Did you know that Wisconsin is home to more than 500 golf courses? Indeed we are and some of the finest are located in and around Madison. This week we feature three of our gorgeous private country clubs and next week we’ll take a look at three more.
Blackhawk Country Club
If you’re looking for a club that is pure golf, Blackhawk Country Club may be worth a look. While it offers “No pool, no tennis courts, no distractions,” Blackhawk packs a wallop when it comes to views and pristine, tree-lined fairways on the 18-hole Blackhawk course. The club also offers members a golf academy, junior golf program, driving range, a putting green and a yummy bite to eat in an idyllic setting.
The Blackhawk course features 6,193 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 70.4 and it has a slope rating of 125 on bent grass.
The country club and golf course, listed on the National Park Service’s Register of Historic Places, are located in Shorewood Hills on the shores of Lake Mendota. If you long to live right on the course, look for homes on Merrill Springs Rd., to the west of the golf course or on Lake Mendota Dr. to the north. The clubhouse is located on the east side of the golf course and you’ll find homes along Blackhawk Dr., Tally Ho Ln., Topping Rd. and Sunset Dr. You’ll find a variety of architectural styles, from Tudor to mid-century and prices typically start in the $500,000s.
Maple Bluff Country Club
When folks think of moving to Madison, WI., they typically imagine either city life or living lakeside. How about village life? Maple Bluff may be part of the Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area, but it was incorporated as a village and it is here that our state’s governor resides.
Maple Bluff is also home to what has been called one of Wisconsin’s finest country clubs, Maple Bluff Country Club. The course first opened in 1899, making it the state’s oldest. It was originally a 5-hole course but it now features 18 holes with 6,398 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. The course rating is 72.0 and it has a slope rating of 132. Most find the layout challenging
But golf isn’t all you’ll find here. Members enjoy the lap pool, hard and clay tennis courts, fitness center and the wonderful dining room.
The club is located at 500 Kensington Drive in Madison. Homes in the area include those along Lakewood Blvd., and Del Mar and Farwell Drives. Many of those along the latter are priced in the millions and include boat docks. The homes on Sheridan Dr. are separated from the golf course by railroad tracks.
Stoughton Country Club
The City of Stoughton, near the shores of Lake Kegonsa, dates back to 1899. At that time, some railroad execs from Chicago moved to the area, founded Camp Collins and decided they missed playing golf. They convinced a local farmer to let them use part of his meadow to build a course, so they cut the grass by hand and Stoughton Golf Course, at least 9 holes of it and quite stubbly at the time, was born.
Destroyed first by fire and then parts blown down by a tornado, Stoughton Country Club has persisted and today the private facility, located at 3165 Shadyside Dr. in Stoughton, features 18 holes with 6,335 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71.
Living close by has its perks, as they offer both golf and social memberships. And, if you decide not to move close to Stoughton Country Club, there is a pier to which you can pull up and dock your boat for a day of golf and excellent food (enjoyed on the patio, which overlooks Lake Kegonsa).
Want to live right on the golf course? View the homes for sale on Aalseth Ln., most of which include boat docks and a place to park your cart right on the course. You’ll also find lovely homes on the opposite side of the golf course, along Giehler Ln,. and on Linnured and Shadyside Drives and Sheryl Ln.
Next week we’ll feature the final three: Bishop’s Bay Country Club, Nakoma Golf Club and Cherokee Country Club.