University Ridge Golf Course

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University Ridge Golf Course
Club information
Location Verona and Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.
Established 1991
Type Public
Total holes 18
Tournaments hosted American Family Insurance Championship (2016)
Website University Ridge
University Ridge Golf Course
Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
Par 72
Length 7259
Course rating 74.9
Slope rating 144

University Ridge Golf Course is a public golf course located in Verona and Madison, Wisconsin. It is the home course to both the men's and women's golf teams for the University of Wisconsin. Also, since 1994, it has been home to both the boys' and girls' WIAA state golf championships for all divisions. The Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course is also located on the property.


University Ridge was designed to be the home course of the men's and women's golf teams for the University of Wisconsin. The course was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. and was finished in 1991. In 1994, it also become home to both the boys' and girls' WIAA state golf championships for all divisions.

Through 2008, the black tees (then the gold tees), measured only 6888 yards. Other than holes 1, 8, 13, and 18, all holes had new tee boxes built for the then gold tees. In many cases when the holes were extended, the blue tees were moved to where the former gold tees were, and the white tees moved to where the blue tees used to stand. In fact, the blue tees used to measure 6429 yards, and the white tees measured 5853 yards. The red tees, however, have always stood where they do today.

On August 7, 2012, University Ridge began their "20-Year Tune Up" project. All eighteen greens were burned and resurfaced, which temporarily closed the course. However, the practice facility remained open during the project.

A result of the 20-Year Tune Up was the addition of a new set of tees, the green tees. The green tees are now set up between the blue tees and white tees.

On June 1, 2015, PGA Tour golfer and Wisconsin native Steve Stricker announced that he will be hosting the American Family Insurance Championship, an event on the Champions Tour, which will take place between June 22 and June 26, 2016 at University Ridge. The first two days will be a pro-am event, and the last three days will be the event itself with a no-cut format.[1]

Golf course[edit]

The golf course contains 18 holes. The front nine is in a more open space with minimal trees. The back nine, however, is much more forested. For instance, from holes 10 through 15, trees surround each hole on all sides. Holes 16 through 18 are still surrounded by trees, but not on all sides.

Hole by Hole Tour[edit]

The first hole at University Ridge (named Verona) is a par 4 that measures 396 yards from the back tees. A relatively easy opening hole, the tee shot plays from a slightly elevated tee. The green is protected on the right side by a relatively deep bunker.

The second hole (named ZigZag) is a risk-reward par 5 playing to 555 yards. A carry over a rocky creek and bunkers leaves players with a great chance of reaching the green in two. The safe play is to the wider part of the fairway, followed by a layup, and then a downhill approach over a depression to a small green, protected by numerous bunkers and a large tree short left.

The third hole (Floodplain) is a long, downhill par 3, coming in at 242 yards. This large green is fronted by a deep bunker, leaving for a difficult up and down.

The fourth hole (Morse Pond) is one of the most demanding holes at University Ridge. This par 4 that plays 467 yards requires a carry over Morse Pond off of the tee. On the uphill approach to the long narrow green, a collection of deep bunkers short right of the green must be taken into account.

The fifth hole (Noer's View) is a par 3 playing to 198 yards. The tee shot on this hole plays over a ravine to a green surrounded by 5 bunkers.

The sixth hole (Kettle Pond) is another one of the most demanding holes on the course. This par 5 measures 623 yards from the back tees, making it the longest hole on the golf course. The tee shot plays over Kettle Pond. After laying up, players must avoid a deep bunker short and left of the green. This leaves players with a very difficult up and down. A bunker sits to the right of the green as well.

The seventh hole (Drumlin) plays to 429 yards. This par 4 is a dogleg left to an elevated green. On the uphill approach, players must account for 5 bunkers to the right and long of the green.

The eighth hole (On the Rocks) is a downhill par 3 that measures 207 yards. The large green is fronted by a rocky creek.

