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Verona, Wisconsin, USA
Design Style: Parkland Course Type: Daily Fee
Setting: Inland


Located just fifteen minutes from the University of Wisconsin campus and downtown Madison, University Ridge reflects the landscape that dominates most of rural Wisconsin. Rolling hills, hardwood forests, and tall grass prairies provided the canvas for this championship layout.


The front nine consists of three par threes, three par fours, and three par fives. A number of different tees, generous landing areas, contoured fairways, and medium-sized greens characterize this more open side. Wind often plays a role in club selection.

On the par fives, especially, golfers may choose between a safe route and a more dangerous but potentially rewarding route to the green. For example, the par five second hole offers the long hitter who opts to play his tee shot over a dry creek bed and two large bunkers a chance to reach the green in two. Shorter hitters can lay back in front of the creek and reach the green with two more irons.

The back nine offers a distinctly different experience as it plays through woodlands that frame the holes. We left ample room to maneuver the ball to the generous fairways, thereby setting up more than a few birdie opportunities. This nine begins with a long, demanding par four, then provides a chance to make up shots with a series of short par fours and a reachable par five before climaxing with two difficult finishing holes: a long par three over water and a long, uphill par four. The back nine provides great drama, as a number of holes can almost as easily be birdied as bogeyed, or worse.

In 2008, Robert Trent Jones II returned to University Ridge to lengthen the course from 6,888 to 7,259 yards by adding new tee boxes on fourteen holes. The new tees provide the added flexibility required by a course that hosts championships as well as daily play. We also expanded the practice facilities by recrafting the driving range. The new range features dedicated practice tees for the public, for lessons, and for the Badgers’ golf teams. Finally, we created a new three-hole short game practice area for the golf teams to prepare for competition.

 

 

University Ridge Golf Course Awards
    • GOLF Magazine—Top 100 Course You Can Play
    • GOLF Magazine—Top 10 Course You Can Play in Wisconsin
    • Golf Digest—#3 Best New Public Course
    • Golf Digest—#3 Course in Wisconsin
    • Golf Digest—4½ Star Rating
    • Golfweek—Best New Public Course
    • Golfweek—Top 40 Public Course
    • Golfweek—Top 100 Modern Course
    • Golfweek—Top 10 Course You Can Play in Wisconsin
    • Golfweek—#3 Top College Course
    • Golfworld—Readers’ Choice Award Top 50 Public Course
Tournaments
    • Site of Women’s NCAA Championship
    • Site of Big 10 Men’s and Women’s Championships
    • Home of the University of Wisconsin Men’s and Women’s Golf Teams