A MESSAGE FROM MATT MORSE
THE PURSUIT OF A LIFELONG DREAM
Welcome to the new Club at Lac La Belle!
As one of the oldest courses in our state and now recognized as a founding golf club in America, we are thrilled that we have been given the opportunity to restore and preserve this historic venue.
From the beginning, my desire was to design and create a truly unique golfing experience—one that is visually interesting and exciting to play. A traditional layout utilizing classic design elements became our goal. The idea that we wanted a walkable course influenced a more traditional routing plan. The history of the property demanded a classic design reminiscent of turn of the century golf course design.
Mixed in with the beautiful rolling hills you will enjoy elevated tee boxes, native fescue grasses, undulating greens of various sizes, a few par 4’s that are reachable, rectangular tee boxes, double fairways and short grass recovery areas all to enhance the golf experience. I’m especially excited about our deep grass face bunkers that look dramatic and follow the Scottish model of bunkering.
All of these design features helped us create a very different golf course stylistically.
I would like to thank all our contractors, teams, Village President Tim Clark and everyone involved with helping us modernize this historic golf property for the enjoyment of generations to come.
Matthew C. Morse
Craig Haltom received a graduate degree in landscape architecture and a true education in links golf while living in Edinburgh, Scotland. Upon returning to the United States he has worked on many high profile golf construction projects throughout his impressive career with Oliphant Group. While out hiking in central Wisconsin he discovered the land and developed the course that would become known as Sand Valley; a truly unique vision brought to reality across massive sand dunes and other breathtaking landforms. He continues to develop golf courses with the development team from Sand Valley and Oliphant Golf.
COURSE REDESIGN & ARCHITECTURE
A Bright Future at the Beautiful Lake
From Craig Haltom, Architect
There’s an exciting vision for the next 100 years of golf in Lac La Belle, and from the beginning of the project, we defined success with three overriding goals:
1. Fix the drainage and water issues across the site
2. Make each hole memorable and dramatic
3. Build a course that is relevant to all kinds of golfers
I think we have succeeded in achieving these things, and my hope is that we have done so in a way that is consistent with the site’s rich golfing heritage and remarkable history.
The new Golf Club at Lac La Belle is full of fun and creative shotmaking opportunities—both through the air and on the ground.
We are also particularly pleased with how the tree clearing has turned out. 100’s of beautiful old specimen trees, giant old Oaks and White Pines, now stand out prominently (whereas before they were choked by nuisance trees and hidden on the sides of narrow golf holes). In short, the new course feels big in a way the old routing and tree plantings simply did not allow, and the individual golf holes feature plenty of interesting width.
The new Golf Club at Lac La Belle is full of fun and creative shotmaking opportunities–both through the air and on the ground. Nearly all of the approaches into greens are open and allow run up shots. If the club’s original founders and its legendary Scottish golf professionals were alive today, our hope is that they would recognize in our new course the kind of fun, ‘sporting’ golf that was such a foundational part of the game at the turn of the last century.
The future of golf in Lac La Belle is indeed bright!