The Golf Course at Branch River

4.7334117647 4.7 stars from 5 (53)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6696 yards
  • Slope: 125
  • Rating: 72.5
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6696 yards 72.5 125
White 72 6450 yards 71.5 123
Gold 72 5932 yards 69.1 119
Gold (W) 72 5932 yards 68.9 118
Red (W) 72 5185 yards 69.9 115

The Golf Course at Branch River, located just west of Manitowoc, is an extension of the former Lakeside Country Club that was established in 1909. Branch River is an 18-hole course that sprawls across rolling, wooded hills. The fairways are lined with mature trees and the gently undulating terrain guarantees a few uneven lies. Strategically placed sand traps and water hazards will further test your accuracy. The vigorous golf course is a good test but it is not so formidable that beginners should be intimidated. The par-4 second hole offers one of the most interesting risk-reward situations on the course. Golfers who are feeling confident with their driver can try to hit it past the big tree hanging over the right side of the fairway, but those who are less confident can play to the 100-yard marker and use a short iron from there.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.7 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.7 stars from 5
Value: 4.2 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.8 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 53 Reviews
5 stars:
27
4 stars:
16
3 stars:
8
2 stars:
1
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

48 out of 52 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive   Great for locals advanced golfers wildlife/ scenic views   Challenges include bunkers elevation changes water hazards   Great for drinks  

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Reviews


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"Tough to want to go to another course"


u130827656's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/01/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

The setting and layout of this course is perfect, and it's nestled mainly surrounded by woods yet the fairways are wide enough for the average golfer. The greens are very true and the elevation difference throughout the course is perfect. Each time I am done with a round here I am wanting more. There's just something about it that it is difficult to put into words. Very enjoyable!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great day"


mark5750's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/18/2016
First time playing Used cart Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We had a Great time .The course was nice ,and the staff were great.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"GREAT fairways and greens"


uDRNC2048DR's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/07/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

1st time playing here, nothing but good to say, Just an awesome round, will definitely go back. The traps had actual sand in them love that.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"slow play"


mrgolfer16's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/01/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time playing this course and possibly the last as the pace was very slow. The guy in front of us was hitting two balls on every shot. When we turned the corner for the back nine, the staff in the office had just let another foursome go out in front of us. I went in the clubhouse to inform him of this and he did go and tell the foursome they would have to let us play through on the next hole, but he did have an attitude about it. Just a lot of sitting in the cart and waiting through all 18 holes....


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Very nice course with vintage charm"


u335791835's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/21/2016
Previously played

Reviewed on

I absolutely love this course. I love it because it is beautiful, and in GREAT condition! I also love the 70's feel to the club house. This use to be a private country club that went public 5 years ago.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great Course"


u671251971's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/31/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I golfed a lot of the courses in northeast wi and this course ranks up at the top. Great layout with mature trees. Staff was awesome!! Highly recommend this course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Nice"


Binh5498615's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/23/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Straight forward layout with challenging approach the mostly elevated greens. Nice undulation on decent greens. Played in the fall so lots of leaves. Neon yellow balls show up nicely.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Golf in Wisconsin"


William4943953's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/26/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nicely designed course, more difficult then rating. Conditions were good. Good,driving range and practice area. Great value compared to other courses in area. Restaurant was good but not outstanding, very good service. Will play again if I am in the area.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Excellent course for varied abilities"


Tramps's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/21/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

My wife and I are happy when we break 100. We didn't this day (it was the first time we played here), but we really enjoyed the course. It has challenges for better golfers, but they were not overly daunting for us - that is the sign of a good design. You can tell this used to be a private club. It is in excellent shape and also interesting and scenic, with several holes that have ups and downs, elevated tees, etc. Staff was efficient and friendly. We definitely hope to play this again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"A hidden gem"


Rekon27's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/09/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

This course is a hidden gem, fairways were green, firm but not dried out so you would get some roll out with your shots, the greens were soft and quick, I read a review that complained about the greens, there was true roll not hoping some different shades of green but this was a steal for the amount we paid in greens fees. The staff was very friendly and out going, Rachel I believe was in the bar area was super friendly and served us some quick food at the turn but pointed out the specials they were offering. Cart girls friendly and around quite often, the drinks and snacks did not break the bank buying a round. Replay rate was a great bargain, I will be back to play this course again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Good course"


williambyrd49's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/02/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Was a good overall course. The only comment would be like a previous reviews was the knats or bugs flying around your face, seemed to only be a issue in the morning. Overall a good layout with different holes.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Awesome course!"


u051465673's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/01/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in great condition! Great price for the round and the staff from the bar to the cart girl were awesome! Definitely will be back!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Fantastic experience"


David4524075's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/06/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Our entire experience at Branch River was wonderful. The staff were exceptionally friendly and professional! I highly recommend this golf course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"greens were very distrurbing"


golffreak68's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/22/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

First comment is to a previous person making a review this course if you live in Green Bay is not closer than Thornberry even if your on the east side Thornberry would be 20 minutes max, about my review played in the past and course was alaways good this year the greens were downright awful and that's being nice. They were not only extremely slow but discolored bright green dark green etc and uneven in height and so much grain and than pace of play was a joke last 9 holes a few hooligans drinking testing my nerve . I wont be back they would need to pay me to come play and that's sad, a decent layout of a course otherwise but to let your Greens get that bad the staff would be fired if I owned this course as winter was very kind to all the courses I have played this year


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"This course is fun!"



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/01/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The one thing I feel when finished golfing here is I want to play it again! It's hard to explain why but it's just an enjoyable course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Excellent layout"


azhastings's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/05/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course!! I will definetly return. It has great variety in its layout . Very challenging!!!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"GREAT COURSE!!"


u000006451389's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/27/2014
First time playing

Reviewed on

This was our first time playing this course and were pleasantly surprised!! We live in NE Green Bay (UWGB area) and it was a short 35 minute drive to the course - a shorter drive than it is to Thornberry at Oneida. The course was in great condition - no signs of winter kill on the greens. There were very few golfers on course yet they still had a beverage cart out and about!


Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Swing at golf balls and bugs"


farmer01's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/26/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

very nice course but lots of bugs.Most trouble on tee boxes.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Nice for the price"


rockjsqrl's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/24/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Can tell the course has been "let go" somewhat with the many weeds. The course has a very nice layout but the bugs are terrible! I suggest spraying at night to try to alleviate so many bugs that are distracting when hitting and putting.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Great but gnats!!"


ScottBork's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/22/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in great condition and the deal we received was outstanding. But, the gnats were unbearable. As much as I love the course and the great deal we received I would not go back unless someone can assure the gnats are gone or the have advice on how to get them to leave you alone.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course



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