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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Blue/Red at Mascoutin Golf Club
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Berlin $18
White/Blue at Mascoutin Golf Club
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Berlin $18
Tuscumbia Golf & Country Club
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Green Lake $27
Red/White at Mascoutin Golf Club
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Berlin $18
The Golf Course at Branch River
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Cato $16
Westridge Golf Club Neenah $22
Red/Blue from Fox Creek at Fox Hills Resort Mishicot $17 - $43
The Creeks at Ivy Acres Hortonville $21 - $53
White/Red from Fox Creek at Fox Hills Resort Mishicot $17 - $43
Blue/White from Fox Creek at Fox Hills Resort Mishicot $17 - $43
Cherry Hills Golf Course
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Sturgeon Bay $12
Idlewild Golf Course
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Sturgeon Bay $18
Sherwood Forest Golf Club Sherwood $12.00 - $14.50
27 Pines Golf Course Sturgeon Bay $23
Shorewood Golf Course
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Green Bay $12
Golden Sands Golf Course Cecil $15 - $20
Maxwelton Braes Golf Resort
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Baileys Harbor $12.5
Autumn Ridge Golf Club Valders $39
Legends Championship Course at Thornberry Creek at Oneida Oneida $34 - $59
Reid Golf Course
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Appleton $23
Glacier Wood Golf Club
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Iola $14
Royal Scot Country Club New Franken $20 - $28
River Island Golf Course
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Oconto Falls $12
Seven Lakes Golf Course Cato $14 - $23
Village Greens Golf Club Green Bay $14.75 - $22.75
Alaskan Golf Club Kewaunee $22
Par-3 at Oakgreen Golf Course Fond du Lac $7
Grand View Golf Club Hortonville $12 - $20
Red/Blue at Mid Vallee Golf Course De Pere $27.50 - $42.50
Meadow Links Golf Club Manitowoc $21 - $35
Chaska Golf Course Greenville $45
Straits Course at Whistling Straits Sheboygan $140 - $395
River at Blackwolf Run Kohler $200 - $320
Berms/River Woods at Sheboygan Town & Country Golf Club Sheboygan $25.00 - $30.75
Shawano Lake Golf Club Shawano $19 - $30
Peninsula State Park Golf Course Ephraim $20 - $57
Pine Acres Golf Club Abrams $10
Red/White at Mid Vallee Golf Course De Pere $27.50 - $42.50
Pines at Winagamie Golf Club Neenah $14.50 - $21.50
River/Garden at Wander Springs Golf Course Greenleaf $24
Glen Cairn Golf Club Ogdensburg $20
Riverside Golf Club Clintonville $23 - $38
Whispering Springs Golf Club Fond du Lac $23 - $54
Blue/Red at Rolling Meadows Golf Course Fond du Lac $27 - $48
Green Bay Country Club Green Bay $40 - $150
Royal St. Patrick's Golf Links Wrightstown $20 - $45
Vernon Hills Golf Course Peshtigo $30 - $42
Butte des Morts Country Club Appleton $100
Horseshoe Bay Golf Club Egg Harbor $62 - $82
Garden/Spring at Wander Springs Golf Course Greenleaf $24
NorthBrook Country Club Luxemburg $29 - $45
National from Fox Creek at Fox Hills Resort Mishicot $27 - $35
Meadow Valley at Blackwolf Run Kohler $140 - $230
Fox Valley Golf Club Kaukauna $57 - $61
Green Lake Campground Golf Course Green Lake $10
Woodlands Golf Course at Winagamie Golf Club Neenah $14.50 - $21.50
Cedar Springs Golf Course Manawa $8 - $20
Links at Lawsonia Golf Course Green Lake $25 - $79
Executive at Ledgeview Golf Course De Pere $7.75
Shamrock Heights Golf Club New London $18 - $24
Winchester Hill Golf Course Larsen $18 - $28
Irish Greens Golf Course Oconto $22
Waupaca Country Club Waupaca $30 - $55
Evergreen Golf Course Plymouth $9
