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Sean_A

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2022 Lake Michigan Tour 2 EAGLE SPRINGS & DUNES CLUB (1-2) New
« on: September 19, 2022, 12:19:49 PM »
My trip to Wisconsin dairy country was far too short. I had to be back in Chicago the next day, but not before stopping at one more Wisconsin course.  Eagle Springs is a 6th generation owned resort whose 18 hole course was founded in 1893 by Irish immigrants, making it the oldest resort course in the state. The course has also been recognized as one of the 100 oldest in the US and one of the top 9 holers as well. A familiar story, the course was reduced to nine holes during the Depression. The course may be nine holes, but it is brimming with character. The opener is next to the highly individual house which was once the laundry room for the resort hotel. The hole is blind 300ish yarder that plays to a humpback fairway shy of the green. With a little luck the ball ride the humpack to the green...ok, a lot of luck...ok, its virtually impossible.  Mike Bolan long had the reigns and was creative in his guardianship of the course. The green originally was a small raised punchbowl. Bolan retained the punchbowl and added the left plateau which allows for more hole locations, albeit difficult hole locations. The outrageous short volcano 2nd is a kissing cousin to LuLu's version. Its interesting that there is a LuLu Lake just south of Eagle Springs! Bolan could see that the hole was polarizing and because of this some golfers were skipping it. Instead of altering the hole, he spent four years clearing trees and built an alternative green. The course isn't a two-trick pony either. There are earnestly six holes of merit with the 6th being the only flatish hole. Bolan has taken a back seat and passed the responsibility to his niece by marriage, Anne Krug. Located within a comfortable driving distance to Milwaulkee, Madison, northern Chicago & Rockford, Eagle Springs may seem in the back and beyond, but it isn't. Without photos, this is all I will write about except to impart that Eagle Springs is more than a passing curiosity. I wish I made more time for the place. For under $40 to walk 18 on a weekend, its criminal not to give the course a go.  1*  2022

Off to O'Hare to pick up a few chaps for the next leg, Dunes Club.

A special thank you goes to Fried Egg Andy for suggesting I see Eagle Springs.

More to follow

Ciao
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Tim Gavrich

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Re: 2022 Lake Michigan Tour 2 EAGLE SPRINGS & DUNES CLUB
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2022, 12:49:51 PM »

About a mile from Dunes Club is Grand Beach, a 1912 Bendelow 9-holer with a bunch of charm and quirk. Well worth a wander if you have time while in the area.
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Chris_Blakely

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Re: 2022 Lake Michigan Tour 2 EAGLE SPRINGS & DUNES CLUB
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2022, 07:12:56 PM »
I wonder how many of these sites get their info / hidden gems from GCA?  This site has been talking about Eagle Springs for some time!


Grand Beach is a solid 9 hole course, but not in the same class of quirk and charms that Eagle Springs.  It was also done prior to joining Chicago Park Builders when he green sites became a lot better!


Chris

Cal Seifert

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Re: 2022 Lake Michigan Tour 2 EAGLE SPRINGS & DUNES CLUB
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2022, 07:18:42 PM »
I wonder how many of these sites get their info / hidden gems from GCA?  This site has been talking about Eagle Springs for some time!


Grand Beach is a solid 9 hole course, but not in the same class of quirk and charms that Eagle Springs.  It was also done prior to joining Chicago Park Builders when he green sites became a lot better!


Chris


Andy Johnson, the founder of the Fried Egg is a member here so it is very likely.

Sean_A

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Re: 2022 Lake Michigan Tour 2 EAGLE SPRINGS & DUNES CLUB
« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2022, 07:29:39 PM »
I wonder how many of these sites get their info / hidden gems from GCA?  This site has been talking about Eagle Springs for some time!

Grand Beach is a solid 9 hole course, but not in the same class of quirk and charms that Eagle Springs.  It was also done prior to joining Chicago Park Builders when he green sites became a lot better!

Chris

I am sure that Andy and others got some info and ideas from this site, but that's why this place exists. That said I don't recall hearing about Eagle Springs before I asked A Fried Egg. I am just happy someone told me about ES, its excellent.

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Tommy Williamsen

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Sean_A

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Re: 2022 Lake Michigan Tour 2 EAGLE SPRINGS & DUNES CLUB New
« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2022, 06:13:49 PM »
Thanks Tommy. I missed this interview the first time around!

DUNES CLUB TOUR

Covering approximately 60 acres the Dunes Club is the definition of efficient use of land. Having a very small membership accentuates these possibilities and it is clear from the pint size house that less was going to be better than more. Located near New Buffalo, Michigan, on the south-east side of Lake Michigan, the site was guaranteed to be sandy as so much of this side of the lake is. This was Mike Keiser's first foray into golf courses and it is clear the he understood winning formulas. Walking only seems to be a theme of Keiser projects and that is the case at Dunes Club. Well known Dick Nugent is the architect of record, but Jim Urbina made significant changes.  Nugent started his career with Robert Bruce Harris before forming Killian & Nugent in1964. The course I most associate with Nugent is Kemper Lakes; long time host of the Kemper Open and 1989 USPGA. Jeff Brauer and Jim Engh are among the many architects who worked with Nugent.

We arrived at Dunes Club with just about enough time play nine holes. The heavily treed property with low sun and meant loads of shade. The attractive mid length opener is a good representation of things to come. The holes move to the left, but in a fairly gentle manner.


An enchanting short hole, the green slips from the left to right.


More to follow.

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« Last Edit: September 23, 2022, 05:15:08 AM by Sean_A »
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