Natural Landscapes Naturally Challenging
Just as the waterpark craze was a stroke of genius, some business owners decided the Dells could be a golf mecca too. And they were right. The topography of the area makes for some great natural landscape courses, and big name designers have brought this community real credibility when it comes to the game of golf. Chula Vista Resort’s Cold Water Canyon Golf Course, which recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation, has 18 holes, with the front nine played along canyons and the back nine a Scottish links-style. Trappers Turn Golf Club, a 27-hole course that earned four-and-a-half stars in Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play,” was designed by two-time U.S. Open Champion Andy North and world renowned golf course designer Roger Packard. The 18-hole Wild Rock Golf Club at the Wilderness, the second golf course at the Wilderness Resort, which also operates Woods Family Course at the Wilderness, was designed by the duo of Dr. Mike Hurdzan and Dana Fry. It actually curves around and through the site of a former quarry, making for some dramatic and challenging holes.

Interview Recommendations

  • Chris Goodwick, Director of Golf Operations and Pat Stein, Head Golf Professional at Wilderness Resort
  • Todd Nelson, owner of Trapper’s Turn Golf Club and an avid golfer himself

Round-Up/Trend/Sidebar Story Ideas

  • Planning an entire vacation around golf
  • Bringing along your clubs and your camera

Mini-Golf Gets Competitive
Not everyone has a golf handicap worth envying. And that’s precisely why miniature golf is so perfect -- it wipes away any advantage golfers who excel on the full-size greens might have. Not surprising, it also gets the competitive juices flowing. Just walk the courses located in downtown Wisconsin Dells and you’re sure to overhear a remark or two regarding accurate scorekeeping. There’s Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf, where the “grounds crew” maintains 30,000 plants around 90 holes. Next door at Timber Falls Adventure Park, visitors can golf around a volcano that erupts every 15 minutes, or head across the street to their links along the Wisconsin River, the only course with shade.

Interview Recommendations

  • Andy Waterman, owner of Timber Falls Adventure Park

Round-Up/Trend/Sidebar Story Ideas

  • Finding activities the entire family will enjoy, from little ones to grandparents
  • Staying active while on vacation