John Barr is an interesting also-ran in golf architecture, having designed three golf courses in Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, while not establishing himself more firmly in the field. Unfortunately for him, the current course at North Hills Country Club (founded originally in 1929 as the Menomonee Golf Club) near Milwaukee is more of a Ken Kilian project now, after the latter architect was brought in to lead a redesign during the ‘90s.
That redesign maintains the classic routing of the course, however, with the first nine holes looping around the outside of the property with the second nine traveling within that loop. Players will travel back and forth across the Menomenee River during both nines, however it will only provide a true hazard to those duffing their tee shots.
Accuracy will be the trait of the day for those looking to take a match at North Hills. From the tee, fairways will be guarded on both sides by lurking trees, while upon approach Kilian has placed large bunkers along almost all the greens.