Destination Guide

Destination: Green Bay

It's pretty difficult to visit Green Bay and not notice that it's the home of the Packers. The "cheeseheads" are pretty rabid about the fan-owned team founded in 1919 that has more championships than any team in the NFL. Not bad for a city of just over 100,000 residents, the smallest to host an NFL team.

But there's much more than football in this city that has long been a seat of Great Lakes shipping and paper mills. Fox River runs through downtown and empties into Green Bay, an ideal place from which to pull bass, whitefish and muskie. Other draws include Oneida Bingo and Casino, the National Railroad Museum with 70 locomotives and railcars on display, and the NEW Zoo.

Close to town are several golf courses, most which have a supper club or restaurant attached. Plan your Friday round so you can finish in time for the weekly fish fry. Courses range from Royal Scot Golf Course, which claims to have the best conditioned greens in the area, to Royal St. Patrick's Golf Course that says "you deserve this golf" on its 500-acre British-style course that opened in 2003. Don't overlook Brown County Golf Course, a feisty muni set in woodlands with water hazards on 10 holes, some narrow fairways and quick greens. The Oneida Legends course at Thornberry Creek has 72 sand bunkers and 11 water hazards to pose many risk-reward choices.

The city's northern position lends itself to a lot of daylight on summer days, so you can "pack" in a lot, maybe even a couple of rounds. Summer afternoons occasionally get a little steamy, but more often than not, the temperatures are comfortable.

But to say you've been to Green Bay, even on a golf trip, you have to visit the Packer Hall of Fame where you can see tributes to legendary coach Vince Lombardi, team founders Curly Lambeau and George Calhoun, and franchise quarterbacks Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers. Peek into the outdoor Lambeau Field, named twice by Sports Illustrated as the "best stadium experience" and known for hosting a few playoff games in blizzard-like conditions. But you can only dream about having season tickets. The waiting list has 80,000 names on it.

Wrap up your day with a meal at one of Green Bay's many landmark restaurants, from the four stages of chili at Chili John's that opened in 1913 to the anything-but-a-burger-and-a-beer Hinterland Brewery and Restaurant. Its upscale menu features marinated pheasant goat cheese pound cake, all enjoyed with the sounds of jazz drifting from the upstairs jazz bar. Kroll's (East or West) has been around since in the 1930s and is on the dining map for its broasted chicken.

Of course, it is northern Wisconsin, so there are plenty of pubs, brewhouses and dive bars to cap your evening, too. Oh, and if just for the night, we suggest you claim to be a Packers fan.

