Big Fish Golf Club
Big Fish Golf Club boasts a Pete Dye-designed championship layout. The course starts outs with a links-style front nine that is relatively wide-open and virtually treeless. There is some fescue on the front but it does not pose much of a threat. The seventh is the course's signature hole. It is a tricky par 5 that calls for creative shot-making with sand and water all along the left side. The ninth is a great finishing hole for the first half before the even more challenging and scenic back nine. One feature both nines definitely have in common is the abundance of strategically placed bunkers, including pot bunkers. The 13th hole is another of the golf course's memorable par 5s, flowing downhill from left to right and down along the right to the green, grazing a strand of mature trees.
|Club (W)||73||5646 yards||72.2||126|
|Black M: 74.1/134||412||555||165||460||363||446||550||444||127||3522||381||362||218||512||431||493||191||549||434||3571||7093|
|Blue M: 71.7/126||379||534||143||423||342||404||513||392||118||3248||361||343||174||471||395||471||177||519||418||3329||6577|
|White M: 68.6/122||336||514||117||383||313||389||487||357||104||3000||347||291||150||431||348||415||171||484||382||3019||6019|
|Gold M: 66.8/115 W: 71.7/124||306||482||100||354||291||346||460||332||92||2763||333||266||120||415||317||365||153||468||364||2801||5564|
|Red W: 68.4/115||269||438||90||308||246||289||416||301||80||2437||284||223||98||399||303||333||133||395||342||2510||4947|
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Hayward Buddy Weekend
Our group played Big Fish a couple of times in 2 days. Big Fish course defense relies heavily on the slopey greens, if you hit it on the wrong side of a pin and can be treacherous. The front 9 is a links style with no trees and is fairly straightforward. The only water hazard on the front 9 resides on the par-5 7th hole that runs along the length of the hole on the left-side. Once you make the turn, the course changes dramatically with tree lined fairways and elevation changes. The par-3 12th is a neat hole where you tee off some 50-75 feet above the height of the green. Unfortunately the par-5 13th is one of the worst golf holes you will ever play. A sharp dogleg-left with a steep sloping fairway makes it almost impossible to hit the fairway. If you hit it too far and to the right you will be down a steep hill and the green had an irrigation sod fix right in the middle of it. A few neat holes coming in salvage the back 9. The course condition was extremely dry leaving our group a challenge to see the difference between fairway and rough. Because of the dryness of the course the greens were extremely firm and in some cases unapproachable with the wrong wind. In order for the course to survive, they need to invest in some water and see if the course can thrive in lush conditions. The staff was courteous and welcoming of our group and the clubhouse offers minimal food options. I hope Big Fish can get things straightened out because our group loves the Hayward area but right now there are much better options to play than Big Fish.
Unfortunatley course conditions have plagued this course for a long time. Very nice layout, friendly staff, etc. People will come back if the course is in decent shape. The time I played, the greens were unplayable. They were so rock hard you couldn't stop a ball on them from anywhere, with any club. Its too bad. I write this with the hope that it gets resolved. Hopefully management reads these.
We apologize Sir. We had a control drive issue within our irrigation system. We were operating on only one pump and thus a low capacity. Rest assured, the drive has been repaired and mother nature has finally lended a hand as well :). We welcome you back, to give it another shot. You will not be disappointed!
Hit em well!
Big Fish course as designed by Pete Dye is truly a work of art and the front 9 plays as a link course with the back nine being a wooded setting with lots of terrain changes. The staff are extremely pleasing and can answer any questions about the course or area I will always go back to my favorite Hayward, WI golf course!!!!!!
Great Start to a Guy's Weekend
We hit Big Fish on day one of a golf trip with 12 guys. They were great about slotting us into three consecutive tee times and the pace of play was really good. Under five hour for our group.
Course was in great shape and we had a blast. A fun treat to have almost two different courses between the front and back. Front plays like a links course with little danger.
Also loved the stopover at Mulligan's Pub at the turn. Good food and a great atmosphere.
We will be back!
The course is beautiful.
Great course can be challenging but fun.
Pretty close to perfection
Golfing this time of the year at a northern Wisconsin course can be challenging for a number of reasons. However yesterday's weather was pretty close to a perfect October day and Big Fish was the perfect course to golf. Although amenities were somewhat lacking we expected that just due to the time of year and it really was no problem.
