The Original 9 at Thornberry Creek
Follow the Red Brick Road
By Brian Weis
When a property features 27 holes of championship golf, the nine-holer is mostly likely an afterthought for most golfers. In the case of Thornberry Creek's "Original Nine, also known as the Iroquois course, it is a track worth playing - twice. Uniquely designed, Rick Jacobson built two greens per hole to allow for an 18 hole experience on a nine hole course. The distinct nines are marked with two different flags creating the white nine and the red nine.
The best of the best on this mighty mite, include the par 5, 2nd which offers golfers an elevated view of the property. Bombers who hug the left side position themselves to get home in two.
Hole 4 is a demanding par 3 that will both visually and mental test you. Two peninsula greens positioned at the opposing ends of a large pond will challenge golfers of all skill levels. The white nineplays 158 yards while the red nine plays a club longer at 168 yards.
After the eighth, you return to the clubhouse. However, the all brick cart path steers you left down a deep glacier formed ravine. The closing par 3 hole, plays slightly up hill to a monstrous green that is surrounded by a stadium of Wisconsin hardwoods.
Most golfers will head to Thornberry Creek to play The Oneida Legends course regarded as one of the best public courses in Northeast Wisconsin. Take my advice, spend the day there and add the original nine to your itinerary. If time allows play the course twice!
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9 Holes - 2 flags per hole creating 18 distinct holes
Par - 72
4 Tees - 6049, 5668, 5158, 4773 yards
Thornberry Creek at Oneida
4470 N Pine Tree Road
Oneida, WI 54155
Article Tags: Original Nine, Iroquois Course, Thornberry Creek
Revised: 09/17/2012 - Article Viewed 24,040 Times - View Golf Course Profile
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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