Golf Course Review: The Bog

Please note that while this article is dated March 2012 (date of the original post), it was updated July 21, 2019

An Arnold Palmer Signature Course, The Bog is the Milwaukee area’s top rated public track, rolling through the Cedarburg Bog amid a hilly and stunningly beautiful landscape.

Regularly playing host to some of the state’s top amateur events, the course is a shot maker’s paradise, placing a premium on accuracy and sound decision-making especially off the tee.

Palmer’s design at The Bog is as good a test of golf as there is in the area: It requires every club in the bag, sound execution and, even then, is bound to inspire a mental fit or two.

Unless you are ridiculously accurate off the tee, this is not the course to hit driver on every hole. This is instead a course where you’ll need to have a game plan on every tee box.

Take the shortest par fours on the course, for example: The second and twelfth.

Pre-round, golfers might think of the second as being a chance to attack. At around 225 yards, the fairway gets very narrow especially on the right side, though, with an infringing treeline (trees/out of bounds line the entire left side, too).

Hit the ball too far down the right side and have a lost ball or be forced to hit a wedge over the out-of-bounds tree line on your approach.

Hit driver straight and the fairway runs out in to a swale below a risen left-to-right green complex. This would be ideal, of course, or something short off the tee to set up a high iron in.

While good course management can help navigate strategic landmines like this one, playing smart is hard to do!

Hole 2: Par 4 (396/372/358/330/282)
Hole 2: Par 4 (396/372/358/330/282)
Hole 2: Par 4 (396/372/358/330/282)

The one criticism I hear from other golfers about The Bog is the excess of blind tee shots. I believe there are three or four, but if checked out beforehand they are not overwhelmingly difficult and typically play well to a soft fade.

The first hole, for example, is best played right of the large birdhouse in the left-side tree line.

Hole 1: Par 5 (530/491/471/427/401)
Hole 1: Par 5 (530/491/471/427/401)
Hole 1: Par 5 (530/491/471/427/401)

Similarly, the par four opening hole on the back nine has a birdhouse in the treeline to help with aiming:

Hole 10: Par 4 (410/399/381/353/307)

What I think The Bog is best at is crafty par fours. The twelfth, for example, is an outstanding short par four. Using a mid-iron to hit the corner of the fairway (aim left of the large tree) will leave a wedge to a well-guarded, narrow green fronted by a creek, backed by a pond and surrounded by woods.

While new ownership has opened up the green area slightly, it is a tight target to hit. This is a tough short par four.

Hole 12: Par 4 (348/318/306/279/239)
Hole 12: Par 4 (348/318/306/279/239)

Not short, but the par four sixth has a lot of character, too. The barn on the left side of the fairway is in play, and I’ve actually seen a friend carom off its roof to set up a decent approach.

Regardless of the tee shot, the approach is bound to be long, and will need to stay right to avoid the woods… But left to stay clear of the huge tree.

Understandably, this is the number one handicapped hole on the course.

Hole 6: Par 4 (415/415/395/372/280)
Hole 6: Par 4 (415/415/395/372/280)

The finishing holes on both the front and back nine are strong. Nine is my favorite. With the majority of the fairway filtering downhill and left, this is a par five that is intimidating from the tee but actually offers a lot of room. 

An abundance of bunkers are short, right and long of the green, and a boggy area to the left makes this tiny putting surface very difficult to hit in two. A front pin is especially tricky with such a narrow entrance to the green.

Hole 9: Par 5 (543/521/493/467/401)
Hole 9: Par 5 (543/521/493/467/401)
Hole 9: Par 5 (543/521/493/467/401)

The terraced tee boxes on the 18th are equally impressive. The fairway runs left to right, and anything over the large fairway tree should leave a short iron to an elevated green.

The green on 18 is massive and tricky, breaking hard especially toward the back: A strong finish on a tough course that’s used often to challenge the state and area’s best players.

Hole 18: Par 4 (430/414/380/363/312)
Hole 18: Par 4 (430/414/380/363/312)
Hole 18: Par 4 (430/414/380/363/312)

The Bog has other excellent par fives, too. While the reachable first hole is easy to score on, the fourteenth and seventeenth are anything but.

The fourteenth features an elevated tee shot to what looks like a sliver of a fairway running right to left and downhill.

The fairway is bottle-necked around 300 yards, meaning if your tee shot is not in the fairway then chances are you’ll be playing a layup of some sort – a high iron over the trees if you’re short/left of the fairway.

