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4.5
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4.6
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4.3
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4.5
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 7354 yards
Slope 147
Rating 76.3

The Bull at Pinehurst Farms has the distinction of being the first Jack Nicklaus Signature Course in Wisconsin. This highly acclaimed golf course is ranked in the top three in Wisconsin and was ranked as one of the top 100 public courses in the U.S. by Golf Digest. Formerly the Pinehurst Dairy Farm, the rolling terrain was transformed into a challenging and scenic layout. The golf course stretches to 7,354 yards from the back tees. It is a round that will test both your distance and your accuracy. Mature trees and native grasses accentuate the lush greens hills. There are a variety of elevation changes throughout the course, some of which are seemingly benign but can actually be quite tricky. The golf course closes with a memorable par 4 that has water in play, in the form of a lake and a rocky creek, until the sloped green.

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Course Details

Year Built 2003
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season April - November
Architect Jack Nicklaus (2003) Chris Cochran

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes
Practice Hole Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Amex MasterCard Visa Discover card(s) Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Proper golf attire is required - collared shirts and non-denim shorts or pants are preferred. No tank tops, cut-offs, tee shirts or torn clothes allowed.

Food & Beverage

Bar, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Meeting Facilities, Banquet Facilities

Accolades

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4.7
96 Reviews (96)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 7
19th Hole Scenic Views 6
Course Challenges Include:
Forced Carries 11
Water Hazards 11
Bunkers 10
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 11
Advanced Golfers 10
Entertaining Clients 8
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 10

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Too packed in

The Bull a few years ago was a joy to play, albeit incredibly challenging. It's still a high-quality course as far as layout and being well maintained. The new management is likely still learning but one change definitely for the worse is how tightly packed the groups are. Pace of play was very slow during our round. We had a foursome and admittedly were not playing all that well, but we kept having to wait for the group ahead of us, especially on making the turn. We had a single behind us who we would gladly have let play through but there was nowhere for him to go.

Also, the carts used to have the GPS and electronic scoring system, as well as club cleaners. The new carts have none of that. For the price which is virtually unchanged from the old management, the quality of the experience is lacking. Also, though I realize it was wet on this particular day, hitting off of mats on the range is a very poor way to prep for a round at a course as demanding as the Bull.

Conditions Average
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Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

A great course with one exception

As always, The Bull was a joy to play. I was paired up with a guy playing the back tees and it was a treat to see him smash the ball. Unfortunately, the greens had been punched several days before and we were both a little upset that this was not disclosed prior to us booking our rounds. Putting was a bit different, to say the least!

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Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
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5.0
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First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

First time player, Love this course

The course is challenging but rewarding and in the top 10 courses, we have ever played. Has some challenging holes that tempt you to go for it. The condition was Excellent and we enjoyed every moment.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
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4.0
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Previously Played

A great layout.

This is a very technical challenging course. A fore caddie would be a great option for the first time or occasional player It would have made the round more enjoyable and lessened the frustration.. W e had the misfortune of playing later in the day on the Tuesday before the Ryder Cup and the majority of the foursomes were not regulars. We had played the course once before and were excited to be back. The issue was the flow of play.. I refuse to use the ridiculous four letter word that is used to describe the efficiency of play. The Marshall was very cordial and explained why there was such an ebb and flow of the rounds ahead. We finally had to quit our round on hole 14 because it just wasn’t enjoyable and my game is fragile at best and when I loose my rhythm I seldom recover it. Please don’t take this as a negative critique if the course. I can’t wait to be able to play it again the next time we are in the area. I’ll just try to plain ahead better.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
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Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

A great day at The Bull

Course was in great shape. Greens were very fast but back 9 traps could use more sand!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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5.0
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Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Reviews 34
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
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I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

Beautiful, challenging, fun, and friendly.

Was in Wisconsin for the City Tour Championship and wanted to get a round in at this highly recommended course. It exceeded my expectations, and I would love to play again someday.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 9
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Used cart

My favorite Nicklaus course.

