THERE IS STILL TIME GO HEAD OVER TO THE SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB THIS YEAR. The Simulators are open, there is plenty of both summer and winter apparel to pick from. Chandlers Chophouse is open as well. So visit the Schaumburg Golf Club located at 401 North Roselle Road just minutes from Woodfield Mall. (847)-885-9000.     _____________________________________________________________________

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Welcome to 12 North at Trappers Turn by Andy North and Craig Haltom. In the Wisconsin Dells.

FAST AND SPEEDY GOLF continues to grow in Wisconsin.

The State of Wisconsin continues to hit it’s 3’s. Par-3’s that is with the development of several par 3 courses around the state.

The newest one to open is 12-North created by two-time U.S. Open Champion Andy North a native of Madison Wisconsin. But North had help from Craig Haltom of Haltom-Oliphant Golf, that’s located in Madison.

The Par 3-9th hole at 12 North. Andy North’s favorite hole.

12 North is one of the latest upgrades at Trappers Turn.

Because joining 12 North, is a new massive and lighted putting green. There have been other improvements, such as the vineyard, and the wine room.

Trappers Turn will have it’s own overnight lodging within the next couple of years. Stay tuned. In the meantime, Trappers Turn is part of the same ownership group that owns the Kalahari Resort. So golfers can stay minutes away in spacious rooms at the resort (complete with waterpark), or in the resorts lush log cabins at nearby Lake Delton.

But right now 12-North allows golfers that quick round of golf, by offering 12 par-3 holes. As par 3 courses go, and there are getting to be more of them all the time, 12-North is one of the better short tracks around.

The par-3 4th hole on 12-North.

“Short” does sum up the yardage on 12-North. In fact the tips of all 12 holes add up to only 1,007 yards. But it’s more than enough considering the elevation change and carry on some holes.

The 10th hole plays the shortest, at just 54 yards. Yes, you can hit a lob wedge on this hole. 114 yards is the longest hole, and that’s the closing hole #12.

Patrick Steffes, Trappers Turn’s GM shows off the 12th green on 12 North.

During 2021 all tee shots were hit off of mats, as the turf was still had a bit of grow-in to do.

But that changes in 2022. Trappers Turn Gm Patrick Steffes is opening up the tee boxes for golfers to hit from where they want to hit from.

Steffes says it will help save the turf, give golfers different options if the play more than one round per day. Some golfers my choose to play competitions with their partners. Winner of the last hole picks the tee spot on the next tee. Steffes says that not all of the holes have had a hole-in-one made on them.

So why not head up to 12-North, and try to be first ace-maker on one of those remaining holes without a hole-in-one yet.

But while the golf course is closed for the rest of 2021, the Kalahari Resort is not. So if your in need of a holiday gift or New Years getaway. Call the resort at (877)-KALAHARI or book some golf and order Trappers Turn gift cards by calling (608)-253-7000.

The Wisconsin Dells, the waterpark capital of the world, is now offering great and fast golf as well.

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About Rory Spears

Rory spent over 8 years growing up working at Rob Roy Golf Club in Prospect Hts.IL, then two years at Chevy Chase in Wheeling. He has covered golf in Chicago since 1986. Rory was one of the initial members of WSCR all-sports radio Chicago and covered golf there for 5 seasons, before moving on to work for ESPN/Sportsticker and ESPN Radio. In addition to hosting Golfers on Golf Radio on WCPT AM820 Chicago, he writes for both the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine, and formerly Chicagoland Golf. Rory has played over 525 courses in 39 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, within the golf industry.