Great Summer Getaway: Hayward, WI

By KBJR News 2

February 21, 2012 Updated Feb 21, 2012 at 11:47 AM CDT

We continue our search tonight for Great Summer Getaways that are close to home and won't break the bank. Once named the 'Golf Capitol' of the Badger state, Hayward, WI is a relaxing destination, you'll find, is a hole-in-one!

Hayward, Wisconsin is known for its greens...

"There (are) a lot of unique golf courses in Hayward," said PGA Professional and Golf Course Manager Kevin Hansen.

Hayward plays host to 13golf courses including Hayward National Golf Club.

"Our front nine was built on a pine plantation 11 years ago. The back nine was built over a wetland area," Hansen said.

Hansen said the area's climate makes for picture perfect golfing conditions during the summer. He says no matter your skill level, golfing on your vacation can reap small benefits

"You don't have to look at the big picture of your score at the end. If you make your personal best on a hole, that's a reward in itself."

If fishing is more your speed, then Hayward is the right place.
The Northwestern Wisconsin town boasts the biggest Musky around, but try to find a big enough fishing rod to catch it!

The big fish is located at the Freshwater Fishing Hall of fame. You'll find 50,000 historical fishing artifacts and fishing records from across the world.

"We are the World's largest museum site dedicated to historical preservation of fresh water sport fishing," said Museum Executive Director, Emmett Brown.

From high atop the 41' tall musky you can get a panoramic view of the seven acre site. Looking around, you'll get a feel for why some of the best fishing happens in Hayward.

"Within a 15 to 20 mile radius there are hundreds of lakes and no two lakes are the same, they are all natural," Brown said.

Head into the center town and you'll find a variety of shops and restaurants to keep you busy all day long.

"(In) the Hayward area. you have a little bit of everything. You have the big city amenities with a small town feel," said Chamber of Commerce Director Kevin Ruetten.

Just in time for tourism season, Hayward is rolling out the welcome mat with a new shopping experience calling it "distinctively different."

"We may have a coffee shop, but it's not any coffee shop you've ever seen. We might have a winery, but not too many wineries have a musky merlot," Ruetten said.

Hayward is a unique summer getaway that sure to reel in any tourist looking for a relaxing destination.

For more information, visit:
Hayward Chamber of Commerce
Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum
Hayward National Golf Club