The 2017 Greater Milwaukee Hickory Open at La Belle Golf Club in Oconomowoc

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A group of golfers from the Wisconsin Hickory Golfers recently took their game to La Belle Golf Club in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. La Belle has a long history dating back to 1896 and had such famous golf professionals as Willie Anderson and Alex Smith.

Bringing Hickory golf back to La Belle was a pleasure for the players. A course designed in 1896 it offered tight fairways and wonderful greens to challenge the players. The attached video put together by Mike Kopacz, club historian at La Belle tells part of the story of great times and challenging shots the players encountered.

Fine play was reflected by the scores which included a 69 (Two under par) by Ernie Ernst, a par round of 71 by David Guerard (yes the same David Guerard that recorded a 1st place finish in the net division at the U.S. Hickory in 2016) and a new comer to Hickory golf, Brian Weis, who shot an impressive 72 ( Net 61) to win the Net award. The group also played a four man Bestball game within the foursomes to add some entertainment to the matches.

Thank you to La Belle and its staff for a wonderful day of golf and friendship, the two key ingredients to playing Hickory Golf.

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Brian Weis is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com. When he is not traveling, golfing and writing about amazing golf destinations, he is moonlighting as a novice hickory golf enthusiast. He started off playing replicas (Louisville and Tad Moore) and now plays originals (Stewarts). Brian was hooked on hickories after puring his first shot in 2015.

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