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Hole 10

Layout of Hole 10

Layout of Hole 10

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Hole # 10: Par 4, 407 Yds.

Hole 10 Back TeeHole 10 Green
Hole 10 Back TeesGreen of Hole 10

Pro's Advice: This hole is nicknamed The Keyhole. Teeing off a knoll to the south east of the clubhouse, the golfer must thread through a 80ft. gap between giant hemlocks about 125 yards out. Your landing area is next to the oak trees on the right hand side of the fairway. this leaves 150-175 yards to the green. With little room behind the green, landing short is not a bad idea. Don't go left, because a pond about 50 yards in front of the green will make you wish you were a slicer instead of a hooker. Par here is an excellent score.

Naturalist's Advice: You have a view once more into the dark, still depths of the hemlock forest on your left. The forward tees are next to a fascinating tall yellow birch. It first sprouted out of an old pine roots that now surround the stump, but eventually had to put down larger externally exposed roots that now surround the stump. Your view into the hemlock forest is just a foretaste of the ride from the 10th to the 11th, under the catherdral like canopy of hemlock and yellow birch. An open and airy landing zone awaits south of the main grove of hemlocks. Scattered yellow birch standing free on the left of the fairway glimmer with gold in the fall.

Hole 11

Layout of Hole 11

Layout of Hole 11

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Hole # 11: Par 5, 518 Yds.

Hole 11 Cinnamon TeeHole 11 Green
Hole 11 Cinnamon TeeGreen of Hole 11

Pro's Advice: After a pleasant trip through the hemlocks you will be able to use your driver here, but don't go too far. A fade, or even a shot over the trees could set you up for a possible eagle attempt. The further down the fairway you are on the left hand side, the more green you will see. With 240 yards, downhill, to the center point of the turn, this may prove deceptive. If you leave your drive on the right hand side, you will have to lay up further back than you would probably want to. With a fairly level green, a low running shot hit too hard will end up in the vegetation behind the green.

Naturalist's Advice: In front of the tees, (where no golf balls ought to be!), the hillside was seeded in wildflowers-some did not survive through our severe climate, but the lupines have enjoyed this location and spread and prospered, to look like a mountain hillside in the Himalyas. One golfer said this spot made her want to sing like Maria from "The Sound of Music", in the Alps! The first landing zone is flanked at its rear by two small natural ponds, each with different flowers. The second landing zone is near the maintenance buildings, built with vertical logs that "turn their back" to the eleventh fairway to shield the utility area. This is the same construction method as some of the resort's recent buildings, and the golf club's buildings, including the pumphouse for the irrigation. The logs came off the golf course land when it was logged for those funny shaped eighteen clearcuts during the "forestry" stage of Teal Wing. They were then milled right on the property by a young couple with a portable sawmill. We like the natural look, and we love the efficiency of never transporting the lumber!

Hole 12

Layout of Hole 12

Layout of Hole 12

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Hole # 12: Par 4, 346 Yds.

Hole 12 Blue TeeHole 12 Green
Hole 12 Blue Tee
Green of Hole 12

Pro's Advice: The wide landing zone across the swamp rises gently, bermed in the back, but asks the golfer for a decision: the dogleg is quite sharp and cutting the corner could cut yardage but with extra risk of more marsh and narrower landing. A massive rock profides a target on the first landing zone, but in a narrower part of the fairway for those who length is not reliable. Perhaps a shorter shot to the wider part of the fairway might be a wiser choice. The green is larger, but a mind boggler, with tiers to negotiate! A maple is stragically located for the target to the green. The golfer then crosses our entrance road to the five holes on the west.

Naturalist's Advice: This hole carries over a large area of marsh hay. This natural pond that is much more stable in water height than some of nature's other water reserves, around here, (it is actually at the level of Teal Lake) and grows a different type of vegetation. This marsh hay was harvested in Fall, on showshoes, by the early loggers in this area, to be fed to horses through the winter. The green has bee rebuilt and raised, up from an old gravel pit that built Hwy 77 back in the 1940's. The huge boulder on your right is larger than you think. Moved here from hundreds of miles away by the ice age, it is about 12 feet tall. We had to dig down 12 feet, and dig a channel to roll it in with two huge bulldozers. That was as far as we could get it! White pine stumps were found here too, in the middle of the fairway, but we could not save those as we did on #6! However, some younger white pine grow on the left, left as a reminder of the old Pinery.

