Getting To Know: Tuscumbia Golf Course
An Insightful Interview With John Geils, Owner
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 John Geils 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
Tuscumbia Golf Course is Wisconsin's oldest and friendliest place to enjoy a challenging and spirited round of golf. Founded in 1896, Tuscumbia is nestled in the charming and historic resort community of Green Lake. Tuscumbia's grounds are maintained in top-notch condition throughout the golfing season, from the majestic evergreens, maples and oaks to the magnificent park-like setting. Tuscumbia maintains a wealth of tradition that has a certain allure, whether you're a novice or seasoned professional, golf at Tuscumbia promises to be one of the most memorable rounds you will ever play.
If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
Well, first of all, it's in great, great shape and we've reverted a lot of the course back to its original status. We are the oldest 18 hole course in Wisconsin. Very proud of that. And our heritage again depicts the old classic corses, narrow fairway, and small greens. It is a very challenging course but a lot of fun for the average golfer to the three handicap.
What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
It is a fairly straight out in front of you type golf course. You cannot grip it and rip it from the blues and expect to be in play. The course rewards those that are accurate. Like many traditional courses aty below the holes for your par and birdie putts.
Any recent changes to the golf course? Or any upcoming changes?
The greens used to be square in nature. On holes #8, #11 and #12 we are restoring the greens. Each year we been doing a few greens at a time.
Also on holes #4 and #5 we are using some of the natural typography to add some features like water.
What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
Hole number 15. It's about 565 yards from the back tees. You need to find the fairway with your driver. The second shot is blind so if you can take alook and find your aiming point. The hole demands accuracy. The approach to the green is surrounded by traps.
What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
I like the nostalgia of hole number 10 has a little water to the left and plays down into in the valley. So if you hit the green, you get a wait for it to release on the green and you get to to see how close you are to the pin. But if you're left or right, you're in the woods.
Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
680 North Restaurant at Tuscumbia Country Club has one of the best fish frys in the area.
For the traveling golfer, do you have lodging onsite or partner with any area hotels?
One site we have a 10 unit condominium we rent out for stay play packages. Most popular is our four bedroom units because you can sleep eight comfortably.
For smaller groups there are hotels, motels and bed and breakfast around the area.
Back Tee Stats
Yardage: 6514 yards
Tuscumbia Golf Course
680 Illinois Avenue
Green Lake, WI, 54941
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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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