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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Style Woodland
Par 72
Length 6586 yards
Slope 132
Rating 71.9

There are two 18-hole courses available at Lawsonia Golf Course in Green Lake, the Woodlands and the Links. As their names would suggest, the courses have a completely different character from the other. Unlike the wide-open, nearly treeless Links, the Woodlands is enclosed by forests of mature hardwoods. The stands of oak, maple, pine, elm, and walnut trees carry not only the course's beauty but they also provide a home to an abundance of wildlife including whitetail deer, hawks, eagles, and wild turkeys. The fairways are densely lined with trees and are made even tighter thanks to the help of 80 strategically placed traps. The layout is considered a modern target golf course with dramatic elevation changes and large, fast greens that are heavily guarded. The second hole is memorable for the historic landmark that serves as its centerpiece. This par 4 plays around a 90-year-old quarry donned with the historic Judson Tower.

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Course Details

Year Built 1983
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Blue Grass
Golf Season Open: 4/01 Closed: 11/01
Architect Rocky Roquemore

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Golf Simulator Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Indoor Practice Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Appropriate Golf Attire is required at all times, no cut off shorts, tank tops or gym shorts. Collared shirts are required.

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4.2
79 Reviews (79)

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The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 8
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 20
Elevation Changes 17
Undulating Greens 10
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 22
A Weekend Splurge 18
Advanced Golfers 16
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 24

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Amazing experience.

The Woodlands is an awesome course and is in excellent condition. The staff is very nice. I can’t wait to go back again.

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Some good features

It’s been 15 years since I last played. And 15 years ago, the course was unbelievable and I had always wanted to come back. Today, I was impressed with some holes on the woodlands but some tee boxes were rough, and the sand traps, thankfully I didn’t see many, were poorly maintained. For what I am paying, I’d expect more. I was not impressed with the driving range at all. The clubhouse was fully stocked and the staff was incredibly helpful and very kind.

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Handicap 5-9
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Tough but Fair

The Woodlands at Lawsonia is the lesser known sister course to Lawsonia Links. While it plays 2nd fiddle to the classic Lawsonia Links, the Woodlands is a worthy addition to the Lawsonia property. The Woodlands is a traditional Midwest parkland style course with some tight corridors, and a few water hazards and many bunkers sprinkled throughout. Overall our group found the Woodlands to be a tough, but fair test of golf.

The Good:
The Woodlands has some of the best views you'll find at Lawsonia. There are a handful of great views of Green Lake, especially hole #5 (pictured). In contrast to the Links course, the treen lined fairways remind you that you are, indeed, in the United States.

The Average:
It's not fair, but when compared to the Links course, the layout of the Woodlands course is just average. It feels very much like a course you will find at any number of lakeside resorts in the Midwest.

The Not So Good:
The conditions are really good, but not immaculate, and numerous bunkers need sand to improve overall consistency of play. I've spoken with others who have played the Woodlands and they had the same complaint about the bunkers, so it seems to be a persistent problem.

My favorite hole is #2 (pictured). The fairway splits off the tee. The further right you can get on the split fairway, the better look you have at the green. Plus it has the bell tower in the distance, which has wonderful music every hour.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Nice course sand traps need help

The golf course was in decent condition, a couple of dry spots along the Fairway on several holes, overall compared to other courses with lack of rain not a bad course.
I would say the biggest problem on the course are the sand traps. The sand traps need a lot of help. I putted several balls towards the hole and they took a quick left or right turn because of a pebble from the sand traps. The sand traps are filled with rocks.
I had a good breakfast, the staff was friendly helpful and very pleasant.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Worth It

Laswonia is a great golf course. I play it a few times a year with a friend who is a member so we usually play all day and get in 54 holes. We play both courses (Links and Woodlands). Two completely different courses but both are top notch. Greens are to die for on either course. Awesome staff. Just do it and enjoy!

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Friendliness Excellent
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Perfect weather
Used cart

This place could be so nice.

