Cold Water Canyon Golf Course at Chula Vista Resort
Cold Water Canyon Golf Course in the Wisconsin Dells has a layout that dates back to the 1920s, making it one of the oldest golf courses in the state. Originally a nine-hole course, it was expanded to a full 18 holes but the original layout was carefully preserved as the front nine. The back nine offers a completely different round with a Scottish-links design, however it manages to blend seamlessly with the classic layout of the first nine. Water hazards come into play on a few holes and there are strategically placed bunkers to contend with as well. The second half of Cold Water Canyon Golf Course is more challenging than the front but both are equally scenic. The golf course and the adjoining Chula Vista Resort are tucked away amidst thick forests of mature trees.
|White (W)||71||5301 yards||70.6||116|
|Red (W)||71||4649 yards||67.9||111|
|Black M: 68.8/116||469||192||285||204||356||519||378||183||285||2871||539||225||499||356||398||126||309||175||529||3156||6027|
|Blue M: 67.7/114||450||183||269||195||343||499||340||177||282||2738||527||190||484||347||359||122||298||162||507||2996||5734|
|White M: 65.8/110 W: 70.6/116||413||176||227||186||303||459||324||166||270||2524||459||159||430||332||338||117||287||153||502||2777||5301|
|Red W: 67.9/111||401||142||217||100||261||328||282||157||267||2155||430||133||382||291||306||112||254||149||437||2494||4649|
Available FacilitiesClubhouse, Spa
Very friendly staffs and fairways and greens were well maintained, had good round..
Terrible front, Great back!
Front 9 was boring and not well maintained.
The back 9 was another course totally.
Shame the pace of place was horrendous.
Also guys in the shop should learn to up sell a bit.
Crazy fast greens + tight layout = High Score
This course looks easy on the scorecard. Relatively short and straight forward. But it is very tight off the tee, and the lightning fast greens led to my highest score of the season. Fun but frurstrating.
Tight track - Birdie Opportunities
Tight layout through the woods, short holes invite birdies.
Outstanding staff, great course
Very inviting course, shorter over all distance but elevation and layout provide nice challenge as well as scoring opportunities. Will certainly be playing here again next time I am in town.
Fast greens fun course
There was a few blind shots that could put golfers ahead of you in trouble. Otherwise nice course. Not the longest course but fun. Enjoyed my round.
Well maintained. As others stated, from and back nines are different, especially the tiny greens on the front. It takes some adjusting. Overall, very nice, fair course in good condition.
Shot makers course, excellent, fast greens. Didn’t hit driver but twice. Carts were first class with good GPS. Played black tees just a shade under 6100, but still challenging. Sand is good consistency and course conditions were very good.
We arrived for a 10;50 time. I asked where the range was but as told it was closed just now for mowing. First time I ever saw a driving range mowed mid morning rather than first thing in the day or end of the day,
Hole 2 was being mowed so i waited for the mower to finish coming in my direction. Rather than go off to side and wait he turned around and went back up the right side of the fairway.
Greens were for the most part incredibly slow.
A number of signs for the next hole were pointing in the wrong direction.
Rough was very high for the average golfer. I am experienced and an 18 handicap and would say the rough was incredible challenging for a resort type course.
Not fun to play.
A tale of two nines
We used Cold Water Canyon as the starting point of a buddies trip in early June. This being many of the guys first time playing courses near the Wisconsin Dells and we thought it would be a nice start to the trip. We figured the conditions would be decent and allow us to get a feel for the rest of the trip and we were not disappointed.
We had an odd number in our group this and on the second hole the Pro came out to say as long as no one was behind us we could play in a five some. This was perfect as we had a few guys still introducing themselves to the rest of the group. We teed off at 2 on a Wednesday and didn't see a single group behind us the entire day, pace of play was perfect.
With the course on the shorter side we played the back tees but what a few guys didn't know was how tight the front can be, and how penal the fescue grass and mounds call be on the back. Don't yet the yardage fool you, the course still has plenty of teeth. The greens were in great shape with such little play for the COVID restrictions and allowed us to get a feel for the resort greens we would be playing on all weekend.
The front nine winds through the woods while the back nine takes on a "links" sort of look. The course overall puts a premium on tees shots and if in a decent position off the tee the front can be taken advantage of, if not you will get some punch out practice. While the back nine we tired to avoid the fescue at all costs.
We had a few guys that had been going to the area for years and never played it and when we finished up they mentioned how they didn't know how they missed it, but would slot this in the rotation of courses to play.
There were plenty of pros on the day, clubhouse, staff, food, cold drinks and not sure if anyone in the group had a negative thing to say, not sure what higher praise you could ask for.