Bull at Pinehurst Farms
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.
|Green (W)||72||6424 yards||78.0||146|
|White (W)||72||6027 yards||76.2||140|
|Black M: 76.3/147||424||416||216||550||436||193||321||568||454||3578||469||353||236||581||475||180||425||572||485||3776||7354|
|Blue M: 73.8/144||412||386||194||493||404||183||293||556||417||3338||444||331||228||564||436||155||368||541||462||3529||6867|
|Green M: 71.7/138 W: 78.0/146||365||378||184||481||388||173||281||500||407||3157||371||320||210||523||396||145||345||525||432||3267||6424|
|White M: 70.1/135 W: 76.2/140||344||360||169||469||361||163||229||487||396||2978||362||309||169||509||382||134||335||484||365||3049||6027|
|Red W: 70.4/130||281||325||120||406||308||153||204||435||308||2540||307||267||151||425||293||101||275||416||312||2547||5087|
Food & BeverageBar, Restaurant
Available FacilitiesClubhouse, Meeting Facilities, Banquet Facilities
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Par-4 10th hole side view Photo submitted by BrandonWebb on 05/26/2018
From behind par-5 17th hole Photo submitted by BrandonWebb on 05/26/2018
From behind par-4 seventh hole. Photo submitted by BrandonWebb on 05/26/2018
Approach view on par-4 16th hole. Photo submitted by BrandonWebb on 05/26/2018
Par-3 15th hole. Photo submitted by BrandonWebb on 05/26/2018
Approach view on par-4 18th hole. Photo submitted by BrandonWebb on 05/26/2018
The Bull: A Course that Redefines Value
Important information before reading my review:
I played this course in May of 2019, not January of 2021. (The calendar made me choose the day I played here, and wouldn't let me go back any further than 2020). I also was around an 8-10 handicap at the time, and I'm currently around a 4 or 5 I would say. I was 19 years old when I played The Bull at Pinehurst Farms, and I got to play this course during the Spring so it was only around $60 for 18 holes with a cart, which is profitable for being a college kid. If you are ever in Kohler and have time to play one round, this course is definitely the most worth it, including the courses and Blackwolf Run and Whistling Straits (they are very nice courses but extremely pricey). I was shocked at how great my golfing experience was for it being just $60 to play.
I knew before heading here to play that it was going to be a very nice course and fairly difficult, and this course did not disappoint. I played from the blue tees and shot something around 80, and it was also a lot longer than most courses. The fairways and greens were in exceptional shape, especially for it being Spring time where the conditions are typically more wet than usual. The layout of the course is visually aesthetic and extremely fun to play no matter what level of golfer you are. It is also a playable course even for high handicappers, but certain holes are definitely a lot more difficult than others.
One thing I especially liked about this course is that it is extremely diverse in the way it plays. The par 3s, 4s, and 5s all vary in distance significantly, and every hole is so much different than the rest any other hole here. Some holes play downhill, some play uphill. Some shots favor a draw, some favor a fade. Some holes are fairly wide open, some are tighter and require extremely demanding tee shots and approach shots. This is exactly what golf fanatics like to see when playing a course in order to get the best experience they can, and The Bull truly delivers in this way.
My Favorite Holes:
A medium length par 4 with water all along the right side, but still a scoring opportunity. Very fun elevated tee shot, and cool approach shot with a wedge. Also looks cool from the tee and is aesthetically pleasing.
Another medium length par 4, but demanding the whole way. With a deep chasm/valley running the entire length of the left side, this means you need to favor the right side on this slight right to left dogleg. The right side of the hole has a lot of trees also, so it is imperative that you hit a good tee shot preferably in the fairway. This was the one double bogey I made when I played here, and I didn't even go in the chasm on the left side.
A medium length par 3 that is a forced carry all the way over a big deep trench full of bushes. A scary tee shot, but very fun to play especially if you find the green.
A fairly short risk/reward par 4. If you play your tee shot out to the left side of the pond, the fairway is much wider but you'll have a slightly longer approach. If you play your tee shot more aggressively to the other fairway on the right side of the pond, you will have just a short wedge shot into the green. Although, the aggressive line towards the fairway on the right requires you to carry your tee shot much further and hit a much smaller landing area. I took the risky line off the tee to the right side when I played and hit the tiny fairway, and ended up hitting a great wedge shot which led to my only birdie of the round. A fun hole to play nonetheless, especially with friends or if you are competing in a match play competition.
