Designed by the same team that created nearby Erin Hills, site of the 2017 US Open, Wild Rock Golf Club is a beautifully crafted championship golf course in The Dells area of south-central Wisconsin. A popular tourist destination, The Dells is a scenic glacier-formed gorge with magnificent sandstone formations near the Wisconsin River. Opened in 2008, architects Dr. Mike Hurdzan and Dana Fry blended these sandstone formations with other rock formations of a former quarry and the dense woodlands. The result is a course of uncommon beauty and variety.
A practice area with driving range, putting green and chipping bunker is available. However, the range is small and includes driving mats to sustain the limited grassy area. Golf carts equipped with a GPS system include other cart locations and weather warnings. Only 55 miles north of the capital city of Madison, it’s an easy one-hour country drive.
Public Course Rankings: Golf Magazine: #12 in the state. The clubhouse was recognized by Golf Inc. magazine with a 2nd place national design award for “Best New Clubhouse” the year it opened.
Dramatic elevation changes and forced carries contribute to Wild Rock’s reputation as a tournament quality course. The course plays to 7414 yards from the tips, but includes five sets of tees. A distinguishing feature here is the precise placement of fairway bunkers. Six holes have bunkers in the middle of a fairway. The four Par3’s are each unique. There is only one water hazard on the course. The teeing ground on Hole #6 is the highest point on the property.
Central Wisconsin continues to grow as a golfing destination. The new Core/Crenshaw Sand Valley course is one hour north, Erin Hills is one and 1/2 hour east, and Whistling Straights is two and 1/2 hours east. The second Core/Crenshaw course – Mammoth Dunes – at Sand Valley Resort, opened in 2018 is another must play. This golf course is a delight to play. The variety is unmatched. The back nine is fun with beautiful picturesque golf. Wild Rock puts Wisconsin Dells on the map.