GOLF, DISC GOLF & FOOTGOLF
If you love to hit the links, you can be sure that Greater Madison will set you on the right course for your next golf adventure. Our destination features an array of ways to play, from affordable and accessible courses to award-winning, public and private clubs that play host to PGA events.
University Ridge Golf Course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and opened in 1991 as the official home to the UW-Madison golf teams. The course sits on the terminal moraine, where the Wisconsin Glacier stopped, so the playing terrain includes prairie, marshland, woodland, valleys and hills that overlook the City of Madison. It is truly a scenic course beyond compare.
This public course offers something for players of every level and has hosted numerous tournaments, ranging from NCAA and Big Ten Championships to the Wisconsin State Open. For the first time in 2016, it was the site of the PGA Champions Tour’s The American Family Insurance Championship, which will return on June 23-25, 2017.
The City of Madison offers four premiere public golf courses for residents and visitors:
- Glenway Golf Course: This 9-hole, par-32 executive course near downtown Madison is a scenic course with character and challenge
- Monona Golf Course: This 9-hole, par-36 regulation course in Monona also has an excellent driving range with all-natural grass tees
- Odana Hills: This 18-hole, par-72 regulation course on Madison’s west side is one of the most popular in the state and hosts annual city tournaments
- Yahara Hills: This 36-hole regulation course located east of I-90 is Madison's largest facility with two, 18-hole championship courses, large bunkered greens and well-placed water features
Odana Hills made Madison golf history by re-opening in December 2015 due to the mild “winter” weather!
PRACTICE & RESORT COURSES
In addition to city and university courses, you can practice and perfect your game throughout Greater Madison:
- House on the Rock Resort: Features 27 holes of championship golf are situated among rolling terrain and tremendous greenery
- Devil’s Head Resort: Features two championship 18-hole courses that are consistently included in the Top 25 Wisconsin Golf Courses ratings
- Vitense Golfland: This year-round facility features the state’s only Par 3 course under the lights, 80 driving range stalls and 54 holes of miniature golf.
Click here for a comprehensive list of private and public courses in the Madison area.
If you’re up for a different kind of challenge, try your hand at a game that’s one of the fastest growing sports in recent years: Disc Golf. This sport requires a bit different type of precision and accuracy than traditional golf and can be played all over Greater Madison.
City of Madison Parks disc golf courses are open to the public, though a permit is required ($5 daily and $40 annually) for players who are 16 and older.
- Elver Park: This 227-acre park on the west side is Madison’s largest and the disc golf course is the park’s most prominent feature in summer
- Hiestand Park: This disc golf course is open year-round (pending spring thaw conditions), and is located adjacent to Hiestand Woods Conservancy Park on the east side
OTHER PLACES TO PLAY
Greater Madison also offers disc golf at two Dane County Parks locations: Token Creek County Park (27 holes) and Lake Farm County Park (18 holes). Daily or annual permits are also required to play these parks.
Madison’s renowned Maple Bluff neighborhood also features a 6-disc golf course at Johnson Park. This course was renovated in 2010 and is a great place to stop by for beginner play and practice.
To learn more about Madison’s disc golf scene, connect with the Mad City Disc Golf club, which formed to install Madison’s first disc golf course at Elver Park and continues to promote play throughout the area.
FootGolf is an international sport that's catching on in Greater Madison. This game is played just like golf, but combines elements of golf and soccer. Players kick a soccer ball down the fairway of a course containing a 22" hole, with the ultimate goal of scoring a soccer hole-in-one! Vitense Golfland has the first certified FootGolf course and the only one in the Madison area that's lit for evening play. Try it! If you like the game, there are also leagues and tournaments available.