Grab your clubs and hit the green in Milwaukee! Some of the Midwest’s best courses are just a short drive from downtown - tee off on local courses that host major tournaments, par-3 courses suitable for beginners, and everything in between. Plus, you’ll find driving ranges to work on your swing between rounds and offbeat, on-the-course sports like disc and foot golf that are fun for all ages.
The 15 courses of the award-winning Milwaukee County Parks System are area favorites, offering everything from par 3s ideal for beginners to the Tournament Course at Brown Deer. Located just minutes north of the city, Brown Deer Golf Course has hosted USGA national championships and is the course where Tiger Woods made his professional debut.
Less than an hour from downtown, Erin Hills was ranked #10 in Golf Digest’s “100 Greatest Public Courses.” This course hosted the 2017 U.S. Open, the first time the tournament was played in Wisconsin. Also on the “100 Greatest Public Courses” list is The Bull at Pinehurst Farms, Wisconsin's only Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. Thirty minutes north of the city is The Bog, an 18-hole, par-72 championship layout course designed by Arnold Palmer.
Whistling Straits is the site of three PGA Champtionships and the upcoming 2020 Ryder Cup - the first time since 1991 a public course in America will host the event. Play The Straits, a rugged course on the coast of Lake Michigan inspired by Irish links courses, or the deceptively tranquil The Irish. These top-ranked courses were designed by famed golf course designer Pete Dye.
This public course is playable for all skill and courage levels. For a complete golf getaway just south of Milwaukee, head to Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in scenic Lake Geneva. You’ll find two championship golf courses here: the Brute, a par-72 course that’s one of the most challenging layouts in the Midwest, and the Highlands, a Scottish-style course originally designed by Jack Nicklaus and Peter Dye and updated in 2006 by Bob Lohmann.
Want the ultimate Wisconsin golf getaway, but not so interested in wrangling course reservations and transportation? Wisconsin Golf Trips takes care of all of it for you, from tee times to hotel reservations. Your custom stay-and-play package can include Whistling Straits, Blackwolf Run, Erin Hills, Sand Valley, and more.
Maybe some of your travel buddies aren’t up for spending a day on the course? Don’t worry! The Milwaukee County Parks System offers nine disc golf courses free for individual play—just bring your discs. Or try Milwaukee’s newest no-clubs-necessary sport for all ages and ability levels: foot golf! Try to kick your soccer ball (bring your own or rent one from the course) from the tee box to the hole in the least number of kicks. You can play 18 holes at Lincoln Park course or 9 holes at Doyne Park.