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Grand Geneva Resort - Brute golf course - no. 17
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Grand Geneva Resort - Brute golf course - no. 17
The 468-yard par-4 17th is just one of the holes that lives up to the name of The Brute at Grand Geneva Resort in Wisconsin. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Grand Geneva Resort - Brute golf course - no. 3
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Grand Geneva Resort - Brute golf course - no. 3
The short par-4 third hole at The Brute at Grand Geneva Resort requires precision off the tee and the approach. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Grand Geneva Resort - Brute golf course - no. 4
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Grand Geneva Resort - Brute golf course - no. 4
Large greens, like the one on the par-3 fourth, are one of the themes of The Brute at Grand Geneva Resort. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Grand Geneva Resort - Brute golf course - no. 8
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Grand Geneva Resort - Brute golf course - no. 8
A helpful feature on Grand Geneva Resort's Brute Course is that golfers get the yardages to the pin before they get to the tees on par 3s, like this one on the eighth. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Grand Geneva Resort - Brute G.C. - no. 9
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Grand Geneva Resort - Brute G.C. - no. 9
The par-4 ninth hole on The Brute Course at Grand Geneva Resort presents lots of trouble off the tee. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Grand Geneva Resort - Brute golf course - no. 11
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Grand Geneva Resort - Brute golf course - no. 11
An old silo marks the par-5 11th at The Brute Course at Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Grand Geneva Resort - Brute G.C. - no. 13
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Grand Geneva Resort - Brute G.C. - no. 13
When the tee is up, some players can drive the green on the par-4 13th at The Brute golf course at Grand Geneva Resort. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Grand Geneva Resort - Brute golf course - no. 15
From the tips, the par-5 15th hole on The Brute Course at Grand Geneva Resort plays 605 yards. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Grand Geneva Resort - Brute GC - no. 16
A sculpture near the 16th green on Grand Geneva's Brute Course is left over from the Playboy Resort days and up to individual interpretation. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Grand Geneva Resort - Brute golf course - no. 18
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Grand Geneva Resort - Brute golf course - no. 18
Water and huge bunkers make the 464-yard par-4 18th at The Brute Course at Grand Geneva Resort a difficult finishing hole. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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It's not hard to find beauty at the Brute golf course at Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva

LAKE GENEVA, Wisc. -- Considered one of the toughest golf courses in the Midwest, The Brute at Grand Geneva Resort is arguably one of the prettiest as well with elevated tees, large greens, 68 bunkers and impeccable playing conditions.

The course, which was designed by Robert Bruce Harris, plays to nearly 7,100 yards from the tips. It features a nice combination of long and short holes, including a couple of par 4s that may be drivable by long hitters. Renovated several times over its 45-year history, its most predominant feature might be the large greens, which average more than 8,000 square feet with deceiving slopes.

One of two championship layouts at the Grand Geneva Resort (the other is the Bob Cupp-designed Highlands Course), The Brute Course also has three more sets of tees, playing as short as 5,244 yards.

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.

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It's not hard to find beauty at the Brute golf course at Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva