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Getting To Know: Big Fish Golf Club

An Insightful Interview With Chris Hofer, 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 Chris who shares some valuable tidbits about the course, memorable holes and must eats and treats at the 19th.

Give Our Readers An Overview of the Golf Course/Property
Big Fish Golf Club is the #1 rated public golf course in Northern Wisconsin and designed by legendary Pete Dye. Big Fish Golf Club consists of both traditional linksland and glacial hardwoods. Open and rugged terrain defines the deceivingly tranquil front nine, while the inward nine holes are sculpted into the rolling forests of Hayward, Wisconsin.

If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
Designed by Legendary Pete Dye and offers a unique setting with two totally different 9's. Also offers 5 sets of tees to accommodate any type of golfer.

What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
Hole #13. It is a reachable downhill par 5 that offers eagle/birdie opportunities but an errand shot may result in a double bogey quickly.

What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
My favorite hole is #16 at Big Fish. It plays between 150-180 yards and slightly downhill. When standing on the tee it looks like a pretty straight forward par 3, that is until you get to the green. The green slopes from left to right and the green is very slick. I have hit many good shots onto that green only to 3 putt and leave disappointed.

My tip would be to try and stay beneath the hole if at all possible to give you your best chance of making the putt.

Who Holds Course Record and What Was Their Score?
Through my 6 years of being at the course I heard it is 68 from the black tees but do not know who shot the score.

Back Tee Stats
Par: 72
Yardage: 7231
Slope: 136
Rating: 74.0

More Information
Big Fish Golf Club
14122 W True North Lane
Hayward, Wisconsin, 54843


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About: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of, a network of golf travel and directory sites including,,,, 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 In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like, and 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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