The Badger state of Wisconsin is situated in the Midwest Region of the USA and it’s sometimes called “America’s Dairyland” because of its dairy farming and cheese making capabilities; producing vast quantities of milk, butter and cheese for the nation on an annual basis. Wisconsin’s largest city is Milwaukee, around which much of the state’s golfing activity takes place.

There are nine state golf associations affiliated to the USGA, the largest of which is the Wisconsin State Golf Association. Founded by nine clubs back in 1901, it provides administration for around 55,000 members in almost 500 clubs that lie between Apostle Highlands in Douglas County down to Big Oaks in the southeastern corner of the state. The WSGA, along with the Wisconsin Section of the PGA and several other state golf associations share an office in West Allis, Milwaukee.

A couple of Golden Age designs are much revered by Wisconsinite golfers; the Harry Colt and C.H. Alison-designed course at the private Milwaukee Country Club and William Langford’s public layout of Lawsonia (Links). These old tracks are overshadowed however by a pair of 36-hole Pete Dye golf complexes at Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run. In particular, the Straits course at the former and the River course at the latter are acknowledged as modern American Top 100 treasures – and what’s even better is that all four 18-hole tracks are available for public play.

Our Wisconsin Best In State Rankings were last updated in June 2016. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Wisconsin

Whistling Straits (Straits)

1st Wisconsin - Best in Area

If you didn’t know the history behind Whistling Straits, you’d believe that the 560-acres of land had been shaped by the hands of time.


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2nd Wisconsin - Best in Area

Golf in Wisconsin dates back to circa 1890 and the Milwaukee Country Club is one of the oldest in the State. The current Milwaukee layout was fashioned by the hands of Harry Colt and Charles Alison in 1929.


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Erin Hills

3rd Wisconsin - Best in Area

Set within a vast 600-acre property, the golf course at Erin Hills only opened in 2006 but it has already hosted the US Amateur Championship in 2011 (won by Kelly Kraft) and will hold the US Open in 2017.


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Blackwolf Run (River)

4th Wisconsin - Best in Area

The Blackwolf Run resort is named after Black Wolf, chief of the Winnebago Indians. A composite 18 holes from both the River and Meadow Valleys courses was used when the LPGA US Open was played here in 1998.


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Lawsonia (Links)

5th Wisconsin - Best in Area

The links course at Lawsonia cost $250k to build in 1930, so it’s no surprise that William B. Langford’s design is recognised as one of America’s gems.


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Blue Mound

6th Wisconsin - Best in Area

Gene Sarazen won the USPGA Championship at Blue Mound Golf & Country Club in 1933, seven years after Seth Raynor had set out an 18-hole course crammed with replica holes such as a Biarritz and an Eden.


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7th Wisconsin - Best in Area

Located beside the Schmeeckle Reserve to the north of Stevens Point, SentryWorld Golf Club is a 1982 Robert Trent Jones Jnr course that winds its way round a couple of huge spring-fed lakes. In 2013, RTJII renovated the course in collaboration with Bruce Charlton and Jay Blasi.

Bull at Pinehurst Farms

8th Wisconsin - Best in Area

The Bull golf course at Pinehurst Farms in Sheboygan Falls is a Jack Nicklaus layout, the first that the Golden Bear designed in the Badger State. It’s laid out around a residential development where water comes into play a couple of times on each nine.

Whistling Straits (Irish)

9th Wisconsin - Best in Area

With fairways set further in from Lake Michigan than the Straits course, the Irish was unveiled at Whistling Straits a couple of years after its older sibling debuted. Golfers need to watch out for water and sandy waste areas, both of which appear as intimidating hazards on this course.

University Ridge

10th Wisconsin - Best in Area

Laid out in two returning loops of nine, the University Ridge Golf Course is a Robert Trent Jones Jnr layout that has challenged golfers in the Madison area for more than two decades now.