Most Americans think of Green Bay foremost for its snow (during Winter American football games at nearby Lambeau Field) however the city has worthwhile green space as well during the warmer months. Unlike Milwaukee down south, the gem of the Green Bay golf scene is a new money entry from Dick Nugent, featuring both distance and heroism required for an optimal score.
Playing more than 7,100 yards, Bower Creek divides the property and Nugent is happy to work it into his routing. Players will face 14 forced carries over water throughout the round.
Although many of these are lengthy fours and fives that force the player to make a wise decision before attempting a carry, the most interesting may be No. 8, the shortest hole on the course. The creek was routed so that it flows well below the green, both in front of and behind the putting surface. The style, at least aesthetically, is a strong comparison point to Tillinghast’s Moat Hole at Galen Hall.
Despite the official name of “Green Bay Country Club,” the course at the property is informally known as “The Hawk,” probably a reference to the native fauna rather than Ben Hogan.