The green always seems further away than it appears. Palmer designed the approach area here to play games with the golfer’s mind, as you will see from the picture below of the actual green complex. Especially from an uphill lie, it looks like the green abuts the central fairway bunker, but it’s actually well past it.

Hole 14: Par 5 (528/498/476/440/390)
Hole 14: Par 5 (528/498/476/440/390)
Hole 14: Par 5 (528/498/476/440/390)

I think the seventeenth is as hard a golf hole as you’ll find anywhere.

The left side long has been opened up slightly to allow long players to try cutting out the initial part of the fairway, but if I had to guess it probably requires 275 in the air to reach it.

The right play is likely a hybrid or long iron off the tee, well right of the encroaching bog from the left side, to set up a mid-to-long iron to the second fairway uphill and left.

Hole 17: Par 5 (593/520/520/474/419)
Hole 17: Par 5 (593/520/520/474/419)

Palmer designed some really nice par threes at The Bog, my favorite of which is the thirteenth. This one-shotter plays over a ravine high above much of the course, and features a wide green from left to right.

Hole 13: Par 3 (195/175/157/142/110)
Hole 13: Par 3 (195/175/157/142/110)

Playing over wasteland, the eighth is the longest par three on the course tipping out at 220 yards.

Hole 8: Par 3 (220/188/170/150/138)
Hole 8: Par 3 (220/188/170/150/138)

Another long par three, the fourth tips at 210 but plays to a more manageable 184 from the green tees we were on.

A common theme at The Bog, the fronting bunkers are used to throw off the golfer’s depth perception, making the green appear closer than it is.

As you can see from the second picture (below), there is more space between the traps and the green that it first appears.

Hole 4: Par 3 (210/196/184/171/144)
Hole 4: Par 3 (210/196/184/171/144)
View from the left side of the green complex

In stark contrast to those beasts, the eleventh is the shortest hole on the course with the smallest green:

Hole 11: Par 3 (152/142/132/121/100)

It had been years since the last time I played The Bog in March 2012, and I have to say I was incredibly impressed with the course conditions – save for a couple tee boxes, the course was in immaculate shape, especially the greens.

New ownership has also made significant improvements to The Bog’s infrastructure since 2012, highlighted by a gorgeous new event facility: The Barn at The Bog.

Rustic yet elegant, The Barn serves as a beautiful wedding and events venue overlooking the eighteenth green.

The Barn at The Bog, adjacent to the 18th green

If I had to compare The Bog to another Wisconsin golf course, it would probably be University Ridge. The two courses have a lot of similarities: Great use of elevation, excellent maintenance, fairways that roll naturally with the terrain, and very challenging layouts that force players to think before teeing off.

The Bog’s reputation as the top public course in the greater Milwaukee area is well deserved.

Wisconsin’s Best Par 4 Holes

Quite possibly the most beautiful golf hole I have ever played, the 14th at Meadow Valleys is deemed “Nature’s Course.” From the elevated tee boxes, the Pigeon River and on most days teems of fly-fishermen are seen down the hill and to the right. The tree lined fairway plays slightly to the left, and is not advisable to drive. Hit it straight and aim for the middle of the fairway, in hopes of receiving a charitable downhill run.
The hole slants to the right, and further downhill where the green is surrounded on three sides by the river, and a charming bridge made from an old flat-bed train car. The river runs hard to the right, and anything errant will fall dramatically from the playing surface.
Hole 14: Par 4 (423/409/384/376/293)

2. Whistling Straits, Straits Course #18 (520/487/424/420/380):

The finishing hole on the Straits could very well be one of the toughest golf holes in the entire world. Par on this 520/487-yard behemoth, which is set to be four, should be considered a monumental task, but will I’m sure be required on Sunday of the 2015 PGA Championship for whoever hopes to take home the Wanamaker Trophy.

Nicknamed “Dyeabolical,” after Pete Dye, of course, the eighteenth is 520 yards from the black tees and 487 from the blues. A split-fairway is found atop the hill in the driving area, and anything between the fairways may travel too far. 


The long approach from anywhere on the upper-right fairway is best targeted right of the clubhouse in the distance. Anything left of that is likely to find the stream or wasteland between and below. The cloverleaf green on eighteen is iconic to golf, and a fantastic way to finish this incredible championship golf course. 

