Pete Dye designed the River layout at Blackwolf Run golf complex in northeastern Wisconsin, and soon after its opening in 1988 the course came to be seen as a new benchmark for public courses in the US. The facility is impressive throughout, from the unique chalet-style clubhouse and attentive staff to the well executed and nicely wooded practice ground to the stunning parkland course itself. Few other courses are so completely protected from signs of civilization. The dense woods and meandering river not only contribute to the wilderness ambience, but also figure in the strategy and shape of the course. The competitors at the 1998 US Women's Open certainly came to appreciate the thoughtfully assembled greens and carefully positioned hazards. A number of the holes are relatively removed from the rest, but the course can certainly be walked. One advantage of the River is its proximity to the first-class American Club resort hotel.
The Meadow Valleys
Described as both subtle and devilish, The Meadow Valleys features rolling meadows and deep ravines, reflecting the natural features of Wisconsin terrain. Professionals and amateurs of all skill levels can experience a day of golf like no other on the Meadow Valleys course. Described as both subtle and devilish, it winds through meadows and charges across ravines, reflecting the natural features of the Wisconsin terrain. This championship course challenges even the experts to weigh the relative advantages of distance and accuracy, though staggered tees put much of the danger out of harm’s way for the average golfer.