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SentryWorld Golf Club

Stevens Point, WI Public

Overview

The lush, tree-lined SentryWorld won Golf Digest's first-ever Best New Public award in early 1984, but never made our 100 Greatest Public ranking until 2017, as the highest-ranking newcomer. A few years ago, Trent Jones Jr. partner Bruce Charlton and their former associate Jay Blasi remodeled SentryWorld, rerouting four holes and adding a new par-3 12 and par-4 13th, but they preserved the famous "Flower Hole," the par-3 16th which uses petunias, snapdragons, marigolds, geraniums and other annuals grown on site as decorative hazards. The flower beds are treated as lateral hazards. A more recent renovation by RTJII's team focused on preparing the course for the 2023 U.S. Senior Men's Open. In an age when almost every renovation consists of enlarging fairway space to provide players better angles for more recoverability for mishits, SentryWorld went the opposite direction, narrowing its landing zones, enhancing roughs and converting a number of chipping areas into maintained bluegrass. Sub-Air systems were also installed under the greens. The alterations proved formidable as Bernhard Langer fended off Wisconsinities Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly to win the Open. SentryWorld has previously hosted several other USGA championships, including the 2019 U.S. Girls' Junior, where future U.S. Women's Open champion Yuka Saso was the stroke-play medalist.

About

Holes 18
Price $300
Facility Type Public
Year Opened 1983
Designer Robert Trent Jones Jr., ASGCA

Awards

100 Greatest Public
Best Courses in Every State

100 Greatest Public: Ranked since 2017.
Highest ranking: No. 34, 2017-'18.
Previous ranking: No. 50.
2023-'24 ranking: 52nd.

Best in State: Ranked inside the top 10 since 2011. Ranked 8th 2019-'24.
2023-'24 ranking: 8th.

Golf Digest Logo Panelists

Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

4.4

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
7.0806
Character
6.8955
Challenge
7.1662
Layout Variety
7.2315
Fun
6.8906
Aesthetics
7.0715
Conditioning
7.2452

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