Getting To Know: Stevens Point Country Club
An Insightful Interview With Mack Wallace, Head Golf Professional
By Brian Weis
Whether you have played a course 20+ times a year or looking to play the course for the first time, insights from an insider can help enhance your golf experience. Below is an interview with Mack Wallace who shares some valuable tidbits about the course, memorable holes and must eats and treats at the 19th.
Give Our Readers An Overview of the Golf Course/Property Stevens point country club opened in 1925 and has long history as one of the best private courses in the state.
Our 18 holes are routed through mature pine and oak forest, beautiful sandy natural areas and micro dunes, and we have several holes with big views into the plover river and surrounding wetlands. Beautiful!
We have a nesting pair of bald eagles in a big white pine on our 17th tee, and there are turkeys, deer and the occasional fox running around the course.
And it's a great course for walking, with interesting contours and the right kind of elevation changes to keep things interesting. The majority of our members walk.
If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
We recently rebuilt our entire course, and the results are fantastic! We already had a great course, but the work done by Craig Haltom and Oliphant has exceeded expectations, and has introduced some really dramatic features and new character. We now have a course with more width and a totally different look...picture big sandy natural areas and dramatic bunkering, paired with excellent conditioning and traditional firm and fast playing conditions. I haven't been to England yet, but a few members have told me the changes remind them of the heathland courses around London.
If you are traveling to central Wisconsin we offer a limited number of unaccompanied tee times at a reasonable guest rate. If you are playing SentryWorld or Sand Valley, we might be a great 'add-on' type round for the trip.
What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
Pay attention to green speeds. We can get them rolling pretty good here! And avoid the deep green side bunkers.
Any recent changes to the golf course? Or any upcoming changes?
Our renovation included all new bunkers and tees (five sets of tees markers for golfers of all abilities and ages- from 4,400 yds to 7,000 yds), wider fairways, restoration of beautiful little sand dunes that are natural throughout the property, three new holes and a new state of the art irrigation system. In short, we have a brand new golf course.
We have also recently redone our entire clubhouse and built a new pool facility. Very exciting times at SPCC!
Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
We are thrilled to have a growing membership and are proud of the results of our massive re-investment in the golf course and all facilities over the last couple years.
What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
#9 is a new hole built during the renovations that is a medium length par 3 over water, with the clubhouse as the backdrop. Our members love it. Also, the little par 3 17th is only 115 yards, but the green is surrounded by sandy natural areas and small dunes, and it makes you concentrate! I think that's one people will be talking a lot about too.
What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
#10 which is a brand new hole will likely be my favorite because of the risk reward. It is about a 295 yard uphill par 4 that will be reachable for the longest hitters, but there is trouble on both sides. It's an intimidating tee shot with a driver, and I'm recommending a 200 yard shot to the fat part of the fairway and trying to score with a wedge.
Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
Journeyman's Silver Cross Whiskey Sour. Journeyman Distillery is a craft distillery located in Three Oaks, Michigan.
Why the Silver Cross Whiskey Sour? a note from Journeyman Distillery "This Whiskey is a tribute to the greatest game, both its beginning and its future. One percent of all proceeds will be dedicated to the betterment of the game of golf".
1.5 oz Journeyman Distillery Silver Cross Whiskey
1.5 oz House Made Sour
1 oz Simple Syrup
1 oz Egg Whites
Shaken frothy, served on the rocks and garnished with a luxardo cherry.
Who Holds Course Record and What Was Their Score? Since we are technically a brand new course, it will be Mrs. Hoppe, who is 90 years old and has been a member for over 60 years (she played 82 rounds of golf last year). She will be hitting the first tee shot on opening day, and will hold our course record when she finishes on 18!
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Stevens Point Country Club
1628 Country Club Dr.
Stevens Point, Wisconsin, 54481
1628 Country Club Dr.
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Written By: Brian Weis
Brian Weis is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, a network of golf travel and directory sites including GolfWisconsin.com, GolfMichigan.com, ArizonaGolfer.com, GolfAlabama.com, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.
All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched GolfWisconsin.com. In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and GolfTrips.com was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like GolfTrips.com, GolfGuide.com and GolfPackages.com. It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.
On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.
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