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Wisconsin

Old Milwaukee, the Green Bay Packers, Cheese, Vintage Cars, and some of the finest golfing you’d never have expected to play! #9 nationwide, the Badger State has five hundred courses anyone can play! Seldom is it seen that a state is so evenly peppered with quality, challenging and well-designed courses as is with Wisconsin golfing.

Where to start? Let’s let Jack Nicklaus kick things off with the Bull course of Pinehurst Farms, a 7,332 yard par-72 course set on rolling meadows broken up by tree groves and accented by the meanderings of the Onion River.

Ready for the bizarre? There’s a train that runs across the fairways at Forest Hills Club in La Crosse, and there’s a rule against hitting the train – or trying to hit over it!

Looking for casual? Try The Bridges on for size! A privately-owned Daily-Fee course, it’s just a mile form the Dane County Regional Airport near the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. As a public course, they have chosen not to impose any dress code; though they confess that they appreciate traditional golf attire, you may wear denim, whatever you like. The only restriction is to soft spikes, which is certainly reasonable. The Bridges is host to many events, charitable functions, the WSGA, Wisconsin PGA, and PGA Juniors. A good neighbor, then, and affordable as well. The course itself is likewise decidedly relaxed. The pond with the lazy mature willow alongside it gives the feeling of a southern afternoon; No hurries, no worries, just a very peaceful, easy, good time… and water hazards on just about every hole! Five sets of tees allow play from 4811 to 6888 yards. Opened in May of 2000, the course record is at 65, played by Lewis Taylor.

Perhaps one of the richest verdigris courses around, the Eagle River Golf Course is an 18-hole public course with a 4-star rating from Golf Digest! Not content to rest on its beauty, in 1988 Don Herfort redesigned the course, employing its water and woods, rolling in well placed bunkered greens, narrow fairways between the forests, and a plethora of water hazards. Challenging while remaining enjoyable, Eagle River definitely belongs on your To-Play list.

Into the far northeast, the Northwoods, you’ll find the Nemadji, with 36 championship holes to play. Intimately breathtaking in its beauty, this Club deserves its 4-star rating as one of the Places to Play! It’s hard to imagine so pretty and diverse a course could be so inexpensive to play! The ravine, the dense verdigris fairways and greens divided by dense forests of pines and cottonwoods, a river running through it all… This course is divided up into 4 sets of 9 holes, one to each primary compass direction, to be played East-West and North-South. Rolling hills and sweeping elevations give way to spots of green, then its yours to find your way through the fairway. When in the Superior area, the Nemadji promises a pleasant, challenging day for players of all levels.

No matter what part of Wisconsin you’re visiting, you’ll find affordable accessible golf very close by. Pick a path, visit some stops along the way. There’s plenty to see and do, gems lying about for those who take the time to discover them. You’re certain to have a great time! Enjoy the beauty, warmth and hospitality of a golf vacation in Wisconsin!