Sandalwood Country Club Abrams $38
Stonehedge Golf Course Egg Harbor $10 - $24
Blue/Red at Woodland Ridge Golf Course Crivitz $18
Weymont Run Country Club Weyauwega $12.50 - $21.50
High Cliff Golf Course Sherwood $18 - $27
Deer Run Golf Course & Resort Washington Island $13.00 - $17.00
Riverview Country Club Appleton $36
South Hills Golf & Country Club Fond du Lac $23 - $38
Blue/White at Mid Vallee Golf Course De Pere $27.50 - $42.50
Black Course at Alpine Resort & Golf Egg Harbor $20 - $23
Lakeshore Municipal Golf Course Oshkosh $17
Hickory Hills Country Club Chilton $17.50 - $35.50
Pigeon Run/Berms at Sheboygan Town & Country Golf Club Sheboygan $25.00 - $30.75
Red/White at Woodland Ridge Golf Course Crivitz $18
Oshkosh Country Club Oshkosh $80
Bay Ridge Golf Course Sister Bay $10 - $28
Eagle Links Golf Course Kaukauna $29
Hunter's Glen Golf Club Crivitz $25 - $53
Oneida Golf & Country Club Green Bay $87 - $96
Westhaven Golf Club Oshkosh $20
North Shore Golf Club Menasha $70 - $103
Highlands at Winagamie Golf Club Neenah $12.00
Mr Golf's Ultimate Range De Pere $7
Highland Ridge Golf Club De Pere $23 - $38
Deer Run Golf Course Brillion $21
Woodlands at Lawsonia Golf Course Green Lake $35 - $79
Eastwin Valley Par-3 Golf Course Two Rivers $7.00
Bridgewood Golf Course Neenah $14.95 - $23.95
Par-3 at Quit-Qui-Oc Golf Club Elkhart Lake $16.00 - $26.50
The Woods Golf Club Green Bay $10 - $25
Little River Country Club Marinette $24.00
The Club Manitowoc $12
Maplewood Golf Course Pickerel $15
Miller's Glen Golf Course Howards Grove $11.50
De Smidt's Golf & Country Club Crivitz $16 - $34
Iroquois 9-Hole Course at Thornberry Creek at Oneida Oneida $14 - $29
Sunset Hills Golf Course Sheboygan Falls $10
Hilly Haven Golf Course De Pere $17 - $28
Crystal Springs Golf Course Seymour $10 - $28
Red/White at Rolling Meadows Golf Course Fond du Lac $27 - $48
Championship at Ledgeview Golf Course De Pere $26.50 - $42.50
Perry's Landing Golf Course Marion $17 - $32
Pigeon Run/River Woods at Sheboygan Town & Country Golf Club Sheboygan $25.00 - $30.75
Emerald Hills Golf Course Two Rivers $30
White/Blue at Rolling Meadows Golf Course Fond du Lac $27 - $48
Pine Hills Golf Course Gresham $27
Executive at Oakgreen Golf Course Fond du Lac $9
Wedgewood Golf Club Omro $24.25
Riverdale Country Club Sheboygan $11 - $55
McCauslin Brook Golf & Country Club Lakewood $26 - $41
Hidden Waters Golf Course Waupaca $19 - $21
Bull at Pinehurst Farms Sheboygan Falls $35 - $145
Foxfire Golf Club Waupaca $23 - $38
Family Links at Tuscumbia Golf & Country Club Green Lake $9 - $15
Pine Hills Country Club Sheboygan N/A
Red Course at Alpine Resort & Golf Egg Harbor $20 - $23
Crystal Lake at Sir Lanserlot Golf Course Plymouth $20 - $30
Lake Breeze Golf Club Winneconne $25 - $40
Far Vu Golf Course Oshkosh $17 - $29
Sunset Par-3 Course Oshkosh $9
Thornbrook Golf Course Fond du Lac $8
The Orchards At Egg Harbor Egg Harbor $33 - $45
White Course at Alpine Resort & Golf Egg Harbor $20 - $23
Maple Hills Golf Course Wittenberg $14 - $22
Countryside Golf Club Kaukauna $20.00 - $42.00
Ridgeway Country Club Neenah $72
CNC Links Newton $10
White/Blue at Woodland Ridge Golf Course Crivitz $18
Quit-Qui-Oc Golf Club Elkhart Lake $28.00 - $49.00
Irish Waters Golf Club Kaukauna $25 - $40
Brown County Golf Course Oneida $16 - $31
Twin Oaks Country Club Denmark $25 - $45
Red Maple Country Club Suring $15 - $30
Blue Course at Alpine Resort & Golf Egg Harbor $20 - $23
Utica Golf Club Oshkosh $16 - $23
Irish Course at Whistling Straits Sheboygan $140 - $285
Parkway Golf Club Pound $29
Oconto Golf Club Oconto $10
Spring/River at Wander Springs Golf Course Greenleaf $24
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