Designed by the late Dr. Gordon Emerson who designed numerous golf courses in Western WI, Clifton Hollow Golf Club opened as a 9 hole course in 1974 under then owner Lunny Kuschel. Over the next ten years, Lunny would add a back 9, a 9 hole Par III course, a supper club – and the icing on the cake – the area’s only mini golf course. The latter three didn’t last but the 18 hole course was purchased by the Egeberg family in 1987 and to this day is still run under the guidance of brothers Chuck and Don Egeberg.
Over 40 years after the first drive, Clifton Hollow Golf Club boasts not only the finest course conditions in the area, but a thriving membership that has made it a cornerstone course for regional golfers in Western Wisconsin and the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul) Region of Minnesota. Because of this, Clifton Hollow plays host to numerous local and regional golf events including a stop on the CVGA Tour.
The Course: A Snapshot
The 18 hole championship course at Clifton Hollow is filled with both subtle and glaring challenges. Take for instance the signature 5th hole, a seemingly harmless 171 yard Par 3 from a slightly elevated tee to an undulating, sloped green, protected in front by stately oak trees on either side; hitting over what’s known as “The Hollow”, anything short of the green is a sure bogey at best, long means a knee-knocking chip shot to a runaway green, and on the green is no guarantee of even par. Or there’s the stunning 450 yard 9th hole. It’s a deceptive par 4 where a well hit drive gets you to the edge of “The Hollow”. From this elevated point you are left with a 200 yard second shot down to a generous but sloping green, protected along the left/front left by water, a wooded hillside behind, and thick rough to the right. A challenge for the best of golfers. Then we save the “Monster of Clifton” for last…a lengthy, character-building, 637 yard 18th hole where getting on in 3 doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be down in 5. It’s the longest fairway, finished with the largest green on the course with room for a variety of pin placements to test your putting skills. We invite you to experience 40 years of the finest golf the St Croix Valley has to offer.