Brute at Grand Geneva Resort & Spa

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4.6
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7085
Slope 136
Rating 73.8
Type Resort
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa was ranked in the top 10 northern U.S. golf resorts by Conde Nast Traveler. The resort boasts two championship courses, the Brute and the Highlands. The formidable Brute Course stretches to over 7,000 yards. It is considered one of the toughest golf courses in the Midwest. The layout wanders across rolling terrain, incorporating a variety of elevation changes that range from subtle to dramatic. There are 68 bunkers strategically placed along the massive, undulating greens. The course is aptly named since it will relentlessly test your skills. It is more challenging than the Highlands, which is a links course designed by Jack Nicklaus and Pete Dye. In addition to the two courses, Grand Geneva Resort & Spa also has a practice facility complete with a driving range and putting and chipping greens.
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Grand Geneva Resort - Brute Course
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Tournament 72 7085 yards 73.8 136
Championship 72 6554 yards 71.9 131
Regular 72 5925 yards 69.0 125
Forward (W) 74 5244 yards 70.0 129
Scorecard for The Brute
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Tournament M: 73.8/136 424 544 374 204 409 530 411 175 432 3503 440 540 370 157 396 605 190 420 464 3582 7085
Championship M: 71.9/131 395 509 351 173 370 500 387 149 398 3232 414 498 349 131 364 572 166 391 437 3322 6554
Regular M: 69.0/125 387 411 342 133 357 471 379 136 376 2992 388 396 341 121 358 447 160 383 340 2934 5926
Forward W: 70.0/129 255 409 327 129 305 385 364 123 320 2617 286 392 329 107 352 443 141 310 335 2695 5312
Handicap 7 3 9 15 11 1 13 17 5 8 4 12 18 14 2 16 10 6
Par 4 5 4 3 4 5 4 3 4 36 4 5 4 3 4 5 3 4 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 13 3 9 15 11 1 7 17 5 10 4 12 18 14 2 16 8 6

Course Details

Year Built 1968
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Open: 4/01 Closed: 11/01
Architect Robert B. Harris (1968)

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.

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Reviews

4.6
53

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 8
Patio Dining 7
19th Hole Scenic Views 6
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 14
Bunkers 11
Plays Long 11
This course/club is great for:
A Weekend Splurge 10
Group Getaways 8
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 8
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 11
Worth the Drive 10
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I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 250 Contributor
Chicago Milwaukee Advisor
Previously Played

Great course when you find a good deal.

Played the brute today. Course is cool with its huge greens and huge bunkers. Stuff you are not used to seeing. Staff is very friendly and inviting, and driving range is very nice also. Tee to green course was a in very good shape they have taken out some trees on some holes especially #2 which has made things a little better more golfer friendly. Greens were slow and a little fuzzy. The highlands seem to be fast all the time and the brute always seem to be slow, doesnt make much sense. Wish they kept them the same. The sand is too soft as always and they have really raised their prices on bev cart (buy at the bar its cheaper). Course is very nice but for the regular price save your money way better courses to play for a better price.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

The Brute is a modern classic design

The Brute is carved into the rolling woodlands of southern Wisconsin. The 1968 Robert Bruce Harris design is a big-hitter's course, with some forced carries, tough fairways to hit, and plenty of woods to avoid. Elevation changes make for lots of fun, though. Greens can be large, but often very firm and elevated and difficult to stick close to the pins. Do not start to count up your score until you hole out on 18, as the last two holes are maybe the toughest on the course. Great practice facilities and excellent staff and pro shop.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Poor weather
Used cart

Rain was not going to stop me

I made a morning tee time with the weather man being dead wrong again. Rain and cold drizzle hampered the day but not my spirits on enjoying my round. The golf course was wet and slow with several balls plugging and no role from fairways hit...so it played long. The course was fair, challenging and enjoyable to play at every turn. I would go back with a fall deal but can't afford the peek season. The only negative was the number of reminders to fix divots, ball marks and staying on cart paths the GPS gave. I was frustrated by the number of times I had to touch the GPS screen to get things going again.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Average weather
Used cart

Airated Greens

It would have been nice to know they aerated the greens. We would have played a different course and waited to play this one another time.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

busy and wait

too much slow play but ranger did not care of that. I took 5 hours for 17 hols (skip 10 hols) .

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

September golf

Great course with fun elevation and challenging holes. Greens somewhat slow and Huge! Staff is great . Fun day.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Grand Geneva Golf

This time I played the Brute. I have played the highland and I enjoy both courses. The Brute is a bit more challenging. The course was in excellent condition like aways and the staff are all very helpful. I'm looking forward to the next time I can enjoy a round of golf at The Grand Geneva.

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

great golf

I highly recommend the Brute. The facilities are top notch, and the course is outstanding. it is challenging but not punishing. Anyone who love to play golf will the the Brute. The pace of play is very good as well. A+

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played

Beautiful shape, big greens long. Beautiful course,

Played white tees long but challenge ing, great views, beautiful elevation changes,

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Very nice

Want to come back as soon as we can. Very well maintained and laid out. Lots of elevation changes and twists and turns. Many bunkers which were very large and guarded most every approach shot. Greens were very large and rolled well with breaks that were hard to read . Course was tough but rewarded good shots and penalized bad shots. Great day of golf

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Course Layout
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