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The Golf Course at Northern Bay


Getting To Know: The Golf Course at Northern Bay

An Insightful Interview With Derek Donovan, Head Pro

By Brian Weis

Whether you have played a course 20+ times a year or looking to play the course for the first time, insights from an insider can help enhance your golf experience. Below is an interview with Derek who shares some valuable tidbits about the course, memorable holes and must eats and treats at the 19th.

Give Our Readers An Overview of the Golf Course/Property
The Golf Course at Northern Bay is part of Northern Bay Resort. We have a one of a kind golf course with replica holes which provides for an exciting day at the course. However if you are not a golfer, Northern Bay Resort offers so much more! We have luxury 2 and 3 bedroom condos for rent. We are located 30 minutes north of the Dells on the northern end of Castle Rock Lake. We offer all the water sports you desire! The property has a pool, tennis courts, basketball, sand volleyball, bicycle rentals, boat and kayak rentals. We have live entertainment every weekend during the summer months at our Tiki Bar. We are a destination resort with "one stop shopping". If your hungry please stop on in at our Island View Restaurant and Lounge. We are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and will be sure to offer all of your favorite culinary delights. Plan your Summer vacation now! Stay and Play specials are available for your next golfing excursion.

If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
The Golf Course at Northern Bay is a unique experience with great course conditions! Its a guarantee that you will enjoy your time spent here and you will be certain to come back for more!

What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
To be able to score better on this course the golfer really needs to choose the best tees and yardage that suits his or her game. There are not any tricked up holes or blind shots. The course is set up in front of you, so hitting it straight always helps. Our greens are larger than most so hitting the green does not always guarantee a two putt. Being sharp with your short game will ultimately help you score better at The Golf Course at Northern Bay.

Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
We are most proud of the fact that we can offer an atmosphere unlike any other with the 7 replica holes we offer. There are two from Augusta National, TPC of Sawgrass, Bayhill, Oakmont, Firestone and Oakland Hills. This is our "niche" which offers an experience of feeling like you are playing famous golf holes from around the country.

What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
The most famous and recognizable hole is #10. It is a replica of the famous island hole #17 at TPC of Sawgrass. It gives our guests a chance to experience of what the Pro's experience. Its a chance to play a hole that they might not otherwise get a chance to play.

What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
My favorite hole is #12. This is a replica of Augusta Nationals #13. It is a risk, reward par 5. With the famous "Ray's Creek" running along the side and in front of the green makes it challenging for all talent levels. You could have a put for eagle or struggle to make bogey. It calls for 5 good shots to make par.

Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
A must have dish after your round would have to be the Turkey Club. This turkey, bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich served on a hogie is great for the taste buds and will add a perfect finish to a great round of golf. Be sure and add the sweat potato fries. A great compliment to the meal. We will be sure to have your favorite beverage to wash it all down!

Back Tee Stats
Par: 72
Yardage: 7223
Slope: 131
Rating: 74.4

More Information
The Golf Course at Northern Bay
1844 A 20th Ave.
Arkdale, WI, 54613


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About: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of, a network of golf travel and directory sites including,,,, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like, and It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.

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