Best of 2016: Top 20 golf courses in Wisconsin



In the Wisconsin Dells, Wild Rock made the Golf Advisor Top 50 courses in 2016. (Courtesy of Wilderness Resort)
Dramatic Whistling Straits hosted the 2010 and 2015 PGA Championship. (Kiel Christianson/Golf Advisor)
Erin Hills will host the 2017 U.S. Open. (Kiel Christianson/Golf Advisor)
The Golf Courses of Lawsonia's Links Course has large and elevated greens. (Courtesy of the Golf Courses of Lawsonia)
SentryWorld's famous 16th hole, the "flower" hole, is a must-visit in Wisconsin. (Courtesy of SentryWorld)
The 321-yard seventh on The Bull at Pinehurst Farms plays over gunk and between gunk to a green pretty much surrounded by gunk -- very little room for error! (Andrew Hollingworth/Golf Advisor)

2017 is a huge year for golf in Wisconsin, as the U.S. Open comes to Erin Hills and Sand Valley officially opens.

But before we turn the page, let's look back at the many great courses, from around Milwaukee and Madison to the Wisconsin Dells and Kohler that received strong ratings from Golf Advisor reviewers. These destinations are well represented with some of the top names in golf course architecture, from Jack Nicklaus and Pete Dye to Robert Trent Jones Jr. The top resorts in Wisconsin are among the best in the country, but that just tells part of the story. Local golfers are a fanatic bunch, and they've enjoyed some excellent local haunts for their regular games.

To compile our state lists, we used a similar method to that of our our national Top 50 ranking. A course's score is based on their overall (50%) rating and subcategory average (50%). Reviews are weighted based on how prolific that reviewer is on Golf Advisor, and a course receives a bump in their rating if their score is better than that reviewer's average score.

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Top courses by subcategory in Wisconsin in 2016

Course layout: Championship Course at Wild Rock Golf Club
Course conditions:Straits Course at Whistling Straits
Value: Timber Ridge Country Club
Off-course amenities: Timber Ridge Country Club
Pace of play: Trappers Turn Golf Club
Staff friendliness: Wild Rock Golf Club

Top 20 golf courses in Wisconsin in 2016

20. Old Course at New Richmond Golf Club

New Richmond

19. Spooner Golf Club

Spooner

18. St. Croix National Golf Club

Somerset

17. Trappers Turn Golf Club

Arbor Lake

16. University Ridge Golf Club

Verona

15. Platteville Golf & Country Club

Platteville

14. Bristol Ridge Golf Course

Somerset

13. Riverside Golf Course

Janesville

12. White Birch Course at Brighton Dale Links

Kansasville

11. Fairways of Woodside

Sussex

10. Erin Hills Golf Course

Erin

9. Hawks Landing Golf Club

Verona

8. River Course at Blackwolf Run

Kohler

7. Sentry World

Stevens Point

6. Bull at Pinehurst Farms

Sheboygan

5. Glacier Wood Golf Club

Iola

4. Links Course at Lawsonia

Green Lake

3. Timber Ridge Country Club

Minocqua

2. Straits Course at Whistling Straits

Sheboygan

1. Championship Course at Wild Rock Golf Club

Wisconsin Dells
No. 30 in the U.S. in 2016

Mar 15, 2017

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Brandon Tucker

Managing Editor

Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Advisor. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at BrandonTuckerGC.


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