Great layout---horrific condition
Love Pete Dye layouts and this is a very fair and playable golf course for everyone.
The greens were in ok condition but hard as a rock. Fixed no ball marks after hitting14/18 greens because you don't make ball marks here---the greens were that hard!!
The fairways and tee boxes were awful--especially on the back nine. In some cases I'd say 90% of the fairway was bare/burnt out. I was saddened because I was really looking forward to playing here.
I asked an employee after the round about the course conditions and they told me that the irrigation system has been broken for the past couple of years so they only water the greens. They said they get comments from people about it all the time because of it. They went on to say the front nine was in better shape because they did recently fix the irrigation on the front nine because a golf magazine was coming out to take pictures.
I'm really hoping they can pull this together because the layout is great. However the conditions were probably some of the worst I've seen. Sad. Very sad.
C'mon Big Fish........lets get together!!!
Average at best
Greens were immaculate. The rest of the course could use some work. If we would have had to pay full price for the round I would not recommend the course. The people that we first met at the club house were very friendly and helpful. The bar/restaraunt was basically out of beer when we made the turn and the cart on the course had a very limited selection. We would golf here again with a hot deal from golf now but would never pay full price.
I booked my tee time through Golfnow.com and played Big Fish on June 11, 2016. Reservations and check-in went smoothly. Staff was courteous and friendly. The course was in very good shape. Tee boxes were in average condition. The greens rolled nicely but were very hard. Had fun, enjoyed the course and would play it again.
For the value and challenge great course!
Have played Big Fish every other week almost thru the summer and fall. Two very distinctly different 9's. Both have different challenges and degree's of difficulty. Greens are fairly beat up after a high traffic season. Course is still in great shape and a ton of fun to play.
Best Bet In Northern Wisconsin
The BEST of the BEST in Northern Wisconsin! If you like Pete Dye creations you will be at home, If you think Pete DIE is diabolical you may want to choose another course as the challenges are abound and the rewards are endless and earned! Pete Dye designed a masterpiece out of virgin farm land and thick forests to bring together a golfing experience of a lifetime! I can't wait to go back to the little town of Hayward WI and play this fabulous golf course! Where in this world can you find a Pete Dye course under a hundred bucks, the answer is the Big Fish golf course in Hayward WI!
Big fish out of water
My first time at big fish. Loved the lay out, but I felt that the course was really dry. The lies in the fairway were thin, some bare spots and in a few places the ground appeared to be cracked from the lack of water. The greens were fast, although they did not look very pretty with all the brown spots on them. The staff did say that they had just been advised to raise the mowing height a little for the fairways. The round was definitely worth the "hot deal" price I paid. Having been there once, I don't think I would go back at the full greens fee rate until it was in better shape
Good course. Average condition
Fairways have suffered in summer heat. Greens ok. Interesting routing with links fe for front nine and woods on back. Blue tees on back nine very tough with a 465 yard par 4 as example. Would play again but play blue on front and white on back.
Big Fish was windy the day we played
It was a windy day, but the course played well. We had a great time.
Chicago Golfer on a Fishing Trip
I found this to be a very challenging round of golf. 7am tee off in mid Sept was not a smart idea though, would have preferred a 10am tee time less condensation on the ground.
I am a local who has never played here until Golf Now came along. Thank you Golf Now!!!
The front 9 makes you feel like you are playing a links course in Scotland. Long holes, water, lots of bunkers, and big greens.
The back nine is carved out of the beautiful north woods. Many north woods courses have fairways that are far too narrow. This is NOT the case here. Beautiful rolling wide fairways, amazing views, and perfect undulating greens offer something for everyone. I found myself pausing to take in the views several times while playing.
Need to play the course a few time to understand the nuances on the layout. Tight lies in the fairway when you find good grass to hit off of. A lot of bare areas. Greens are fast and undulating. Many shots are blind so get to know the course first before setting up your expectations. Hot deals provided +60% off regular fees so it made it a great value. Doubt I would pay full price to golf here
On the way back
When Big Fish first opened, the Pete Dye designed course was a must play. Since those first few years, play has decreased and so has their money. Conditions are not as good as they once were. The new people have it coming back now, but the greens were a bit beat up and some tee boxes weren't the best. I'll play it for the right price (hot deal was $20-23 with cart). I won't pay the regular price.