The Badger state of Wisconsin is situated in the Midwest Region of the USA and it’s sometimes called “America’s Dairyland” because of its dairy farming and cheese making capabilities; producing vast quantities of milk, butter and cheese for the nation on an annual basis. Wisconsin’s largest city is Milwaukee, around which much of the state’s golfing activity takes place.
There are nine state golf associations affiliated to the USGA, the largest of which is the Wisconsin State Golf Association. Founded by nine clubs back in 1901, it provides administration for around 55,000 members in almost 500 clubs that lie between Apostle Highlands in Douglas County down to Big Oaks in the southeastern corner of the state. The WSGA, along with the Wisconsin Section of the PGA and several other state golf associations share an office in West Allis, Milwaukee.
A couple of Golden Age designs are much revered by Wisconsinite golfers; the Harry Colt and C.H. Alison-designed course at the private Milwaukee Country Club and William Langford’s public layout of Lawsonia (Links). These old tracks are overshadowed however by a pair of 36-hole Pete Dye golf complexes at Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run. In particular, the Straits course at the former and the River course at the latter are acknowledged as modern American Top 100 treasures – and what’s even better is that all four 18-hole tracks are available for public play.
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