Hole 18: Par 4 (520/487/424/420/380)
 
3. The Bull at Pinehurst Farms #5 (436/404/388/361/308):
Nicknamed “Follow On,” the fifth hole at The Bull is one of the most intimidating par four tee shots in Wisconsin. Narrow and through heavy woods, a 40-foot deep ravine resides on the left side of the fairway. The club did a great job on the terracing added to the left side drop-off this season.

If you find the bend in the fairway, you will have a shot at the green in two, which is over the back-side of the ravine and directly left. Stay long, if anything, because short is dead. This is a phenomenal par four, with bite.

Hole 5: Par 4 (436/404/388/361/308)
4. Lawsonia, Woodlands Course #2 (341/329/315/315):

The second hole is one of my favorites at the Woodlands. 200 yards down the middle of the fairway lives a huge quarry that drops deep from the hitting surface. A bailout fairway lies to the right, while the more appropriate fairway to the left is narrow and sheltered by trees.A large stone observation tower, known locally as Jutson Tower, looms above the fairway, and a huge oak tree is centered in front of the green, guarding the back-left green location. Playing early on a Sunday morning, chimes and church music provided fantastic ambience to the hole.

Hole 2: Par 4 (341/329/315/315)

5. Geneva National, Gary Player Course #5 (354/310/283/257/255):

Hole five on the Player course is an instant classic! A true risk/reward hole, the fairway in front of the green is drivable, but requires at least 225 yards to carry the waste area and fingered sand traps. The bail-out fairway to the right is much more accessible, although it adds considerably to the hole’s yardage.

The green’s front-right bunker is deep, and woods to the left must also be considered if going for this green from the tee. At 310 yards from the gold boxes, this is one of the best short par fours I have ever seen or played.

Hole 5: Par 4 (354/310/283/257/255)

6. Whistling Straits, Irish Course #10 (398/387/378/361/340):

The tenth hole on the Irish is one of the most awe-striking holes in Wisconsin. With Lake Michigan on the horizon, the wind is always a factor. The fairway runs significantly uphill and to the left, and missing it is catastrophic. The multitude of random bunkers built into the hills on the right side of the fairway are demonic, and will leave little to no chance of reaching this green in two.

Hole 10: Par 4 (398/387/378/361/340)

7. Blackwolf Run, River Course #5 (427/400/388/376/275):

The fifth is the first hole played on the River course that is not part of the Original Championship track – the Original Championship skips five through thirteen and instead rounds Swan Lake to fourteen as its fifth. Three times leading up to our round I was told about the tee shot on five, and it did not fail to impress! 

With highly elevated tee boxes, five is nicknamed “Made in Heaven.” Having played the River many times on Tiger Woods Golf for Playstation 3, I should have known what was coming, but was still awe-struck by such a majestic driving scenario.


The drive on five is to a wide fairway that is bordered long and left, as well as on the right side by a large sand trap, and right of that trap by the Sheboygan River. The tee shot is relatively simple on this hole. The approach, however, is not. High uphill, the approach plays to a plateau that is cut out of the tree line and drops straight down twenty feet on the right side. This drop is reminiscent of the right side of the green on the “Boxcar Hole” at Lawsonia’s Links course, if that helps you picture it.

Hole 5: Par 4 (427/400/388/376/275)
8. Blackwolf Run, Meadow Valleys Course #18 (458/395/383/373/303):
The finishing hole at the Meadow Valleys course, nicknamed “Salmon Trap,” is the first hole I have seen with two separate greens. The women play to a shorter distance, around 300 yards, that finishes before the Pigeon River. The men play across the river, just short of the Blackwolf Run clubhouse.
With about 250 yards to the river, the tee shot can be played farther left to allow use of a driver. The approach over the river is fairly long to one of the largest greens on the course. This is a gorgeous finishing hole at a gorgeous golf course.
Hole 18: Par 4 (458/395/383/373/303)

9. Brown Deer Park #1 (461/447):

Bown Deer Park starts with probably the hardest opening hole in the state: A 461-yard beast of a par four that doglegs right and is well guarded by trees, a large pond on the left side of the fairway, and deep sand traps all around the green. Score a par or bogey on this hole, and consider your round off to a great start.
Hole 1: Par 4 (461/447)

10. Erin Hills #12 (466/432/388/388/317):

At a course where the norm is large, elevated greens, the twelfth at Erin Hills goes oppo. At 388 yards from the green tees, fescue will envelop anything errant whether off the tee or from the fairway. In contrast to the majority of the course’s greens, the one on twelve actually resides in a small hollow that is blind from most approaches.

