Wisconsin Golf Itinerary
Last Updated: 8/8/2014
Wisconsin’s rolling landscape has attracted some of the nation’s most talented course designers – such as Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Pete Dye – as well as top professional golfers and casual weekend players alike. With picturesque landscapes and more than 500 courses to choose from, you’ll be sinking that birdie in no time. Check out this sampling of Wisconsin’s top golf courses. We’ll see you on the first tee!
Golf Wisconsin Tour: DAY 1
Depart from Chicago O’Hare International Airport for a short, 90-minute drive to Lake Lawn Resort in Delavan. This full-service leisure getaway retreat is home to Lake Lawn Resort’s Championship Golf Course, set on 250 lush, tree-lined acres. After your round, head to Lake Geneva, your first overnight stay. This lovely lakeside resort community is one of Wisconsin’s top travel destinations. It features splendid golf courses and two outstanding golf resorts. Grand Geneva Resort & Spa is home to The Brute and The Highlands; both courses are Travel Green Wisconsin certified. While you’ve got the clubs out, be sure to hit some balls at Geneva National Golf Club, home to the Palmer Course, Player Course and Trevino Course – all 54 holes were designed by the masters. For dinner, dine at the Hunt Club Steakhouse at Geneva National Golf Club and enjoy your meal with stunning views of sunsets over the golf course. While out in Lake Geneva’s downtown area, you’ll find excellent shopping, fine dining and charming B&Bs.
Chicago to Lake Geneva: 65 miles (105 km)
Golf Wisconsin Tour: DAY 2
Enjoy your breakfast and then take a leisurely one-hour drive northwest to Madison, the state’s capital. University Ridge Golf Course complements 11 other courses in the metro-Madison area. You’ll find many fine restaurants and accommodations as well as exciting nightlife in this dynamic university town. Stay at HotelRED near Camp Randall Stadium, or if you want to rest your head in a historic site turned boutique hotel, stay in one of the 10 elegant guest rooms at Mansion Hill Inn. Enjoy urban ecology? The Arbor House on Monroe Street is the perfect place for you to stay. The inn has organic mattresses, water efficient appliances and uses only non-toxic, unbleached and biodegradable cleaners. Head to State Street and eat dinner at Brickhouse BBQ, Tutto Pasta Trattoria or Capitol Chophouse. After dinner, go to The Old Fashioned or the Great Dane Pub.
Lake Geneva to Madison: 74 miles (119 km)
Golf Wisconsin Tour: DAY 3
From Madison, drive to Wisconsin Dells, a one-hour drive along I-90/94. For pristine golf head to Coldwater Canyon – this course has been around since the 1920s. Next, swing your clubs at Wild Rock Golf Club. Designed by Michael Hurdzan, this stunningly unique championship golf course blends three different landscapes into a challenging and breathtaking round of golf. From its woodland area with a beautiful natural stream to the Dells’ famous sandstone ridges and rocky mounds of a former quarry, this course is unlike any other and is sure to impress golf enthusiasts. After golf, discover why the Dells is one of Wisconsin’s most popular family vacation destinations. The Dells offers a variety of amusement parks, restaurants, such as Del-Bar or Field’s at the Wilderness and accommodations – including the world’s largest indoor and outdoor water parks. Stay at Chula Vista Resort or the Wilderness Hotel to soak in all the Dells has to offer.
Madison to Wisconsin Dells: 59 miles (95 km)
Golf Wisconsin Tour: DAY 4
After your night in the Dells, head to Stevens Point, where you’ll spend the morning golfing at Wisconsin River Golf Club. This 18-hole course provides rustic river views surrounded by wildlife and offers golfers of all abilities a challenging, yet pleasurable, golf experience. Have lunch at Cozy Kitchen – a true American diner with a great outdoor patio. After a full day golfing, head to Green Lake, home to more superb golf, where you’ll spend the night. The Heidel House, a Travel Green Wisconsin certified establishment, is the perfect resort to rest at. Step into an oasis of relaxation at Evensong Spa, tour Green Lake by bike or soak in the indoor or outdoor pools.
Wisconsin Dells to Stevens Point: 79 miles (127 km)
Stevens Point to Green Lake: 79 miles (127 km)
Golf Wisconsin Tour: DAY 5
On the fifth day in Green Lake, play the courses at Lawsonia – a top public course in the country. Lawsonia offers two contrasting 18-hole layouts full of magnificent design, scenic beauty, historical landmarks and abundant wildlife. After lunch, take your clubs to Tuscumbia – Wisconsin’s oldest place to enjoy a round of golf. Founded in 1896, Tuscumbia’s 6,514 yards, par 71, is fun and challenging for both occasional and serious golfers. Following a day at the links, take a quick drive to Kohler and stay the night at The American Club, a Forbes Five-Star resort hotel. Here you can enjoy spa services, fine dining and high-end amenities.
Green Lake to Kohler: 64 miles (102 km)
Golf Wisconsin Tour: DAY 6
Wake up rested in Kohler and golf any of the impressive Pete Dye-designed courses at Blackwolf Run and Whistling Straits – two of the courses have hosted, and will host in the future, several professional golf tournaments. You can swing your clubs at the River and Meadow Valley courses at Blackwolf Run, or experience the Straits and Irish courses at Whistling Straits. After you’ve golfed “where the professionals play,” head south to Milwaukee. In Milwaukee you can stay at the motorcycle-themed Iron Horse Hotel, or the historic Pfister Hotel – the hotel has the largest hotel collection of Victorian art in the world. For dinner, dine at any of Milwaukee’s go-to restaurants downtown, such as Hinterland, Kil@Wat or Bacchus. After dinner enjoy all Milwaukee has to offer. The city has been deemed “The City of Festivals,” so make sure you enjoy the lively celebrations at the lakefront and events in the evening.
Kohler to Milwaukee: 57 miles (92 km)
Golf Wisconsin Tour: DAY 7
Wake up in the Brew City and take your clubs to Brown Deer Golf Course. Players like Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer have all taken swings at conquering this course. In fact, in 1996, Tiger Woods made his pro debut on this course. Opened in 1929, Brown Deer is a public golf course for anyone wishing to play there. Before heading to the airport, experience one last beautiful course, Erin Hills. At Erin Hills you feel as though you are hours from any city – its expansive 652-acre property has no houses or condominiums on the course, only the occasional glimpse of a barn or silo. After you’ve worked up an appetite, head south to Chicago. On your way to the airport, stop in Kenosha to have lunch at Mars Cheese Castle or Franks Diner – both will leave you with a lasting Wisconsin memory! End the day driving to Chicago O’Hare International Airport for your return trip home.
Milwaukee to Chicago: 80 miles (129 km)