Getting To Know: Whispering Springs Golf Club
An Insightful Interview With Zach Trepanier, Golf Shop Manager
By Brian Weis
Whether you have played a course 20+ times a year or looking to play the course for the first time, insights from an insider can help enhance your golf experience. Below is an interview with Zach Trepanier who shares some valuable tidbits about the course, memorable holes and must eats and treats at the 19th.
Give Our Readers An Overview of the Golf Course/Property
Whispering Springs is set on top of a scenic ledge overlooking the entire city of Fond du Lac as well as Lake Winnebago. The course is unique in that it has bentgrass from tee to green and that it boasts no two holes are alike. The front nine is more open and reminds the golfer of a links-type layout while the back nine weaves through the matured trees that once lined the old nine hole course. The holes are challenging enough for any golfer, thanks to the five set of tees throughout, and is in a great location at the center of the state.
If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
In the Fond du Lac and surrounding area it's not often that you will find bentgrass from tee to green at a public facility. While this type of grass takes more time and energy to groom and maintain, we believe the results it yields are well worth the effort. This is the surface that many of the pro tournaments are played on, and we strive to provide conditions that match those that you see on TV.
What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
Like any course, the best way to ensure that your score will be a low number is to keep the ball in play. Even though the front nine is more of an open layout, there are still plenty of opportunities to lose a ball and mark a big number on the card. On our back nine, this idea is only accentuated with the number of shots that are lined with looming trees. The one thing that might be unique to our course is that we have sand- and lots of it. While bunkers and trees are two different hazards, they can often times be related. So, if you can keep it out of the sand, then hopefully you'll stay out of the trees too.
Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
During the 2011 season Whisperings Springs was rated by the Hacker's Guide as the #1 best golf value in the entire state of Wisconsin. We were extremely proud of this accolade because our central philosophy is to provide an exceptionable and memorable golf experience at a rate that any golfer can afford. We constantly hear comments from our new golfers that they are floored at what we charge for a round of golf, and when we received this award from the Hacker's Guide, we were excited that our main goal was recognized by their organization.
What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
The intended signature hole of our Bob Lohman designed course was number 14. Hole 14 is a par four lined with matured trees on the left that requires a strategically placed tee shot to give the golfer a good angle into the green. The second shot into the green is separated by an expanse of artfully designed bunkers that is aesthetically daunting for any level of player. The hole that seems to be the most memorable, though, is hole 12. Hole 12 is fairly straight and isn't the most challenging hole on the course, but the view it offers from its elevated tee box offers the most astounding sight on the entire course. On a clear afternoon, one can see all of Fond du Lac and even Lake Winnebago.
What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
Personally, my favorite hole is a toss-up between number two and sixteen. Hole two is a par five that has a little bit of everything: mounds, sand, water and a view of a rustic barn on the property. I love this hole because you can wind up and rip it from the tee, but it requires more strategy from that point forward. I had to also include sixteen in the mix because since I first played Whispering Springs, that hole and I have had a love/hate relationship. It has to be one of the most challenging holes in that you can hit two great shots and still have a tough time getting it home for par. They key to 16: hit a low screamer up the left side of the fairway, and make sure you're below the hole or you could be putting for a long time!
Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
There's not a single dish on our menu that I've ever turned away. We are owned by the same individual who owns Trepanier's Backyard Grill & Bar which is the most popular eatery in Fond du Lac. We share much of the same staff, and are inspired by the same chef, so our food isn't the typical dry burger and luke-warm hot dog that golfers have been choking down. Thursday is a great day to come out and golf because after riding 18 holes you are treated with a juicy 12 oz rib-eye for only $4. No matter what you get to eat, you HAVE to treat yourself to a draft beer in a chilled pint glass.
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Whispering Springs Golf Club
380 Whispering Springs Drive
Fond du Lac, WI, 54937 920-921-8053
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About: Brian Weis
Brian Weis is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, a network of golf travel and directory sites including GolfWisconsin.com, GolfMichigan.com, ArizonaGolfer.com, GolfAlabama.com, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.
All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched GolfWisconsin.com. In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and GolfTrips.com was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like GolfTrips.com, GolfGuide.com and GolfPackages.com. It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.
On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.
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