Sand traps line the right side of the green, while the rest is defended by tall fescue that shrouds it from view from the left.

Hole 12: Par 4 (466/432/388/388/317)
 

Honorable Mention:

11. University Ridge #4 (467/398/354/304):

With a tee shot over water, a cut drive is necessary to give yourself a chance at the uphill approach to an elevated green that requires at least a club or two of extra distance to reach. The left side of the driving area is lined with trees, while the right side falls off into fescue and an unreachable pond.
Hole 4: Par 4 (467/398/354/304)

12. Ironwood, Meath Course #3 (278/273/235):

Another short par four, the third on the Meath is as fun of a hole as I have ever played. Playing downhill from elevated tee boxes, the green is reachable from the tee, but good luck at stopping the ball there!

The green is surrounded on three sides by water, and two large sand traps. There are approach areas on both the left and right side, but the right side plays much more difficult. The left side fairway will allow an unimpeded shot to the green, which slopes severely toward the water on the right side. This is a fantastic par four, and my favorite of Ironwood’s 27 holes.

Hole 3: Par 4 (278/273/235)
13. Grand Geneva, Brute #18 (464/437/335):
Eighteen is a wonderful finishing hole at the Brute, and plays slightly less intimidating than the onboard GPS shows. The bunkers lining the right side of the fairway should help keep shots out of the water, but will leave a long way to go. With the pin residing on top of a huge crown during our round here, the eighteenth provides a tremendous putting challenge for finishing the round.
Hole 18: Par 4 (464/437/335)
14. The Oaks #14 (435/403/352/347/307):
The fourteenth on The Oaks is almost visible from I-94, and is my personal favorite par four on the course. It is a tough hole, primarily because of the long forced carry over wetlands on the approach. The drive can be up to around 250 yards from the tee, but the further right the ball is driven, the longer the approach will be. This hole sets up great with a drawn 3-wood or driver off the tee.
Hole 14: Par 4 (435/403/352/347/307)

Wisconsin’s Best Public Golf Courses

When you look at any of the key “Top 10” lists in the state of Wisconsin, there is certainly a lot of parity. My list is not much different from others, but I do like to think that I tend to be more subjective than the major media (GolfWeek, Golf Digest, Golf.com). How some state courses are consistently left out of the major top ten lists (ie: Wild Rock, SentryWorld, Geneva National, etc.), for example, is beyond me.

My Top Ten List:

1. Erin Hills (Erin, WI):

Golf Digest: #8 US public, #42 US top 100, #56 US toughest, #2 Wisconsin
GolfWeek: #139 US modern, #31 US resort, #5 Wisconsin public
Golf.com: #96 US top 100, #22 US public

Located in the middle of  nowhere, Southeastern Wisconsin, Erin Hills is looking forward to hosting hundreds of thousands of spectators for the 2017 US Open.

With fine fescue fairways, and bent grass tees and greens, Erin Hills is one of the most finely manicured courses in the country, and certainly in the state. Elevation is used stunningly, and craggy, deep sand traps abound the fairways and green complexes. The US Open will be the longest in history, around 7,700 yards.

With a slope of 145 from the championship tees, Erin Hills is one of the most challenging courses I have played, and also one of the most picturesque.

Hole 18: Par 5 (660/637/620/539/506)

2. Whistling Straits, Straits Course (Haven, WI):

Golf Digest: #4 US public, #22 US top 100, #48 world top 100, #6 US toughest, #1 Wisconsin
GolfWeek: #6 US modern, #4 US resort, #1 Wisconsin public
Golf.com: #28 US top 100, #6 US public, #49 world top 100

Host of the 2004 PGA Championship, 2007 US Senior Open, 2010 PGA Championship, 2015 PGA Championship, and the much-anticipated 2020 Ryder Cup, the Straits course is perennially rated as one of the top five golf courses in the country, alongside legends like Sand Hills, Pebble Beach, Pacific Dunes and others.

The Straits course features eight holes that run alongside the shore of Lake Michigan, offering one of the most beautiful (and windy) natural settings for golf in the world.

Hole 18: Par 4 (520/487/424/420/380)

3. Blackwolf Run, River Course (Kohler, WI):

Golf Digest: #16 US public, #32 US toughest, #4 Wisconsin
GolfWeek: #56 US modern, #17 US resort, #3 Wisconsin public
Golf.com: #89 US top 100, #14 US public

Absolutely breathtaking. I loved, too, that I could play it on Tiger Woods Golf the night before playing it for real! The 47th ranked modern course in the country, the River has been the site of many professional golf events, including the 1998 and 2012 US Women’s Opens, and in the mid-nineties the Arthur Andersen World Golf Championships.

