Destination Guide

Destination: Madison

Considered one of the country's prettiest capital cities, Madison, Wisconsin weaves around five lakes circled by miles of bike paths, parks and waterfront restaurants. Providing plenty of reasons for a golf trip are the city's four municipal courses and the renown collegiate course, University Ridge, the Robert Trent Jones II design that is home of the University of Wisconsin Badgers.

The terrain lends itself to rolling, tree-lined golf courses with plenty of elevation changes and tricky doglegs, such as Bridges Golf Course or Hawks Landing. The family-built and owned Tumbledown Trails Golf Course doesn't have any development around it and The Meadows of Sixmile Creek north of the city uses ponds and bunkers to challenge your game. Take advantage of a Wisconsin tradition and set your tee times so you finish in time for the ever-frequent fish fries.

While not on the golf course, you'll find Madison to be a textbook case of a sustainable city that encourages transportation by foot or bike with plenty of resting spots at its 15 parks and miles of visible lakefront. If you're there on a Saturday, go to the Dane County Farmers Market on Capitol Square. It's the nation's largest and known for its wide selection of artisan cheeses.

The best part of Madison is it has a little of everything, from young and hip along State Street (try State Street Brats), to pubs and breweries, such as Great Dane or Angelic, to upscale restaurants like Sardine's for French fare, Eno Vino Wine Bar and Bistro, or The Old Fashioned Tavern and Restaurant serving Wisconsin fare. The long-time Mariner's Inn, a waterfront restaurant, serves steaks and seafood and The Stone House at Quivey's Grove is known for its for lamb, duck and beef tenderloin. To sort it all out, there's a food explorers tour. If on campus, try the famous Babcock Ice Cream at Memorial Union or Babcock Hall.

Other Madison highlights include the Olbrich Botanical Gardens, or on campus, the Arboretum or Chazen Museum. The Wisconsin state capitol, the largest capitol building outside of Washington, D.C., is the only seat of government in the country with a granite dome.

For something a little different for accommodations, consider eco-friendly B&Bs such as the Speckled Hen Inn or the Arbor House.

Madison is often named one of the best places in the country to live. You'll also see it's a great place to visit, too.

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Bridges Golf Course
Tee Times
Madison $18
Blue/Red at Coachman's Golf Resort
Tee Times
Edgerton $12
White/Blue at Coachman's Golf Resort
Tee Times
Edgerton $12
The Legend At Bergamont
Tee Times
Oregon $42
Red/White at Coachman's Golf Resort
Tee Times
Edgerton $12
Lake Wisconsin Country Club
Tee Times
Prairie Du Sac $29
Lakes at Pleasant View Golf Club Middleton $16 - $29
Decatur Lake Golf Course
Tee Times
Brodhead $10
Vitense Golfland
Tee Times
Madison $6
University Ridge Golf Course
Tee Times
Verona $42
Koshkonong Mounds Country Club Fort Atkinson $28 - $46
Lake Windsor Country Club Windsor $19.90 - $35.07
Prairie at Pleasant View Golf Club Middleton $16 - $29
Prairie at Deer Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Barneveld $12
Woods at Pleasant View Golf Club Middleton $16 - $29
Riverside Golf Course
Tee Times
Janesville $14
Krueger-Haskell Golf Course
Tee Times
Beloit $6.95
Blackhawk Golf Course
Tee Times
Janesville $12
Ridge at Deer Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Barneveld $12
Glen Erin Golf Club
Tee Times
Janesville $21
Bass Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Janesville $12
Lake Mills Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Mills $16
Kestrel Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Columbus $10
Hawks Landing Golf Club
Tee Times
Verona $53
Valley at Deer Valley Golf Course
Tee Times
Barneveld $12
Tumbledown Trails Golf Club Verona $24 - $43
Country Club of Beloit Beloit $50 - $80
Cherokee Country Club Madison $91
Executive at Door Creek Golf Course Cottage Grove $10
Shepherds Meadow Golf Course Poynette $13 - $20
Lake Ripley Country Club Cambridge $40
Bonny Meade Links Milton $24 - $40
Foxboro Golf Club Oregon $15 - $35
Springs Course at The House on the Rock Resort Spring Green $40 - $69
Glenway Golf Course Madison $13.50 - $25.00
East at Yahara Hills Golf Course Madison $27 - $64
Argue-ment Golf Course New Glarus $6.00 - $20.00
Columbus Country Club Columbus $44
Oak Ridge Golf Course Milton $24 - $40
Hackbarth Hills Golf Course Janesville $8
Janesville Country Club Janesville $60 - $78
Norsk Golf Club Mount Horeb $14 - $28
Stoughton Country Club Stoughton $50 - $85
Windy Acres Golf Club Monroe $16 - $29
Lodi Golf Club Lodi $10 - $17
Towne Country Club Edgerton $20 - $35
Edelweiss Chalet Country Club New Glarus $26 - $42
Nine Springs Golf Course Madison $14
Turtle Greens Golf Course Beloit $7.00 - $10.50
Blackhawk Country Club Madison $90
Odana Hills Golf Course Madison $29 - $35
Yellowstone Golf Course Blanchardville $13 - $21
Nakoma Golf Club Madison $80
Par-3 at Pleasant View Golf Club Middleton $10
Championship at Door Creek Golf Course Cottage Grove $28 - $44
Bishops Bay Country Club Middleton $92
West at Yahara Hills Golf Course Madison $27 - $64
Maple Bluff Country Club Madison $48 - $75
Cecelia's Golf Course Janesville $12 - $20
Monona Golf Course Madison $10.00 - $12.50
Evansville Country Club Evansville $20 - $25
Creekview Par-3 At Albion Edgerton $11 - $22
Meadows of Six Mile Creek Waunakee $24 - $36
Westbrook Hills Golf Course Plain $12
Monroe Country Club Monroe $50
The Farm Golf Course Cottage Grove $13 - $20
North Nine at The House on the Rock Resort Spring Green $40 - $69
The Oaks Golf Course Cottage Grove $25 - $47
Sun Prairie Golf Club Sun Prairie $28
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