Jason Scott Deegan

Senior Staff Writer


Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. He is a regular contributor with Athlon Sports and PGA Magazine. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. His favorite golf destinations are Ireland and New Zealand, along with Michigan and California, where he lives with his wife and two children. Jason rarely touched a golf club until his college days at Eastern Michigan University, but now his passion for the game knows no out of bounds. He got his start writing with the TravelGolf Network in 1999. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.

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  • The Golf Courses of Lawsonia - Links - Links Course

    "Add to your bucket list"

    Lawsonia Links is truly a one-of-a-kind. Any golfers who consider themselves a bucket-list chaser or an architect aficionado must come play it. I've never seen so many dramatic falloffs around the greens. Before you move on from the first green take a look behind it. Imagine having to hit a flop-shot from there. The shot comes up again and again, especially below the green on the famous 'Boxcar' par 3 at no. 7. There's so many little nuances to this classic course. The gently rolling land makes for great tee and green sites. The first two tee shots are almost completely blind. Wild and completely random berms, almost like walls, block certain paths to other fairways or greens. The course doesn't necessarily play firm and fast enough to be a true links, but with its berm/mounding and the longer grasses in spots, it certainly offers up the look. It's an engaging design, that's for sure. more »

    Wild Rock Golf Club

    "One of the stars in Wisconsin"

    Wild Rock gets overshadowed by Wisconsin's major venues - Whistling Straits and now Erin Hills - but this course is every bit in their league. It's a hoot to play, designed by the same duo - Dr. Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry - at the same time as Erin Hills. They gave resort golfers wide fairways and receptive greens, not the gut-busting holes and walk of Erin Hills. The terrain is also more dramatic with sweeping vistas that stretch for miles at key elevated tees or greens. Every so often, they sprinkled in a bunker in the middle of the fairway or a tiny bunker front and center of the green to force you into hitting a quality golf shot. My matched turned on hole no. 14, the final par 5 that's all risk-reward. My partner and I laid up to make par, while our opponents went for it in two and both made big numbers. That's the sign of a great design, one with swing holes coming home. It is one of the quarry holes, a stretch from 13-15 that's really strong. I can't recommend this course enough. more »

    Sand Valley Golf Course

    "Sand Valley a great addition to top-shelf golf in the Midwest"

    To many Midwestern golfers, Sand Valley might be their first introduction to links-like golf. That reason alone makes Sand Valley a success story. The first course in this giant sandpit in central Wisconsin probably won't end up being the best course here - just wait until you see Mammoth Dunes by David McLay Kidd - but it might be the most playable. Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw routed mostly fun holes through the dunes, which provide some nice elevation changes. Giant wastelands of sand lurk on every shot, so pick your angles of attack carefully. There's really no chance to lose a ball anywhere. The fescue lining a few fairways is still quite wispy in most places. The most intimidating shot is actually the drive on the par-3 17th hole, a mostly blind shot up into a green set in a bowl. It's 220 yards from the men's tees so take enough club and pray you get lucky. In that respect, Sand Valley is very much a links. more »

    Sentryworld Sports Center

    "A classic test with loads of amenities"

    I didn't play this RTJ Jr. parkland course before the recent redo, but I'm a fan of the whole experience that's presented today. It's a first-class day from start to finish. There are a few bland holes - long par 4s where I'd like a little more design variety - but beyond that, there's little to criticize. The GPS helps you navigate all the water hazards out there. I love both par 5s on the front nine. Water makes both no. 5 and no. 9 three-shot holes, but they're beautiful and demanding. On the back side, a couple of short par 4s featuring ponds - the 319-yard 11th and 334-yard 17th (blue tees) - finally give you a chance to score. The 176-yard 'flower' hole at no. 16 lives up to the hype, but it does slow down play a bit. After the round, be sure to stop into PJ's, a great bar/restaurant with a good vibe and some excellent food. I played SentryWorld the day after Sand Valley, so they're a great duo showcasing just how far Wisconsin has come as a golf destination in such a short amount of time. The two facilities are less than an hour apart, so plan on visiting both on your next trip to the region. more »

    The Golf Courses at Lawsonia - Woodlands

    "The underappreciated play at Lawsonia"

    Coming into my round, I had low expectations of the Woodlands, a course I knew nothing about. The strength of the main course (the Links) makes the Woodlands almost an afterthought, but that shouldn't be the case. It's a nice track, one that's thoroughly enjoyable to play. The only knock was the bunkers were in poor shape. There are no bad holes, and quite a few good ones, especially all the downhill par 3s. Many of the holes are tree-lined, although they're not narrow enough to feel claustrophobic. There aren't many 36-hole facilities in the Midwest with a contrast as good as Lawsonia. more »

    Trappers Turn Golf Club

    "Another gem in the Dells"

    Trapper's Turn is located on the outskirts of the Dells, so after driving through waterpark and touristy madness on the strip, the scene returns to nature with beautiful woods and trees. It's here that Andy North, a native in the Badger state, built a 27-hole course that delivers one heck of a day of golf and Midwest hospitality. I loved everything about the Canyon-Lake routing except for the very difficult first hole. From there, it is infinitely fun with a nice mix of scoring holes and challenging ones with strategic twists. What really surprised me was the food-and-beverage operation in the large clubhouse. Thankfully, I played on Sunday morning and finished just in time to splurge on an all-you-can-eat prime rib Sunday brunch. That night, I returned for a fine meal, kick-started by an appetizer of Wisconsin's largest cheese curds. Yum. more »
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