May 8 , 2013 - Nemadji course is now open
Nemadji Golf Course - Superior, Wisconsin
Nemadji Golf Course Review
Located on the southern edge of Superior, Wisconsin in the low land a few miles inland from Lake Superior, Nemadji offers none of the panoramic views of Big Gitchee-Gummee that its neighboring courses on the hills of Duluth offer. But judging from the number of Minnesota license plates in the parking lot, it is a popular golfing alternative to the Duluth courses. One gentleman I spoke to felt the greens ran truer than the ones in the two Duluth municipal golf courses.
Nemadji offers two 18 hole courses with different personalities. One course is more open, level, with wide fairways. The other is more undulating - with more water hazards. Some regulars play only one or the other of the two courses: different strokes for different folks, eh?
In June 2009 we played the North-South Course. There are some challenging holes, yet overall it is a very playable and forgiving course (Slope rating of the North-South course is 119). Fairways are generally wider and the adjoining rough is playable. Good signage and clear views of the green aid the golfer playing the course for the first time. The fairways were in moderate condition (comparable to the Duluth courses) and greens were in good condition with perhaps one or two exceptions. While there is some up and down to the course, it is walkable for those who want some extra exercise. All together an enjoyable round of golf and an excellent value. In August I played the East-West course. It has more water, a few more challenging holes, a higher slope rating (130), and some very scenic holes. And I did lose a few balls! (The North-South course is more forgiving) The East-West is the older of the two courses; most of the holes go back to the original 18 when the course was built.
2010 Update. In the fall of 2009 a gas pipeline was constructed through the edge of the West Course putting several holes out of service. Repair and reconstruction of the affected holes was completed in July and the course re-opened with 18 holes in play. The renovated holes retain essentially the same yardage and other features with the exception of one hole (13 or 15 can't remember which) that formerly had a large mound in the center that divided the fairway in two sections. At the end of July the reconstructed fairways were generally in good condition and the greens excellent.
One thing my wife and I have continually wondered about is the number of Minnesota license plates we regularly see in the Nemadji parking lot. Duluth has some excellent private and two very nice (and reasonably priced) public courses - Enger Park and Lester Park. Yet it seems many cross the bridge to golf at Nemadji. Two things we've been able to identify. One is Nemadji's regular green fees & green+cart are a few dollars less and two their greens read very true - what you see is what you get. Whereas Duluth's greens can be more difficult to read and avoid 3 putts.
The club house is spacious and comfortable with both inside and outside seating. The bar and grill offer a selection of fresh prepared foods for breakfast or lunch. My wife Jo had a swiss cheese burger with lettuce, tomato, and onion that she rated 4 1/2 stars (out of 5). Toasted bun, crisp veggies, and juicy burger served hot with a side order of chips or fries. The pro shop is well stocked and staffed by knowledgeable people. Nemadji has an excellent practice facility: a large driving range with mats and barriers between each tee, decent prices for a bucket of balls, four chipping and putting greens, and a sweet little 3 hole par three course. The club has an oversized parking lot which is a nice convenience on busy days. Green fees are modestWhile prime time green fees place it in the moderate price range, there are discounts for twilight golfing and a players card for repeated outings. It is an excellent golfing value.
May 30, 2011 Update. Cool spring in Northern Wisconsin has slowed recovery of fairways from winter dessication damage. Greens in good shape, however. Somewhat hard and faster than normal for Nemadji but putts run true. The East-West course is undergoing additional construction due to pipeline relocating with some holes closed due to the repairs. But the course expects the repairs to be finished by June 3rd and the entire East-West course to be again playable. Also found I-Golf GPS data to be suspect on some holes of the East-West course. I-Golf or the course needs to replot the data since last year's changes to the course.
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Nemadji Golf Club, Superior, WI
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