4th Annual Wisconsin Gutty Challenge JULY 19-21, 2018Registration
Veteran Hickory Player, Collector, and Tournament Organizer, Greg Smith, is planning another great tournament that has been a fast growing Gutty event in the USA. Mike and Lynn Just attended this event last year and Mike was presented with the “Keeper of the Spirit” Award. Unique “Spirit” traveling trophies will be awarded in honor of Mike Just.
Eagle Springs has been family-owned for five generations. Current owner, Mike Bolan, is the great-great grandson of John Tuohy, an Irish immigrant who settled among the Indians and started farming the land in 1866. Tuohy’s son, William, built the resort and opened the course in 1893. Once an 18-hole layout built around a grand resort that catered to wealthy Chicagoans, Eagle Springs has retained much of its nostalgic charm. The resort is long gone, but nine cottages remain, which are rented out seasonally. As the course expanded to 18 holes, it is believed that Tom Bendelow, who worked for the AG Spalding Golf Company in Chicago, was the course architect. After the depression in 1929 the golf course was cut to 9-holes. Today, approximately 90% of the historic layout remains intact.
Highly respected Milwaukee Journal Sentinel golf reporter, Gary D’Amato, has written: “With a blind tee shot on No. 1, a wickedly elevated green on No. 2, bowl-shaped greens that funnel approach shots toward the hole and a practice putting green built in front of the first tee, Eagle Springs breaks most modern rules of golf course architecture. The second hole ranks in the Top Ten Best Par 3 Holes in Wisconsin, at #9. The first two holes should be preserved forever as examples of pre 1900 course architecture.
SCHEDULE: Thursday: Registration. Welcome gift. Practice rounds, call golf shop 262-594-2462. Pay the course directly. Need to be off the course by 5pm. As in past years, this is the time to play your alternate-shot grudge matches.
Friday, July: Morning tee times. After play Lunch at the course by The Barbecue Doc. (Jim Eike) Complimentary trade tables available for buying, selling, bartering or bragging.
Saturday, July: Morning tee times. Awards. On the road early afternoon.
LOCATION: Eagle Springs is located in SOUTHERN Wisconsin, a mere thirty minutes from Lake Geneva and is easily accessible from all Midwest locations.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Because of the central location, a group hotel is difficult . A few examples: Milwaukee West hotels are a 40-minute drive; Lake Geneva, 30 minutes; Whitewater, 22; East Troy 18. Madison, Racine and Kenosha are a little over an hour. The closest hotel is in Mukwonago, 7 miles from the course.
AREA HOTEL: THE LA QUINTA HOTEL IN BROOKFIELD HAS ROOMS BLOCKED at a rate of $85 + Tax per night, if booked before June 30, 2017.
If you reserve your room in March you can book a few days before and after the Event dates.
AREA ATTRACTIONS: Everything is within a short drive: Old World Wisconsin, and Kettle Moraine Southern Unit are must visits, especially for families, plus several casinos and Milwaukee seasonal activities.
Eagle Springs Golf Resort
W352 S10355 Tuohy Rd
Eagle, Wisconsin 53119
About Eagle Springs
In 1866, John and Mary Tuohy, Irish immigrants, arrived from Boston and settled on the western shores of Eagle Springs Lake where their 80-acre farm grew to 601 acres. In 1893 John sold his portion of the land to his son, William. William decided that the area would be an ideal vacation spot and established a resort including a grand hotel, 12 cottages and 18-hole golf course. The resort served as an exclusive vacation destination for guests from Chicago, Milwaukee and Waukesha.