St. John's Northwestern Golf Course
Private Military School Setting - Public Course
By Brian Weis
Tucked behind one of the country's oldest military schools, St. Johns Northwestern Golf Course is one of the more unique golf properties in Metro Milwaukee area. For first timers, the drive through the military academy can be intimidating. Upon entry of the 110 acre campus, your eyes will be captivated by the English Gothic academic buildings, and resident halls. During special days, like Memorial day and commencement, their parade field displays 156 American flags. It is not uncommon to overlook the signs pointing to the club house. If you have the feeling of being lost, head toward the tennis courts and there you will find the quaint club house.
Despite the private boarding school setting, the course is open to the public. The nine hole course, built by Shorty Murfield along with 10 cadets in 1921, simply put is a peaceful walk. At 3060 yards, no water and only a handful sand traps, beginning and senior golfers will surely enjoy the round. Then again, for less than $15 every golfer's wallet will enjoy the parkland style course.
As of September 1, 2010, the Storm Family assumed management of the golf course. The family also owns and operators Brookfield Hills Golf Course, and Storm's Driving Ranges in Brookfield and Oconomowoc. Tim Sullivan, the superintendent, is in charge of the grounds. While daughter, Allison and niece Amy Stiloski, manage the day to day golf operations.
The trio's first goals were to keep the grass cut and course properly maintained. Locals and returning golfers have commented that the course conditions have greatly improved from recent years. During my round, I was joined by a local golfer who has been golfing the course since the 1960's. He commented that course was in the best shape it has been in a long time. Caps off to Tim, Allison and Amy!
Most Notable Hole
Coming up the sixth green, big hitters will be licking their chops when they see a drivable par 4 next up on the scorecard. Unfortunately, a mature maple tree planted in the middle of the fairway stands between you and the cup. A 280 yard power fade or draw shaped around the tree will be needed to reach the narrow elevated green. The tree is not the only obstacle. Huge grassy mounds, one on each side of the fairway, block running up on the green. A perfect fade or draw is needed for a chance at an eagle putt.
Public 9 holes
2 Tees: 3060 and 2664 yards
Rate: $11 weekdays/$12 weekends
Walking available and carts $6.50 per rider
From Milwaukee, Take I-94 West. Exit Hwy 83 towards Hartland/Wales (287 Exit). Take slight left on Moraine End Drive. Continue as road merges into Milwaukee Street. Turn right onto Country Road C, also known as Genesee Street. School and course on Left.
St. John's Northwestern Golf Course
1101 Genesee Street
Delafield, WI 53018
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About: Brian Weis
Brian Weis is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, a network of golf travel and directory sites including GolfWisconsin.com, GolfMichigan.com, ArizonaGolfer.com, GolfAlabama.com, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.
All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched GolfWisconsin.com. In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and GolfTrips.com was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like GolfTrips.com, GolfGuide.com and GolfPackages.com. It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.
On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.
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