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Siren National Review

Texas Outside Rating: 9.1

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
Siren, WI
Website
Online Specials · Stay & Play
Date Last Played: September 15, 2009

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Siren National Review

When you're traveling the Midwest up north of the Twin Cities you'll have your choice of many lush and heavily wooded rural courses. A real hidden gem is the Siren National course in Wisconsin just off Highway 70 about 20 miles from the St. Croix River and the Minnesota border and 2 hours north of Minneapolis/St.Paul.

Since opening in 2000 Siren National has survived a major tornado, a drought and financial struggles. But now under local Siren businessmen's ownership headed by Mark Kamish the course is in great shape and planning to build a new clubhouse with much improved visability and redesign some holes strategic to the new clubhouse.

The course is walkable for the hearty. Siren National is loaded with assorted hardwoods and softwoods that provide beautiful Fall colors in late-Sept/October. You'll experience continued elevation changes from your first tee shot to your final climb back to the doughnut shaped practice green beneath the currently modest clubhouse.

Some notable holes include the #3 par 3 over with the green hanging above the wall of boulders shown in this photo. The hole plays 187 from the blue tees. Long left is safe. Short is death.

The front nine plays to a par 37 with three fun par 5s. The back nine is a par 35 starting with some exciting doglegs and scary greens on holes 10 and 11.

If you like to avoid sandtraps you'll like the fact that Siren National currently only has four of these...but all definitely come in to play.

Another plus for Siren National in my opinion is that it is value priced and has that Wisconsin small town charm.

When in the Upper Midwest Northwoods be sure to experience Siren National.

Sam Sherstad Writer, Recreation Travel Reviews

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Black 6,737 73.1 132
Blue 6,403 71.6 130
White 5,975 69.4 125
Red 4,568 66.9 112

Course Information

Greens Type:
bent
Greens Condition
9.0
Greens Difficulty
9.1
GPS:
No
Walkable:
yes
Scorecard
Course Map
Beware of water on 7 holes and the 4 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
9.1 out of 10
Beauty:
9.1
Difficulty:
9.1
Variety:
9.2
Fun to Play:
9.3
Value:
9.8
Condition:
9.0
Front Nine Rating:
9.1
Back Nine Rating:
9.1
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FEES & AMENITIES

Approximate Weekend
Rates:
$28.00 to $32.00

Siren National is "Wisconsin friendly". Mark Kamish, Dave Edaburn and team do a fine job of welcoming the traveling golfer with their hometown hospitality. Enjoy a bratwurst and beer after your venture in the hills and hardwoods.

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Here's How Texas Outside Determines the Scorecard Rating

The Texas Outside rating scale ranges from 1 to 10 – a perfect 10 course would be something like this:  links along a cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean and bordered by tall trees; lush fairways on rolling hills with lots of natural hazards; water (which is crystal clear) on most of the holes; immaculate greens (but they are undulating and tough); lots of variety and character (each hole is completely different and includes blind shots, elevation changes, doglegs, and significant challenges); perfectly manicured traps with the whitest and prettiest sand you’ve ever seen; a nice club house with great food and a 19th hole; a GPS; plenty of beverage carts or your own cooler and ice; and it only costs $40 bucks! What this means is that you probably won’t find any 10s in Texas – try Cabo San Lucas, Pebble Beach, or some of the Hawaii courses! 
Texas Outside rates courses on the following:

  • Beauty – tall trees, rolling hills, beautiful houses, waterfalls, and similar stuff would score high; a 1 would be flat, bushes or cactus instead of trees, and some grass but mostly weeds
  • Difficulty – a straight, 300 yard par 4 with no traps or hazards, no out of bounds or water would probably get a 1; if it is a 460 yard par 4 over two ravines, with water along one side, natural hazards on the other, strategically placed traps or that dreaded tree right in the middle of the fairway, we are talking a 10. 
  • Variety – what would you give a course where all the holes looked and played exactly the same (“I thought we just played that hole!”); were side-by-side, which is good for finding or dodging other people’s balls, but not much fun; and you can see the flag from every tee box?  That’s right, it gets a 1.
  • Fun Scale – a 10 is where you walk off the course and say “now that was fun” and you can’t wait to get back, or you immediately turn around and play another 18 holes
  • Value – a 5 is $50 to $60, a 10 is $20 to $30, and 1 is $200 or so – of course all of this is dependent upon how you liked the course.  For example, if a run down, boring municipal course, with six players on each hole was only $10; it would still get a value rating of 1.
  • Condition – this one’s pretty easy – what condition are the fairways. A 10 commands very lush perfectly manicured fairways, compared to a 1, which has fire ants, weeds, and more dirt than grass!
  • Condition of Greens and Difficulty – very hard to read greens with lots of undulation and tough pin placement, rate very high on the difficulty scale.  Condition is self-explanatory.  

All of the above determines the overall score for the golf course.  In other words, we like courses that are pretty, fun, very challenging with a lot of variety, and fairways and greens in excellent condition – all for $40.  We also tend to play the courses that are affordable for the masses, which means in the $30 to $80 range. We rate hard and we haven’t found a 10 in Texas yet – don’t worry we haven’t given up and we’re still looking.