy. Don’t get over-confident as two sand bunkers attract many errant shots on the front side of the green. This green tends to break toward the river. This hole offers an excellent birdie chance.
This short par four presents a demanding tee shot through a very narrow gap, due to large trees bordering each side of the fairway. Many will play fairway woods or long irons for accuracy. If the fairway sand bunkers on the left collect your ball, saving par is incredibly tough. A deep sand bunker protects a front right flagstick, allowing this hole to play much tougher than it looks.
The shortest par three at LWCC. A tee shot with a short iron from an elevated tee is somewhat simple until the breeze picks up. The sand bunkers left and back of the green attract as many golf balls as any on the course. Push the tee shot right and an out of bounds fence comes into play.
A short par four that doglegs sharply right to the Wisconsin River. Many will use a mid-iron off the tee allowing for a short, downhill second shot. Some take the high risk/reward route over the trees trying to drive the green. The green offers many challenging and hard to get to flagstick positions. The green slopes back to front so be careful.
Straight-away par three, with the green hidden by a ridge running in front. Don’t hit the tee shot long as Golf Road will add two strokes onto the score. This green is tough to hit in regulation, which puts great pressure on the short game. The toughest up-and-down comes if the green is missed left. Be careful with the putter as this green usually breaks more than it looks.
A round finishing par five that has out of bounds (Golf Road) bordering the entire right side of the hole. Aim it just right of the fairway bunker on the tee shot. Most choose to position the second shot just left of the mounds edging the right side of the fairway. The third shot is very tough to get close as this green has two ridges that separate the green into three sections. Play this hole safe to prevent ending with a high score.