A History of Excellence

University Ridge has won awards each year since 1992. Play where the Badgers play is more than just a call to Badger fans and alumni, it's a call to excellence.

2023

  • Host site of American Family Insurance Championship (Champion & Tournament Host: Steve Stricker)
  • Best of Madison/Gold Golf Courses-Madison Magazine
  • #5 Top College Golf Course in Country-Golfer’s Choice Award/GolfPass
  • #2 Best College Golf Course in U.S.-GolfLink
  • Executive Choice Award-Best Course For Business Outings-InBusiness Magazine

2022

  • Host site of American Family Insurance Championship (Champion: Thongchai Jaidee)
  • Best of Madison/Silver-Golf Courses-Madison Magazine
  • #5 Top 40 Campus Courses-Golfweek
  • #4 Top 25 College Golf Courses in Country-Golfers’ Choice Award/GolfPass
  • Executive Choice Award-Best Course for Business Outings-InBusiness Magazine

2021

  • Host site of American Family Insurance Championship (Champion: Jerry Kelly)
  • Best of Madison/Gold-Golf Courses-Madison Magazine
  • Executive Choice Award-Best Course for Business Outings-In Business Magazine
  • Madison’s Best Golf Course-Madison.com (People’s Choice Award)
  • #2 Top 25 College Golf Courses in Country-Golfers’ Choice Award/GolfPass
  • #2 25 Best College Courses in the US for Student Golfers-GolfLink.com
  • #84 Top 100 Public Golf Courses Across the USA Golfweek

2020

  • Best of Madison/Silver-Golf Courses-Madison Magazine
  • #6 Best Campus Courses Golfweek
  • #11 Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play (Wisconsin) Golfweek

2019

  • Host site of the American Family insurance Championship (Champion: Jerry Kelly)
  • Host site of NCAA Men's Á Women's Great lakes Regional
  • #5 Best Campus Courses Golfweek

2018

  • Host site of the American Family insurance Championship (Champion: Scott McCarron)
  • Host site of Women's NCAA Golf Regional
  • Host site of NCAA Men's Á Women's Cross Country National Championship
  • #5 Best Campus Courses Golfweek
  • Madison's Favorite Golf Course MadFaves Isthmus
  • Executive Choice Award-Best Course for Business Outings In Business Magazine

2017

  • Host site of the American Family insurance Championship (Champion: Fred Couples)
  • Best of Madison/Gold-Golf Courses Madison Magazine
  • #5 Best Campus Courses Golfweek
  • #8 in "Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play" Wisconsin Golfweek
  • #46 in Top 50 U.S. Golf Courses-Golf Advisor

2016

  • Host site of the inaugural American Family insurance Championship (Champion: Kirk Triplett)
  • Best of Madison/Silver-Golf Courses Madison Magazine
  • #3 Best Campus Courses Golfweek
  • #7 in "Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play" Wisconsin Golfweek

2015

  • Selected as host site of American Family Championship (Champion’s Tour Event 2016-2018)
  • #3 Best Campus Courses Golfweek
  • Best of Madison/Gold-Golf Courses Madison Magazine
  • #7 in "Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play" Wisconsin Golfweek

2014

  • #29 in Top 50 U.S. Golf Courses GolfAdvisor
  • #3 Best Campus Courses Golfweek
  • Best of Madison/Gold-Golf Courses Madison Magazine
  • #7 in “Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play” Wisconsin Golfweek
  • Merchandiser of the Year (Ryan Wieme-Head Golf Professional) Wisconsin PGA
  • Host of the 2015 Wisconsin State Open

2013

  • "Top 50" Public Category Reader’s Choice Awards GolfWorld
  • Best of Madison/Gold Golf Courses Madison Magazine
  • #1 Golf Course in Wisconsin GolfLink.com
  • Host of the 2015 Wisconsin State Open
  • #5 Best Campus Courses Golfweek

2012

  • #1 Rated Course in Wisconsin GolfLink.com
  • #47 Top 100 United States Golf Courses GolfLink.com
  • #6 Best Wisconsin Golf Courses GolfWisconsin.com
  • #6 Best Public Golf Courses in Wisconsin golf.com
  • Top 100 Golf Shop GolfWorld
  • Best of Madison/Gold-Golf Courses Madison Magazine

2011

  • #1 Rated Course in Wisconsin GolfLink.com
  • 5th Ranked Campus Golf Course Golfweek’s Best Campus Courses
  • #47 Top 100 United States Golf Courses GolfLink.com
  • Best of Madison/Gold-Golf Courses Madison Magazine

2010

  • Awarded 2015 State Open host site by Wisconsin PGA
  • Best of Madison/Gold-Golf Courses Madison Magazine
  • 6th Ranked Campus Golf Course 2010 Golfweek’s Best Campus Courses
  • Madison’s favorite golf course Isthmus Readers
  • Best Wisconsin Golf Course GolfLink.com
  • Top 100 golf course in country GolfLink.com

2009

  • #7 in “Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play” Wisconsin Golfweek
  • Best of Madison/Gold-Golf Courses Madison Magazine
  • Reader’s Choice Awards “Top 50 in country” Public category GolfWorld
  • #1 Rated Course in Wisconsin GolfLink.com
  • #47 Top 100 United States Golf Courses GolfLink.com

2008

  • Included in "America's 100 Best Golf Shops" Golf World Business
  • Best of Madison/Gold-Golf Courses Madison Magazine
  • Best of WisconsIn Business Awards/Platinum Corporate Report Wisconsin
  • 4 Star Rating in "Best Places to Play" Golf Digest
  • #8 Top 25 Public Golf Courses Golf Wisconsin
  • #28 in Reader's Choice Awards "Top 50" Public category GolfWorld
  • Best of WisconsIn Business Awards-Platinum Award-Best Golf Course Corporate Report Wisconsin

