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A 'Pleasant' Golfing Experience in Middleton

By Christian Burney

Jeremy Cabalka, general manager and PGA Golf Professional at Middleton's Pleasant View Golf Course, knows golf. What a good course is made of, what a golfer's short game needs to be brilliant, and how to teach youngsters the tips it takes to become great - and he's confident that Pleasant View Golf Course is the place to be.

"We have 36 holes and a driving range here at Pleasant View," Cabalka says. "Three separate nine hole championship courses (Woods, Prairie, and Lake) and one par three course." Cabalka tells us that the Woods course is one of their most scenic and challenging courses, as it winds through the hills and woods of Pleasant View's property. The Prairie course is, expectedly, flatter and more open than the other courses. This course offers golfers three par 5's, three par 4's and three par 3's, which gives golfers some extra room to score well. The Lake course, of course, requires precision and finesse - or the ball may end up in the water!

"The par 3 is great for beginner golfers to the most skilled golfers," says Cabalka. The course is short and less intimidating to those unfamiliar with the intricacies of the sport, people Cabalka warmly refers to as 'never-ever's'. "With such a diverse facility, we really can offer something for everyone. From families to never-ever's to the best golfers."

The course's new and improved clubhouse, built in 2007, resides at the highest point on Pleasant View's property, and provides a beautiful view that overlooks Middleton and Madison. "I would say its the best view in Madison, and many would agree," says Cabalka.

On Friday nights at the course clubhouse, customers can enjoy a hand battered fried cod dinner, complete with fries and coleslaw or potato salad, before hitting the par 3 course for free. "This is great for families, as many people take advantage of this," says Cabalka. "Pleasant View sits near the business park in Middleton and on Madison's west side, so we get plenty of business people for lunch or to hit a bucket of balls and even play the par 3 during their lunch break. Again, we really service a wide variety of people!"

Adults and businessmen aren't the only ones who get to enjoy Pleasant View Golf Course. Pleasant View also has an excellent junior program - with experienced golf instructors and a convenient practice area in the par 3 course. "We have roughly 150 to 200 kids participate each summer," Cabalka says. A five-week session costs $150 and includes 15 free rounds on the par 3 course. "Our junior program has built a wonderful foundation for the Middleton High School golf team, both boys and girls," he continues. "Both programs are some of the best programs in the state each year."

The Middleton High School girl's golf team won the Division 1 Championship this fall, and the boy's team claimed their championship in 2011. Pleasant View's junior program is so successful that juniors from surrounding areas such as Verona, Waunakee and Madison travel to Middleton to participate in it.

Middleton, says Cabalka, is a safe, clean, and convenient place to live, with one of the best school districts in the state of Wisconsin. It also serves golfers well. "Pleasant Views Golf Course is roughly a mile away from the Beltline, making it very accessible," says Cabalka. "But then again, everything in Middleton is pretty accessible, which is why I love living here."

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