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White/Blue at Mascoutin Golf Club
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Berlin $18
Red/White at Mascoutin Golf Club
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Berlin $18
Tuscumbia Golf & Country Club
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Green Lake $27
Blue/Red at Mascoutin Golf Club
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Berlin $18
The Golf Course at Branch River
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Cato $16
Idlewild Golf Course
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Sturgeon Bay $18
Royal Scot Country Club New Franken $20 - $28
Village Greens Golf Club Green Bay $14.75 - $22.75
Sherwood Forest Golf Club Sherwood $12.00 - $14.50
Shorewood Golf Course
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Green Bay $12
Maxwelton Braes Golf Resort
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Baileys Harbor $12.5
The Creeks at Ivy Acres Hortonville $21 - $53
Legends Championship Course at Thornberry Creek at Oneida Oneida $34 - $59
27 Pines Golf Course Sturgeon Bay $23
White/Red from Fox Creek at Fox Hills Resort Mishicot $17 - $43
Glacier Wood Golf Club
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Iola $14
Cherry Hills Golf Course
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Sturgeon Bay $12
Blue/White from Fox Creek at Fox Hills Resort Mishicot $17 - $43
River Island Golf Course
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Oconto Falls $12
Seven Lakes Golf Course Cato $14 - $23
Westridge Golf Club Neenah $22
Reid Golf Course
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Appleton $23
Red/Blue from Fox Creek at Fox Hills Resort Mishicot $17 - $43
Golden Sands Golf Course Cecil $15 - $20
Autumn Ridge Golf Club Valders $39
Oneida Golf & Country Club Green Bay $87 - $96
The Orchards At Egg Harbor Egg Harbor $33 - $45
Red Maple Country Club Suring $15 - $30
De Smidt's Golf & Country Club Crivitz $16 - $34
Crystal Springs Golf Course Seymour $10 - $28
Pines at Winagamie Golf Club Neenah $14.50 - $21.50
Championship at Ledgeview Golf Course De Pere $26.50 - $42.50
Countryside Golf Club Kaukauna $20.00 - $42.00
White Course at Alpine Resort & Golf Egg Harbor $20 - $23
McCauslin Brook Golf & Country Club Lakewood $26 - $41
Black Course at Alpine Resort & Golf Egg Harbor $20 - $23
Evergreen Golf Course Plymouth $9
Straits Course at Whistling Straits Sheboygan $140 - $395
Par-3 at Oakgreen Golf Course Fond du Lac $7
Horseshoe Bay Golf Club Egg Harbor $62 - $82
Utica Golf Club Oshkosh $16 - $23
Riverside Golf Club Clintonville $20 - $42
Highlands at Winagamie Golf Club Neenah $12.00
Riverdale Country Club Sheboygan $11 - $55
Vernon Hills Golf Course Peshtigo $30 - $42
Fox Valley Golf Club Kaukauna $57 - $61
Hickory Hills Country Club Chilton $17.50 - $35.50
Blue/Red at Woodland Ridge Golf Course Crivitz $18
Badger Creek Golf Course New Holstein $18
Blue Course at Alpine Resort & Golf Egg Harbor $20 - $23
Crystal Lake at Sir Lanserlot Golf Course Plymouth $20 - $30
Links at Lawsonia Golf Course Green Lake $25 - $79
Berms/River Woods at Sheboygan Town & Country Golf Club Sheboygan $25.00 - $30.75
Garden/Spring at Wander Springs Golf Course Greenleaf $24
Deer Run Golf Course & Resort Washington Island $13 - $25
River at Blackwolf Run Kohler $200 - $320
Stonehedge Golf Course Egg Harbor $24
Green Bay Country Club Green Bay $40 - $150
Parkway Golf Club Pound $29
Foxfire Golf Club Waupaca $23 - $38
Red/White at Woodland Ridge Golf Course Crivitz $18
River/Garden at Wander Springs Golf Course Greenleaf $24
Peninsula State Park Golf Course Ephraim $20 - $57
Lake Breeze Golf Club Winneconne $25 - $40
North Shore Golf Club Menasha $70 - $103
The Club Manitowoc $12
Par-3 at Quit-Qui-Oc Golf Club Elkhart Lake $16.00 - $26.50
Ridgeway Country Club Neenah $72
Shawano Lake Golf Club Shawano $19 - $30
Lakeshore Municipal Golf Course Oshkosh $17
Pine Hills Golf Course Gresham $27
Meadow Valley at Blackwolf Run Kohler $140 - $230
The Woods Golf Club Green Bay $10 - $25
Deer Run Golf Course Brillion $21
Shamrock Heights Golf Club New London $18 - $24
Whispering Springs Golf Club Fond du Lac $23 - $54
Woodlands at Lawsonia Golf Course Green Lake $35 - $79
South Hills Golf & Country Club Fond du Lac $23 - $38
Sandalwood Country Club Abrams $38
Red/White at Rolling Meadows Golf Course Fond du Lac $31 - $48
Wedgewood Golf Club Omro $24.25
NorthBrook Country Club Luxemburg $29 - $45
Waupaca Country Club Waupaca $30 - $55
Green Lake Campground Golf Course Green Lake $10
Winchester Hill Golf Course Larsen $18 - $28
Hilly Haven Golf Course De Pere $17 - $28
Blue/Red at Rolling Meadows Golf Course Fond du Lac $31 - $48
Oconto Golf Club Oconto $10
Alaskan Golf Club Kewaunee $22
Chaska Golf Course Greenville $45
Weymont Run Country Club Weyauwega $12.50 - $21.50
Grand View Golf Club Hortonville $12 - $20
Riverview Country Club Appleton $36
Royal St. Patrick's Golf Links Wrightstown $20 - $45
Sunset Par-3 Course Oshkosh $9
Family Links at Tuscumbia Golf & Country Club Green Lake $9 - $15
Bull at Pinehurst Farms Sheboygan Falls $35 - $145
CNC Links Newton $19
Executive at Ledgeview Golf Course De Pere $7.75
National from Fox Creek at Fox Hills Resort Mishicot $27 - $35
Executive at Oakgreen Golf Course Fond du Lac $9
Far Vu Golf Course Oshkosh $17 - $29
Eagle Links Golf Course Kaukauna $29
Bay Ridge Golf Course Sister Bay $10 - $25
Hidden Waters Golf Course Waupaca $19 - $21
Quit-Qui-Oc Golf Club Elkhart Lake $28.00 - $49.00
Westhaven Golf Club Oshkosh $20
Twin Oaks Country Club Denmark $25 - $45
Red/Blue at Mid Vallee Golf Course De Pere $27.50 - $42.50
Maplewood Golf Course Pickerel $15
Red Course at Alpine Resort & Golf Egg Harbor $20 - $23
Pigeon Run/Berms at Sheboygan Town & Country Golf Club Sheboygan $25.00 - $30.75
Sunset Hills Golf Course Sheboygan Falls $9.25
Beachwood Golf Course Porterfield $10 - $15
Pine Acres Golf Club Abrams $10
Meadow Links Golf Club Manitowoc $21 - $35
Red/White at Mid Vallee Golf Course De Pere $27.50 - $42.50
White/Blue at Rolling Meadows Golf Course Fond du Lac $31 - $48
Pine Hills Country Club Sheboygan N/A
Eastwin Valley Par-3 Golf Course Two Rivers $7
Irish Waters Golf Club Kaukauna $25 - $40
Mr Golf's Ultimate Range De Pere $7
Irish Course at Whistling Straits Sheboygan $140 - $285
Glen Cairn Golf Club Ogdensburg $20
Woodlands Golf Course at Winagamie Golf Club Neenah $14.50 - $21.50
Miller's Glen Golf Course Howards Grove $11.50
Hunter's Glen Golf Club Crivitz $25 - $53
Spring/River at Wander Springs Golf Course Greenleaf $24
Little River Country Club Marinette $21
Emerald Hills Golf Course Two Rivers $30
Highland Ridge Golf Club De Pere $23 - $38
High Cliff Golf Course Sherwood $18 - $27
Blue/White at Mid Vallee Golf Course De Pere $27.50 - $42.50
Maple Hills Golf Course Wittenberg $14 - $22
Oshkosh Country Club Oshkosh $80
Iroquois 9-Hole Course at Thornberry Creek at Oneida Oneida $14 - $29
White/Blue at Woodland Ridge Golf Course Crivitz $18
Edgewood Golf Course Oconto $22
Thornbrook Golf Course Fond du Lac $8
Brown County Golf Course Oneida $16 - $31
Cedar Springs Golf Course Manawa $15 - $20
Bridgewood Golf Course Neenah $14.95 - $23.95
Perry's Landing Golf Course Marion $17 - $32
Butte des Morts Country Club Appleton $100
Pigeon Run/River Woods at Sheboygan Town & Country Golf Club Sheboygan $25.00 - $30.75
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