The River is Pete Dye’s quintessential parkland course, with a championship tees slope of 151, making it one of the 30 toughest courses in America, and certainly one of the most beautiful.

Hole 4: Par 3 (219/195/185/146/117)
 

4. Whistling Straits, Irish Course(Haven, WI):

Golf Digest: #47 US public, #91 US top 100, #6 Wisconsin
GolfWeek: #172 US modern, #35 US resort, #6 Wisconsin public
Golf.com: #89 US top 100, #79 US public

The Irish course at Whistling Straits is the next best thing to its $400-plus big brother Straits course. Striking vistas of Lake Michigan, and a perfectly curated layout make this course quite memorable. The 10th hole (shown below), nicknamed “Shepherd’s Post,” provides one of the most visually stunning tee shots I have ever taken.

Hole 11: Par 3 (208/193/177/169/125)
Carved alongside the site of the 2004 and 2010 PGA Championship Straits Course, the Irish features much of the same charm that makes the Straits such a fantastic tournament venue: Roaming herds of sheep, huge cliffs and changes in elevation, and lightning-fast bent-grass greens and fairways that roll beautifully. Even the restrooms built into the hillsides add to the rustic charm that is the Whistling Straits.

5. SentryWorld (Stevens Point, WI):

Golf Digest: #5 Wisconsin
GolfWeek: #4 Wisconsin public
Golf.com:

Home of the famed “Flower Hole,” SentryWorld is much more than just one beautiful par three. The course is a classic Robert Trent Jones, Jr. parkland design in central Wisconsin, and has been a perennial top ten to fifteen course in the state for nearly 30 years (including number one until Kohler entered the scene).

SentryWorld is scheduled to reopen in the Spring of 2015, after a major course renovation was executed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. and his course design team led by Bruce Charlton and Jay Blasi.

The new SentryWorld is better than ever. The improved routing and added length have successfully updated the course for the times and technology, while making the course more challenging for low-handicap players and more enjoyable for the weekend warrior.

It is my prediction that SentryWorld: Reimagined will find it’s way back on to every major golf course ranking provider’s top ten list in 2015.

Hole 12: Par 3 (161/139/123/86/76)

SentryWorld Website

6. Lawsonia, Links Course (Green Lake, WI):

Golf Digest: #85 US public, #12 Wisconsin
GolfWeek: #71 US classic, #2 Wisconsin public

The most legendary public course in the state, the Links is a perennial top 100 course in the United States, and Wisconsin’s most true to form links style setup. Highly elevated green complexes, huge elevation and devilish sand traps make it a fantastic test of golf.

Hole 13: Par 5 (568/556/489/489)
 

7. Wild Rock (Wisconsin Dells, WI):

Golf Digest: #15 Wisconsin

The one word that comes to mind when trying to describe this course is “Majestic.” How each hole seems to somehow outdo the last one is mind-boggling to me. The drastic changes in elevation, and the ridiculous length of this course is staggering, too (7,418 yards from the Quartzite tees). Wild Rock is a bit pricy, but well worth the $89 rate.

Hole 15: Par 3 (179/166/148/130/118)

8. Blackwolf Run, Meadow Valleys (Kohler, WI):

Golf Digest: #72 US public, #10 Wisconsin
GolfWeek: #10 Wisconsin public

With nine of Blackwolf Run’s original 18 holes, the Meadow Valleys includes my number one favorite hole in the state of Wisconsin: The magnificent par four fourteenth, known as “Nature’s Course.” This is just one of many beautiful layouts on the Meadow Valleys.

I recommend not trying to play the Meadow Valleys from the tips, like we did on July 20, 2014. At 7,250 yards, there are par threes with forced carries of 227 and 230. Yikes.

Hole 14: Par 4 (423/409/384/376/293)

9. University Ridge (Madison, WI):

GolfWeek: #7 Wisconsin public

The split-fairway sixteenth hole is one of the coolest holes I have ever played. U-Ridge is a Robert Trent Jones, Jr. course, and is the home of the Wisconsin Badgers golf team. The back nine has some exceptional holes cut through the woods, starting with the thirteenth and continuing through sixteen.