2007

  • Included in "America's 100 Best Golf Shops" Golf World Business
  • #9 in "America's Best Public Access Courses" Golfweek
  • Best of Madison/Gold- Golf Courses Madison Magazine
  • Peoples' Choice Winner-Golf Courses Wonders Of Wisconsin
  • Madison's Favorite Golf Course Isthmus

2006

  • Included in "America's 100 Best Golf Shops" Golf World Business
  • #8 in "America's Best Public Access Courses" Golfweek
  • Best of Madison/Gold - Golf Courses Madison Magazine
  • Best of WisconsIn Business Awards Corporate Report Wisconsin
  • 4.5 Star Rating in "Places to Play" Golf Digest

2005

  • Included in "America's 100 Best Golf Shops" Golf World Business
  • #7 in "America's Best Public Access Courses" Golfweek
  • #5 in "Best in State" Golf Course Golf Digest
  • Best Of Madison - Golf Courses Madison Magazine
  • Top Three course in Wisconsin Corporate Report Wisconsin
  • Madison's Favorite Golf Course Isthmus
  • #6 in "Best College Courses" Golf Digest

2004

  • Included in "America's 100 Best Golf Shops" Golf World Business
  • #6 in "America's Best Public Access Courses" Golfweek
  • 4.5 Star Rating "Places to Play" Golf Digest
  • Best of Madison - Golf Courses Madison Magazine
  • #8 in "Nation's Top 15 Collegiate Courses" Golfweek
  • Madison's Favorite Golf Course Isthmus

2003

  • Included in "America's 100 Best Golf Shops" Golf World Business
  • Best of Madison - Golf Courses Madison Magazine
  • Readers' Choice "Best Golf Course" Madison Newspapers
  • Madison's Favorite Golf Course Isthmus
  • Executive Choice Awards-Best Golf Course In Business Executive Register

2002

  • Included in "America's 100 Best Golf Shops" Golf World Business
  • The Executive Consumer Award-Best Golf Course In Business
  • 4.5 Star Rating "Places to Play" Golf Digest
  • #21 in "America's 100 Best Golf Courses for $100 or less" T&L Golf
  • 5 Star Rating Chicagoland Golf Magazine
  • #4 in "Top 25 Golf Courses in Wisconsin" Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • #4 in "America's Best Daily Fee Courses in Wisconsin" Golfweek
  • #36 in"50 Best Courses For Women" Golf For Women
  • Best of Madison-Golf Courses Madison Magazine
  • Madison's Favorite Golf Course Isthmus
  • Included in "Top 25 Golf Shops for Women" Golf For Women
  • Readers' Choice "Best Golf Course" Madison Newspapers
  • 5 star rating Chicagoland Golf Magazine

2001

  • Included in "America's 100 Best Golf Shops" Golf World Business
  • Fifth Best Golf Course in Wisconsin Golf Digest
  • Madison's Favorite Golf Course Isthmus
  • Listed in "100 Best Bargain Courses in the U.S." Maximum Golf
  • 24th in "40 Best Daily-Fee Golf Courses" Golf & Travel
  • Readers' Choice "Madison's Favorite Golf Course" Madison Newspapers
  • The Executive Consumer Award-Best Golf Course In Business

2000

  • Included in "America's 100 Best Golf Shops" Golf Shop Operations
  • 4.5 Star Rating in "Places to Play" Golf Digest
  • 33rd in "40 Best Daily-Fee Golf Courses" Golf & Travel
  • Readers' Choice "Madison's Favorite Golf Course" Madison Newspapers
  • Listed in "100 Best Bargain Courses in the U.S." Maximum Golf
  • Madison's Favorite Golf Course Isthmus
  • 21st in America's 100 Best Golf Courses for $100 or less Travel & Leisure Golf

1999

  • 93rd in "America's 100 Best Modern Golf Courses" Golfweek
  • Ninth Best Golf Course in Wisconsin Golf Digest
  • Readers' Choice "Madison's Favorite Golf Course" Madison Newspapers

1998

  • Listed in "Top 100 Golf Courses You Can Play" Golf Magazine
  • 38th in "America"s 40 Best Public Golf Courses" Golfweek
  • 4.5 Star Rating in "Places to Play" Golf Digest
  • 95th in "America's 100 Best Modern Golf Courses" Golfweek
  • 3rd best collegiate golf course Golfweek
  • Readers' Choice "Madison's Favorite Golf Course" Madison Newspapers

1997

  • Seventh Best Golf Course in Wisconsin Golf Digest
  • 91st in "America's 100 Best Modern Golf Courses" Golfweek
  • Readers' Choice "Madison's Favorite Golf Course" Madison Newspapers

1996

  • 4 Star Rating in "Places to Play" Golf Digest
  • Included in "America's 100 Best Golf Shops" Golf Shop Operations

1995

  • Third Best Golf Course in Wisconsin Golf Digest
  • Best of Madison-Golf Courses Madison Magazine
  • One of America's Best Golf Courses Golfweek
  • Included in "America's 100 Best Golf Shops" Golf Shop Operations

1994

  • 4.5 Star Rating in "Places to Play" Golf Digest
  • Best of Madison-Golf Courses Madison Magazine
  • Included in "America's 100 Best Golf Shops" Golf Shop Operations

1993

  • Third Best Golf Course in Wisconsin Golf Digest
  • Included in "America's 100 Best Golf Shops" Golf Shop Operations

1992

  • Third Best New Public Golf Course Golf Digest