Hawk's View lies on a 300-acre property a little to the north of Lake Geneva and it features two distinctively different courses. Barn Hollow is a delightful, 18-hole par three course for beginners and families whilst Como Crossings is a championship layout measuring just over 7,000 yards.
Craig Schreiner, a Kansas-based course architect, was hired to design a 36-hole facility in 1998 and by the end of 2000, golf was being played over terrain that had previously been used for skiing when it was first the Holiday Hills and then the Mount Fuji ski resort.
The routing of the Como Crossings embraces the natural elevation changes of the landscape - including the former Mt. Fuji ski hill - and granite stone walls built from excavated material found during construction add character to the course.
The Como Creek comes into play at regular intervals (there are water hazards on 8 of the 18 holes) and mature trees frame many of the fairways as they weave through open meadows and wetlands.
The front nine are pretty open with a few blind shots to be played either from the tee or on the approach. Accuracy off the tee is not that important as there are safety options to be had either left or right on most holes. The back nine are tighter, but if anything, even prettier than the front nine.
Best chance for a birdie may well be at one of the three par fives around the turn, between holes 7 and 10. The four par threes on the scorecard are intimidating (three of them measure over 190 yards from the back tees) with the best of these kept until the 17th.
The first hole is pretty open. Favor the left to avoid the fairway bunker right. The 2nd is a good birdie oppty. A short slight dogleg right, you may want to leave the driver in the bag. Off the tee left is best,(aim at the hawk stump) too far right and you will be blocked out. On the approach you will need to carry a small creek. The first par three is mid-length from an elevated tee, so play one club less. The left leaning 4th is supposed to be the easiest hole on the course. Downhill, a decent drive should run out to attack iron range. Easy holes become difficult when you skull your wedge over the green. The fifth is a long straightaway par 4. The 6th is a Florida par 3 with bailout right. This green slopes hard to the water hazard. The first par five is a good one. Possible to reach in two, but…Water most of the left side. Off the tee aim at the center bunker. Pick your yardage carefully on the second shot as there is a colony of bunkers on the left. The par 4 8th is pretty straightforward. Off the tee fly it over the right bunker. The 9th is a reachable par five. Not much too it, woods right, a fairway bunker right. Greenside, front left and back right. Three mediocre shots and you are putting for birdie.
The back starts with a bang. A 600 yard reverse C par 5. The hole will be shorter left, but play it a s 3 shotter. The green is protected by Como Creek. The 11th is a long 200+ yard par 3. The 12th is an interesting hole. Off the tee left is safer, but then your approach must carry the water hazard. Conversely, if you favor the right you best carry the large fairway bunker. The 13th also has water left. Favor the right side off the tee. The 14th is another very reachable par 5. The only protection on this hole are the half dozen bunkers from 150 yards in. Favor the right side off the tee on 15. The left water hazard is easily carried, but why create unnecessary drama? The 16th is a good birdie oppty. Easy to say, just hit it straight to set up your uphill wedge. The 17th is probably the signature hole. It provides a 180 degree view of the Lake Geneva area. Close to 100 foot drop, it as least one club less. The 18th is somewhat of a let down after 17. A straight away downhill par4. This is one of the better protected greens with bunker front middle, left and back right.