So, I played both courses at Lawsonia the same weekend for the past three years and they are really amazing from a design perspective. However, it appears that they are making investment decisions that are affecting the playability of these golf courses. The bunkers at Lawsonia are inconsistent, some are ok, others have no sand at all, some only have weeds growing in them. The Links traps are better than the Woodlands. I asked one of the dudes working around the place what the deal was? He intimated that the owners of this place, he called them the Baptists, choose not to invest in sand. Now I know renovating bunkers is a pricey task, but these golf courses demand a pricey fee to play them. Look guys, if you aren't sand buyers then get some grass seed and make them grass bunkers. Otherwise, right now these courses are in good shape, they're mowing, which is a good thing and the greens are all good! To tie this up in a neat little bow, I can see how this place gets so highly rated, but am frustrated that every year the bunkers are the same, not top 100 quality.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 09/09/2018

I would like to update this comment. I came back again and the same thing remains. This course for some reason does not invest in itself. The traps on the Woodlands course suck!!! They cost me a really good score on Friday. Staff story this year is that it cost $2,500/bunker to fix them. Well they need to think more strategically about these bunkers. They can't, or don't want to maintain the steep faces on them. So redesign them and make them flatter to keep the sand in the bunkers and lower the maintenance costs associated with caring for them. They won't have the eye appeal, but they will save money in the long run. As for now just play the links course, stay away from the woodlands.

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Wet weather
Used cart

Golf Courses of Lawsonia (Woodlands)

The Good: Lawsonia's sister course to the Links is no slouch, with one of the prettiest layouts in all of central Wisconsin. The Woodlands is appropriately named, with huge trees all over but enough room off the tee to navigate fairly. Fantastic foursome of Par 3's, excellent variety in Par 4's, and some of the most challenging Par 5's that you will ever play. Good fairway and rough conditions, along with smallish, tough greens that putt true. Fantastic, friendly staff will do all they can to make your experience memorable. Clubhouse duals as a rustic restaurant and bar that has some great local grub and flair. Great value, especially when you take advantage of the All-Day-Play package.

The Bad: The sand trap conditions were absolutely an embarrassment for such a high caliber course. Many traps were even considered ground under repair. Limited practice facility with only average putting green and driving range that is uphill with no targets. No GPS and limited on-course amenities.

The Verdict: The Woodlands course is a Top 10 layout in Wisconsin but with only adequate conditioning. Despite the sand woes, a blast to play and great companion to the better known Links course.

Best Hole: Most will side with one of the downhill Par 3's or tough Par 5's, but for me the best hole was the dogleg right Par 4 #5 with great views of Green Lake in the distance and several beautiful lake homes behind the green. Awesome!

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 100 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

Woodlands over Links

Having played both on back-to-back days, I'd vote Woodlands the better of the two courses at Lawsonia.
True to its name, the course largely winds through the woods with some water in play. While holes 2 and 3 get the attention due to the land they are on (#2 has a 2nd shot carry over an old quarry and #3 is a par 3 with a shear drop downhill), I thought the par 5 7th was the best designed hole on the course, using a mix of doglegs, well placed pond you have to consider on your drive and excellent bunkering for both the 2nd and approach shots.
While the fairways and greens are quite good, fair warning that the bunkers are generally in horrible condition, with several of them marked as ground under repair and other deserving off the same treatment.
Putting the bunkers aside, the Woodlands is a great place to play though a bit overpriced for the area (even with the range finder on the cart).

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
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I Recommend This Course
4.0
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The underappreciated play at Lawsonia

Coming into my round, I had low expectations of the Woodlands, a course I knew nothing about. The strength of the main course (the Links) makes the Woodlands almost an afterthought, but that shouldn't be the case. It's a nice track, one that's thoroughly enjoyable to play. The only knock was the bunkers were in poor shape.
There are no bad holes, and quite a few good ones, especially all the downhill par 3s. Many of the holes are tree-lined, although they're not narrow enough to feel claustrophobic. There aren't many 36-hole facilities in the Midwest with a contrast as good as Lawsonia.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Hidden gem

I have been playing the Lawsonia golf courses for about 10 years. Typically I played them 2 - 3 times a year. Last year I got a tee time on the woodlands and thought I would try it out as the links has always been my default course.

The woodlands is an extremely under rated course. People shy away from it as they think it is extremely narrow but it is very playable. I would describe it as a shot makers course and some of the holes have breathtaking views. It is a hidden gem and has become one of my favorite courses to play.

Just like the Links, this course is hampered by pace of play. The lack of course marshalls really hurts this course. I can get around in just over 3 hours for 2 people in the morning. During peak time this becomes 5.5 hours. Note that this 18 is riding only so it makes the waits even seem longer.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Response from on 11/22/2016:
Thanks so much for playing the courses at Lawsonia! Great tips for our newer golfers! Come back and see us again soon.
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Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Terrific course! Easily among the best I've ever played!

