It’s no secret that Wisconsinites love the great outdoors and all of the amazing activities it has to offer and to get some fresh air into our lungs. And while we often talk about the hiking trails, bike paths, and kayaking spots, you’ll be pleased to know that Wisconsin is also a go-to for some of America’s most underrated golf courses!
No matter your budget, the Badger State is home to many locations where you can enjoy a quality day on the green. If you’re ready to challenge your swing in this thriving state, pack your best golf shorts and take a look at some of its top courses!
Photo Credit: Hole No. 7, “The Shipwreck” on the Whistling Straits Golf Course via Destination Kohler
Previously the venue of some of the most memorable PGA Championships, the Whistling Straits is among the top five best public courses in the state. What was once a military training base in World War II is now the site of eight stunning holes that run along Lake Michigan as part of Destination Kohler.
If you’re a fan of a good challenge, the Whistling Straits makes for an ambitious windy game—just don’t forget to take along the right golf hat.
Photo Credit: A Famous Hole on the Castle Rock Course via Golf Pass
Located in the popular Castle Rock Lake is the Castle Course, an 18-hole championship golf park. This course is the only one in the Midwest to mimic some of the most famous holes in the country, so you can rest assured your swing will improve! Not to mention that this course is located just 30 minutes north of the Wisconsin Dells, so there’s fun and adventure for the whole family to be had while you’re on the green.
Photo Credit: Hole No. 15 at Mammoth Dunes via Sand Valley
Right in the heart of Wisconsin there are two Sand Valley courses in Rome, WI—the main park and its Mammoth Dunes counterpart. Even for veterans, its original course is a challenge, while Mammoth Dunes is famed for its more imaginative holes.
If you want to get some practice in early in the morning, you can book a room at the Sand Valley Hotel, known for its spectacular views and top-tier customer service.
A little bit out of the way of Wisconsin’s typical trajectory of golf tourism is the Devil’s Head Resort. It is located in Sauk County and features two championship layouts. Here, you’ll find no shortage of ambitious elevation changes, water holes, and sand traps.
Did we also mention its breathtaking views? This course rests atop Wisconsin’s naturally labyrinthine topography and keeps its landscapes as unadulterated as possible.
This course is like literally golfing in Wisconsin paradise. This beginner-friendly course is perfect for travelers who are visiting the state for the first time. Nestled in Bayfield, this course runs along Lake Superior, which is a must-see for tourists (and even local players). If you have time to spare, take a stroll along the lake—your camera roll won’t regret it.
Nestled into the more remote Kettle Moraine area, the Washington County Golf Course is architectural, awe-inspiring, and an ideal destination for giving your low-spin golf balls a test drive. Not to mention, this course is one of the most affordable in the state and is Wisconsin’s top-rated municipal course!
Golf has been a long-time favorite for many Wisconsinites. Despite its low-key reputation, you’ll be surprised how many hidden golf gems you find in Wisconsin! If you haven’t tried your hand at some of its played-down yet impressive courses, now is the best time to do so! And make sure to let us know which of these ‘hidden gem’ locations in your favorite, or on your bucket list to try!
— Jordan Fuller: is a retired golfer, mentor, and coach. He loves to travel around the world for golf. In his free time, he writes about golf on his publication site, https://www.golfinfluence.com/.