University Ridge Golf Course
|A course for everyone|
The par 72, 18-hole course offers something for players of every ability level. Intended for use by the general public as well as the university community, University Ridge presents a rare combination of challenging tactical options, natural beauty and architectural aesthetics.
Course designer Robert Trent Jones, Jr., consider to be among the world's foremost golf course architects, had broad versatility firmly in mind when designing the course, and at the same time was extremely conscious of preserving the integrity of the land to bring out its natural beauty.
The 225-acre tract offers a spectacular view of the rolling terrain, with deep-set woods, hills, sprawling meadows, a natural pond and a prairies. The course measures 6,888 yards from the gold (championship) tees with a par score of 72. Shorter hitters can enjoy the $5.5 million course from the forward tees at 5,005 yards. The signature hole is the 535-yard par-five 16th hole featuring three fairways and 14 sand traps. The remainder of the course has at least two traps per hole, wide fairways and good-sized greens.
The undulating front nine features a variety of green grasses cutting though wild brown and white grasses that border several fairways. Also coming into play are a marshland, two ponds, a ravine and a variety of trees. The undulating back nine offers holes cut into extremely deep woods. The course opens up again at the 16th hole for three unequalled finishing holes and a change in elevation of 182 feet from the first tee through the 18th hole.
The Practice Facilities
University Ridge features excellent practice facilities with a 15,000 square-foot practice green and adjoining 5,000 square-foot chipping green. There are also two, 9,000 square-foot practice tees, a huge practice range and the O.J. Noer Turf Research facility. Future plans for the 585-acre tract could include a second 18-hole championship course, a nine-hole "academy" course suitable for golf instruction and a 33-acre circle golf practice and instruction facility.
Multiple sets of tees on each of the 18 holes carry the distance from tee to green to accommodate players of varying capabilities. An intricately devised network of bunkers, traps, water hazards, rolling hills and natural woodlands present golfers with diverse opportunities for "playing it safe" or confronting more difficult challenges.
|One of the Best Courses|
University Ridge was ranked third in Golf Digest's Best New Public Courses Contest for 1992. More than 90 courses were nominated and judged on shot values, design balance, memorability, aesthetics and playability. The Ridge was also called on of the nation's best college courses by Golf Digest, and in 1993 and 1995 was ranked the third best course in Wisconsin and in 1997 was ranked the seventh best course in the state. In 1996, the University Ridge golf shop was voted one to the "Top 100 Golf Shops" in the USA by Golf Shop Operations magazine for the fourth year in a row. It was the only golf course in Wisconsin to receive such an honor.