Find good golf and great food at Trappers Turn in Wisconsin



A flower bridge on no. 10 at Trappers Turn. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor )
No. 2 on the Canyon nine at Trappers Turn. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor)
The third hole on the Canyon nine at Trappers Turn. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor )
Beware the dropoff left of the fourth green of the Canyon nine at Trappers Turn. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor )
Bunkers guard the par-5 fifth green of the Canyon nine at Trappers Turn. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor )
No. 6 on the Canyon nine at Trappers Turn. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor )
It's tight around the par-3 seventh hole on the Canyon nine at the Trappers Turn. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor )
No. 9 on the Canyon nine at the Trappers Turn. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor )
Stay left on the third hole of the Lake nine at the Trappers Turn. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor )
The downhill par-3 fourth hole on the Lake nine at Trappers Turn. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor )
Hole 5 on the Lake nine at Trappers Turn. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor )
The downhill par-3 sixth hole on the Lake nine at Trappers Turn. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor )
The par-5 ninth hole on the Lake nine ends at the clubhouse at Trappers Turn. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor )

WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. - Driving north on U.S. Route 12, golfers pass the madness of the Dells - the waterparks, Tommy Bartlett waterski show on Lake Delton, fast-food joints and rollercoasters that attract thousands of families on vacation every year.

Thankfully, there is an oasis of trees and green grass once you emerge from these tourist traps. Trappers Turn offers 27 holes hidden in the forest at the edge of town. Designed by two-time U.S. Open winner Andy North, a Wisconsin native, and Roger Packard, Trappers Turn sports an interesting mix of meadow holes one minute and tight, tree-lined challenges the next. Three nines - the Lake, Canyon and Arbor - are almost interchangeable. Both the Lake and Canyon start out with tough first tee shots, but then settle into a nice flow of holes before ending on stout, scenic par 5s. The best hole has to be no. 7 on Canyon, a 148-yard par 3 with a green tucked into a rock bed. There's no margin for error on the downhill approach with the forest encroaching on three sides.

Part of the allure of Trappers Turn is its fantastic food-and-beverage operation. A prime rib Sunday brunch has become popular with the locals. For dinner, the restaurant serves an appetizer of the "largest cheese curds" in Wisconsin. Tasty and fulfilling - just like the golf.

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Staff rating of Trappers Turn: Review by Jason Scott Deegan

Jul 24, 2017

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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. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.


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