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Getting To Know: Briggs Woods Golf Course

An Insightful Interview With Russ Appel, Superintendent/General Manager

By Brian Weis

Whether you have played a course 20+ times a year or looking to play the course for the first time, insights from an insider can help enhance your golf experience. Below is an interview with Russ Appel who shares some valuable tidbits about the course, memorable holes and must eats and treats at the 19th.

Give Our Readers An Overview of the Golf Course/Property
Briggs Woods Golf Course is owned and operated by the Hamilton County Conservation Board. The front nine opened for play in 1971, and the back nine opened in 1991.

If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
Briggs Woods is a must play. With it's proximity to the Boone River, Briggs Woods offers a beautiful natural setting. The front nine features rolling terrain, while much of the back nine is cut through a heavily wooded area. With the variance in tees Briggs Woods provides both an enjoyable experience for the novice golfer, but from the back tees can offer as much challenge as any seasoned golfer wants.

What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
On holes 13 - 16 put the driver away. These holes are extremely tight, and the driver will get you in trouble more times than the extra distance will reward you.

Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
With the decline in golf rounds nationally courses have had to cut budgets. Despite budget cuts, Briggs Woods has managed to maintain the level of maintenance golfers expect

What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
Any of the lower 4 holes are signature holes. The dense wooded area provides a beautiful natural setting for golf.

What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
Hole 13 from the upper tees is just beautiful. It is only 22 yards between the two tree lines. You could play this hole 100 times, and never end up with the same shots.

Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
Kelly Haman our Special Events and Food Coordinator does a fantastic job. From our daily menu all the way to formal weddings the food is fantastic.

Who Holds Course Record and What Was Their Score?
Shad Muth formerly of Clear Lake holds our course record. Shad shot an incredible round of 64 from the back tees. Shad was a two time winner on the Gateway Tour, and holds several course records at various Iowa courses.

Back Tee Stats
Par: 72
Yardage: 6,502
Slope: 119
Rating: 71.6

More Information
Briggs Woods Golf Course
2501 Briggs Woods Trail
Webster City, Iowa, 50595

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About: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of, a network of golf travel and directory sites including,,,, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like, and It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

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