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Review: Majestic Oaks at Lake Lawn Resort – Delavan, Wisconsin

September 17, 2016

Overview:

Majestic Oaks, the rebranded name for the classic golf course at Lake Lawn Resort, is a public track along the north end of Lake Delavan, just 15 minutes west of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. A longtime staple of a region with famed courses such as Geneva National and Grand Geneva, Majestic Oaks offers a more attractive price tag while still providing unique and scenic holes. At just over 6200 yards from the back tees, this par 70 course still provides an array of challenges in the form of long par 3s, challenging par 5s and small greens. Bunkers, mainly guarding the greens, give each hole an added test with approach shots.

Course Condition:

We played this course on a Friday afternoon, after an early shower. The course was in great shape with well trimmed fairways, soft greens and groomed bunkers, providing favorable scoring conditions. We have played this course a few times in the past with less than ideal weather, so it was great to try this again with more comfortable conditions. While the greens were somewhat soft this time, they did have quite a bit undulation for their smallish size, with multiple shelf locations on various holes. Trees line each hole and definitely affect shot shape and angle. Each hole has little room for error on wayward drives and even some approach shots. Being a resort course, there is not much real estate between holes.  While on the shorter side for an 18 hole course, the real challenge here are the long par 3s, with the shortest playing at 165 and the longest at 229.  The par 5s are long enough to force a lay up, but easy approach shots still favor scoring, except for the 12th hole which runs along the lakefront.  The 11th and 12th holes provide the signature of this course, both providing great views of Lake Delavan.

Pace of Play:

We chose an afternoon tee time, coming in from Chicago (about 1 hour and 45 mins away) to start our weekend trip.  The weather was favorable so it may have been a bit more crowded than usual for this time of day.  The course layout is also fairly conducive to quick play, with the par 3s well spaced. On a normal crowd day, delays are likely never more than a minute, if at all. We played as two foursomes and managed to play at a comfortable pace, allowing for some banter at the start/finish of a few holes. While it is a public course, they seem to allow twosomes to go off regularly if the crowds aren’t crazy, so no real threat of random pairing.

Clubhouse/Staff:

The clubhouse is in keeping with the older cabin style of the rest of the resort, however somewhat modernly outfitted with a small proshop, bar and lounge. The rebranding to Majestic Oaks has provided for a slew of new gear, and potentially some revamped amenities in the future.  There is a practice putting green outside the clubhouse, however the driving range is on the far east side of the resort.  If you are planning to hit a few balls before the round, be sure to add 10 minutes for the commute from the clubhouse.  The beer selection was a traditional array of domestic offerings, however the beverage cart was well paced around the course.  We brought our own cooler with some New Glarus cans purchased just off the course.

Price:

The standard rate is $50 with cart. There is a twilight rate of $30, but be sure to check on their website for current pricing as they offer daily specials. We found a Golfnow.com deal for $20, which was a steal for this course.

Overall Value:

This course provides decent playing conditions, enticing hole layouts, and various looks for your tee shots. Even at the regular rate, this course offers a great value for all levels. The ability to try different shots, challenge all aspects of your game and score low, make this an easy choice for Lake Geneva area golf.  If you are planning a trip to the surrounding area to try the various courses, be sure to keep this on your list as a wallet saver and fun alternative to some of the higher end clubs.

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