Bridges Golf Course

3.5689764706 3.6 stars from 5 (68)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6867 yards
  • Slope: 128
  • Rating: 72.4
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - $18
Pull-carts: Yes - $6
Clubs: Yes - $15
Caddies: No
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Relaxed dress code: denim jeans, tank tops or shorts ok

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6867 yards 72.4 128
Blue/White 72 6422 yards 70.3 124
White 72 6093 yards 68.9 120
White (W) 72 6093 yards 74.2 128
Gold 72 5302 yards 65.3 113
Gold (W) 72 5302 yards 69.9 119
Red (W) 72 4806 yards 67.1 113

Bridges Golf Course is a municipal, 18-hole course that sits on the northeastern side of Madison, just south of the airport. It’s popular with locals since it’s both affordable and challenging. The layout starts out on low-lying wetlands and then on the back nine it climbs up a ridge along Anderson Avenue. For a championship golf course it’s not particularly long at 6,900 yards from the back tees, but golfers will still face several tricky holes. Players of all skill levels will enjoy Bridges Golf Course for its variety of risk-reward opportunities. It’s not terribly punishing though so beginners can approach it with confidence. In addition to the golf course, Bridges offers a practice facility that includes a driving range and two separate practice greens for chipping and putting.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.6 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.9 stars from 5
Value: 3.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.1 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.9 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.5 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 68 Reviews
5 stars:
13
4 stars:
28
3 stars:
14
2 stars:
9
1 stars:
4

recommend this course

53 out of 68 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is near the airport convenient to the city   Great for locals advanced golfers walkers   Challenges include water hazards bunkers narrow fairways   Great for drinks watching the game brunch  

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"Not bad for a good deal"


ttews's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/25/2018
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Reviewed on

The front 9 plays a little tougher than the back - for me, at least. If my driver isn't working, I don't enjoy playing here (that's my fault). There are some low-lying areas that can make for wet fairways, even when you don't expect it, so be warned. You're close to the airport, so if you like low flying planes (we do), it's kinda cool - especially when they scramble the jets.

The course is usually in decent shape. A couple holes backtrack around water, so you'll become familiar with those features.

The staff are nice, and I like the electric carts. I like other courses more, but for a good deal, I come here often.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Bridge's golf"


bjkastorff's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/20/2018
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While the course was extremely wet because of hea vy rains it still was fun and challenging. The staff was great as well as the cocktails after our round ! A good value for the money in the Madison area


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great Experience"


UNL23's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/17/2018
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Great experience. The golf course was a little wet from all the bad weather but another week it should be perfect. The Staff is very friendly and helpful if you need anything. We will definitely go back.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/02/2018
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Spring condition"


u057678843's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/28/2018
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Course is just coming off winter needs time and temperatures, great to get out and swing


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Some thought we were crazy"


u937073151's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/25/2018
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Our first time out this year in Wisconsin. It was cold and windy to start the day (30o) but the Staff when we arrived made us feel warm and welcome. We can not wait to come back and play when the grass is growing. Great pro shop and bar area.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



Bernie2201722's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/05/2017
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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great fall rate"


JeffBarkley's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/17/2017
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Played here on a great golfnow hot deal. Greens had not been aerated but they were quite soft with dense grass.. Course conditions were not as good as I remembered from prior rounds here. The holes are interesting enough but the amount of marsh grass bordering holes makes a wayward shot a guaranteed lost ball. It is entertaining (but loud) when the F-16's take off from the adjacent airport. This corse is popular but play moves along and they have a nice bar and grill.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/08/2017
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"NEVER AGAIN!"


u909539489's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/29/2017
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Nice open course sitting in a marsh...... it stunk in areas and at one point we were 4-5 deep waiting on the front 9. Back 9 opened up but the overall just was not a good experience....


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Travesty"


u000007686005's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/22/2017
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Everytime ilI play this course I have a feeling of remorse that a course with such interesting scenery, exciting layout, and rewarding challenge cam be in such remarkably poor condition. I get the general feeling that there is little to no basic maintenance to this course. The greens were burnt out and featured large areas of the skirt and green that were completely void of grass. Multiple holes had large areas of the fairway and rough that were roped off from damage. I like this course but really wish that there was even just the most basic of upkeep so that this course could realize its full potential. Really dissapointing.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"RKT review of Bridges"


Robertkimtodd's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/18/2017
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Generally in fine shape, a few grass problems on some greens (#5). Teeing area could have been put in drier locations (#12) on tee box by maintenance crew...otherwise well kept and true greens. Nice staff and courteous crew. Electric carts are quiet and quick. The large driving range is too close to #10 fairway.

Not a bombers course from the white tees...very tight in most fairways and approach shots. A premium on keeping shots straight and in play. Lots of fun! All in all, a great value for the golf experience.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



Djkigeya's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once every three months

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/29/2017
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Good course, affordable, great hospitality and service. If your an average golfer trying to figure your game out...this is a good course to work on your game on.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u159754114's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/22/2017
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Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"A fun course to play"


9tangolima's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/11/2017
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Reviewed on

Bridges Golf Course is one of several in the Madison area. I have played it often and enjoy it every time. It is a mildly challenging course with some relatively easy par 3s and some long par 4s and 5s. Each hole is interesting and there is lots of woods, water, and sand.

There is also a well-stocked pro shop and an excellent restaurant in the clubhouse.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Bring lots of balls"


philmaril's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/21/2017
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Hardly anyone there when I played on a Wednesday AM. Very nice course in very nice condition. Lots of water. The course meanders through wetlands, so be sure to keep it in the fairway.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Challenging but fair test"


u000007650894's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/03/2017
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Reviewed on

Bridges is a relatively flat course, making it walker-friendly. There is unrecoverable trouble lining both side of most holes, but there is nothing gimmicky or unfair about it. If you hit the ball in or near the fairway it is fine. If you stray beyond normal rough, the ball is likely lost. The white tees were appropriate for my group of 60-year old plus, mid-handicap golfers. The greens were excellent. Very consistent from hole to hole, and with few ball marks or scuff marks. Learn the appropriate speed early and you can putt well all round. Some local knowledge is helpful, as there are a few places where water crosses or cuts into the fairway. I look forward to my next round there.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Good course when the deal is right"


ttews's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/02/2017
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We'll golf The Bridges when the right deal comes along. There are enough "character" holes for you to reflect on. Many holes require an accurate tee shot or, in a couple cases, a layup. I hit more 5-woods on this course than any other.

This course is good for control golfers. If you are a grip-it-and-rip-it driver that finds himself on other fairways frequently, you'll lose a bunch of golf balls and hate your score here. There are a couple holes where you can let the big dog eat without too much fear of losing your ball.

Course condition can vary depending on how the weather has been. If you're golfing after a rainy few days, you'll find a couple of the holes get pretty sloppy. Some of the greens can get a little beat up (I wish people were nicer to greens and tidied up after themselves!)

Overall, this course has a nice layout and will challenge you to make accurate shots when you might not want to. Play smart and you'll enjoy your round here more.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Crummy course conditions"


Mark9110573's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/28/2017
First time playing Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Pro shop was very nice when we arrived. It had rained a lot before we arrived. Cart path only. The course needs a lot of work. Crab grass and weeds galore. Greens were pretty good. I would not hurry back.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course



u9148548's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/15/2017
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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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