Coachman’s Lodge & Resort
Coachman’s Golf Resort in Edgerton is tucked into the heart of America’s dairyland, an ideal setting a stone’s throw southeast of Madison. Descending from the rolling green hills, Coachman’s Golf Resort is a traditional lodge and resort oasis offering both guests and members alike a relaxing, unhurried golf experience.
Golf is just part of the package at Coachman’s Golf Resort. The resort was designed for people who just want to play a good game of golf. Twenty-Seven holes of golf tempt guests with the opportunity to play golf course from the back door of their hotel rooms. Provided, of course, they check in with the starter first.
Johnson, who owns the course, said the resort is actively promoted as a destination for those looking for a golf getaway. Coachman’s booth is a regular at many Midwest golf shows throughout the winter and those who visit the resort are likely to get follow up mailings. Many guests, Johnson said, from cities such as Milwaukee, Chicago and Dubuque, Iowa, come back year after year.
Resort guests really have no reason to leave the grounds once they arrive. Accommodations and unlimited golf are a part of all the various packages Coachman’s offers. Depending on the package, breakfasts, dinners and some cocktails are also included at the bar and restaurant, where dinner and sandwich menus are available. A pro shop, outdoor swimming pool and driving range are also available to guests for before or after golf use.
It’s an operation that Wisconsin golf course architect Homer Fieldhouse looks upon in awe. Fieldhouse designed all three nines, built in 1968, 1970 and 1991, and knows a little about golf courses and their management, having designed over 60 courses across the Midwest.
Although the accommodations and reasonable rates attract people to the resort, it’s the golf that brings them back. Coachman’s Golf Resort will never host a U.S. Open-there isn’t a high degree of difficulty on any of the nines-but that, too, is by design. Johnson said he feels that there is nothing wrong with allowing golfers to score well, and the course is set up to bring out the best in players, many of whom are senior golfers. “We try not to make the course too difficult. That way, people score well and it speeds up play,” he said.
Johnson has been on something of a trap building spree over the last few years, however, because “sand is part of the game,” he said. The current layout features about 35 sand traps, compared to only one on the entire course just a few years ago.
After clearing the pond-which, no doubt, snares it’s share of sliced tee shots- an accurate second shot is required to a green guarded by mature trees on three sides. With the addition of the traps, Johnson hopes to make the fifth the course’s signature hole.
The aforementioned pond must also be considered when teeing it up on the fourth hole. As on the fifth, the pond looms to the right, where an errant tee shot is likely to get wet. The fourth and fifth holes are the most intriguing on the Red nine, which is the shortest, at 2,973 yards from the back tees, and the easiest of the three nines at Coachman’s.
The White nine, at 3,211 yards, is the most challenging of the three. Holes No. 11 through No.14 create a demanding stretch where a variety of golf shots present themselves on back to back par 5s, followed by par 4s that dogleg left and right. The 13th and 14th holes also are heavily wooded and each has a pond that comes into play.
No. 13, at 354 yards from the back tees, requires an accurate tee shot to the bend, then a second shot to the green set back in the woods. An unseen pond sits to the left of the green and a large tree guards the right side. The 348-yard 14th hole doglegs around a pond on the right side and also has mature trees on both sides of the fairway.
The 18th hole, a 180-yard par 3, takes you back to your waiting room and the resort’s other amenities.
The Blue nine, at 3,147 yards from the back tees, is the most recent addition to the resort. Located on the northside of State Highway 51, it is accessible only through tunnels that take golfers under the highway and also under County Highway W to holes six through nine.
The Blue nine has some interesting holes, made more intriguing by a meandering creek that forces players whether to let it rip or lay up. For example, the 476-yard, par 5 fourth hole.
The Blues finish strong east of Highway W. The first hole after passing through the tunnel is No.6, a 265-yard par 4 from an elevated tee. Next is a 501-yard, uphill par 5, followed by the 378-yard No. 8, a 90 degree dogleg left which creates another dilemma – whether to cut the corner, and, if the answer is yes, by how much. The decision would be much easier if not for a single row of tall trees along the left side up to the corner just waiting to knock down any balls not well hit.
Available golf plans include the Scotsman package, which is offered Sunday through Thursday. It includes one night’s stay, two days of unlimited golf, breakfast or lunch and one cocktail per person. The Tee for Two package, available Sunday through Wednesday, provides two nights lodging, three days of golf, two breakfasts or two lunches, two dinners and two cocktails.
The Great Escape is a weekend package good for two nights’ lodging, three days of golf, Friday fish fry, breakfast or lunch on Saturday, a prime rib dinner buffet on Saturday night and brunch on Sunday. The package also includes four cocktails.
Cart rentals are not included in all the packages, but we now offer weekday packages that include golf and cart for those who do not want the unlimited package. For more information, call (800) 940-8485 or (608) 884-8484.
While the Johnsons keep working on improvements, the staff at Coachman’s will continue to do what it does best-package unlimited golf with all the amenities a resort has to offer. It’s a package deal. Among the Coachman Golf Resort’s amenities are a collection of three challenging signature golf courses and delicious American cuisine.