In the 1920’s and 1930’s, Helen McDonald ran a farm that included large storage buildings to store ice that was cut off Lake Geneva. In 1949, Ed Metzger and his brothers bought the property and they too ran it as a farm. In 1960, Mt. Fuji Ski Hill was built to compete with Wilmot Mountain and Majestic Hills. Ed ran the ski hill complete with 12 runs, towropes and T-bars until 1970. In the summer months, he had as many as 20,000 people come to concerts to see names like Jerry Lee Lewis, the Buckinghams, The Ides of March and Paul Revere and the Raiders. In 1990, Ed sold the property to the Kennedy Group, which established the Long Horn Ranch until 1994.
In the spring of 1997, Dan and Sue Daniels bought the Long Horn property from the Kennedy’s. They also collaborated on six additional land purchases that make up the 314 acres that Hawk’s View Golf Club encompasses. In 1998, Craig Schreiner, a Golf Course Architect from Kansas City, MO, was retained to begin plans for the 36-hole golf complex. Later that year, Landscapes Unlimited was hired as the General Contractor. Work on the golf courses began in July of 1999 with the courses completed in October of 2000. Bill Henry, of William Henry & Associates architectural firm in Elkhorn, WI, was hired as the building architect and also helped with the permitting process. Bill maintained the “lodge atmosphere” , while at the same time giving Hawk’s View a new functional building complete with pro shop, locker rooms, offices, indoor banquet space seating 330 people and a beautiful outdoor terrace overlooking the 18th green that seats 500 people.
Hawk’s View Golf Club opened in the summer of 2001; now is recognized as one of the premier golf course facilities in the Midwest. We are the only 5 star rated course in the Lake Geneva area and rated in the top 25 new courses from Golf Magazine. In order to maintain this caliber, we continue to upgrade our facility by enhancing our property and services each and every year. It is our hope that dedication to this purpose will continue to result in increased golf and banquet bookings. The clubhouse has been recently redecorated. The improvements include new paint, flooring, and carpeting. To accommodate our growing clientele, we have expanded the parking lot. To accommodate our brides, a bridal suite was built for last year’s wedding season. Our menus have been enhanced to offer our guests a greater selection. Friday Fish Fry continues to be a favorite. Tail Feathers Bar & Grille has new bar chairs, along with 50 inch plasma televisions, the grand double sided fireplace, and a 40 inch plasma television mounted above the fireplace mantel for the enjoyment of all.
On the golf course, we built new tees on the 3rd hole. We are resurfacing all of our tee boxes, as well as upgrading our equipment. In 2009, the employee break room was upgraded; an exercise room, employee restrooms, steam shower, and locker rooms were added. We purchased a 15 passenger Shuttle Bus to transport our customers and wedding guests. Hawk’s View was awarded 4 ½ stars from Golf Digest and voted Best of Lake Geneva Golf Course and Banquet Facility. Hawk’s View continues to grow with the community and is definitely becoming an integral component of Lake Geneva history. Above all else, we continue our commitment to excellence.