The Bull named as one of the TOP 10 NEW COURSES YOU CAN PLAY by GOLF Magazine

By SCOTT GUMMER, Senior Writer, GOLF MAGAZINE, and
EAMON LYNCH, Associate Editor, GOLF MAGAZINE

There is a reason so many of America’s finest courses are described as heavenly — only a privileged few ever get past the gates. But not every worthy course has a velvet rope at the bag drop. Last year, 270 new tracks opened nationwide, and the vast majority welcome anyone who can pony up the greens fee.

Since 1990, GOLF MAGAZINE has separated the populist contenders from the pretenders. This month we present our latest Top 10 You Can Play. From coast to coast and from tee to shining tee, these are the finest public-access courses that opened their gates in 2003.

THE BULL AT PINEHURST FARMSpinehurstfarms_bull.jpg
Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin

In 1970, Jack Nicklaus and Pete Dye built a course at the old Playboy Club in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. More than 30 years later Nicklaus returned to help cement Sheboygan County’s rep as the best golf destination you’ve never heard of.

The Bull at Pinehurst Farms is an hour’s drive north of Milwaukee, near the village of Kohler, where the golf world will assemble in August for the PGA Championship at Dye’s Whistling Straits. The Bachmann family raised champion Holsteins at Pinehurst Farms until a 1993 barn blaze ended the dairy-farming era, leaving Nicklaus to carve a layout from 418 acres of oaks, maples, meadows, wetlands and ponds.

The 432-yard 5th hole is a standout: A claustrophobic drive through a chute of trees leads to a fairway that doglegs left around a deep ravine. The Bear tempts you to be unwisely bullish at the 351-yard 11th, where a pond divides two fairways. Long hitters can have a go at the green, while the less daring can opt for the left fairway and still have a short iron in.

While The Bull is no Whistling Straits, it bears comparison with the Blackwolf Run courses at Kohler’s American Club.

7,332 yards, par 72 • Greens fee $145 • 800-5-THE-BULL or 920-467-1500 • golfthebull.com