I fell in love with Broadlands Golf Club this first time I played it.
Growing up an Illinois golfer, I played most of my golf on relatively flat terrain.
Broadlands Golf Club winds its way up and down dramatic elevation changes.
Your journey begins on the second tee box as you tower over the fairway. From here, you get a peak at the front 9 ahead of you. As you chase up and down the hillsides, you’re tested with shots where you’ll need to navigate a variety of hazards.
While the back nine begins seemingly benign, it’s on the most exposed area of the property. You’ll feel the wind’s full force as you make the loop from holes 10 – 13. No matter which way it blows, it’s going to cause you issue on one or more of the holes in this stretch.
As you step on the 14th tee, you’re on the site where I feel hard for Broadlands Golf Club. The oak trees frame the greensite beautifully. Don’t fall in love too hard, because they present a challenge on your approach. You’ll need to either go over, under or around them depending on your tee shot.
Hole 14 will always be my favorite, but Holes 15 – 18 provide plenty of drama. Each hole makes great use of the changes in elevation, and offer the opportunity for exciting golf shots.
You end your round on a Par 3 which provides you with vistas of the journey you’ve taken. Some might scoff at finishing on a short hole, but I like this hole and location on the golf course. Especially because it comes after the uphill Par 5 16th and short, downhill Par 4 17th. There’s more pressure on your final mid-iron of the day.
My only complaint is that I don’t live closer to Broadlands Golf Club. However, if you’re making your way to northern Wisconsin from Chicago, Broadlands Golf Club is a great pit stop to breakup the ride.
And if you’d like to pair a modern design with a unrivaled classic, you’re just a 15 minute drive from Eagle Spring Golf Resort. This combination gives you 27 holes of pure Wisconsin Golf.
Broadlands Golf Club Photo Tour