Awesome course! Only issue was a twosome that decided they could jump ahead of our twosome and then hold us up on every hole!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Response from on 11/22/2016:
We regret to hear you had a small hiccup with the group playing next to you. We are happy to hear you loved the course! Try us again soon!
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
First Time Playing
Fair weather
Used cart

Not what i thought

First, the guy checking us in was very rude and the set the tone for this course. didnt explain anything or where to go or even say thank you. Just a very rude welcome and not worth the time and money. def. not coming back

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate
Response from on 11/22/2016:
Thank you for leaving your feedback and review on Lawsonia Golf Course, it is important to us. We regret to hear that your round was not as enjoyable as it could have been due to the complication you may have experienced at check-in. We assure you it is our utmost priority to provide a pleasant and golfer-oriented experience for every one of our golfers. This is not a typical day at Lawsonia and we urge you to come back and let us know while you're here what we can do to make it the best golfing day possible for you and your group - we want you to leave with a smile from ear to ear and we do look forward to serving you. We will inform our staff and address the matter.
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Glad we came back

A few weeks ago we played Lawsonia woodlands, and were not treated very nice in the pro shop. (We could not tee off sooner then our appointed tee time, with the tee box wide open).I 'm happy to say this time we treated with much more respect.
I would like to thank the management for the change. The course was in very nice condition. The greens were healing nicely from the recent aeration. One of our favorite. courses. THANK YOU.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Response from on 11/22/2016:
Thank you for giving us another shot! We're so happy to hear you loved the course and your experience was pleasant!
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Illinois Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
First Time Playing
Average weather
Used cart

First Time....very enjoyable

After tackling the Links course in the morning we experienced the Woodlands course.....they had aerated the greens a week previous (I believe on 9/12) and had aerated the tee boxes earlier in the day we played. This is a very enjoyable somewhat tight wooded routing providing a real nice different look from the Links course morning round. Course was very playable but the greens were pretty sketchy from the recent aeration. Sand traps on this course also inconsistent. Nice views of Green Lake and a really nice pretty routing. Greens do have a lot of slope and look forward to visiting Lawsonia again when the greens are in good shape.....as I'll like to play this with better putting conditions. 3.9 stars....all due to greens/tees/trap condition the day we played......but a very enjoyable first time making me want to go back.

Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 09/26/2016

So glad you loved your first time here at the course, we can't wait to see you again!

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Handicap 10-14
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I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Beautiful and Challenging

Played both the Woodlands and Links on 9/19. They had aerated greens the week before and we're plugging the tee boxes, but were up front about it and played the course anyway. Beautiful views, challenging layout - we literally had the place to ourselves. Others' comments about the sand are accurate - I chose to pitch out of the mostly hard packed traps. But just beautiful and at $100 for all the golf we could play it was a great day.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
7a53662f-b614-5027-8a18-1a5c3657ca45
Commented on 09/26/2016

Awesome to hear! We can't wait to see you back. Glad you saw good value playing here!

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3.0
Previously Played

Top 100 golf course?

This course has a fantastic layout and flows nicely with many elevation changes. Shot values fantastic. The greens were well maintained and rolled nicely. But sand traps still need attention. They need sand and it's apparent they only get raked every now and again. The range was closed because the pickers broken. I think $50 is about what you should pay here. This course is in better shape of the two courses.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
7a53662f-b614-5027-8a18-1a5c3657ca45
Commented on 09/26/2016

Good to hear you loved the layout and we will let our staff and crews know about the sand traps thanks for looking out!

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Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Don't get there early

We got to the course about 30 minutes early, (Mike) in the pro shop said because we used Golf Now we could not tee off till our tee time. There was nobody on the tee box for over 30 minutes or more. He also said if we pay the normal rate we could then tee off early. I realize that Golf Now states the tee time is only good at the booked time, but we have never had this kind of treatment any place before. He made it clear that he did not like the great deal we got from Golf Now.
Whenever we use Golf Now we try to have a few drinks and food at the course, but in this case we just went elsewhere. Love the course.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
7a53662f-b614-5027-8a18-1a5c3657ca45
Commented on 09/26/2016

Thanks for playing here, we regret to hear there was some complications upon checking in at the course. We will let our staff know and ensure your next round is enjoyable as can be. Come back and see us!

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Top 250 Contributor
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First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Just as good if not better than the Links

Buddy and I played both on one day. Woodlands were our 2nd 18 and it left a great taste in our mouth. Course is well designed and cuts nicely through the woods. Its also great to go to courses where both golf courses are exactly the same in green speed, fairways and rough length. Par 3rd is a really cool hole. Love playing par 3s that dont have to be long but are still challenging. This course and the whole complex does a great job of having great golf at a good price and its not hoity toity. Its a nice relaxing place with great golf. Well done.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
7a53662f-b614-5027-8a18-1a5c3657ca45
Commented on 09/27/2016

Thanks so much for playing at our course, we're happy to hear you enjoyed the layout and had a great round!

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