Golf Course Overview: Dretzka Park Golf Course
Insights From An Insider With Scott Walecki, General Manager/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 Scott Walecki 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.
The golf is different from all Milwaukee County Golf Courses as the layout is wide spread meaning you will not see the next hole. Each hole has its unique challenge that makes each golfer think a little harder. This course is has a lot of slope and most shots are up hill into the green. Best time to play is Summer and Fall.
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Dretzka Park Golf Course is Audubon Certified. The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf is an award winning education and certification program that helps golf courses protect our environment and preserve the natural heritage of the game of golf. By helping people enhance the valuable natural areas and wildlife habitats that golf courses provide, improve efficiency, and minimize potentially harmful impacts of golf course operations, the program serves an important environmental role worldwide.
Any tips on playing and reading the greens?
Always go up 1 club as this course is sneaky long.
Starting on hole #1, are there any tips to get your round off on the right foot?
To start your round off right, play from the correct tees. For those who want to play the back set of tees, its an 465 yard, Par 5 with where you need a drive over 255 yards to carry the water. If you lay up short of the water, you second shot will be from the thick rough. Bogey will come into play quickly.
The key is to play the correct tee box to clear the water.
What is your favorite par 5, and how would you recommend playing it?
Hole 8 is a great hole. Very wide fairway but as you get closer to the hole, the penalty area start creeping in on the left hand side.
What is your favorite par 3, and how would you recommend playing it?
Hole 13. Its a short 133 down hill par 3. Make a smooth swing with the ball below the hole, easy par.
In your opinion, what is the hardest hole and do you have any tips on playing it?
Hardest hole on the course is the final hole. If you have a good round going, this is where scores change quickly. Make good contact with the ball and you will do well.
As a golfer plays the final three holes, is there a chance for salvation? (any tips on closing out the round?)
The final 3 holes are a bit challenging. 16 is a 200 yard par 3. 17 is a short up hill par 4 and 18 is a meaty, up hill par 5 with water to carry on your second shot.
Dretzka Park Golf Course 12020 W. Bradley Rd Milwaukee, WI, 53224 414-354-7300
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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.
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