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Lodging on Red Cedar Lake
One of Wisconsin’s best kept secrets, located in the picturesque town of Birchwood, our lakefront condos are perfect for your next family vacation or romantic getaway. Relax next to the indoor pool/hot tub, or spend a morning on the beautiful 18-hole golf course, which is modeled after the world famous Saint Andrews in Scotland. Tagalong Resort is situated on Red Cedar Lake, the center of a chain of lakes also including Hemlock and Balsam totaling 2500 acres. The clear spring fed lakes are perfect for swimming, boating and fishing with an abundance of walleye, crappie, large & small mouth bass.
Tagalong resort amenities include a pool, hot tub, fitness room, wireless internet, dock access, and local watercraft rentals.
Nestled between the lush green forests and the deep blue waters of Red Cedar Lake near Birchwood, Wisconsin lies the historic Tagalong Golf Course. Originally this private golf course and playground was part of the estate of lumber baron Frank D. Stout. Only his friends, family and invited guests were allowed to play on this unique course, which was designed after Saint Andrews in Scotland, where golf had its beginning.
Tagalong Golf Resort is located about 20 miles northeast of Rice Lake, in Barron County, Wisconsin. In the early 1920s, wealthy businessman Frank Stout, said to have been Chicago’s fifth-wealthiest man at the time, built a 9-hole course on the shore of lovely Red Cedar Lake, to go with his Adirondack-style family lodge (now Stout’s Island Lodge). He built it for the private use of his family and guests. Private construction of the now-public course began in 1916.
It’s said that Stout had the bent grass for the greens cut in Scotland and shipped across the ocean, along with a world-famous architect and a member of the Scottish nobility. The course itself was intended to be a duplicate of St. Andrews. Fourteen miles of pipe were used to irrigate the greens and fairways. The course also features huge, elevated greens surrounded by deep, grass bunkers. As a gala to commemorate the opening of the course in 1925, the reigning U.S. Open and British Open champions, Willie Macfarlane and “Long Jim” Barnes, christened the course with a match. A second nine was added in recent years.
Today, Tagalong is among the most challenging, yet forgiving, golf venues in the upper Midwest. Mother Nature supplies the wildlife, the views, the water hazards, and the sunsets.