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4.5
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4.5
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4.6
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4.6
Amenities
4.4
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4.8
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4.7
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Style Links
Par 71
Length 6659 yards
Slope 125
Rating 71.5

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa boasts two championship golf courses. The Brute Course is a formidable test while the Highlands Course presents a more player-friendly layout though it still has plenty of challenges in store. Jack Nicklaus and Pete Dye teamed up to design the Highlands. It is a traditional links-layout that is tumbles across glacier-carved hills and valleys. It perfectly mimics the feel of courses of the British Isles especially on the undulating greens that are flanked with bunkers. The course is playable for all skill levels though low handicappers looking for a challenge might want to tackle the Brute. The resort has garnered a popular following amongst both locals and visitors. Conde Nast Traveler ranked it in the top ten northern US golf resorts and that is just one of the many accolades Grand Geneva Resort & Spa has received.

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Course Details

Year Built 1970
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Open: 4/01 Closed: 11/01
Architect Pete Dye (1970) Jack Nicklaus (1970) Bob Cupp (1996) Bob Lohmann (2006)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Walking Allowed No
Dress code Appropriate golf attire.

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Wisconsin (2019 #20)
  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Friendliest Courses in the U.S. (2019 #16)

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4.6
60 Reviews (60)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 9
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 13
Bunkers 9
Undulating Greens 9
This course/club is great for:
A Weekend Splurge 10
Entertaining Clients 9
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 9
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 10
Worth the Drive 10

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Took advantage of golfnow hot deal on last day of golfing this year. Beautiful course, friendly staff.

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I love this course,it's beautiful and challenging.

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Spoiled

I'm getting back into the sport and playing courses I was never able to get to. This course was amazing and the staff were super nice. The putting green was amazing and the free driving range, yeah, I was spoiled. I hope I get to do it again.

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Meh....

This course is very strange in many ways. It has many very pretty holes, especially on the front nine. It was in good condition minus the very slow greens. However, it has been redesigned several times and it shows. The course has some of the stupidest hole designs I've ever seen. Don't hit your ball anywhere to the right on 15, even a little, or you'll find out the cart path is a few feet from the fairway and right next to it is a road. Sixteen may be the dumbest hole I've ever seen. Tree line right up against the tee on left, all the way up, and a big tree in the middle of the fairway that blocks 2/3 of the fairway. You can hit a great drive--middle of the fairway--and be in jail.. And here I thought they had Bob Cupp redesign a course that was supposed to be miserably difficult to play!. Oh, and don't forget the road in middle of the fairway on 16 (an insanely stupid design for so many reasons) that cuts the hole in two. One just gets a sense that this course, whatever it once was, has been hacked apart and has no real identity. It is absolutely not a links course. That idea is laughable, so don't buy into the whole "it's a Scottish course" thing they are trying to sell.

Again, there are many good looking and fun holes here. They are offset by a half-dozen poorly designed to downright stupid holes. Of all of the resort courses in Lake Geneva, I would put this one last on my list to play. The Brute, which is bizarre in its own way, is a far superior course. They should have left the Highlands be the Briar Patch. It would at least have a consistent identity. You can see the Dye / Nicklaus influence on a number of holes, but there's no consistent feel to the course design. Too many cooks.

A few other thoughts: the driving range is hitting off of mats, which is annoying. The clubhouse is quite dated and a mile from the parking lot. The staff were also mixed. The guy in the pro shop was nice, but the rest of them seemed distracted and indifferent (no one at the bag drop)--not what I'd expect at a supposedly luxury resort.

I'm glad I played the course once. I won't be back.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 08/12/2019

Hello ajpalmer2. Thank you for taking the time to leave a thoughtful and detailed review of your pros and cons of course. We are going to pass along your feedback to the staff so they can consider changes. Thanks for visiting us!

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Slow pace

Great course. But a 5 hour round was disappointing. Marshall needs to do a better job

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Commented on 07/16/2019

Hello. Thank you for reviewing the course. We apologize for the delay of play during your round. This is by no means the standard we strive to achieve. We work hard to accommodate everyone who visits our course and to best control pace allowing everyone to finish in a reasonable amount of time. We will continue to look for ways to improve, and we are glad to see you rated the course conditions to be great during your game. Thank you for playing Highlands at Grand Geneva Resort & Spa. We hope to see you again soon.

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A lovable mutt of a golf course

The Highlands is like the lovable mutt you adopt at the Humane Society. It's not a pure bred, but it's still adored by all. It's a hybrid course with a little bit of Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus and Bobby Weed all sprinkled into the rolling hills north of Chicago. Some golfers like it better than its more famous sister course, The Brute.
Because there is no signature look or trait, it's got a little bit of everything - bunkers, elevated tees, elevated greens, a short 4 (10th), etc. You'll never be bored.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great time on Highlanda

Cart path only on most holes because of weather. Course in great condition. We'll be back.
Thanks!!!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Great course!

Nothing to complain about here. Course was in very good shape, except we had cart path only due to the rains the previous night. Staff was super friendly. We'll be back!

If only they could have turned the 30mph winds off....

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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Conditions Excellent
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Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Skill Intermediate
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I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Nice time

We have played this course a few times and will play there again. A little wet today but fun.

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Amenities Good
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Pace Excellent
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First Time Playing

Wow

The course is absolutely amazing. The tee boxes were perfect the greens were fast and in great shape. My only complaint if I had one was due to being a "business" trip I did t have my clubs so I had to rent a set and wow I've never hit better clubs (M5s)! but 65 bucks to rent? Overall no regrets, we were playing terrible and taking forever and not one time were we bothered. Great course!

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Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Grand Geneva

Challenging course. Great layout. GPS on carts. Friendly staff
Definitely will play here again soon

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
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Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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3.0
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Grand Geneva Resort (The Highlands)

The Good: Fun Jack Nicklaus and Pete Dye collaboration is the second course built at Grand Geneva Resort. Wide open fairways provide the opportunity to keep the ball in play, but small, lightning quick greens protects The Highlands. Good course conditions, very nice off-course amenities, and excellent practice facility. Excellent Par 3's and some good risk/reward Par 5's. Most of the Par 4's have a "go for broke" opportunity off the tee, making for an enjoyable resort experience. Several holes have some great elevation change for a course in southern Wisconsin.

The Bad: Overpriced at $130 during high season. The Highlands is a $75 track that disguises itself as a premium resort course. Some holes are beautiful while others seem lackluster. Several tee boxes are uneven. Greens are almost too fast for the resort golfer.

The Verdict: The Highlands is the little sister to The Brute and for a reason. While it does offer great greens and a playable layout, there are only a few holes that justify the hefty greens fee. Nonetheless, there aren't too many more beautiful walks in the park in Southern Wisconsin.

Best Hole: The Par 3's #4 and #12 are great, but the downhill Par 4 #14 offers the best photo of the course. A downhill tee shot to a well-guarded uphill green.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Fairly Easy
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