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U Ridge - A Course You Have To Play

University Ridge - Madison, Wisconsin

By Brian Weis

The older I get the more sensitive I become on dating myself. In this case, the pride for my Alma Mater trumps the date on my driver's license. University Ridge opened my Sophomore year in college and regretfully did not play the course as a student. Since 2000, I have been making an annual pilgrimage back to Mad-town to play the course Pat Richter built. Well okay, the former athletic director did not build the Robert Trent Jones, Jr course but he did break ground in 1990.

College alliances aside, if you have not played University Ridge yet, it should be on your bucket list. One small tip, if you attended college somewhere else in Wisconsin, primarily that downtown Milwaukee school that used to have a cool mascot, leave your school colors at home. When in Rome do as the Romans do, wear something cardinal red. You do not want to be that guy who stands out like a sore thumb. Better yet become the aiming target for the fore-some behind you.

All joking aside, everyone is welcome! That feeling starts at the bag drop and carries through to the pro-shop, restaurant and the starter. Speaking of the pro shop, the award winning shop carries every Wisconsin item geared towards golf known to man. You will find it all, from logoed bags, clubs, shoes, shirts, hats, posters, to even a Bucky Badger head covers. University Ridge was recently awarded 100 Best Golf Shops by Golf World magazine. The 11th time receiving the honor in 17 years.

To some the pro-shop is an experience in itself. But wait until you step on the first tee. The Big Ten course is a top ten course in the Badger State. The course is a classic tale of 2 different nines. The front weaves thru prairie grasses, wetlands and rolling hills while the back nine craves thru dense hardwood forest accented with grand elevation changes.

After your round, the W Grill serves as the 19th hole. Enjoy your sandwich wrap and cheese curds on the patio overlooking the course. If you have a designated driver, wash it all down with a Wisconsin brewed lager.

Bottom line, "U Ridge" is a Big Ten experience and "a must play" for every golfer...not just once, but at least once a year.

On Wisconsin!

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University Ridge Golf Course
9002 County Rd PD
Madison, WI 53593

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About: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of, a network of golf travel and directory sites including,,,, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like, and It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.

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