University Ridge is an 18-hole public golf facility that was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. and opened in 1991. The course hosts the American Family Insurance Championship on the Champions Tour.
In 2012, all eighteen greens were resurfaced. The front nine is primarily open with minimal trees, while the back nine is more forested.
A highlight is the par 3 third hole that plays as long as 242 yards from the black tees and requires proper distance to a raised green that is tremendously wide and a lot less deep. Deep bunkers guard the front left and back right locations around the putting surface.
The University Ridge Golf Course is a public golf course and the official home course to the University of Wisconsin men’s and women’s golf teams. Robert Trent Jones Jr., designed the course which opened in 1991.
University Ridge overlooks the City of Madison and takes its name from the landscape features left by the last retreating glacier. The course sits on the terminal moraine, where the Wisconsin Glacier stopped, forming the backbone of the ridge that separates the land into groups of rolling hills and valleys. The natural ridge dictated course construction and the designers followed the contours of the land.
The front nine is wide and open, rolling through a preserved prairie and marshland, while the first six holes of the back nine are cut out of a dense Wisconsin woodland. The course opens up again at the 554-yard signature 16th hole, which features three fairways and 16 bunkers. The 18th is the perfect finishing hole as a climb of 182 feet between woodland and prairie is required to complete the 413 yard par 4.