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Golf Course Overview: Fairways of Woodside


Golf Course Overview: Fairways of Woodside

Insights From An Insider With Rob McDonald, President

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 Rob McDonald who shares some valuable insight about the property, its most talked about holes and the signature dish/drink to consume at the 19th hole.

Provide a brief description of the golf course/property, the terrain and best times of the year to play.
Fairways of Woodside is nestled into the northern end of Waukesha County in the neighborhood of Sussex WI. The tale of two 9's with a front night that winds thru the neighborhood, short but easy to score. The back 9 winds thru the woods and features long carries, water and a windy par 5 with two turns.

Share with golfers, your most recent awards and golf course improvements.
Every year the course will give you a new look. Going into the 2021 season we have removed 300 trees and added new bunkers along with making some of our old bunkers gnarly!

Any tips on playing and reading the greens?
With the amount of play at our course, you can count on our greens being firm and faster than your normal course. You can get a wedge to stick and they roll true! We mow and roll daily the greens!

Starting on hole #1, are there any tips to get your round off on the right foot?
Don't hit driver! A short par 4 looks approachable, but start off right with a shot down the middle, hit a wedge close and enjoy your birdie! So many people wait for the green to clear, murder their first ball 50yds into the fescue and it isn't pretty moving forward!

What is your favorite par 5, and how would you recommend playing it?
Thirteen is a short par 5 but takes two good shots to score! A layup to the marsh of about 180yds and place it right. Rip another 180 over the marsh and onto the green... Easy to put into words... little harder when you are looking at water right, water left off the tee with a marsh to hit into about 200yds out. Then yep, rip another 180 but oh, you'll be hitting into a long but narrow green up hill surrounded by trees. Good news, you score well on this one, you'll be in good shape to score on the back 9 with our signature par 3 fourteenth and our long winding par 5 fifteen after.

What is your favorite par 3, and how would you recommend playing it?
Number three is known as our shortest par 5 on the course. It's a long 180 from the whites and 200 from the Blacks. With water, trees and a bunker left and a bunker right with houses(OB) and trees right. The play is short to roll right to left onto the green. The green rolls right to left and is fasssssst.... We've watched some of the best players double this hole!

In your opinion, what is the hardest hole and do you have any tips on playing it?
Seventeen is a hole that can tear you up. A drive over the marsh has no problems, and there is wide fairway waiting for a great drive! Left woods and of course water right can suck your ball right in!

The green is a very small green into the woods. Going long is wrong and short is sandy! Water right plays with your eyes and seems to pull you that way!

This whole can ruin a day!!!!

As a golfer plays the final three holes, is there a chance for salvation? (any tips on closing out the round?)
The Eighteenth is a birdie hole - Short uphill par 4. Nail it down the pipe and put it on the green. A dual level green adds a little problem for your putt if you don't put it in the right spot! Don't worry, the carts have GPS so you can get the right distance to end perfect!!!

Contact Course
Fairways of Woodside
W235N8518 Clubhouse Cir
Sussex, Wisconsin, 53089-1553

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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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