Hole 13

Layout of Hole 13

Layout of Hole 13

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Hole # 13: Par 3, 139 Yds.

Hole 13 TeesHole 13 Green
Fairway of Hole 13Green of Hole 13

Pro's Advice: Sharply downhill, this hole will demand acute attention to your distance judgement and club selection. The two distinct levels of this green have four feet of elevation change from front to back. The pin placement will be crucial to your club decision. Just leaving your tee shot on the wrong level, not to mention one of the huge bunkers, will make par almost impossible.

Naturalist's Advice: Nicknamed Puck's Pocket, playing downhill, through a wooded glen, this little pond is known for the noisy "tree peepers" (frogs) that are the first herald of the northland spring. Being by the entrance road, we hear them here first. The "no moving" hill on the left, with its wildflowers, is a true north country meadow vegetation. This was sodded, not seeded, lifted from a long neglected hay field and this is just as we brought it in. We used a lot of this sod on the course as one of several methods of erosion control during construction. Other methods were: (i) black silt fencing, staked carefully, with a catch pocket at the bottom, (ii) sowing oats, as they germinated very fast with a vigorious root structure, that held the younger tenderer, and slower roots of bluegrass (then the oats was killed by mowing), (iii) matting laid over seeded areas (this was mostly in areas destined to be roughs). The sodding was the best method, but also the most consuming of labor and time. we bought no sod, just used our farm field sod (native bluegrass, and then cultivated it later through slit seeding, mowing, etc, etc. It all took time!

Hole 14

Layout of Hole 14

Layout of Hole 14

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Hole # 14: Par 4, 410 Yds.

Hole 14 Back TeesHole 14 Fairway
Hole 14 Back TeesHole 14 Fairway

Pro's Advice: Tee off parallel to the entrance road, over gently rolling terrain to a hilltop green. You can actually see the green through the old highline cut to your left, but you must go around the dogleg and play the fairway. This view is just a teaser! A long high drive from the tees will invite an adventurous golfer over a grove of young balsams, to a large landing zone beginning at 200 yards away. Otherwise, the safer route is to play a short shot down the fairway. The uphill green poses a big risk/reward senario. A second shot off the right side leaves you a difficult third shot up the hill. The smarter you play 14, the lower your score.

Naturalist's Advice: The grove of young balsams, with young white birch interspersed, is typical of the natural recovery of the north country vegetation where there was a clearing for an old road that came through here. The thick dense recovery growth is ideal for some smaller wildlife. The older woods harbor different species, and the really mature forest harbors almost no wildlife! Halfway down this fairway, we discovered what we must be a trunk highway for the wildlife getting to the pond on #15, and to the lake-we repeatedly saw the footprints in the dirt as we tried to grown golf turf! The wildlife have very definited travel routes that are not easily disrupted!

Hole 15

Layout of Hole 15

Layout of Hole 15

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Hole # 15: Par 3, 149 Yds.

Hole 15 Back TeesSignature Hole #15
Back Tees of Hole 15Signature Hole #15

Pro's Advice: Our "signature hole"! Overlooking an almost-island peninsula with a shamrock shaped green, four tees are up the hill, the purple tee down below where water is less of a hazard. Shooting long or right will see a splash! There is nothing tricky about this hole: what you see is what you get! The wind above the sheltering trees will determine your choice of iron.

Naturalist's Advice: Remnants of a beaver lodge are behind the green. Before the golf course was built, this peninsula was wooded until it was denuded in two years of hungry beaver. The beaver first took all the white birch, but then came in to cut oaks. While the U.S. Forest Service said beaver will cut oak, the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources said the beaver would never fell an oak (we had already lost two oaks on the right of this pond, and only just saved a third by girdling it with chicken wire which you will still see as you leave this green, on the right of the path to #16.) For years, this pond was stocked with trout each year, but as the beaver cut the shade trees, the temperature rose and one day the whole pond went "belly up". As the humans discussed how to clear up this stinking mess, Mother Nature put the word out on her internet: within 48 hours of announcing the smorgasbord, the animal kingdom arrived. Otters, eagles, blue herons, skunks, fox. Within 72 hours the party was over and the pond surrounds were totally clean! It was quite a tourist attraction, but not one we could announce, or would ever wish to repeat.

