House On The Rock Golf Resort
Two Legendary Architects, One Luxurious Resort
By Brian Weis
The House on the Rock Resort not only features one of the state's most unusual attractions it is also the home of 27 holes of championship golf designed by three legendary architects, Robert Trent Jones, Sr and Roger Packard along with Andy North. The resort features 80 two-room luxury suites with private balconies overlooking the golf course. On property is a spa, the Grandview Restaurant, Turn Pub and Grill, a fitness center, two indoor pools, an outdoor pool and whirlpool, two lighted tennis courts, sand volleyball, hiking and mountain bike trails. The resort is a self contained destination.
History Of The Property (Reprinted From HouseontheRock.com)
The striking limestone bluffs and rolling hills outside your window are part of what is called the driftless area. The last ice age, which flattened much of the Midwest, missed this area in Southwest Wisconsin creating wonderful natural features that yield the tranquility and serenity surrounding the Resort.
The land on which the resort presently sets was part of the Frank Lloyd Wright Estate until 1967 when it was purchased by a company based in Racine, WI. At this site, they planned to create Frank Lloyd Wright's vision of Broadacres City, a rural alternative to city living that Wright created in the 1930's.
As part of that vision, what is now the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center opened in 1967 at a gala affair attended by Ladybird Johnson, LBJ's wife. At the same time plans began for the Robert Trent Jones, Sr. golf course. The course opened in 1971 as the most northern course that Robert Trent Jones, Sr. had designed.
The North Nine was designed by Roger Packard and two-time U.S. Open Champion Andy North and was opened in May of 1994.
After many years as The Springs Golf Course, The Springs Golf Club Resort was born May 13th, 1993 when its doors were opened for the first time. The Resort was designed by Charles Montooth, a senior fellowship member at Taliesin and one of Wright's students. Since opening, several amenities have been added along with constant improvement to the golf course.
The property's current affiliation with The House on the Rock began June 10th, 1999 when The House of Wyoming Valley, Inc. officially took ownership. At that point The House on the Rock name was added and The Springs name was eventually dropped starting the 2001 golf season and now called The House on the Rock Resort and Golf Course.
The Resort continues to exude its charm and comfort and stands to live on as a true diamond in the rough.
The Springs Course
The Springs Course, designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones Sr. is the architect's most northern built course. Opened in 1971, the course has stood the test of time and ranks as a 4 1/2 star course by Golf Digest. Golf aficionados dub this a classic Jones course, featuring narrow landing areas, sand traps and water hazards that will challenge golfers of every skill level. Nearly every hole has water coming into play giving the course its name and reputation.
Well the title is a misnomer since this course features a double green making 9 and 18 the signature holes. The ninth and eighteen share an enormous double green guarded by a well positioned pond.
Standing on the ninth tee box long hitters can challenge the green. While you will get extra yardage with the hang time of a massive elevation drop, it would be best to put your ego back in the bag. Hit a long iron or hybrid to the right side to set up for a short iron. It is the easiest way to par the hole.
The par four 18th has a gentler downward slope and requires proper tee placement and length. The pond comes much more into play and requires a well struck second shot to get home in 4. The final hole is recognized as one of the top finishing holes in the Badger state.
The 13th hole stretches to the furthest point to the west into the valley. Standing on the green you realize you are almost completely surrounded by steep hills and dense forest. On a calm da, your voice will echoe thru the forest and valley. Take a deep break and enjoy the sounds of nature and the majestic beauty around you.
3 Tees: 6567, 6050 and 5326 yards
Slope: Rating: 126/71.7
The North Nine
The North Nine was designed by Roger Packard and two-time U.S. Open Champion Andy North and was opened in May of 1994. The course has a more modern feel accented my massive elevation changes, spectacular views and pristine conditions.
3 Tees: 3262, 3010 and 2659 yards
The Short Course - Par 3
Amongst the three nines is a short par 3 family course. The layout is designed for young kids, beginner golfers and those looking to fine tune their short game. Most holes range from 40-60 yards with synthetic tee boxes.
Lodging is available at the Family Education Center and range from 3 bed room condos, 1 or 2 bed room apartments (airconditioned) or and old lodge 2 bedroom without air.
For more information on golf packages or for reservations, call toll-free 1-866-UAW-GOLF (829-4653)
Location and Directions
The House on The Rock Golf Course and Resort is located on State Road 23 in Spring Green.
I-94 West to Madison, take the Janesville exit (I-90 E) Stay on I-90 approx. 6 miles, then Hwy.18 West to Dodgeville, then Hwy. 23 North to House on the Rock.
Hwy. 18 West to Dodgeville, then Hwy. 23 North to House on the Rock.
I strongly recommend playing all 27 holes at the resort. The property features a great dichotomy of golf holes. Golf purists will love the charm of the springs course and modernists will want to play the north nine twice.
House on The Rock Resort and Golf Course
400 Springs Drive
Spring Green, WI 53588
800-822-7774 ext. 606 or 608-588-7000
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About: 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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