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Getting To Know: Brown County Golf Course


Getting To Know: Brown County Golf Course

An Insightful Interview With Jim Ostrowski, Head Golf Pro

By Brian Weis

Whether you have played a course 20+ times a year or looking to play the course for the first time, insights from an insider can help enhance your golf experience. Below is an interview with Jim Ostrowski who shares some valuable tidbits about the course, memorable holes and must eats and treats at the 19th.

Give Our Readers An Overview of the Golf Course/Property
Brown County Golf Course is a public golf course owned by the County of Brown and located in Northeastern Wisconsin in the Village of Hobart, just west of Green Bay. Regular golf play began in 1958 with 18 holes developed by Lawrence Packard. With gently rolling terrain, outstanding course conditions and a good number of classic doglegs, Brown County GC has been consistently rated very highly on a national scale since the early 1980's.

If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
The golf course is always in fantastic shape.

What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
The front nine plays right to left while the back nine moves left to right. If you can work the ball you will have better angles to attack the greens. We also replaced all the greens in 2014, and they roll really true!

Any recent changes to the golf course? Or any upcoming changes?
In 2014, Brown County underwent a $300,000 course improvement project. We replacement all 18 holes greens and the primary practice green outside the clubhouse. In addition, we added new sod to the fringe around every green.

Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
Brown County Golf Course was ranked Golf Digest Top 50 Public Golf Course rating in 1990 and a rating as the 9th best Municipal golf course nationally in the early 2000's bear this out. Locally, we have received the "Best of the Bay" award for the finest golf course in the area for four of the past 5 years beginning in 2009.

A number of tournaments have been hosted at Brown County throughout it's history. They include:
* The 2005 Wisconsin State Amateur,
* The Wisconsin State Open and State Match Plays,
* WSGA Best Ball events,
* Numerous WPGA Junior Events,
* The Brown County Men's and Women's Amateur

What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
The most demanding and talked about hole on the course is #13. From the tee, it is hard to see water down the left. And longer hitters can reach the pond in front of the green. Position of the tee is very important. Take what the course gives you off the tee. For the long ball hitters driver is not the play. If you can see it come to rest off the tee you will be in great position on your next shot. Take enough club and avoid the water in front of the green. For a short hole, (349-334 yards from the back two tees) you can make a big number if you get too greedy.

What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
My favorite hole is #2 when played from the back tees. From the tips you have a great view of the entire hole. A well struck tee ball is needed to carry the river. Longer hitters can reach in two but it is not the play. A large sand bunker protects the right side of the green so your second shot should be played up the right side to put yourself in position for a great look at birdie.

Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
The Safari Steakhouse provides both casual and elegant food. Everything on the menu is great. You cannot beat the outdoor seating overlooking the 9th green.

Back Tee Stats
Par: 72
Yardage: 6749
Slope: 131
Rating: 72.5

More Information
Brown County Golf Course
897 Riverdale Drive
Hobart, WI, 54155

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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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