Links at Lawsonia Golf Course

4.1685411765 4.2 stars from 5 (62)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6853 yards
  • Slope: 130
  • Rating: 72.8
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Indoor practice facilities: Yes
Simulator: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Appropriate Golf Attire is required at all times, no cut off shorts, tank tops or gym shorts. Collared shirts are required.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6853 yards 72.8 130
White 72 6494 yards 71.5 128
White (W) 72 6494 yards 76.3 131
Gold 72 5889 yards 68.8 124
Gold (W) 72 5889 yards 73.6 124
Red (W) 71 5078 yards 68.9 117
Red 71 5078 yards 65.2 115

Lawsonia Golf Course boasts two championship 18-hole courses, the Links and the Woodlands. These two contrasting designs both offer a challenging round amongst historic landmarks and abundant wildlife. The Links Course will make you feel as though you've been transported to the British Isles. Many of the holes replicate famous Scottish and English golf holes, giving it a character that is reminiscent of the golf courses played in the British Open. In order to mimic the open feel of a traditional links course, trees were removed and contours were shaped and molded into the landscape. Just like any links course, the layout is especially tough if the wind is blowing hard. The golf course covers a range of elevation changes providing rolling fairways and multi-tiered, often elevated, greens. More than 90 bunkers are strategically placed throughout, and there is also deep rough to contend with.

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.2 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.6 stars from 5
Value: 3.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.5 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.9 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 62 Reviews
5 stars:
34
4 stars:
20
3 stars:
4
2 stars:
4
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

58 out of 61 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive   Great for advanced golfers a bucket list/top 100 pick a weekend splurge   Challenges include undulating greens bunkers elevation changes   Great for drinks watching the game  

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"Golf Courses of Lawsonia (Links)"


btweed1683's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Chicago Advisor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/26/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

The Good: The Links course at Lawsonia is one of the most official "Old School" designs in midwestern public golf. Designed by the great William B. Langford in the 1920's, this track has some of the most challenging green complexes and unique sightlines off the tee that you'll see at any course, anywhere. Design includes an excellent grouping of Par 5's and Par 3's, most notably the #7 Boxcar hole with one of the most severe green fall-offs you'll find. Excellent course conditions, particularly the severely undulated greens that are very fast and challenging. 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: Much like its companion course, the Woodlands, the sand traps were a little thin. The practice facilities are to be desired with only a decent putting green and an uphill driving range with no targets. No GPS on the carts and limited on-course amenities.

The Verdict: The Links course is one of the most unique public courses in the Midwest. A true Scottish feeling without the adjacent body of water. Top 8-10 public course in Wisconsin.

Best Hole: The Par 5 13th would be on this list, but the beautiful bordering trees that engulfed the hole were all removed. The Boxcar hole remains the signature hole of the entire complex.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"A trip back in time"


RavensGolfer's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/15/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

To be upfront, I preferred the Woodlands over the Links. While the Links was an interesting look at golf course architecture thinking in the 1930s, it was more a curiosity than a great course. Having played 40+ links courses in Scotland and Ireland, I would put this below almost all of them.

That is not to say there isn't some challenge in this course. It starts with 3 straight longer par 4s, followed by a long uphill par 3 before the course "softens" up a bit. The main challenge is the greens with many of them popped up 4 feet or more, making getting up and down a challenge. The greens also have a good amount of interest in them.

As with the Woodlands, the bunkers are in horrible condition for a course normally rated quietly highly.

Play it once for the historical interest and make your own determination if it was worth the money or a return trip.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Add to your bucket list"


JasonDeeganGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/14/2017
First time playing Used cart Cold weather

Reviewed on

Lawsonia Links is truly a one-of-a-kind.

Any golfers who consider themselves a bucket-list chaser or an architect aficionado must come play it.

I've never seen so many dramatic falloffs around the greens. Before you move on from the first green take a look behind it. Imagine having to hit a flop-shot from there. The shot comes up again and again, especially below the green on the famous 'Boxcar' par 3 at no. 7.

There's so many little nuances to this classic course. The gently rolling land makes for great tee and green sites. The first two tee shots are almost completely blind. Wild and completely random berms, almost like walls, block certain paths to other fairways or greens.

