Best Golf Courses in Madison for 2023 – Part 1
Madison is an excellent city to play golf in and offers many fantastic courses to play on. No matter if your aim is fun or improving your game, Madison will have an ideal course that fits you perfectly!
Nakoma Golf Club
Nakoma Golf Club is located in Madison and operates as a social club to offer its members sports and other recreational activities. This facility houses a golf course, four hard surface tennis courts, and a swimming pool; three restaurants and two bars complete its amenities.
As well as offering top-of-the-line fitness facilities, the club also boasts an outstanding fitness center. This gym features cardio and weight-training machines as well as an impressive indoor swimming pool, as well as various dining options (from formal restaurants to casual bars and grills).
Staff members are on hand to help plan any special event you need assistance with, from weddings to corporate functions and family reunions.
Hawks Landing Golf Club
Hawks Landing neighborhood provides access to this semi-private club, offering golfers a range of amenities. The clubhouse includes a full-service pro shop, state-of-the-art practice facility, beautiful restaurant/lounge area, and pool/tennis facilities - making for an attractive experience for local residents as well.
Originally created by Joe Lee, this course was later revamped by Robert Cupp in 1999 to remain one of Orlando's most challenging courses. Boasting 15 of 18 holes featuring water play (including its back nine), this championship layout provides a stimulating test for golfers of all abilities.
Hawks Landing boasts not only stunning golf course conditions but also an outstanding golf academy led by Bill Madonna, a Top 100 golf instructor and PGA member who oversees it all.
School is an ideal environment to get in some quality practice time and receive personalized instruction from professional coaches. In addition, group programs and events make this academy an excellent way for players to improve their game.
This 18-hole championship course offers breathtaking natural surroundings surrounded by Florida birds and wildlife, vibrant azaleas, and year-round sunshine - making it the ideal destination for families.
Bishops Bay Golf Club
Bishops Bay Golf Club offers an enjoyable yet challenging course along Lake Mendota, perfect for players of all levels, and an encouraging atmosphere encouraging you to bring out your best game.
The club provides members and their guests with an array of activities, such as golfing, tennis courts, dining facilities, and a 200-foot pier with 18 slips on Lake Champlain. Residents also enjoy access to its 50-acre park which has playground equipment, a disc golf course, hiking and biking trails, picnic areas, and even a dog park - plus more than anything!
Golf Digest nominated this course as Wisconsin's best new course back in 1995; featuring four tee boxes, it provides players of all skill levels with an enjoyable playing experience.
One of the course's signature holes is it's seventh, which is an exciting risk/reward par four. Your tee shot must go over an overhanging tree that makes for a difficult target, while the green is short and wide with slopes from back left to front right - creating an opportunity for success on this par four hole.
University Ridge Golf Course
University Ridge Golf Course in Verona and Madison, Wisconsin serves as the home ground to both men's and women's golf teams at the University of Wisconsin as well as many renowned tournaments including several PGA Tour events.
Robert Trent Jones Jr. created this course, which opened for play in 1991, to reflect the rolling landscape typical of rural Wisconsin, with trees and tall grass prairies as its backdrop.
There are two returning loops of nine holes on this course for a total of 18 holes, with each hole offering unique challenges in terms of elevation changes, bunkers, and water hazards. Lush fairways and manicured greens create an entertaining game experience suitable for players of all skill levels.
One of the most beloved activities at University Ridge is the Animal and Dairy Sciences Golf Outing held annually in May to raise funds for undergraduate scholarships and high-impact learning experiences. Golfers can test their skills on University Ridge Golf Course - home of UW Badgers football games and hosting the PGA Tour Champions American Family Insurance Championship later in 2023!
There are plenty of great golf courses all throughout the Madison area. This is just a snapshot of some of the top choices for serious golfers, casual golfers, and families. Read about more Madison golf courses in Part 2.