A medium length par 3 that is fairly straightforward, but water lines the left side of the green which can make for a somewhat intimidating tee shot. Another very fun hole, and shouldn't be too difficult if you play to the center or right side of the green.
A somewhat long par 5 with a flat tee shot, but the second shot overlooks a huge valley where the green is located on the far side behind a few bunkers. You can easily go for the green in two here as long as you hit a good tee shot.
A fun hole to play from tee to green.
The Most Difficult Holes (To Make Par On):
A fairly long par 3 with the green touching up against the water just right of it. This is an extremely difficult tee shot especially if the pin is located near the back-right area of the green. This hole also has bunkers and will typically provide you with a difficult up-and-down if you miss the green.
I explained this hole above, but basically a demanding hole all the way. One pulled or pushed shot can lead to a bad score here.
A longer par 4 with a fairly straightforward tee shot, but a demanding approach as bunkers and other hazards line the right side. Par is a great score here.
An extremely long par 3, tipping out at 236 yards. The length isn't the only issue here, as the green complex is difficult to putt on, and getting up-and-down for par is no easy task. Tree limbs also overhang the right side of the back tee boxes so you are basically unable to hit any right-to-left tee shot. This is probably the most difficult hole on the course in relation to par.
A medium length par 4 that plays uphill, but requires a straight or right-to-left tee shot. This hole is tightly lined with trees, and even the slightest off-line tee shot will leave you blocked out and unable to reach the green on your approach. The approach is a short wedge over a deep trench that is very close to the front of the green. This is one of the most demanding tee shots on the course.
A long par 4 that plays 485 yards from the black tees, and is uphill the whole way. The tee shot isn't too difficult, but the approach is typically a mid to long iron that plays uphill and favors a fade. Trouble lurks short and right of the green making this one of the most demanding approaches on the course if you are trying to make par or better. Any golfer should be happy ending their round with a par on this treacherous final hole.
This is an extremely fun course to play and is worth every penny no matter how much you pay to play it. The layout, the staff, the difficulty, you name it. I would recommend this course to any golfer that is in the Kohler area, as it provides an extremely valuable overall golfing experience.
Very challenging need to choose your tee choices very carefully. As a 12 handicapper with over 170 courses played the Bull is easily in the top 5 most difficult
Greatly enjoyed round -- especially for Nov in WI as
weather was outstanding! Was watching for late
season deal and would rate this a great value.
Excellent course layout. Weather was outstanding
but greens a bit bumpy--but for November in WI--very
good. Greatly enjoyed the day!
Why kick GPS to the curb?
Got to ride in the recently purchased gold carts on Saturday and was very disappointed the cart did not come with GPS. I'm not sure why the new owners chose not to include GPS on the new carts but I always found it to be beneficial especially with the many blind shots you experience on this course.
TK & BOYZ WISCY Trip
Great experience playing the Bull for the 1st time. Stayed after for dinner & drinks. Staff super nice & food was outstanding.
Most gracious level of service at a beautiful course!
Beautiful fall day in Wisconsin at this wonderful golf course. Prompt response to our concern about slow play due to recent rains. The clubhouse team went above and beyond.
The course is challenging- and very beautiful. Just bring some old balls, don’t worry about your score or even keeping track and have a great time.
Good to play it again
It was good to be able to play one of the most challenging and affordable courses in Sheboygan County. If you get in trouble on this course, don't try a hero shot-you'll regret it !
New ownership has the course in great shape. Challenging layout, picturesque Onion River runs through the course and creates some great risk reward shots, wish the greens were running a bit faster but were very true.
This course does not get the attention of the Kohler courses, but it is a Nicklaus design on an incredible piece of terrain. The conditions were outstanding, and with the Onion River winding through, there are lots of risk/reward scenarios. There are plenty of tee boxes so you can choose the challenge that is right for you.
This course stands favorably with the Blackwolf Run tracks and is a must-play for those in the Sheboygan area and beyond.
Great course for the area
Beautiful course with some tough holes. Staff was great!