Links at Lawsonia
Green Lake, Wisconsin
It’s amazing a place this beguiling, fascinating and affordable even exists
In terms of architectural interest for the money, you’re not going to do much better than Lawsonia. It’s full of the exaggerated and unnatural angles and slopes beloved by fans of the golden age of golf course architecture. It’s a strategic and superbly fun – the sort of place that appeals to both your heart and your brain. There are precious few courses like this in the world, and almost every other one is supremely private. And yet, the most exclusive thing about Lawsonia is its somewhat out-of-the-way location. This is a can’t miss destination for anybody who loves interesting and unique golf.
It’s hard for the general public to play the crown jewels of one of America’s Golden Age architects. Most people – even golf fanatics – aren’t going to Alister MacKenzie‘s Cypress Point, C.B. Macdonald‘s National Golf Links of America, A.W. Tillinghast‘s Winged Foot or William Flynn‘s Shinnecock Hills. There is, however, one accessible, brilliant, fun, public option any golfer can go play for less than $100: Lawsonia Links in Green Lake, Wisconsin.The Fried Egg
The Links course at Lawsonia is one of the best values in the country and an architectural treasure. The par fives feature incredible variety in their shape and terrain which in turn creates excellent memorability. The conditioning is spot on and then open design provides enticing vistas across the course. Simply put, this is one of the most underrated courses in the country. … it absolutely deserves even greater recognition and is a must-play for anyone that appreciates golf course architecture.Golf Course Gurus
What To Know
Yardage & Tees
When to Play
The Links at Lawsonia is open from spring through fall.
Temperatures should be pleasant – reaching above 50 degrees – April through October. Rainfall is pretty consistent the months that Lawsonia is open, with the exception of October, which is a good bit dryer than other months.
Any time Lawsonia is open should be a good time to play.
|Spring||$45 weekdays / $70 weekends|
|Summer||$65 weekdays / $95 weekends|
|Fall||$50 weekdays / $95 weekends|
Lawsonia doesn’t list when each season starts on their website, so you’ll need to check with them for actual greens fees and opening/closing dates.
Greens fees last verified November 2019. View them on lawsonia.com. Lawsonia also offers all-day and twilight rates, which you can view on their website.
Visitor Tee Times
Visitors may play Lawsonia seven days a week.
Rentals & Caddies
Golf carts are available. View prices here.
W2615 S Valley View Dr, WI-23, Green Lake, WI 54941
Nearest Major Airport:
Milwaukee – General Mitchell International (107 miles / 1 hour 50 minutes)
Green Bay (77 miles / 1 hour 20 minutes)
Chicago – O’Hare (176 miles / 3 hours)
Chicago – Midway (198 miles / 3 hours 25 minutes)
Lawsonia has a driving range and practice putting greens.
Other Things To Know
Year built: 1930
Architects: Ron Whitten, Dr. Michael Hurdzan & Dana Fry
Lodging: Lawsonia offers on-site lodging. Learn more about here.
Stay and Play: Lawsonia offers stay and play deals. Check them out here.