REVIEW: Horseshoe Bay Golf Course
Horseshoe Bay is located about 1/2 north of Sturgeon Bay and is situated high above the Green Bay, offering views of the water from the club house and a couple holes. It has 9 holes on one side of the road and 9 on the other side. It is set in a luxury home development, but the houses didn’t intrude on the course as far as play or views were concerned. The barn-like pro shop has a large range just steps away. Once their excellent staff gets you ready to do, away they send you out to the 1st tee. As you meander around the first 9 holes, you’ll feel secluded and often playing through a variety of wooded and open holes. Tee to green is perfectly manicured bent grass turf. The greens have good undulation, but nothing severe or unfair. There are strategic bunkers on just about every hole and a few water features that certainly come into play. The 2nd, 8th and 9th are some of the more memorable holes on the front side. The short par 4 dogleg right with water green side is a really pretty, yet intimidating hole. The closing holes are long, tree lined and have a different approached depending on your tee shots and which fairway path you choose.
The back-nine crosses the road to a more hilly terrain. The feel of the course doesn’t change, but things start to go up and down a little more. The 11th, 13th and 18th hole really stick out in my mind. The 11th holes is a straight uphill par 4 that has a tempting bunker to try and drive it over for a short approach. The 15th is a massive downhill par 5 that has a split fairway and a really interesting approach area. The 18th is another big par 5 that doglegs right and finishes downhill with a really cool view of the water.
If you are lucky enough arrange a round of golf at Horseshoe Bay, you will really enjoy this Door County Gem. It has excellent conditions, a wonderful staff and has that “course-to-yourself” feel during your round. The course plays fair with both challenges and reward for well hit shots.
For more information: www.horseshoebaygolfclub.net
+Excellent course design
+Great shot value
+”Course to yourself” feel