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Hawk’s View Golf Club
A chance for your game to soar

By JERRY SLASKE
KeyMilwaukee.com Golf Editor

THE LAKE GENEVA area is known for, among other recreational activities, its plethora of fine golf courses. But there’s none finer than Hawk’s View Golf Club (Como Crossing), not only because of its architecture, layout, conditions and stunning views, but also because it is just downright fun to play.

Early on, you get what is meant by the course’s name when you stand on the 3rd tee, a par 3, 215 yards (from the back tees). To say this hole is downhill is like saying Michelangelo was a painter. The 17th, another par 3 (169 yards), is similar. You feel like you’re on the top of the world. Plus there are five other holes that sport steep slopes and elevated tees or greens. (The practice range has got to be the steepest anywhere.)

That’s why choosing Craig Schreiner, an architect from Kansas City, Missouri, to design the course was appropriate. Coming from the extremely hilly KC, he obviously knew how to work in such terrain. The scenery here must be spectacularly colorful in the autumn.

And, by the way, I actually saw more than several hawks circling overhead during my round!

There really isn’t a weak hole in the bunch. Conditions are what you would expect at a championship course and the average-size greens are smooth, true, and quick, but not overly undulating.

I’m partial to par 5s, and #s7 (527 yards) and 14 (509 yards), in particular, are superb. It takes three solid shots to hit these greens, both of which are surrounded by bunkers. On #7, the tee shot over water is the challenge; on #14 the uphill shot to the green is the challenge (take one more club because the pin looks closer than it is).

Among the par 4s, #s15 (410 yards) and 16 (354 yards) are worth the price of admission. Both are from elevated tees down through wooded valleys and back up to tabletop greens. Tee it high and let it fly.

The Hawk’s View property was formerly a ski hill aptly named Mt. Fuji, which should give golfers an idea of what to expect.Hawk’s View is an eruption of fun for the serious golfer. And even if your game isn’t on during your visit, you still feel good about being here…like you’re on vacation. www.hawksviewgolfclub.com 877-429-5788


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