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Golf Course Overview: Brighton Dale Links

Golf Course Overview: Brighton Dale Links

Insights From An Insider With Douglas Shulski, Head Golf Professional

By Brian Weis

Local and traveling golfers love to research courses before playing them, whether it is to gain some local knowledge or to set an expectation before their upcoming round. Below is an interview with Douglas Shulski who shares some valuable insight about the property, its most talked about holes and the signature dish/drink to consume at the 19th hole.

Provide a brief description of the golf course/property, the terrain and best times of the year to play.
Kenosha County's Brighton Dale Links golf courses are skillfully carved from a spectacular natural setting. The excitement and challenge of golfing Brighton Dale's mature, tree-lined courses is enhanced by the majestic surrounding. Brighton Dale is adjacent to the magnificent Wisconsin State Park Bong Recreation area. Three scorecards provide information for three separate tracts comprising the 45-hole Brighton Dale Links complex. The White Birch and Blue Spruce are 18-hole, par 72 layouts that measure over 7,000 and 6,700 yards, respectively. Red Pine is a 9-hole, par 36 layout of over 3,500 yards.

Share with golfers, your most recent awards and golf course improvements.
Golf Advisor Top 20 List 2015 #8 (White Birch course)
Golf Advisor Top 20 List 2016 #12
4-Star Award Winner, Best Places To Play, Golf Digest

New double row irrigation on both the White Birch and Blue Spruce

Any tips on playing and reading the greens?
Large green complexes that award aggressive shots and poor ones lead to 3 putts. Greens are very receptive to approach shots. Subtle breaks and lush conditions.

Starting on hole #1, are there any tips to get your round off on the right foot?
You need to be warmed up and ready to play golf right off the bat. All the courses are a good test through the first 5 holes. After that they open up and give you some more scoring opportunities.

What is your favorite par 5, and how would you recommend playing it?
My favorite par 5 on the Blue Spruce course is hole #13 it is a risk/reward hole. If you choose you may try to fly the water on the right without pulling it into the water on the left. After that you have a tough well guarded second shot with at least a long iron to place you in position for eagle.

My favorite par 5 on the White Birch is hole #16. This is a great late round par 5 that can make or break your round. Carved through heavy pines and a slight double dog leg, it demands two or three well placed shots to access the green.

My favorite par 5 on the Red Pine is hole #2. This is a long straight up a hill par 5 that doesn't allow much variation right or left. With a couple of good shots you can reach it in two.

What is your favorite par 3, and how would you recommend playing it?
My favorite par 3 on the Blue Spruce is hole #3. It is a short par three over the water with the green carved into the pines. You can get an easy birdie or give yourself a tough up and down if you miss on the wrong side of this green with a well sloped green.

My favorite par 3 on the White Birch is hole #4. I would argue that this is one of the most majestic shots for an early morning round. The sun rises right over the pines behind the green to make a gorgeous setting.

My favorite par 3 on the Red Pine is hole #9. Probably the best par 3 on the facility as it has giant oaks and a tough carry over water and a steep hill. No where to miss but a huge green to hit.

In your opinion, what is the hardest hole and do you have any tips on playing it?
When it says hole number 5 on either the White Birch or the Blue Spruce Course you are in for a test. These two holes are simply some of the toughest golf holes you will ever play. They both require long tee shots very strictly placed. The approach shots are not very easy either as you will have to navigate some of the biggest trees in Kenosha County.

As a golfer plays the final three holes, is there a chance for salvation? (any tips on closing out the round?)
On the Blue Spruce course you will meet some very good opportunities at birdies down the stretch. You will also come to one of our signature holes #18 that will allow big hitters the chance to carry about 300 yards onto the front edge of the green. The only problem is you have to carry almost all of Lake Juniper.

The White Birch course is a traditional finish as you will see three of the toughest holes you have played all day. If you can play well down the stretch it is a true accomplishment.

Contact Course
Brighton Dale Links 830 248th Ave Kansasville, WISCONSIN, 53139 262-925-8004

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About: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of, a network of golf travel and directory sites including,,,, 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 In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like, and 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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