Golf Course Overview: Western Lakes Golf Club
Insights From An Insider With Jason Hoelz, General Manager
By Brian Weis
Local and traveling golfers love to research courses before playing them, whether it is to gain some local knowledge or to set an expectation before their upcoming round. Below is an interview with Jason Hoelz who shares some valuable insight about the property, its most talked about holes and the signature dish/drink to consume at the 19th hole.
How Does Your Course Differ From The Others In The Area?
We take great pride in offering country club conditions on a public golf course. I can't tell you how many times I heard compliments last year about how fantastic the fairways were and our greens are always rolling well. I don't think you'll find another course in the area that is in as good of condition for the price as Western Lakes.
For someone who has not played the course in awhile, has there been any new changes/renovations to the course or property?
2018 is the 30th anniversary for Western Lakes and we have been continuously improving the course ever since it was formally known as Tumblebrook. In the 90's we redesigned holes 2, 3, 6 & 7 with curving fairways and bunkers. In the 2000's many fairways were lined with trees in strategic positions that have grown up and are now becoming very difficult if you don't hit it straight. We've continuously been adding drain tile to ensure playability throughout the year and the results of our constant tinkering are a really nice golf course.
What is your course's answer to Amen Corner? (Describe your best/hardest 3 back/back/back holes)
That would definitely be our 3 finishing holes. #16 is a long par 4 with one of the trickiest greens on the golf course - you don't want to be above the pin. #17 is our signature hole, a 178 par 3 with all carry over water. And #18 is another nice par 4 with out-of-bounds along the entire right side as well as behind the green. The left side is protected by a couple of bunkers and a line of trees that become more of a problem every year. Most days all 3 holes play into the wind, so finishing with 3 pars is challenge!
What is your course's claim to fame, or is there a little known fact that golfers should know about the property?
The architect of Western Lakes is also the same man that designed Naga-Waukee golf course, a county course just down the road from us. Larry Packard built our course as Tumblebrook in 1963 and lived another 50 years until he died in 2014 at the age of 101.
What tournaments/events have you (recently) hosted or will be hosting?
We host an annual "Big Cup" golf tournament that is a lot of fun. We swap out the regular hole for an 8inch cup and play a scramble format. The winning score has been as low as -20 and the round only takes 3.5 hours! It's a great time and this year it will be hosted on Friday August 10th 2018!
Besides golf, what other amenities do you offer if a golfer wants to spend most of the day at your facility?
We have one of the best practice facilities in the area. We have a large putting green with 9 holes and keep it maintained to the same standards as all our greens on the course. There is an additional chipping green with a nice bunker for practicing as well. We have a very large driving range with a tee box that you are sure to find a nice patch of grass on, as well as 3 target greens for dialing in your yardages.
Signature sandwich or drink?
We've got a refreshing cocktail called the "WLGC"!
W-hiskey, L-emonade, G-inger Beer, C-lub Soda
Western Lakes Golf Club
W287 N1963 Oakton Road
Pewaukee, WI, 53072 2626910900
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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.
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