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4.7
221 Reviews (221)
5 Stars
176
4 Stars
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3 Stars
9
2 Stars
5
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.5
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.8
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.6
96.0%
Recommend this course
212 out of 221 reviews
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4.5
23 Reviews (23)
5 Stars
16
4 Stars
3
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3
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1
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Conditions
4.1
Value
4.3
Layout
4.7
Pace
3.8
Amenities
4.7
StaffFriendliness
4.8
91.3%
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21 out of 23 reviews
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4.7
67 Reviews (67)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
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Conditions
4.3
Value
4.4
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.6
StaffFriendliness
4.8
95.5%
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64 out of 67 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 72
Length 7085 yards
Slope 136
Rating 73.8

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa was ranked in the top 10 northern U.S. golf resorts by Conde Nast Traveler. The resort boasts two championship courses, the Brute and the Highlands. The formidable Brute Course stretches to over 7,000 yards. It is considered one of the toughest golf courses in the Midwest. The layout wanders across rolling terrain, incorporating a variety of elevation changes that range from subtle to dramatic. There are 68 bunkers strategically placed along the massive, undulating greens. The course is aptly named since it will relentlessly test your skills. It is more challenging than the Highlands, which is a links course designed by Jack Nicklaus and Pete Dye. In addition to the two courses, Grand Geneva Resort & Spa also has a practice facility complete with a driving range and putting and chipping greens.

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Course Details

Year Built 1968
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Open: 4/01 Closed: 11/01
Architect Robert B. Harris (1968)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Walking Allowed No
Dress code Appropriate golf attire.

Available Facilities

Meeting Facilities, Banquet Facilities, Spa

Available Sports

Tennis

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Wisconsin (2021 #18) (2020 #8) (2019 #2)
  • Golf Advisor: Golfers' Choice (2019 #33) (2014 #45)
  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Course Conditions in the U.S. (2019 #9)
  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Courses for Pace of Play in the U.S. (2019 #2)
  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Friendliest Courses in the U.S. (2019 #16)

Reviews

4.7
221 Reviews (221)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 8
Patio Dining 7
19th Hole Scenic Views 6
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 14
Bunkers 11
Plays Long 11
This course/club is great for:
A Weekend Splurge 10
Group Getaways 8
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 8
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 11
Worth the Drive 10

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Handicap 10-14
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5.0
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Teeoff and Golfnow are slacking...

The Brute is a great course, one of the best in SE Wisconsin. But I miss the days when Golfnow used to give you warnings about aeration or cart path only. There's nothing worse than showing up to a great course and being disappointed by the current conditions. Do better Teeoff.

Conditions Poor
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 10
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Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Slippage

Course was not in very good shape. Greens were long, shaggy ,slow and bumpy. Tee boxes were in rough condition. Bunkers were shallow in terms of sand depth. Beautiful layout and views, challenging tee shots, fairway shots and rough shots, but conditions were a disappointment compared with expectations. Course has slipped down a notch compared with past and compared with other Lake Geneva area courses. ....slippage

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 10/25/2021

We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We are going to pass on your feedback to the team. Thanks for visiting Brute at Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, and we hope to see you again in the future.

Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 10/26/2021

Thank you for reviewing us. We see you rated the course 3-stars and are interested in learning what we can do to improve before your next round. Feel free to comment on this review or reach out to the team in the golf shop. We always appreciate the feedback. Thank you for playing Brute at Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, and we hope to see you again soon.

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Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Fore Play

A week after aeration so the greens were shaggy. Great course otherwise.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 26
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 26
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 17
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 16
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Hard but fair

Hard course. Lots of uneven lies. All the putts in front of the pins are up hill. SLow round ( 4 hrs 45 minutes on a Monday) but the ranger did try and move the slow group. Bring your A game

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Excellent course!

Played this on the way back from the Ryder Cup so now doubt, our trip was nearly perfect in every sense.

Really fun course and the layout is great. Makes you feel like you got away from things but then again it's Lake Geneva.

We were the first ones out and the starter let us go before the other scheduled twosome arrived as we were early and I really appreciated that flexibility. I didn't want the round to end.

We are contemplating a weekend trip to play there it was so nice. We got a great deal on GolfNow so the value I gave this may be a bit skewed.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
First Time Playing

Painfully slow pace of play

Beautiful course, tough but fair. Painfully, ridiculously slow pace of play. That ruined the day and is the reason I rated the course as 3 stars.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
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Commented on 09/07/2021

Hello. We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We strive for a 5-star experience, so we welcome your feedback. We work hard to maintain the course for everyone's benefit, which means aerifying the greens as part of our regular maintenance schedule. The greens will be healed soon and in pristine condition. Please come back soon for the 5-star experience you expect at Brute at Grand Geneva Resort & Spa.

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Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

1st time playing here

Awesome course well taken care not one complaint awesome

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 47
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing

Tough course

What a great fun challenging course. Big wide fairways with large greens. The greens are really sloped and some have multiple tiers which require precise approach shots. GPS on carts very helpful when playing course for first time. Zach thought The Brute was harder than it’s sister course the Highlands but equally enjoyed both. Will definitely return to play both courses. Oth courses were in excellent condition.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Brute

Course in excellent shape and an interesting challenge

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great golf

Conditions were great for ace a little slow front nine but improved on back 9

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 10
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
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 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Brute

Very enjoyable round. Beautiful scenery with a lot of elevation change, which I like. Greens had a lot of slope making them extremely challenging. Too bad there are so many ball marks in them that weren't repaired. I repaired an average of at least 5 marks per green that belonged to somebody else.

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