What You Need To Know: Turtleback Golf Course
An Insightful Interview With Ben Resnick, General 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 Ben Resnick 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
Turtleback is an amazing facility with a full 18-hole golf course, restaurant, event center, and practice facility. Our design is unique with the perfect mix of challenging yet scoreable holes, undulating greens, and scenic views.
If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
Someone looking to play golf in our area should choose Turtleback because our value is unmatched. Our course is carefully manicured every day. This coupled with a unique design makes the course especially fun to play. Since our property also includes a restaurant, Turtleback offers a great opportunity to grab lunch after the first nine, then sit on our deck overlooking the 18th hole enjoying dinner and a drink after the round. Be it an anniversary, annual golf trip, bachelor party, or just a weekend getaway, the Turtleback experience is unmatched.
What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
Our front nine is fairly straightforward. You can hit the driver often and be aggressive with approach shots. Take advantage because this is your chance to score. The back nine is much different, position yourself in the fairway and keep the ball below the hole on approach shots.
Any recent changes to the golf course? Or any upcoming changes?
Recently, there have been no recent changes to the golf course, but in 2021 we added a deck outside of our restaurant and we are working on putting in a patio with a roof outside our 19th hole.
Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
We have been awarded the prestigious 4-star rating from Golf Digest and pride ourselves on how well the course is cared for every year. We've also been proud of hosting State-Am qualifiers each of the last two years. Most WSGA or WPGA tournaments are hosted in the southern part of the state, so it's been a great opportunity and honor to be able to host qualifying sites the last two years.
What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
The signature holes at Turtleback are split between the 9th hole and the 18th. Our 9th hole is a driveable par 4 with a pond short of the green while our 18th is a beautiful par 5 coming back towards the clubhouse. There is a pond reachable off the tee and in play on your layup shot, but the green is reachable in two for big hitters, making it a great risk-reward hole.
What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
My favorite hole is the par 4 9th. It's a great opportunity to get a birdie before heading into the back nine. Hit driver just right of the green, leaving you an easy chip up to the pin.
Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
A must-have dish and drink is a spotted cow on tap with a Turtleback burger. It's hard to beat a cold beer and a burger after golf.
For the traveling golfer, do you have lodging onsite or partner with any area hotels?
We do not offer onsite lodging currently but we do partner with a hotel in our area.
Who Holds Course Record and What Was Their Score?
We have 3 people tied for the course record here. One is a member of ours, another is a pro from the area, and the third is actually myself. All shot an 8 under par 63 from the tips. I can't speak for the other two, but I know that the 2 footer I made on the last was the most nerve-racking 2-foot putt I've ever had in my life.
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Turtleback Golf Course
1985 18 1/2 Street
Rice Lake, Wisconsin, 54868
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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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