About MadisonConsidered one of the country's prettiest capital cities, Madison, Wisconsin weaves around five lakes circled by miles of bike paths, parks and waterfront restaurants. Providing plenty of reasons for a golf trip are the city's four municipal courses and the renown collegiate course, University Ridge, the Robert Trent Jones II design that is home of the University of Wisconsin Badgers.
The terrain lends itself to rolling, tree-lined golf courses with plenty of elevation changes and tricky doglegs, such as Bridges Golf Course or Hawks Landing. The family-built and owned Tumbledown Trails Golf Course doesn't have any development around it and The Meadows of Sixmile Creek north of the city uses ponds and bunkers to challenge your game. Take advantage of a Wisconsin tradition and set your tee times so you finish in time for the ever-frequent fish fries.
While not on the golf course, you'll find Madison to be a textbook case of a sustainable city that encourages transportation by foot or bike with plenty of resting spots at its 15 parks and miles of visible lakefront. If you're there on a Saturday, go to the Dane County Farmers Market on Capitol Square. It's the nation's largest and known for its wide selection of artisan cheeses.
The best part of Madison is it has a little of everything, from young and hip along State Street (try State Street Brats), to pubs and breweries, such as Great Dane or Angelic, to upscale restaurants like Sardine's for French fare, Eno Vino Wine Bar and Bistro, or The Old Fashioned Tavern and Restaurant serving Wisconsin fare. The long-time Mariner's Inn, a waterfront restaurant, serves steaks and seafood and The Stone House at Quivey's Grove is known for its for lamb, duck and beef tenderloin. To sort it all out, there's a food explorers tour. If on campus, try the famous Babcock Ice Cream at Memorial Union or Babcock Hall.
Other Madison highlights include the Olbrich Botanical Gardens, or on campus, the Arboretum or Chazen Museum. The Wisconsin state capitol, the largest capitol building outside of Washington, D.C., is the only seat of government in the country with a granite dome. Madison is often named one of the best places in the country to live. You'll also see it's a great place to visit, too.
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Ewan Porter travels down under to visit some of the best golfing destinations in Australia. Porter visits Moonah Links to play a round with 2018 Australian Senior Amateur Champion Sue Wooster. Along the way, Porter spends time meeting koala bears at the Moonlit Sanctuary and diving alongside sharks in a Melbourne aquarium. A visit to King Island leads to a tour of Cape Wickham and an Australian cheese tasting. The round trip ends with an excursion to Tanzania that includes golfing at Barnbougle and mountain biking in Derby. (2019).
Matt Ginella travels to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to visit the “seaside golf capital of the world.” During a visit to Pine Lakes Country Club, Ginella spends time with Brandon Canesi, the founder of the Hole High Foundation. Along the way, he tees it up with junior golfer Jackson Cole and hits the water at Shark Wake Park with Greg Norman Jr. Between rounds, Ginella goes fishing at Paradise Reef and enjoys some delicious tacos from Bubba’s Love Shak. The round trip ends with a visit to Pawley’s Plantation Golf and Country Club to talk music and golf with Mark Bryan. (Original air date 2018)
Matt Ginella ventures across the pond to explore the culture of golf in Ireland. After discussing the updated Adare Manor Golf Club with Andy McMahon, Ginella heads to town to listen to some traditional Irish music at Aunty Lena’s. The tour of Ireland continues with a visit to Waterville Golf Links and Ardglass Golf Club. Amidst teeing it up along the coast, Ginella makes time to try Bushmills Whiskey and visit Lahinch Golf Club, home of the 2019 Irish Open. The round trip ends with a visit to Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland to play a round with John Bamber. (Originally aired 2018)