Not a big fan of Jack Nicklaus course design but I LOVE this one. Challenging but fair, tees for every age and ability level, tricky greens but fast and true. Lots of variety in the design and challenges of the individual holes. Built on a beautiful piece of land for golf with elevation changes, a variety of water hazards, trees, and open spaces. I play it every time I come to Wisconsin and it never disappoints.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

The Bull at Pinehurst Sheboygan

Course was in great shape, fun and challenging.
Everyone course employee I met was friendly, helpful and professional. If I am in the area again, I'll definately play this course.

Difficulty Moderate
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Reviews 389
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
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I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

$51 Hot Deal

After you read this review please scroll down and read Tim Gavrich of Golf Advisors review. I echo all of his comments - this is one wild ride.

The Bull is a completely ridiculous over the top Nicklaus golf course which is most instances requires right handers to hit a number high long approach shots that fade. Almost every hole at some point you have to get the ball in air to reach the green surfaces that you'd have to play multiple times to figure out how where to hit proper approach shots. Sand traps front most of the greens...many greens are angled to make their targets even smaller and more difficult. Numerous tight and/or imposing tee shots with trouble everywhere. Several blind/uphill to greens - hit and hope - especially for first timers.

A spectacular incredibly beautiful course....you gape at the design/difficulty of every hole when you arrive at the tee box.

If it weren't for a $51 hot deal I'd reluctantly say to you that it's not worth a visit at their $109 plus rates unless you're an extremely proficient player. You'll just be beating yourself up and by the back nine many could run out of golf balls or be just plain frustrated they haven't even carded a par on a hole yet. Play the white tees...don't play the greens. Conditions - as immaculate as they can get them. Warm up range, sand/chipping practice area. The lack of gps on the golf carts is a really large miss. The numbered area on the posted cart pin sheet is okay but for a course that requires this type of accuracy and precision have an exact distance to the pin should be standard operating procedure.

A conundrum for me. Would I want to see this course again? For the beauty of it - yes. For the playability of it - absolutely not. 4 stars - recommend once but at least for me pretty tough to revisit unless I snag a cheap hot deal again. And you might find this interesting to note - can't think of a Nicklaus designed course that I've played (probably more than 20 plus) that I "must" go back to.......

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Reviews 84
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing

Super tough test of golf.

Bring your best game, you will need it for this beast. Unfortunately the day we played they had very heavy rain the previous day and evening and the course was very soggy, the sand traps became water hazards and I was frustrated as I lost two pro v ones in the traps. In a few of the traps they were mid calve deep in water and the rakes were not long enough to recover the balls. Could not see them in the muddy water.

The greens rolled well and overall the grooming of the course was very nice with exception of the standing water.

It was very warm and humid so it was a very tough test.

We were in the area for a wedding ( we are from Michigan and it’s a 5 hour drive) so it is unlikely I will get a chance to play this ball gobbling course again.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Very nice. A couple holes have a little trickery built in such that it will be better the second time around. Greens were very good.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 234
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Get thrown off, get back in the saddle

The Bull is one of the most appropriately named golf courses you'll encounter. Playing it feels like the golf equivalent of trying to ride its namesake. You get a couple par 4s as warmup at the beginning, which helps lull you into thinking you can tackle it. A couple kicks come at 3 and 4, the latter with a surprisingly sloped-away green and then the real bucking starts as the course heads into the forest at 5, a dramatic dogleg left to a green bulkheaded over a ravine.

From then through the rest of the round, you are often feeling like you're holding on for dear life as you try to avoid woods, long meadow grass, ponds, streams and some of the deepest bunkers I've ever encountered on a public golf course. The greens are pretty receptive and well-paced, meaning you can make a birdie or two, but woe unto the golfer who strays. If you come to The Bull prepared for a bit of a wild ride, you will have a great time. If not, be sure and stop at the pro shop for some extra golf balls at the turn.

Conditions Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Slow with no ranger

Nice course, great conditions. No ranger. The group in front was two holes behind. Brutal.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 12
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Second time in 15 yrs

It’s a great course. I play golf all over and this course has a great layout. Some easy holes and some very challenging. A beautiful day and not many golfers here. The high price could be an issue. At a hundred bucks for a weekend round if your going to have a lot of bunkers you need to get all the rocks out of them and put some quality sand in them.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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