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Door County Opens for You

The Door County Peninsula in Northeast Wisconsin has long been one of the top summer vacation destinations for many Chicagoans. Door County boasts over 250 miles of shoreline with the bay of Green Bay to the north and Lake Michigan to the south. It’s unique geography; natural beauty and carefree atmosphere lend an air of peaceful tranquility to all who visit.

Door County is famous for its picturesque shoreline, brilliant sunsets, historic lighthouses, exceptional outdoor recreation, outstanding performing arts and now—championship golf. Eleven courses offer both traditional parkland and links-style designs and a degree of challenge for the weekend golfer or the professional.

The newest jewel in Door County’s golf course crown is the Horseshoe Bay Golf Club in Egg Harbor. This magnificent design is located high up on a bluff that overlooks Green Bay. Rugged stone outcroppings, natural wetlands, woods and fields of wildflowers can be seen wherever you look. Frank E. Murphy acquired this land in 1900 and soon became the largest breeder of dairy cattle in Wisconsin. In 1940 Horseshoe Bay Farms also became Door County’s largest employer and planted the largest apple and cherry orchards in the State. In 2000, Frank E. Murphy’s dream of building a world-class golf course was finally realized in Horseshoe Bay Golf Club.

The first hole, a 402-yard par four, is named after a Shawnee Indian Chief. “Tecumseh” sought refuge in Wisconsin’s longest natural cavern located underneath the golf course. The entire cave is a complicated, challenging and a mystifying natural wonder, just like the Horseshoe Bay Golf Club. The 585-yard par five13th is another great golf hole that features two fairways to choose from. It’s name “Double Delicious” comes from that double fairway and the fact that this hole was carved out of one of the farm’s apple orchards.

Horseshoe Bay was just ranked #2 in the State in the “Players Choice Awards” for Wisconsin and features a beautiful dairy barn clubhouse offering all the amenities including a fully stocked pro shop and a first class grill.

The Orchards at Egg Harbor is another of Door County’s new, spectacular 18-hole championship courses featuring bent grass fairways, tees and greens. It boast’s the exact same course rating as the world’s most famous golf course, Pebble Beach! However, when you compare the cost of the green fee at Pebble Beach ($350) and The Orchards ($48) the conclusion is clear: Door County not only has superb golf courses, but superb bargains as well.

The Orchards plays to over 7,000 yards and winds through woods, apple and cherry orchards, and scenic meadows with a picturesque lake. Signature holes include, the short 375-yard par four 15th. A tricky driving hole with a single large bunker in the center of the fairway. You must be right, left or short to have any second shot to a difficult three level green. Next up is the long, spectacular 577-yard par-five 16th, which features lots of options and a big reward for a bold second shot. Finally, at the par five 18th a long drive from an elevated tee carrying the corner of a lake will find a doublewide fairway and a chance to reach an uphill green for a birdie opportunity. Of course if you don’t carry the lake on your drive your looking at a triple bogey, but what’s worse, a triple bogey or being called a “chicken” for years to come!

The Orchards modern clubhouse includes men’s and women’s locker rooms, a spacious bar and grill and an elegant, fully stocked pro-shop.

The shortest par three in the entire Midwest (maybe the entire USA) can be also be found in Door County at the Peninsula Golf Course located in Wisconsin’s 3776-acre Peninsula State Park. The par three 8th measures only 69 yards (back tees) and is about the same distance down to the green from the tee up on the bluff. This may just be the trickiest and shortest hole in America. Picking the right club for a 69-yard hole with a 60-foot drop is not all that easy. It’s a sand wedge, yes, but how hard do you hit it? Too short, you’re in the rocks; too long you’re in the trees over the green.

Other holes include views from up on the bluffs above the bay and are breathtaking, especially in the fall. For a short layout, Peninsula State Park Golf Course at 6300 yards is really a great test of golf and an even more beautiful walk in the park.

In the southern part of Door County, overlooking Green Bay is one of Golf Digest’s four-star, “Best Places to Play Courses for 2001”. Idlewild Golf Course is located just minutes from the Potowatomi State Park and features a beautifully maintained and manicured course with exceptional greens and natural Northwoods scenery. Their spectacular 499-yard par five signature 9th hole includes an island green, where long hitters off the tee will certainly be tempted to go-for-it! Another island-type green awaits you on the 407-yard par four 18th. Water comes into play on 10 of the 8 holes, so consistency, especially off the tee and managing your miss-hits is the key to scoring here. At only $26 a round, any winner can afford to buy the 19th hole drinks at Idlewild’s Solarium Bar & Grill.

Cherry Hills Lodge & Golf Resort is Door County’s premiere golf destination and combines a natural setting with the atmosphere of a private country club. Cherry Hills Lodge overlooks the golf course and offers beautifully appointed, spacious guest rooms with deluxe whirlpool baths. Private parties, family reunions, golf outings and business meetings are their specialty.

Cherry Hill’s 357-yard 15th hole is one of the shortest, yet most challenging par fours in the state. A long iron off a very elevated tee will set up a short iron into the green. Out-of-bounds is off to the left and if you’re too short you’ll be blocked out by trees, so choose wisely grasshopper!
The Cherry Hills Lodge & Golf Resort is a perfect location to use as a base to explore all of the exciting opportunities Door County has to offer.
Alpine Golf Resort in Egg Harbor is Door County’s only “sporty” regulation 36 hole public course and has what’s been called the “most scenic hole in Wisconsin”. It’s the 275-yard 9th on the blue course, which is so scenic that a tram actually runs visitors up to the tee area to get a look at a 50-mile vista.
Surrounded by the shores of Green Bay with over 300 acres of beachfront, the Alpine Resort offers the most spectacular views in all of Door County. The amenities at the resort are endless and their location perfect for your Door County adventure.
Deer Run Golf Course and Resort sits out on Washington Island at the northern tip of Door County. Here you can golf amid mature maples and a glistening pond. Maxwelton Braes Golf Resort is located on a picturesque 200-acre estate with scenery reminiscent of the Scottish landscape. It’s nestled on the east coast, the quiet side, of the Door County Peninsula and offers another “sporty” 18-hole par 70 course complete with hotel, cottages, restaurant, heated pool and loads of summer activities.
Other Door County golf courses include Stonehedge Golf Course, a challenging 9-hole course also near Egg Harbor, the 9-hole Bay Ridge Golf Course near Sister Bay and Twenty Seven Pines Golf Course, Door County’s first championship Par 3 layout just five miles south of Sturgeon Bay.

For more information contact
Door County Chamber of Commerce
1015 Green Bay Rd,
P.O.Box 406
Sturgeon Bay, WI.54235-0406

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