The course doesn't necessarily play firm and fast enough to be a true links, but with its berm/mounding and the longer grasses in spots, it certainly offers up the look. It's an engaging design, that's for sure.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 07/29/2017

Jason - if you enjoyed the Links architecture you should consider making visits on your travels to Spring Valley in Salem, WI easy drive north from Chicago and Kankakee Elks in St. Anne south of Chicago..L&M gems in the rough. Both courses are great values ($30)....prime restoration tracks - you just have to cut down some of the trees and put sand in - both courses never did!!


"Solid fun round of golf"


u0000058416's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/25/2017
First time playing Used cart Wet weather

Reviewed on

Played Lawsonia-Links while in Wisconsin on vacation. Arrived about 3pm on a Sunday afternoon and the place was dead. Had been a very windy day, so I'm guessing that is why. Went to Langford's Pub for a quick bite (average food) and went in to the proshop. There was a guy behind the counter that seemed too busy flirting with a female worker to notice us. After he asked if he could help us, I paid my fee (twilight w/cart $59) and he said I could go when I was ready.

Got to the first tee and could only get a vague idea where the hole went, due to a blind opening tee shot. Second tee shot is blind as well, but this seemed to be a design feature, more than just poor architecture. What followed was 4 enjoyable hours of golf. The greens are very firm and true. Many of the holes have cross bunkers that block the view of the fairway or target.

All in all, it was a fun course to play and I would do it again. $59 seemed a fair price for the course at twilight. Finished in plenty of daylight.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Must visit if you love golf"


polishpal's avatar
Wisconsin Advisor
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/23/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Lawsonia is a great place to play and the fact that is has two distinctly difference courses make it a great option for the golf enthusiast.

Played the Links Course and it was in fantastic shape. The greens rolled true and were fast. Fairways were lush (as are most fairways in the state based on all the rain we've had so far). This 18 is wide open but that means nothing. Every teem shot is right in front of you but ball striking is at a premium if you want to play well here. EVERY SINGLE green is elevated so if you miss one, your short game better be on point to even have a chance at saving par.

The driving range and practice area have always needed some improvement and area below average for courses of this caliber. A totally different experience than nearby Mascoutin (another central WI gem) but totally worth the effort to play 36 at Lawsonia.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great course"


u617817112's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/06/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have been playing this course for about 10 years and it is still one of my favorite courses in Wisconsin. This course does not get the accolades that is deserves. It can be challenging and rewarding. From the tips the course is fairly long and quite a few of the holes will test you.

The one downside is the pace of play. I am typically an early morning golfer, but when I play in the afternoon, rounds out here can stretch to almost 5 hours. There is no on course Marshall which is a shame for a course of this caliber. Thus you are at the mercy of golfers that sometimes don't understand golf etiquette.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Lawsonia Tee Times on 11/08/2016:

Excellent! Happy to hear you loved the course and saw great value playing here. We are honored to be your favorite golf course in the area!

"Lawsonia Links"


u000006723285's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/25/2016
Previously played Walked Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a must play links course in Wisconsin. We played on a very nice day in late October. The greens had been punched a week prior which was the only minor drawback to a great round. We finished in late afternoon and the bar was closed, but the pro shop manager was happy to open it up for us and we all had a nice chat.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Lawsonia Tee Times on 11/08/2016:

Thanks for being a fan of Lawsonia Golf! We appreciate your feedback. Sorry to hear the conditions were not at an exceptional level when you played your round. We can't wait to see you again!

"Bring your "A" game"


gary11111111's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/10/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Have always loved the Links course. Shots to the greens must be accurate or your next shot from left right or long will be very challenging. You need to be in proper position on green in relation to hole location or putting will be a major challenge. Green pace is usually fast.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Lawsonia Tee Times on 11/08/2016:

Great tips for our newer golfers! Come back and see us again!

"Old School at its very best"


HOTSPOTTS's avatar
Top 10 Contributor
Illinois Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/19/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Links course is a 30's Langford/Moreau gem. Always a fun challenge and the architecture/green sites keep you thinking. Course was in excellent shape except the sand traps......if there was consistent sand in them this track would be 5 stars. Personally for me this is a bucket list course and one you shouldn't miss and visit......I've been fortunate to have experienced a lot of golf all over the states (public and private) and put this track as one of my top 10 favorites easily. 4.6 stars.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 09/26/2016

Thanks so much for your recommendation, glad you loved the Links course!


