8 Madison Golf Courses That Will Make You Want To Spend Every Saturday on the Links
Spring is here! And although we’ve likely not seen our last cold front (we know you well, Wisconsin!) it’s finally within the realm of reasonability to daydream about warm, green sunny days. And for many of us, the best way to spend a warm day is out on the links. Golf is a great way to exercise your mind and body. Golf makes it easy to stay social with a little friendly competition. It’s a never-ending challenge that will let you spend the day outside… which is always the best kind of day. The Madison area has some amazing award-winning courses. Here are the best of the best:
University Ridge Golf Course
One amazing thing about the University of Wisconsin? They have their own official golf course. Not many state universities can say that! Campus golf is nothing like campus food… the University Ridge Golf Course is one of the best in town. It even hosts prestigious tournaments. It was even rated the #1 golf course in Wisconsin by Golflink. It’s also been rated the Best Course in Madison 15 times (thanks, Madison Magazine!). University ridge is an 18-hole course that’s a good time for all skill levels. They also have a 33-acre driving range and offer cross-country skiing in the winter months.
Lake Wisconsin Country Club
40 minutes from downtown Madison, LWCC is a semi-private premium 18-hole course. The land is gorgeous and borders scenic Lake Wisconsin, a feature of the Wisconsin River. The LWCC is open to the public, but also offers full memberships with tons of perks. This country club and dining room have been a historic staple of the area since 1925. The dining room overlooks the lake and tables are romantically candlelit. LWCC is a high-class experience.
Hawks Landing Golf Club
Hawks Landing is a quick 20 minutes from downtown, located in lovely Verona. There are five different teeing locations. They boast a par 72 layout that is a test of skill for both seasoned and new golfers. If you’re seeking improvement, this is a great place to learn. An instruction area lies at the northern end of the green. If you’re bringing anyone with you who isn’t a fan of golf, but still wants to enjoy the day outside…memberships include access to the pool, tennis courts, and pickleball club. The pool includes a kiddie area, lap lanes, and a water slide.
Monona Golf Course
This is a great spot to get a quick fix in. It’s only a 9-hole (par 36) range, which makes it a great place for a quick game. It’s located conveniently 15 minutes west of downtown, in the Monona district. They also have a fantastic driving range with natural grass tees. This is no club. There are no dining rooms or steam showers. But it’s well shaded and well maintained, and a great place to get outside for the day.
Koshkonong Mounds Country Club
Koshkonong Mounds Country Club is named after the native American burial effigies located on the land. You can still take a quiet, reflective stroll past the mounds and appreciate this hallowed, historic spot. The resort itself is also historic. It was built in 1870 to accommodate wealthy sportsmen who wanted a private place to fish and hunt. By 1924 it had converted into a golf course, and the club continues to honor its history while still growing and evolving every year. The course is 18-holes, and the clubhouse is elegant and serves a fine dining menu.
Pleasant View Golf Club
This course gives you panoramic views of the city of madison. Conveniently located in the Middleton area, this course sits atop the hills 300 feet above lake Mendota. There are 27 holes of a well-maintained course. Pleasant View has recently remodeled its patio to include firepits so you can enjoy continued viewsheds while you enjoy refreshments.
The Legend at Bergamont
The Legend at Bergamont contains a 7,330-yard, 18-hole championship golf course. The course sits over the Kettle Moraine, and the topography is sculpted by the last ice age glaciers. It was designed by two-time US Open Champion Andy North. The Legend is recognized as Golf Digest’s Top 10 Courses in America.
The clubhouse is designed in frank Lloyd wright’s prairie style. Inside you’ll find the Golfer’s Grill and an acclaimed Steakhouse.
Devils Head Resort
Devils Head Resort has two major courses to choose from. The Glacier Course is 18-holes that will wind you through Baraboo Bluff. The course is a maze of elevation changes, narrow fairways, unique geologic formations, and incredible views. 7 different holes have water hazards… it’s not for the faint of heart! But the biggest challenge will be keeping your eye on the ball when there is so much natural beauty around you. Hills, forests, ponds, and geologic formations. It has it all.
The Prairie Glen course is a newer, Scottish-style course. There are island greens, water holes, and sand traps.
And if you need a day off from golfing (doubtful), you can always relax by the pool or try nearby hiking or mountain biking.
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