Laid out in two returning loops of nine, the University Ridge Golf Course is a Robert Trent Jones Junior layout that has challenged golfers in the Madison area for more than two decades now. Both the University of Wisconsin men’s and women’s golf teams play their home matches here and the course hosted the NCAA Division I Women’s Championship in 1998.
The more open front nine comprises three par threes, three par fours and three par fives and interestingly, the only time consecutive holes of the same par are played is the par four sequence between the 13th and 15th on the wooded back nine.
Robert Trent Jones Jr. returned in 2008 to lengthen the course from 6,888 to 7,289 yards by adding new tee boxes on fourteen holes. He also upgraded the practice facilities by remodeling the driving range and creating a new three-hole short game area.
Very solid course. Front nine is open through a rolling fescue savanah with the back nine winding through a forest of mature oaks. Every par 3 has some elevation change and/or water. The looks from the tee boxes aren't the most intimidating so the course has a very unassuming play to it.
I was most impressed with the conditions. The tee boxes were level, closely cropped and weed free. Fairways were lush. The greens, IMO, the biggest tell of course quality, were outstanding. Fast, smooth and consistent they offered an openness for getting a read yet difficult to execute. The rates were reasonable for other lesser courses on a weekday. Would definitely play here again. Restaurant and practice facilities were top notch.
On Wisconsin!!! The course is a good representation of the football team. Maybe not THE best but will always be in the conversation before losing out to a powerhouse. Worthy of RTJ. Nice golf course. Senior tour also plays here. I was lucky enough to play it 2 weeks after the tournament.
Although it's not unreasonable to confuse RTJ and his son, RTJ II, it should be noted. Although I must ask what prompted the half-ball rise in your ranking from the previous time you reviewed...less than two weeks ago?
If the purpose was merely to make a clever joke about the University of Wisconsin's football team, consider leaving a comment on your previous review rather than a whole new review. That said, as an Ohio State alum, I thought the Wisconsin joke was quite chuckle-worthy.
A Typical RTJ beauty. Not easy, but fair. Among one of the better university courses I have played which is enough. (65) I would put this course in the top ten university courses that I have played. Michigan, Purdue, Duke, UNC, Eastern Michigan, Baylor, UGA all get honorable mentions here. Clemson and Army are must plays if seeking university courses.
Solid course, nice layout the front 9 holes have few trees around and is wide open. The back 9 becomes more narrow and is tree lined for the most part. This makes for an interesting combo. The greens and fairways are well maintained although the greens are slow. Staff was friendly. Overall would I come back? Yes. Would I come from afar to play here? No it's quite a trip to come to Madison WI and they're many many good courses in the state.