1995, Golf Digest, America’s Best New Private Courses
2000-2002, Women’s Senior Golf Tour
2005, Sports Center Pool, Tennis, and Golf Complex Created
2015-2016, Top 50 Golf Practice Facility in the United States
2016, Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary for Golf
2017, Drive, Chip, and Putt First Round Qualifier
Green Bay Country Club (GBCC) began with a simple desire—to feed the appetite for quality golf in a community that could support it.
With a love for the game leading the way, GBCC’s founding members put forth a several-year effort into arranging the finances, keeping a large list of prospective members informed, and most importantly, finding a location special enough to make their dreams become a reality.
The pursuits eventually led to 240 acres of farmland on Green Bay’s southeast side in the village of Bellevue. Manned through generations by the Kroll family, the land had become difficult to farm as the result of urban sprawl and an interstate highway development that cut through the property. But, as fate would have it, it was a wonderfully diverse tract for great golf.
Construction of the 18-hole layout and practice area, contracted to the Wadsworth Golf Construction Company, began in the early 1990’s. The club’s Board of Directors called on the architectural firm of Dick Nugent and Associates out of Long Grove, Illinois, to design the course. The main clubhouse would offer a majestic view sitting atop a hillside where the Kroll family home once stood. The 1930 two-story brick house was even preserved, transported from the property during construction to a new location in the village of Bellevue.
That moment was really the last tangible sign of the transformation. Nearly two years later, GBCC hosted its grand opening for the membership May 5-7th, 1995, and by November that year it was already garnering national recognition when Golf Digest named it one of America’s Best New Private Courses. At the time it was being compared to the original 18-holes at Pete Dye’s Blackwolf Run which opened in 1988 just an hour down Interstate 43 in the village of Kohler. Since then, it has been ranked among the Top 10 courses in Wisconsin.
The Women’s Senior Golf Tour (WSGT) got its start at GBCC, too. An annual event hosted from 2000-2002 drew rave reviews from some of the legendary players of the LPGA. Jane Blalock, a pioneer for the WSGT, said of GBCC: “I think it’s a U.S. Open-caliber golf course.”
The WSGT decided to flip the nines for the tournament in those years. That order was the original intent of the routing which was changed before the course opened due to operational reasons. The first and 18th holes, both featuring elevated tee shots, are visible from several spots at the main clubhouse.
The character of the course is defined by the topography that previously existed. While a large ridge running through the property was graded to accommodate downhill holes, wooded portions, ravines, hilly terrain, and meandering Bower Creek left a canvas for Nugent and Associates to create dramatic holes. Uneven fairway lies on several holes combine with true-rolling greens to offer a fair, but challenging experience for golfers of all levels.
With a non-traditional vibe, the non-profit club continually pours resources and planning into the course to keep up with modern times. It plays to 7,097 yards from the back tees but can play shorter because of several downhill spots. The Wisconsin State Golf Association rating ranges from 69.2 to 74.6 based on teeing location. The slope rating ranges from 121 to 143.
As a sidekick to the main course, Green Bay Country Club also has a six-hole short course—The Quarry Course - in a quaint part of the property adjacent to the separate Sports Center pool clubhouse. Holes generally play from 60 to 160 yards with conditions favorable to those on the big course.