Hole 16

Layout of Hole 16

Layout of Hole 16

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Hole # 16: Par 4, 369 Yds.

Hole 16 Tee off over the SwampHole 16 Fairway
Hole 16 Tee off over the SwampHole 16 Fairway

Pro's Advice: This hole has different locations for tees, due to the carry across the deep pond. It is quite intimidating from the furthest tee, but an optical illusion of length from the others. Keep to the right side of the fairway, especially if attempting a birdie (which is quite possible here). A young, vibrant yellow birch will be your target behind the green if you are too far left on the hillside to get a good view. Don't worry about length off the tee-just choose a club you know you can hit straight to get it over the water. Once over, it is not far to the green.

Naturalist's Advice: Look to your right from the elevated tees, across about 700 feet of swamp, with a thin ridge of trees, and over the full extent of Teal Lake to the west. This golf course can not be seen at all from the lake, in keeping with our philosophy for shoreline guest homes-nobody out on the lake would have any idea that Teal Wing exists. We want the lake to look as much like it did in the 40's as can reasonably be done today. The black bear's favorite blackberry patch is nestled on the left beneath another grove of ancient hemlocks. In the early Fall, you can see the bear hair on the brambles when he has been over for supper. The gigantic ferns in the wetland on the right, just after the landing zone, are rather dramatic and primeval. We had a hard time protecting them from erosion during construction, but we think they will recover.

Hole 17

Layout of Hole 17

Layout of Hole 17

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Hole # 17: Par 4, 346 Yds.

Hole 17 FairwayHole 17 Green
Fairway of Hole 17Green of Hole 17

Pro's Advice: #17 plays from ridge to ridge, amid a maple grove. A gentle, rolling hole, a relaxer, it has sentinel maple on the right of the fairway at about 250 yards from green to tee. The green rests just above the pond you played across on #16, with a tucked away feeling. Hitting it straight is vital on this hole, but the further down the fairway you are, the better off you are. This small green accepts a bad shot like water off a duck's back! If you do not think you can get on from where you are at, lay up for a small chip shot. To reach the 18th and final hole, the golfer must cross #14, just in front of the tees. Please be aware of the play on #14, stop at the signs, and be cautious.

Naturalist's Advice: You are in the most likely place to see the red fox at the tees here, especially early in the season. A fox den had been in the banks between the right side of #17 tees and the entrance road for many years. The adult fox are seen coming and going, busy hunting for the kit's supper in the deeper woods to the right and in the woods behind you. The young kits frollick on this hillside in the sunshine in May, and are frequently seen up on these tees in June. They have become quite used to humans and do not spook easily.

Hole 18

Layout of Hole 18

Layout of Hole 18

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Hole # 18: Par 5, 544 Yds.

Hole 18 FairwayHole 18 Green
Fairway of Hole 18Green of Hole 18

Pro's Advice: A gentle uphill but long finishing hole, nicknamed "Boot Hill" for the long terminal ride of western cowboys! Gold plays out of a narrow chute, more forward tees are more open. The boulder you see in front of you is like a gunsight-getting over it will set you up for a lay-up second shot, but hitting the boulder will feel like you just shot yourself in the foot. From the gold tees it is 225 yards away. A stringer of three sand traps near the green on your left should encourage you to play right-hillier, but better than buried in deep traps. Finally, climb the steeper slope to the clubhouse, parallel tothe entry road, where the eighteenth green perches on the hilltop.

Naturalist's Advice: Most golfers never look back, especially once the last of the group has played, whatever the tee-they are looking ahead to their landing spot. So most golfers will remain unaware of the intimate, wooded Ross' family grave yard on your right, where two generations are interned. When someone asked Tim about this, he replied all those buried here were hospitality/resort folk and would be delighted to know you were enjoying their woods! The fairway curves gently to the right, passing huge trees that had already spread their branches before the golf course was contemplated. The landing zone area here was cleared again in the 1910's to provide space for the first assembling of log cabins and main lodge. Like lincoln logs, they brought in the logs, cut doors and windows, numbered them, disassembled, and moved them in to build Big Pine, Hemlock, and the Main Lodge. This was a Finnish crew, with Finnish building methods, which was recently everified by modern Finnish tourists.

 
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