There has been a lot of buzz about the new Club at Lac La Belle over recent months. I am here to tell you that everything you have heard is true. This place is the real deal and has TONS of potential moving forward.
The Scots Pine represented in the Lac La Belle logo stands for “rebirth”. That sentiment is palpable as you play the new routing designed by Craig Haltom of Oliphant Companies. Craig’s work at Sand Valley, SentryWorld, and Stevens Point Country Club (among others) in recent years has seen him become “Mr. Wisconsin” in the world of course building and redesigns. The vision that owner Matt Morse had to take a property like this and bring it back to life is just outstanding.
You can read all you want on the Club at Lac La Belle website regarding the history of the property. But it is quite a different experience to take a look at all the memorabilia and history in person that is on display in the clubhouse. Long story short, two immigrants who were members of Carnoustie in Scotland at the end of the 19th century eventually made their way to the Oconomowoc area. These gentlemen not only founded one of the oldest clubs in America, but competed for many of the first U.S. Open trophies handed out.
The course has tons of variety and many of the green complexes are roller coaster rides. There is a lot to take in on the course, and just as much when you are done. The Rivalry Pub has a great patio section overlooking the putting course at Lac La Belle. You can’t miss it, it is the massive green with a giant Scots Pine right in the middle of it. I think any group heading to Wisconsin would enjoy having The Club at Lac La Belle as part of their itinerary!