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4.6
110 Reviews (110)
5 Stars
73
4 Stars
30
3 Stars
7
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.4
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.2
96.1%
Recommend this course
107 out of 110 reviews
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4.6
42 Reviews (42)
5 Stars
28
4 Stars
10
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
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Conditions
4.6
Value
4.2
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.6
95.2%
Recommend this course
40 out of 42 reviews
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4.6
51 Reviews (51)
5 Stars
34
4 Stars
13
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
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1 Stars
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Conditions
4.6
Value
4.3
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.7
96.1%
Recommend this course
49 out of 51 reviews
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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) David Johnson (1996)

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.

Available Facilities

Meeting Facilities, Banquet Facilities, Spa

Available Sports

Tennis

Accolades

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

Reviews

4.6
110 Reviews (110)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 10
19th Hole Scenic Views 6
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 14
Undulating Greens 10
Bunkers 9
This course/club is great for:
A Weekend Splurge 11
Entertaining Clients 10
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 10
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 11
Worth the Drive 11

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5.0
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First Time Playing

The landscape was gorgeous

It's a beautiful course with lots of gullies and hills that make it challenging.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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5.0
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Conditions Excellent
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Conditions Excellent
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Skill Intermediate
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I Recommend This Course
5.0
Windy weather
Used cart

Beautiful Course!

To golf in 70 degree weather in SE Wisconsin in November is almost unheard of. We had the pleasure of golfing in this, and chose the Highlands at Lake Geneva and were very happy with our decision. The course was still in great shape. We had to work with the falling leaves, so finding balls was challenging on some holes, but the way the course was maintained all year still showed at this time of year. If you are in the area and get the chance, I would definitely recommend this course!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 75
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 250 Contributor
Chicago Milwaukee Advisor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Love me the Highlands

As always playing the highlands is a treat. The course was in great shape for November. The greens were really moving.

I am a bigger fan of the Highlands then the Brute at Grand Geneva. The Highlands I believe is a much better layout and really requires you to think on a lot of shots. Especially holes 8-11. Those I really can make or break your round. #9 is by far the hardest par 4 in southern Wisconsin. 430 Par 4 with an impossibly landing area with OB on the left and a cart path on the right that send your ball in to the OB, then straight up hill to a green with a false front. A 5 is a great score.

Highlands has alot of birdie holes and or with a bad drive they a double bogey holes so make sure your drive is on point.

My only complaints is there is never any rangers so play can be slow. Also the driving range is huge and yet they have you hitting off of mats make no sense.

All in all I enjoy this place go play it for sure.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing

Great conditions, great value for the money, beautiful conditions and friendly staff. Need to see the beverage girl more than once per 9.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Very enjoyable round

I had a lot of fun. Played great on the front nine but the back nine got a little backed up. Still had fun. The course conditions were excellent. Will be back to play again

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 11
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
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Uneven tee boxes

This course is a fun challenge and in greatl shape. My only complaint is that the tee boxes (my group played from the red tees) are not level and it was often difficult to find a flat stance.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Slow Pace Ruined our outing

My group and I were very excited to play because we had heard great things, but that was not the case. The pace of play was SO slow due to 4 horrid golfers in front of us. It ruined our day. They would hit 3-4 balls each and held us up along with everyone around us to the point where we were able to replay a par 3. We will not be returning. Even after calling club house and letting them know (nobody came out), nothing was done. It was absurd.

Conditions Good
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 09/15/2020

Hello, thank you for reviewing the course. We apologize for the delay of play during your round. Please know that this is by no means the standard we strive to achieve. With an uncharacteristically full day, we work hard to accommodate everyone who visits our course and allow our guest the chance to complete their rounds. With that in mind, we are working to best control pace and allow everyone to finish in a reasonable amount of time. We will continue to look for ways to improve by using your comments as guidance. Thank you for playing Highlands at Grand Geneva Resort & Spa. We hope to see you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 47
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 21
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Always Fun to Play

This is the old Briarpatch by Pete Dye and Jack Nicholas.
The redesigned has made it more playable and enjoyable. Great condition and fun to play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great conditions, a lot of variety

This course is a lot of fun to play, has excellent practice facilities and is in great condition. I have paid much more for a lot less. This is a great value, I highly recommend it.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 11
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

slow play

Extremely slow play . A couple of 4somes were holding up play .No marshall to help . I hate teeing off with an audience . We were bunched up waiting at every other tee box .

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 08/10/2020

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. With an uncharacteristically full day, we work hard to accommodate everyone who visits our course and allow our guest the chance to complete their rounds. With that in mind, we are working to best control pace and allow everyone to finish in a reasonable amount of time. We will continue to look for ways to improve. Thank you for playing Highlands at Grand Geneva Resort & Spa. We hope to see you again soon.

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