USHO moves to Green Lake, Wisconsin for 2016

The U.S. Hickory Open is moving to Green Lake, Wisconsin, for 2016!

The premier hickory golf tournament in the United States will be held at the Lawsonia Links Course, September 22-24. The SoHG Board approved the move at a recent meeting.

The Links Course is based on a design by William B. Langford and Theodore Moreau, with construction being completed in 1929. The first group to play the course when it opened contained golfing legend Walter Hagen, and Ben Hogan, Sam Snead and Byron Nelson played there at the Little Lawsonia Open in the 1930s.

Both purists and recreational golfers will really appreciate this course. Wind comes into play due to green elevations and the open nature of the land. Although the routing has a number of fairway and greenside bunkers, the greens are open in front to allow the traditional bump and run shot. While some holes have the bunkers placed 60 yards in front of the green, they are more of a visual hazard than in reality. Greens are elevated, multi-tiered, moderately fast, with unique mounded collars. There’s an interesting stretch of holes 9-14, with respective pars of 5-3-5-3-5-3. The course was laid out with the land as it was, instead of trying to balance out the scorecard. Overall the course has five par threes, five par fives, and eight par fours.

Green Lake can be found about an hour and a half northwest of Milwaukee, deep in Wisconsin's lake country.

Meanwhile, mark your calendars.