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6701 US Highway 12 and 18
Madison, WI  53718-6858
United States
P: (608) 838-3126
F: (608) 838-3935
www.cityofmadison.com
West Course

18 hole regulation length course

Municipal golf course

72 par | 6,885 yards | 119 slope

71.8 rating | Bent grass


West Golf Course


The 18-hole "West" course at the Yahara Hills Golf Course facility in Madison, Wisconsin features 6,885 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72.The course rating is 71.8 and it has a slope rating of 119 on Bent grass. Designed by Arthur L. Johnson, the West golf course opened in 1967. Ryan Brinza manages the course as the General Manager.

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Reviewed August 05, 2013

I recently played here while visiting my son and I was very impressed. The other two reviews are 5 years old and apparently a lot has changed since they were written. The greens and tees were in "country club" condition and the fairway were really good too.The course is very playable, but my son and I noticed that all the trouble is on the left which makes it a challenge for the better player while not penalizing the high handicapper.
All in all I highly recommend Yahara Hills and will definitely play there again on my next visit to Madison.

Jack Matthews
Handicap 8; Average-80

Reviewed March 02, 2008

This course was a dissappointment from start to finish. First things first, there's a tremendous landfill right across the street.(street meaning noisy 6 lane hwy). So even if you don't mind hearing cars and trucks buzzing by one right after another, you still have to overcome the unrelenting stench of an 80 acre landfill. Not exactly what you want when you slap down 50 hard earned dollars to relax and enjoy a saturday afternoon. As far as the golf itself goes, I was disenchanted by that as well. You'd have to be a long hitting pro to par this course. I drive the ball on average 265-280 yards, hit my irons well, and I still had all I could handle to reach the greens in reg. My advice is to club up at least once with every shot. I honestly believe they measured in meters instead of yards. My friend I was with is an even better golfer, and he couldn't believe how terrible the yardage seemed. If you miss the fairway by so much as 6 inches, forget par. The grass is 3 inches deep, and reacts differenly every time you hitout of it. I've never seen anything like it.

The gentleman working the proshop/check in at the clubhouse was friendly, but his superior was not. I ordered a medium bucket of range balls, because my tee time was 45 minutes away. They have a range ball hopper outside, which is fine. He happened to be out of medium bucket tokens for the machine, so he offered a large for the price of the medium; nice gesture. The other person working in there must have been a manager or co-owner. When he heard him offer me a large token, he nearly had a heart attack. "NO!" he bellowed "I'll go get some tokens out of the machine!" He shot the worker a very shamefull, dirty look, and even let me have a piece of it as if it was my idea. I wouldn't expect a reaction like that unless I came in there with a crumpled homemade coupon on a piece of notebook paper that said good for 1 free yearlong membership. Where I come from, that's not good customer service.

In closing, I would only recommend this course to someone who can consistantly drive 300+ yards and hit 90% of thier fairways. If you don't mind the constant smell of garbage and overpaying for golf, then this is the one for you. I might give the course one more shot, but I doubt it. Maybe it only has an atrocious smell when the winds are just right, and I happened to be there then. I read the review from the other fellow, and I can't believe we are writing about the same course.

Reviewed August 30, 2007

Overall this is a good value for a public course in the Madison, WI area. Rates compare favorably to similar private courses. The course includes a "championship" layout-large (40+ feet) greens and tee boxes. Yet, there are opportunities to make birdies. The mainteance of the course has greatly improved in recent years and was very lush in the spring (2007). If you ignore the poor quality of sand in most bunkers, you can experience a good round of golf. The club house is old and in need of repairs. Staff are friendly.

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  • Overall
  • Latest Scores
Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 Mark B. 29 51 22 07/12/10
2 John G. 6 42 36 08/09/08
3 Nathaniel T. 18 86 68 05/14/13
4 Ryan P. N/A 68 68 06/25/07
5 Drew W. 8 77 69 10/15/07
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Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
3 Nathaniel T. 18 86 68 05/14/13
7 Michael S. 12 86 74 09/01/11
1 Mark B. 29 51 22 07/12/10
9 Kennth L. N/A 81 81 04/24/10
2 John G. 6 42 36 08/09/08

Golf Course Information

About Yahara Hills, West

Yahara Hills Golf Course

Golf Only facility

20 tees driving range

36 regulation holes

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Course Staff

Ryan Brinza, General Manager
Trygve Ekern, Superintendent
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