After moving to Wisconsin, Hawk’s View was the first course I ever played in the Lake Geneva area. It is a place I truly enjoyed from the moment I hit my first shot, and it has remained one of my favorites not only in the area, but in the entire state! Besides the course itself, Hawk’s View has made numerous improvements over the years to offer an even better golf experience. They do a GREAT job at focusing on the “little things” that make your day that much more enjoyable. Case in point, two guys manning the Bag Drop and taking your bag to your cart while you park. This kind of service is generally reserved for the high fee or country club course, but that is the first thing you see when you come into the Hawk’s View parking lot. The staff at check in is always courteous and helpful, the staging area is right outside, the range is in plain sight, and the starters and marshals keep everyone on time.
I like any course that a) allows you to not hit driver off the first hole and b) gives you a couple holes that aren’t monsters at the beginning. Holes 1 and 2 are medium length par 4s that have their nuances, but aren’t super tough. You are hopefully feeling good about things when you get in your cart after the second hole and go up, up, up to the 3rd tee box. Playing dramatically downhill, you catch your breath and hope to take your par and run to the next hole. One of my favorite holes is the downhill 4th hole (pictured below), a par 4 with a great view and a tricky green. The 5th hole is another medium length par 4 with some fairway bunkers to contend with, but nothing too scary at the green.
Holes 6 and 7 are usually the holes where good starts die a slow death. One is a par 3 and the other is a par 5, but both involve a tee shot over a large water hazard where picking the right target line is vital. I love the green complex on the par 5 7th hole (pictured below). There is a great bunker placed right in the middle of the fairway that comes into play if you are trying to lay up, and the green is long, but very shallow, so club selection is paramount. After a short, benign 8th hole, you get another par 5 to finish the front nine. This hole is reachable in two with a good tee shot, but involves out of bounds all the way down the left side of the hole.
The back nine starts with one of my absolute favorite holes in the state. It is a crescent moon shaped par 5 that plays over 600 yards from the back tee box. It’s a hole that requires both length and precision to even think about getting on in regulation, a tremendous test! Hole 11 is a long par 3, then 12 gives you a shortish par 4 with water in play at the green. The par 4 13th hole is probably the toughest driving hole on the course, with a lake to the left that you have to take on if you want a decent yardage for your second shot. Hole 14 is another beautiful par 5 that can be played about a dozen different ways. It offers a relatively easy tee shot, but then a number of bunkers affecting your lay up decision (pictured below).
The last four holes at Hawk’s View is one of my favorite finishing stretches around. Holes 15 and 16 are similar par 4s of different lengths. Both involved elevated tees to a sunken fairway, with an approach to an elevated, blind green. When you reach the 16th green, you catch your first glimpse of the signature hole at Hawk’s View, the downhill, par 3 17th. It’s green sits just below the 16th green, and its multiple tee boxes seem to create steps leading up the hill (pictured below). 17 plays way shorter than the par 3 3rd hole, but has the same effect on your nervous system. After getting your heart rate in check, and hopefully finding a par or birdie on the hole, you finish with another downhill tee shot on the 18th hole. A nice, wide fairway welcomes you, as does a small, tricky green with deep bunkers guarding it.
Hawk’s View is very tied into the Lake Geneva community, and has a great reputation in the area. They are big supporters of junior golf and have a very loyal customer base. The staff at Hawk’s View has been nothing but supportive of Wisconsin Golf Trips, and I can’t thank them enough. Enjoy a fantastic day at Hawk’s View Golf Course during your next trip to Lake Geneva! To view my entire gallery of photos from Hawk’s View, please click here.