I would recommend this course enthusiastically! Beautiful course and a great setting. The hilly terrain made it challenging with a nice mix of longer and short holes.
Short, fun and forested: Prairie Woods lives up to both words in its name.
This beautiful, 18 hole, par-71 course cut out of pristine Wisconsin farmland features majestic, 100-year-old trees, a hilly terrain and its fair share of water.
Prairie Woods is just that – prairie and woods. Yet at around 6,000 yards, the course is a pleasure for golfers of all skill levels.
Prairie Woods is hard to put a label on.
While not a true links-style course, neither is Prairie Woods one of the new-wave of “cookie cutter” courses with wide fairways and greens the size of small countries!
This is a great addition to the golf offered in the area, not quite like any of the other courses around. Again we have the advantage of mature trees and holes carved out of forestland that give you a more pleasurable round in that forest-like setting.
Prairie Woods offers lots of unique holes, doglegs left and right — even a couple par-3s over water (natural ponds and a few built). This is a bona fide “shot-maker’s course.”
You don’t necessarily need a driver on every hole, but you have to hit it in the right spots.
Here’s a quick course on the course
We asked Jon Turner, PGA, our Director of Golf and Head Professional, for his assessment of a few of the holes you’ll come to know here at Prairie Woods.
How does the first hole play?
Of this par 4, you need to be aware of three fairway bunkers. The green is sloped back to front, with a bunker front, left.
What is the best Par-5 on the course?
There’s a fairway bunker left at the corner, with woods and OB to the left. The fairway bunker to the right catches a few second shots. “If you can get to the corner, you have a shot of 200 to 230 – but there’s a huge, steep pot bunker in front of the green – if you’re in the bottom of this bunker you won’t see the flag stick.”
What is the best Par-3 on the course?
This hole gives golfers a lot of concern when it comes to losing that first ball of the day!
What is the toughest hole on the golf course?
What is the most difficult green on the golf course?
There’s really no straight putt on this green, with a lot of bunker activity to the left (two below the green, one above).
Take me through the final three holes; how can I expect to finish my round?
Seventeen is straight forward, with a fairway bunker and a green sloped back-to-front.
Eighteen is a good finishing hole — uphill, with a slight dogleg left and water and fairway bunker to the left. It all plays longer than it says, as it’s all uphill. It’s one of our longer Par-4’s.
Any final thoughts?
Yardage, Rating, Slope
Grass: Tees and Fairways: A mix of rye, bluegrass and bentgrass. Greens: Penn Cross
12601 County Highway A,
Avalon, WI 53505