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4.8
83 Reviews (83)
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Conditions
4.8
Value
4.6
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.9
Pace
4.7
Amenities
4.7
96.3%
Recommend this course
79 out of 83 reviews
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4.7
6 Reviews (6)
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Conditions
4.8
Value
4.5
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.8
Amenities
4.5
StaffFriendliness
5.0
83.3%
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5 out of 6 reviews
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4.8
30 Reviews (30)
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Conditions
4.9
Value
4.6
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.9
Amenities
4.7
StaffFriendliness
4.9
96.7%
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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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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.

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Golfers' Choice (2019 #33) (2014 #45)
  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Wisconsin (2019 #2)
  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Course Conditions in the U.S. (2019 #9)
  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Courses for Pace of Play in the U.S. (2019 #2)
  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Friendliest Courses in the U.S. (2019 #16)

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4.8
83 Reviews (83)

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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Skill Intermediate
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5.0
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Previously Played

Late in year but course in great shape. Only issue was finding balls amongst the leaves, but that is fall golg.

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

Challenging but fair!!

Great course and friendly staff!!
Finished 18 in less than 4 hours!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Commented on 09/04/2019

Hi u000001871192. We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We see you rated the course 1-star and are interested in learning what we can do to improve for your next visit. We take single star feedback very serious at our course. You are welcome to comment further or reach out to our team in the golf shop. We always appreciate the feedback. Thank you for playing Brute at Grand Geneva Resort & Spa.

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Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Brute

Course is nice with lots of false fronts that protect it from loopers who don’t know how to hit a long iron. It’s a good course for a match.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Used cart

Poor setup

The course layout is not favorable. Greens are impossible to hold balls on and too many blind shots.

Conditions Excellent
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 09/04/2019

Hello, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are sorry to see that your overall experience was anything short of 5 stars, but we hope you'll give Brute at Grand Geneva Resort & Spa another try in the near future.

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Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

First Class Course

Beautiful course and very well maintained. Everything about this course was first class, including the staff. It has a nice variety of holes and it is very challenging from the white tees. Actually, it was “brutally” hard on the day I played as it was very windy (2-3 clubs worth). Some of the greens also presented significant challenges as they were quite elevated (which required using an extra club or two). All in all, playing this course was very enjoyable and I will certainly do it again when back in the area - but I will pick a less windy day.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Played On
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
Played On
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
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Used cart

A challenging but fun course

Found the Brute to be challenging playing from the white tees ~6500 yds. Large elevation changes typically off the tee offered the chance to go a bit longer than I normally do, and there was often a bunker at or near that great dive position -- Go for it or play safe?

Bunkers and greens were large and well maintained. Not fast-fast greens, but very consistent. If in doubt, they break from back to front.

Staff - very friendly and helpful. Pace was great on the front then caught up for slower foursome; back 9 slower.

Would go back again

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

Beautiful and challenging

Gorgeous course. Layout very challenging. Definitely a must play.

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

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!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

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
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

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
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Excellent Course

I can’t say enough about the course and the people working there.
The starters and rangers were all excellent, but Kyle Kunash the head pro was so helpful and had friendly.
Loved our stay there and we were able to play both courses. The Brut is definitely the tougher of the two, but both courses were incredibly fun to play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
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.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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