Black Wolf Run - Kohler, WI
Designed by Pete Dye, The River Course at Black Wolf Run opened in 1988 as Golf Digest's #1 best new public course. Black Wolf Run has also hosted the U.S. Women's Open in 1998 and 2012. I was greeted by a pair of swans in the pond by the putting green (running at 12 on the stimpmeter) and a friendly staff.
In my opinion, the course is one of Dye's best designs. Using the nearby river Sheboygan River to it's advantage, the course challenges the golfer on almost every shot. The golfer is also given many options throughout the round with split fairways or options to get home in 2 or drive the green. My favorite of these options is the par 4, 9th hole which provides the option to hit driver over the river and potentially have an eagle putt or go wide left and hit wedge in. Like the idiot I am, I pumped a driver and got away with a 2 putt birdie.
After an even par front nine and my 3rd consecutive day of Pete Dye, I was finally getting the best of him. Since I tend to create dramatic and fictitious scenarios in my head down the stretch, I named this one "Patrick vs Pete" a challenge to break par at Black Wolf... winner would receive millions of dollars. I came to the 17th hole at -1 looking to finish under par. The wind and water got into my head on 17 tee and i bailed out right for an unfortunate bogey 4. I would need birdie on the tough 18th. After a big drive, I settled into my final approach shot on my Wisconsin trip and fired one at the flag. Coming in hot with the wind, the balled rolled up nicely to 3 feet. After some tense green reading, I rolled in the knee knocker and fist pumped my way to the airport. Goodbye Wisconsin!