University Ridge Golf Course
University Ridge Golf Course Hole #12
Hole #12 | Photo: Danny Rainbow

University Ridge Golf Course


10111 N. Helena Ave.
Madison WI United States

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Home Course: University of Wisconsin

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University Ridge Golf Course Hole #17
University Ridge Golf Course Hole #17 | Photo: Danny Rainbow

University Ridge Golf Course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr and is 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. While University Ridge Golf Course is public, it also serves as the home course to the University of Wisconsin golf teams. 

University Ridge Championship Course Layout

The course has a slope rating typically in the range of 130 to 140. 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.

Strategic Choices

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.

Woodland Experience on the Back Nine

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.

Course Expansion and Enhancements

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. There are also putting greens, chipping areas, practice bunkers. There is ample space for golfers to work on all aspects of their game before heading out to the course. 

Host of American Family Insurance Championship

University Ridge Golf Course has been the home of the American Family Insurance Championship several times and is proud to host again in June 2023. The event will take place from June 5-11, 2023.