The ninth hole (Hedgerow) is an uphill, double dogleg par 5 playing to 587 yards from the back tees. The landing area is protected on the left side by a row of trees and on the right by 3 large bunkers. The fairway then doglegs left, as well as slightly uphill. The hole finally doglegs right. The elevated green has a long bunker left, and a deep bunker right.

The front nine plays to 3704 yards from the back tees.

The tenth hole (Elm Valley) is a long, difficult par 4. This hole plays to 483 yards from the back tees. Unlike the front nine, the next six holes play through a thick hardwood forest. After a tee shot from the elevated tee, players must negotiate with a difficult bunkers on both side of this long, narrow, two-tiered green.

The eleventh hole (Ridgeline) is an uphill par 5. Again surrounded by trees, this dogleg right measures 569 yards. To the right of the landing area are deep bunkers. The green is surrounded by numerous bunkers, making for an accurate approach.

The twelfth hole (Dropshot) is a significantly downhill par 3, playing 200 yards from the back tees. The green is surrounded by 2 bunkers, both of which make for difficult up and downs.

The thirteenth hole (Halfpipe) is a short, but uphill, par 4, coming in at only 336 yards. In front of this large green is a large bunker, catching any shot coming in short.

The fourteenth hole (Hickory Hill) is a par 4 playing to 398 yards. A collection of bunkers surrounding the green demands an accurate approach.

The fifteenth hole (Lone Elm) is another short par 4, this one being 352 yards. On this dogleg right, longer hitters may attempt to cut off the dogleg and try to drive the green. However, a large elm tree between the tee and green will make many players think twice. A number of bunkers around the green require players to hit an accurate, slightly downhill, approach.

The sixteenth hole (Bunkered) is another risk-reward par 5. University Ridge's signature hole measures 554 yards from the back tees, and begins a great three-hole finishing stretch. Players have two options off of the tee: play it safe down the left fairway, or play down a line of trees to the right fairway, in hopes of reaching the green in two. This hole contains a total of 16 bunkers, making for accurate shots from tee to green.

The seventeenth hole (Reflections) is an extremely difficult par 3. This hole measures 250 yards from the back tees, the longest par 3 on the course. The tee shot plays over a pond to a narrow green. A bunker right of the green makes for an even more accurate tee shot, leaving nearly no place to put the ball except for the center of the green.

The eighteenth hole at University Ridge (Capitol Climb) is an uphill dogleg left par 4. This hole, which measures 413 yards from the back tees, is flanked by trees all along its right side, as well as thick grass to the left. A total of 3 bunkers border the left side of the landing zone, giving players a difficult tee shot. On the uphill approach to the large green, players must account for a drop off left, as well as a large bunker right. The final three holes at University Ridge provide a great finish to a great round on a championship caliber golf course.

The back nine measures 3555 yards from the back tees.

From the back tees, University Ridge measures 7259 yards, with a course rating of 74.9 and a slope rating of 144.


University Ridge Golf Course
Tee Rating/Slope 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black 74.9 / 144 396 555 242 467 198 623 429 207 587 3704 483 569 200 336 398 352 554 250 413 3555 7259
Blue 72.5 / 140 376 546 195 398 172 608 379 162 554 3390 456 537 174 330 377 321 533 192 408 3328 6718
Green 70.3 / 132 370 515 174 354 169 570 345 151 475 3123 424 504 159 316 358 312 514 164 371 3122 6245
White 67.9 / 126 355 461 170 332 140 534 325 144 442 2903 375 462 124 294 322 280 471 155 366 2849 5752
Handicap Men's 11 5 17 7 13 1 9 15 3 8 4 18 14 10 12 2 16 6
Par 4 5 3 4 3 5 4 3 5 36 4 5 3 4 4 4 5 3 4 36 72
Red 68.9 / 121 293 428 135 304 126 442 298 83 421 2530 342 412 95 222 309 245 434 130 286 2475 5005
Handicap Women's 9 1 15 7 13 5 11 17 3 6 4 18 14 8 12 2 16 10



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