MORE WISCONSIN GOLF-GLEN ERIN

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THE GOG BLOG by Rory Spears, Editor and Director of Content. On the 18th hole of the new DuPage Golf Course renovated by architect Greg Martin. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy.

If you are the way to Madison Wisconsin, or beyond to play some golf, a recent trip to the Wisconsin Dells showed that there is some great golf even before one gets to Madison.

South of Madison and North of Beloit is the town of Janesville. On the south end of Janesville next to the cities airport is a sporty golf course call Glen Erin.

This Par 71, 6,849 yard golf course has everything a golfer could ask for, and is a fun course to play. So says the course architect Greg Martin, who is currently renovating the course formerly known as Oak Meadows in Addison. At Glen Erin Martin has taken a piece of land that is mixed with trees and a wide open terrain next to the airport, and turned it into a fun but challenging round of golf.

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The 424 yard par 4, 12th hole at Glen Erin golf club.

Where Martin had some wooded area’s to work, he carved out some nice tree-lined fairways.

Closer to the airport, there was some but not much dirt moved, and rolling fairways with bunkers and prairie grass was shaped in to give that area of the course an Irish links style look.

The No.1 handicap hole is the tenth hole that can play 589 yards from the tips. Once you split the woods with your tee shot, there are still two solid shots a golfer must play to have a chance at par or birdie. Handicap 18 comes early in the round at the par 3, 2nd hole. But don’t let handicap 18 fool you, it’s a hole that can play 225 yards from the back tees.

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The par 4 first hole at Glen Erin requires a straight tee shot on your first play of the day.

The front nine has more of the open links style holes, and the back nine has more of the wooded holes.

Holes 6,7 and 8 wrap themselves around the driving range that has plenty of space for golfers to hit just about any shot they want, including the long hitters who want to pound the driver.

The clubhouse is not big, but it’s cozy with a popcorn machine near the bar.

So the next time your headed up to Wisconsin to play one of the big resorts, or courses that host U.S Opens, why not play one course that’s designed to test you game, but lets you enjoy the game as well. Play Glen Erin Golf Club in Janesville.

For tee times or more information, see Gleneringolf.com or call (608)-741-1100.

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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 WNDZ Am 750 Chicago, he writes for both Chicagoland Golf and the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine. Rory has played over 460 courses in 37 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, in the golf industry.