The New Club At Strawberry Creek Proceeding Nicely

With construction, seeding and grow-in of its Rick Jacobson-designed golf course now complete, the Club at Strawberry Creek will now open in spring of 2006. The facility’s 33,000-square-foot clubhouse is scheduled for completion in 2007.

"We are very excited that the Club at Strawberry Creek will be in prime condition the day we have our grand opening next spring," said developer Barry Shiffman, whose co-developer is former All-Pro Chicago Bears’ center Jay Hilgenberg. "Rick Jacobson's first original 18-hole course in the Chicago-Milwauakee metropolitan area is sure to bolster his reputation as one of this generation's top golf course architects."

Although the Club at Strawberry Creek is a private club, Shiffman said it will be open for limited public play so potential members may see and experience the course for themselves.

Charter memberships are now available for a deposit of $18,500, payable in three equal no-interest payments, according to membership director Karen Nasshan. In addition, two new dues options are available to members who enroll before next spring. One option is for members to pay no dues until the clubhouse is completed while paying the guest-fee rate for golf. The other is to pay $300 in monthly dues for unlimited golf for the member and immediate family. Upon completion of the clubhouse, dues will be $425 monthly, according to Nasshan.

The club is located on Wisconsin Highway 50 two miles west of Interstate 94. The 385-acre project will feature 326 single-family residences – including 62 custom home sites; 336 town homes and condominiums, and 264 luxury apartments.

The golf course will be the focal point of the community, but its fairways will not be lined by houses. "Strawberry Creek will be different from traditional golf community developments in that its sweeping expanses of open space will preserve the integrity of the golf experience while the housing component will exist primarily on the perimeter of the course," Jacobson said.

The par-72 course ranges in length from 5,100 to 7,118 yards, and it features many classic design elements, Jacobson said. Among these are sod-faced bunkers in the style of master designer Donald Ross; fairway chipping areas adjacent to greens, which will offer recovery shots reminiscent of Ross's Pinehurst courses; and the use of native grasses to frame holes and emulate the prairie landscape of southern Wisconsin.

Streams, lakes and natural wildlife habitat will frame four of the last five holes. A creek running through the property comes into play on five holes.

Jacobson said he created a course that stands out for the diversity of its holes, playability for golfers of all levels, strategic challenge, and aesthetic appeal. The layout features two drivable par-4s on the front and back nines. Par-3s vary in length from 147 to 230 yards.

The club’s clubhouse will contain a full-service pro shop, locker and banquet rooms, as well as a pool, tennis and fitness facilities. For more information, contact Karen Nasshan at 262/857-8400 or visit