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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Red/White at Coachman's Golf Resort
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Edgerton $17
White/Blue at Coachman's Golf Resort
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Edgerton $17
Bridges Golf Course
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Madison $22
Blue/Red at Coachman's Golf Resort
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Edgerton $17
The Legend At Bergamont
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Oregon $38
Kestrel Ridge Golf Club
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Columbus $10
Decatur Lake Golf Course
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Brodhead $10
Krueger-Haskell Golf Course
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Beloit $18
Glen Erin Golf Club
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Janesville $16.99
Koshkonong Mounds Country Club Fort Atkinson $28 - $46
Woods at Pleasant View Golf Club Middleton $16 - $29
Ridge at Deer Valley Golf Course
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Barneveld $16
Lakes at Pleasant View Golf Club Middleton $16 - $29
Lake Windsor Country Club Windsor $19.90 - $35.07
Vitense Golfland
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Madison $9
Valley at Deer Valley Golf Course
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Barneveld $16
Hawks Landing Golf Club
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Verona $38
Blackhawk Golf Course
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Janesville $13
Lake Mills Golf Course
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Lake Mills $25
Lake Wisconsin Country Club
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Prairie Du Sac $12
Bass Creek Golf Club
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Janesville $16
University Ridge Golf Course
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Verona $36
Prairie at Deer Valley Golf Course
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Barneveld $16
Riverside Golf Course
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Janesville $17
Prairie at Pleasant View Golf Club Middleton $16 - $29
Nine Springs Golf Course Madison $14
Columbus Country Club Columbus $44
Lodi Golf Club Lodi $10 - $17
Oak Ridge Golf Course Milton $24 - $40
Cecelia's Golf Course Janesville $12 - $20
Par-3 at Pleasant View Golf Club Middleton $10
Creekview Par-3 At Albion Edgerton $11 - $22
Blackhawk Country Club Madison $90
The Farm Golf Course Cottage Grove $13 - $20
Odana Hills Golf Course Madison $29 - $35
Bishops Bay Country Club Middleton $92
Tumbledown Trails Golf Club Verona $24 - $43
Bonny Meade Links Milton $24 - $40
Nakoma Golf Club Madison $80
Yellowstone Golf Course Blanchardville $13 - $21
Edelweiss Chalet Country Club New Glarus $26 - $42
Championship at Door Creek Golf Course Cottage Grove $28 - $44
Towne Country Club Edgerton $20 - $35
Foxboro Golf Club Oregon $15 - $35
Glenway Golf Course Madison $13.50 - $25.00
Janesville Country Club Janesville $60 - $78
East at Yahara Hills Golf Course Madison $27 - $64
Springs Course at The House on the Rock Resort Spring Green $40 - $69
Hackbarth Hills Golf Course Janesville $8
Cherokee Country Club Madison $91
Country Club of Beloit Beloit $50 - $80
Monona Golf Course Madison $10.00 - $12.50
Norsk Golf Club Mount Horeb $14 - $28
Shepherds Meadow Golf Course Poynette $13 - $20
Monroe Country Club Monroe $40
The Oaks Golf Course Cottage Grove $25 - $47
Meadows of Six Mile Creek Waunakee $24 - $36
Stoughton Country Club Stoughton $50 - $85
Windy Acres Golf Club Monroe $19
Executive at Door Creek Golf Course Cottage Grove $10
Lake Ripley Country Club Cambridge $40
Westbrook Hills Golf Course Plain $15
Sun Prairie Golf Club Sun Prairie $28
Evansville Country Club Evansville $20 - $25
West at Yahara Hills Golf Course Madison $27 - $64
Maple Bluff Country Club Madison $48 - $75
Argue-ment Golf Course New Glarus $6.00 - $20.00
Turtle Greens Golf Course Beloit $7.00 - $10.50
North Nine at The House on the Rock Resort Spring Green $40 - $69
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