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Bown Deer Park Golf Course - Hole #18

Golf Course Overview: Brown Deer Park Golf Course

Insights From An Insider With Andrew Barrett, PGA 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 Andrew Barrett 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.
Brown Deer Park is a timeless golf course. Bent grass throughout and medium hills to offer a champion's layout. June, July, August are the peak season for us, but I like the fall colors from our abundance of trees.

Share with golfers, your most recent awards and golf course improvements.
We are a full service system. Milwaukee County Parks won the National Parks award a few years ago. For Brown Deer, along with offering great golf and food, we excel at merchandise too. Winning the Wisconsin PGA Merchandiser of the Year Award 3 of the last 5 years.

Any tips on playing and reading the greens?
Know your distance to the front of the green and be sure to carry that distance. Peak green speeds a re fast and you will want to be below the hole for an uphill putt. Down hill putts are fast and can be head scratchers when determining how much break or speed to play.

Starting on hole #1, are there any tips to get your round off on the right foot?
Hole #1 can play long and par is a great score. Miss left, not right off the tee hope for the best. Moving on, keep the ball in the short grass. Our rough can be long and challenging.

What is your favorite par 5, and how would you recommend playing it?
Hole #18 is a signature hole at Brown Deer. If you get over the creek and negotiate the bunkers, you might be able to reach the green in two. If you can't, layup short of the well guarded green with deep bunkers.

What is your favorite par 3, and how would you recommend playing it?
Hole #11 is slightly downhill par 3 with water left and deep bunker right. Hitting the green is a solid shot and should set you up for a birdie or easy par.

In your opinion, what is the hardest hole and do you have any tips on playing it?
Hole #8 is a tough hole for better players. It requires a tee shot that has the right line and distances. However, do not miss left. If you do, you may have to do some good work to get your par.

As a golfer plays the final three holes, is there a chance for salvation? (any tips on closing out the round?)
Absolutely! Hole #16 has a large pond in front of the green, but is a short hole. Tony Finau drove over the pond each day when playing the Greater Milwaukee Open (The former PGA Tour event held at Brown Deer) A good tee shot and wedge can offer up a birdie.

Hole #17 is not long, but has trouble off the tee. If you steer clear of the left trees with a good approach shot, you can get a par/birdie.

Hole #18 as stated above is a scoreable par 5. Be careful, this hole can make you look silly really quick if you make either make poor shots or poor decisions.

Contact Course
Brown Deer Park Golf Course
7625 North Range Line Rd
Milwaukee, WI, 53214

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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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