Despite a short golf season amid its northern climate, Wisconsin offers one of the best lineups of golf courses in the U.S. Players who haven’t sampled the game in Wisconsin might be surprised to learn the state ranks amid the top five of all states for its elite public-access courses.
Golfweek’s Best offers many lists of course rankings, with that of top public-access courses in each state among the most popular. All the courses on this list allow public access in some fashion, be it standard daily green fees, through a resort or by staying at an affiliated hotel. If there’s a will, there’s a tee time.
Also popular are the Golfweek’s Best rankings of top private courses in each state, and that list for Wisconsin’s private offerings is likewise included below.
(m): Modern course, built in or after 1960
(c): Classic course, built before 1960
Note: If there is a number in the parenthesis with the m or c, that indicates where that course ranks among Golfweek’s Best top 200 modern or classic courses.
* New to or returning to list
2. Sand Valley (Mammoth Dunes)
3. Sand Valley (Sand Valley)
4. Lawsonia (Links)
Green Lake (T63c)
5. Erin Hills
6. Kohler Blackwolf Run (River)
Stevens Point (m)
10. University Ridge
11. Kohler Blackwolf Run (Meadow Valleys)
12. The Bull at Pinehurst Farms
Sheboygan Falls (m)
13. Geneva National (Gary Player)
Lake Geneva (m)
14. Wild Rock
Wisconsin Dells (m)
15. Club at Lac La Belle
1. Milwaukee CC
2. Blue Mound
T-4. Pine Hills*
T-4. West Bend CC*
West Bend (c)