Recently renovated for 2013, U-Ridge now features the same 007 Bentgrass greens as at the Olympic Club, Augusta, and other select world-class courses.
Hole 6: Par 5 (623/570/534/442)

 

My favorite of the three courses at Geneva National, the Palmer Course features some of the most unique hole layouts I have found in the state. The par five seventeenth hole is ranked as one of Arnie’s “Dream 18” holes, and is one of mine, as well.

Hole 17: Par 5 (573/530/485/421/406)
The Next Ten:

11. The Bull at Pinehurst Farms (Sheboygan, WI):
Golf Digest: #70 US public, #9 Wisconsin
GolfWeek: #9 Wisconsin public
 
The Bull is beautiful, to say the least, with outstanding hole layouts. But, it is also incredibly tight and penalizing. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, the course is spread out over 400-plus acres of former farm land, and beautifully incorporates the Onion River, dense forests, rolling hills, deep ravines, large ponds and significant elevation changes. The course rolls out one signature hole after another, especially in the stretch of the fifth through eighth holes, which is one of my favorite four-hole stretches of all time.
Hole 8: Par 5 (568/556/500/487/435)

12. Castle at the Bay (Arkdale, WI):

A primarily replica course, my only complaint about Northern Bay is that it’s too damn far away! I have a hard time deciding which of the replica holes is my favorite: Oakmont’s church pews, Firestone, Amen Corner, Bay Hill… Probably TPC 17. It helps that I seem to play well here, but Castle at the Bay is the most entertaining course I have played on.
View from the club house of hole 10

13. Hawk’s Landing (Verona, WI):

Featuring some of the truest, fastest greens in the state, Hawk’s Landing is a beautiful golf course with incredibly challenging par fives and great par threes.

Hole 9: Par 5 (587/550/533/469)

14. Lawsonia, Woodlands (Green Lake, WI):

One of Wisconsin’s most beautiful Fall-time courses, especially, the Woodlands at Lawsonia is in stark contrast to its world-famous sister course, the Links. With exceptional holes like the second, third and seventh on the front nine alone, the Woodlands is half of what makes Lawsonia one of my favorite Wisconsin golfing destinations.

Hole 2: Par 4 (341/329/315/315)
 

15. Geneva National, Gary Player Course (Lake Geneva, WI):

My close second favorite of the Geneva National layouts, the Player course has some great hole layouts, especially on their par fours. With a number of holes offering extreme risk/reward scenarios, Player allows golfers to risk disaster for the potential reward of more managable approaches.

Hole 5: Par 4 (354/310/283/257/255)

16. Hawk’s View, Como Crossings (Lake Geneva, WI):

With one of the best collections of par threes in the state, Como Crossings takes great advantage of its rolling Lake Geneva land and former Mt. Fuji ski hill.

Hole 17: Par 3 (169/153/136/120/91)

17. Grand Geneva, The Brute (Lake Geneva, WI):

Everything you need to know about The Brute at Grand Geneva is said in its name. This course is huge: Huge bunkers, huge water features, huge greens, huge elevation… Make sure to bring your A-game!

Hole 1: Par 4 (424/395/255)
 

18. The Bog (Saukville, WI):

Golf Digest: #14 Wisconsin

An Arnold Palmer signature course, The Bog is assuredly the Milwaukee area’s best overall public golf course (since the PGA Tour stopped coming to Brown Deer after 2009), and best championship test at 7,200-plus yards from the tips.

Hole 9: Par 5 (543/521/493/467/401)

19. The Oaks (Cottage Grove, WI):

The Oaks made its way to being one of my absolute favorite golf courses in the state this past year. Their greens are lightning quick and undulating, and its unique mix of six par threes and five par fives make it a wonderful test for anyone’s short and long games.

Hole 7: Par 3 (192/175/170/157/150)
 

20. Wild Ridge (Eau Claire, WI):

Wild Ridge was a perennial top ten course in the state of Wisconsin before the building boom of the 1980’s and ’90’s that introduced such tracks as Blackwolf Run, Whistling Straits, the Bull and Erin Hills. Wild Ridge has awesome elevation and a great collection of par fives. This was a great stop on the way back from the Twin Cities, just off of I-90/94 in Eau Claire.

Hole 12: Par 3 (184/153/141/127/127/107)

Notable Media Rankings:

GolfWeek’s Top Ten Public Courses in Wisconsin (2013)

Golf.com’s Top 15 Public Courses in Wisconsin (2012)

Golf Digest’s Top 10 Golf Courses in Wisconsin (2014)