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The Golf Course at Northern Bay

What You Need To Know: The Golf Course at Northern Bay

An Insightful Interview With Derek Donovan, Head 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 Derek 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
Northern Bay Golf Resort & Marina has a one of a kind golf course with replica holes which provides a unforgettable day on the links. However, if you are not a golfer, Northern Bay Resort offers so much more! We have luxury 2- and 3-bedroom condos for rent. We are located 30 minutes north of the Dells on the northern end of Castle Rock Lake. We offer all the water sports you desire! The property has a pool, tennis courts, basketball, sand volleyball, and boat rentals. We have live entertainment every weekend during the summer months at our Tiki Bar. We are a destination resort with "one stop shopping". If you're hungry please stop on in at our Island View Pub and Grill. Plan your Summer vacation now! Stay and Play specials are available while offering new packages in 2020 with unlimited golf Sunday-Thursday.

If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
Northern Bay Golf Resort & Marina is a unique experience with excellent course conditions! It's a guarantee that you will enjoy your time spent here and you will be certain to come back for more!

What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
To be able to score better on this course the golfer really needs to choose the best tees and yardage that suits his or her game. There are not any tricked-up holes or blind shots. The course is set up in front of you, keeping the ball in the fairway always helps. Our greens are larger than most so hitting the green does not always guarantee a two putt. Being sharp with your short game will ultimately help you score better at Northern Bay Resort & Marina.

Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
In 2018 we were voted comeback course of the year. With Regency Hotel Management buying Northern Bay in 2018 the last 2 years the golf course has really become quite pristine. We are most proud of the fact that we can offer an experience unlike any other with the 7 replica holes. There are two from Augusta National, TPC Sawgrass, Bayhill, Oakmont, Firestone and Oakland Hills. This is our "niche" which offers that extra dimension of being able to play holes from all over the country that you see on your TV.

What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
The most famous and recognizable hole is #10. It is a replica of the famous island hole #17 at TPC of Sawgrass. It gives our guests a chance to experience what the Pro's experience. Just to add more pressure to the hole is its location on the resort where everyone is always watching. You can usually find a wager at the bar, which is overlooking the hole, whether the golfer is going to find land or not.

What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
My favorite hole is #11. This is a replica of Augusta National's #13 "Azalea". It is a risk, reward par 5. With the famous "Ray's Creek" running along the side and in front of the green makes it challenging for all talent levels. You could have a putt for eagle or struggle to make bogey. It calls for 5 good shots to make par.

Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
A must have sandwich after your round would have to be the Augusta Chicken. This grilled chicken breast topped with bacon, provolone cheese, finished with a sweet bourbon glaze, and onion strings served on a ciabatta bun is great for the taste buds. Be sure to wash it down with Northern Bay's very own beer the Rusty Putter an American Ale. With more than 20 beers and wide variety of wines and spirits the Island View Grill and Pub is a great place for all your pre and post round libations.

Back Tee Stats
Par: 72
Yardage: 7223
Slope: 131
Rating: 74.4

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Northern Bay Golf Resort & Marina
1844 A 20th Avenue
Arkdale, WI, 54613

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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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