"Bring Your Best Iron Game"


br1582's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/19/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

We played both the Woodlands and Links on 9/19.

Links was in great shape, greens were firm and fast and every one was elevated - bring your best iron game, every approach needs to be well planned. Sand was in better shape here than on the Woodlands. We paid $100 to play all day and had a great time - we're already planning on a visit there same time next year.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 09/26/2016

Happy to hear you enjoyed your time with us and the conditions were on par, come back soon!


"Played Links for 55 years"


kylewin's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/11/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in the best condition EVER! an absolute beautiful day and an amazing golf course. Want to go back soon!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 09/26/2016

We can't wait to have you back for more!


"A great track."


Duncan50's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/06/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We enjoyed the golf course. Very unique, very, scenic, and challenging.

Practice range is not up to the standards of the rest of the experience. Practice green doesn't allow for flat putts. I would definitely recommend this golf course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Commented on 09/26/2016

So glad you loved the challenge, thanks for the recommendation!


"Like Heaven"


birshey's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/02/2016
Previously played

Reviewed on

Course in great shape. Some nice upgrades were made to the back nine by clearing out some trees, giving the course a new refreshed looked. Not to mention the wildlife like a red fox and wild turkeys (of course whitetail deer too) that make Lawsonia a unique experience. A local gem not far from the Fox Valley metro area!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 09/26/2016

Thanks for noticing our improvements and happy to hear you loved the scenery!


"Great course"


u455142552's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/21/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

really enjoyed playing the course on a Sunday afternoon. There was some confusion about when we were to tee off. Once we got started the pace of play was fine. Took three others that had never played the course and all enjoyed the course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 09/26/2016

Thanks for playing at our course, we're happy to hear you enjoyed your round once you got started!


"Hidden gem in the middle of nowhere"


kwall777's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/21/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Excellent course wth gorgeous, large greens. Putts roll true and fast. only negative would be a few blind tee shots.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 09/26/2016

Thanks so much for playing here we're glad you loved the greens!


"Nice course, unfriendly staff"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/17/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Staff did not offer any help or suggestions after checking in. Had to ask to get a cart from the cart boys. Course was very nice and had some nice features, very deep bunkers on the fairway as well as all around most holes that were mostly built up about 5-10 feet higher than the fairway.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Commented on 09/26/2016

We'll let our staff know, thanks for looking out. Glad you loved the course features!


"Big mounds and Undulating Greens WOW!!"


dahlryan's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Chicago-Milwaukee Advisor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/11/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Buddy and I played 36 at Lawsonia. First 18 was on the Links and it lived up to alot of expectations. For the 85th public course I was pretty impressed. Greens were that perfect condition that you expect when you go to a top 100 course. They really pride themselves on the undulating greens and the big mounds. I had one lie at the base of the mound and the mound was probably 8 feet high. Green side bunkers you better be able to get the ball up in the air quickly. They do a nice job as a links course of providing you those great view of most of the property. Is this a top 100 public course...I am not sure but it is definitely right up and one you need to cross off the bucket list.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 09/26/2016

Awesome! So glad you had a wonderful round and you could cross it off your bucket list. See you soon!


"Forgotten Gem"


u000006514290's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/20/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Absolutely the best value in the state. I've been playing this course for 30 years and it has never been in better shape. You can tell just after entering the front gate this is going to be a special day. The vision of the ownership has renewed this gem into the classic that we remember. You won't be disappointed.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 07/25/2016

Thank you for your kind 5 Star review! We are thrilled that you have noticed improvement in our course and love that we have kept you coming back for 30 years now! Hope to see you again soon!


"Excellent, but..."


tntofgb's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/10/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Front nine of the Links is wonderful and the greens are great throughout. But the back nine has a few goofy holes and has three par 3 holes in the first six holes rotating with par 5 holes. I'm not saying they are easy, but difficult to get anything going especially after that 565 yard par 5.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 07/15/2016

Thanks for the review! We are pleased to hear you find us to be a wonderful course. Hope to see you soon!


"Erin Hills on a Budget"


bcctsolie's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

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

Reviewed on

Very nearly as good as Erin Hills at 1/8th the price. Great course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 07/15/2016

Thank you for the 5 Star review! Hope to see you again soon.



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