The Golf Courses of Lawsonia

W2615 S Valley View Dr
Green Lake, WI 54941
Pricing: $51 - $75
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Lawsonia has two 18 hole courses on Green Lake just west of Oshkosh.

The initial course here was the Links course playing to 6,494 yards and 71.5/128, course/slope ratings from the middle tees and designed by William Langford and Theodore Moreau. It was built in 1930 on the former Victor Lawson estate, one of the Chicago Daily News founders. It's a links style course which mimics the British links courses with wide open, hard and fast, mounded and contoured fescue lined fairways and greens and virtually without trees. The routing has a number of fairway and greenside bunkers-90 in total, but the greens are open in front to encourage the bump and run shot. It's routed over slightly hilly terrain with the greens elevated, bordered by mounded collars, multi-tiered, and fast. You'll notice a stretch of holes 9th-14th which are pars 5-3-5-3-5-3, which were created by laying the course out with the land as it was instead of trying to balance out the scorecard.

In contrast the Woodlands course is 6,186 yards, 70.1/128, course/slope ratings from the middle white tees. It's a pure parkland style design with tight tree lined fairways and 80 bunkers around the landing areas or greenside with some dramatic change in elevation. It was designed by Joe Lee and Rocky Roquemore and is a scenic track with water coming into play on four holes.

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Posted by: Subparhopes

Sep 22nd, 2012

Played the Links course and found conditions to be close to perfect.The fairways were firm and and the rough burned out and rock hard. I found the course much more fun, but also much more difficult.

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Posted by: Pmontgomery

Oct 6th, 2010

Lawsonia is know nationally as a relic from golf course architecture's past, a favorite of golf snobs nationwide, but locally, it's just considered lots of fun to play. There's an assortment of blind shots, odd mounding that does unplanned things with the line of flight. There's a ton of cross bunkers, grass mounds, that prove very deceptive off the tee and on approach to the greens. The greens might be the course's strongest defense, wildly undulating, raised, small, large, fast, and sloping. Some of the best par 3s and 5s you might ever play on one course, It's a little on the expensive side for the area, but definitely worth it for the overall experience.

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Posted by: EvanH

Sep 21st, 2010

A must play for the purist, the Links course is sublime, fantastic lines and contours using the land as it was, conditioning was superb, pace of play not a problem at all. A must play every time I get into the area.

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Posted by: chris22

Jul 11th, 2010

The old south nine, (The Woodlands front nine) is not a bad nine holes at all. The quarry hole is great as is the drop shot par 3. However, It's the back nine, the final nine built, where the Woodlands problems lie. There's no cohesiveness, or even an attempt at making that nine fit the whole. It may not be a bad nine holes of golf, but it pales in comparison to the pre-existing 27 holes here.

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Posted by: McGregor

Jul 5th, 2010

Lawsonia was playing quite fast and firm. Greens were excellent and very good speed, faster than normal. The quicker greens did make it more fun, and much more difficult.

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