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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 72
Length 7085 yards
Slope 136
Rating 73.8

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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The Brute at Grand Geneva
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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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4.8
70 Reviews (70)

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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Taking on the Brute

Completed 18 holes in 4 hrs on a Sunday afternoon!
Amazing views on every hole and if you are on the fairway- no bugs, but I learned quickly don’t waste your time looking for your ball in the wooded areas
Look forward to playing this amazing coarse again soon!

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Fantastic! Challenging and dramatic.

Great condition, excellent routing, large and re greens. Bunkers could use a little TLC, this did not detract from the course. Truly enjoyable.

Conditions Excellent
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Can't go wrong, worth the drive

This course is fantastic, the staff is friendly and the conditions were impeccable. It is worth the drive if you have to make it.

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This course if a “ brute”

Great golf challenge: tilted fairways, hidden greens, uphill lies, sloping putts, it gives you everything you want in a brutish golf course. Fun to play, tough to score. Enjoy!

Conditions Excellent
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4.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Tee it forward on The Brute

I played The Brute years ago and got, well, brutalized! About 7-8 years wiser, I moved up a box to the golds and had a fantastic and fun day. A lot of the par 5s played very short (too short), so I'm thinking the course staff should consider a combo tee to balance things out.
Some holes are downright terrifying from the white (championship) tees, notably the ninth and 18th, both squeezed by water. More water hazards lurk elsewhere. I found the stream rolling through the first fairway. My playing partner rinsed one on the 9th, which has water on either side of the fairway off the tee. If you can play The Brute without losing the ball, and break 90, you've had quite the day.

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Conditions Excellent
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Pace Excellent
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Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
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5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

One of the best around

Beautiful course well maintained. Golfed it years ago and they continue to make it better every year.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
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Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Skill Advanced
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I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

1/2 hr drive

Took day off of work. 69 degree day , course was in amazing shape. Staff was great , well worth vacation day.
If you can do Monday-Thursday it is well worth the money. Way better than any other local golf course.

Looking forward to next vacation day ......

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Conditions Good
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Friendliness Excellent
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5.0
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You’ve earned it!

There are 2 courses here. We played The Brute. What an interesting, challenging and visually beautiful course. If you work hard and take care of your family etc etc.....and deserve an occasional treat for yourself T it up here.

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

Icevski’s

Really enjoyed the round. Super friendly staff great course and pace of play was around 4h on a Sunday!

We are coming back very soon to play again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great condition and fun layout

Played after 3pm so had a great rate. Pace of play was good, friendly staff and nice amenities. Course is in great condition. Oh, keep your approach shots below the pin :D

Only complaint is the need for drop zone on 17. It's a forced carry over water unless you're hitting a wedge off the tee. If you rinse one, there is no proper drop zone.

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

You won’t find much better

What a great golf course. The layout is fantastic with Hills,Curves,Trees,Water and Sand. The fairways are real nice and the Greens run true. One of the top 3 courses I have ever played. I will definitely play here again several times. The staff is friendly and the carts have GPS with ball and club washer
Top of the line place

Conditions Excellent
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Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great course, great conditions.

Friendly staff. Terrific course. Challenging is an understatement. Treat yourself to this Brute...it's amazing!!

Conditions Excellent
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4.0
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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
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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
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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
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