Good luck trying to tame The Bull at Pinehurst Farms near Kohler, Wisconsin

SHEBOYGAN FALLS, Wis. -- Jack Nicklaus took a page out of Pete Dye's playbook when he designed The Bull at Pinehurst Farms.

Dye's four courses at The American Club in nearby Kohler -- two at Blackwolf Run and two at Whistling Straits -- set the standard for daunting championship golf in the Midwest, although The Bull isn't far behind.

The 7,364-yard course is bullish on giving away good scores, even from the 6,000-yard white tees, where there's a slope of 135.

The routing starts gently in a subdivision before quickly diving into the woods on the fourth hole. The fifth hole, the no. 1 handicap with a second shot over a wetland, is where the madness begins. It's an all-carry shot on the par-3 sixth hole. There's no margin for error around the wetland on the short seventh hole, either. And on it goes throughout the round -- more ponds at the par-4 10th hole and the par-3 15th hole. Hazards galore haunt the terrorizing finishing hole, a par-4 that climbs to a perch below the clubhouse.

The lost balls are worth checking off a bucket-list track. Golf Digest ranks The Bull at Pinehurst Farms no. 77 on its list of "America's 100 Greatest Public Courses" for 2013-14.

Jun 19, 2014

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Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.