Getting To Know: Edgewood Golf Course
An Insightful Interview With John Freeman, Head Golf Professional
By Brian Weis
Whether you have played a course 20+ times a year or looking to play the course for the first time, insights from an insider can help enhance your golf experience. Below is an interview with John Freeman who shares some valuable tidbits about the course, memorable holes and must eats and treats at the 19th.
Golf Course Overview?
Established in 1969, Edgewood Golf Course is a 36 hole semi-private facility located 20 miles southwest of Milwaukee. Family owned and operated Edgewood offers an enjoyable experience for golfers of every level. Play the challenging Oaks course which offers just the right mix of rolling hills, woods, lakes and the winding Fox River, or enjoy the friendly forgiveness of the Pines course, the favorite of our walking customers. No matter which course you choose, the quality of the course and the friendliness of the staff are sure to bring you back for future golf outings.
If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
Having 36 holes you can always get a tee time.
Wonderful mix of golf course styles.
Very good value.
Friendly customer service oriented staff.
What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
The Golf Pro's Tips
Pines #1: A friendly starting hole, this short Par 5 is very reachable in two shots with a good solid drive. Nice way to start your round.
Pines #2: Placement is of the utmost importance on this drive. Take direction over distance on this hole. A straight drive of 220 will leave you a short wedge shot into the green.
Pines #3: Even though this 124 yard Par 3 seems simple it can produce some big numbers. Don't fall asleep on this one. Favor the left side of the green just in case.
Pines #4: Favor the left center to avoid the large fairway bunker down the right hand side of this hole. Grass pot bunkers await any errant shots around the green.
Pines #5: Semi Blind tee shot. For your best angle into the green favor the left hand side of this generous fairway.
Pines #6: Classis "Risk & Reward". If you have the length and nerve, fire one right over the trees on the left corner. A drive of 270 yards leaves a mid iron into the green. If you want to play safe, then this if definitely a three shot hole. All shot into the green will slope left.
Pines #7: #1 Handicap hole on this nine and here's why. A long drive is a must is you want any chance to reach this green in regulation. Out of Bounds to the right and Heather to the left so it need to be straight also. Once you reach this green the fun has just begun.
Pines #8: Straightforward Par 3 that need a shot with the proper distance. Three cavernous bunkers gobble up anything short of this green.
Pines #9: All but the longest hitters need to favor the left side of the fairway on this tee shot otherwise the large trees down the right hand side will impede your shot into the green. Avoid the two large green side bunkers and your set. Bunker on left is about 12 yards short of the green.
Oaks #10: Placement to this generous landing area will determine the angle of your approach. A long tee shot down the left side provides a great angle to the green to avoid the two large bunkers both that await any errant shots.
Oaks #11: Downhill Par 3 plays about one club shorter than the yardage reads. Very receptive green so fly it all the way to the hole.
Oaks #12: Favor the left center off the tee as the fairway slopes gently to the right. Three shot hole for most. Make sure you get on the proper level on the green or you may be in for a tough putt.
Oaks #13: Left center is ideal on the long uphill Par 4. Need to be in the fairway as the green slopes away from you.
Oaks #14: "A Dry Ball is a Happy Ball". Anywhere on dry land on this island hole is just fine.
Oaks #15: A demanding three shot Par 5 that requires a long straight drive for the best opportunity on a difficult second shot. Landing area for your second shot is guarded by waste area and hazard. Definitely a placement hole. Tread lightly on this hole.
Drive it crooked and disaster looms.
Oaks #16: Your choice. Take the shortest route over the waste bunker down the left side or play safe down the right fairway.
Oaks #17: Toughest hole on the back nine. Blind water hazard down the left hand side. Favor the right side off the tee which leaves a longer shot into a difficult green.
Oaks #18: Uphill drive to a fairway that slopes towards the hazard on the right. Get your drive in the fairway and you have a chance for a closing birdie.
Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
WISN A List Winner Best Course 2009, 2010 & 2011
What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
Oaks #13 A true island green. Beautiful views from elevated tee.
What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
Oaks #5 True risk reward Par 5.
Take on the water hazards left and right and you can reach this green in two big shots. Otherwise lay up short and play it conveniently.
Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
Wings and Ice Cold Beer!!!!!!!!!!
Who Holds Course Record and What Was Their Score?
Pines 62 John Freeman Oaks - Several 64's
Back Tee Stats
Par: BOTH 72
Yardage: OAKS 6783 & PINES 6551
Slope: OAKS 134 & PINES 122
Edgewood Golf Course
W240 S9950 Castle Road
Big Bend, Wisconsin, 53103
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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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