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If you've driven I-94 toward Wisconsin, you've no doubt seen the display of signage and boulders for Stone Ridge Golf Club along the north side of the freeway. To get there, take the Manning Avenue exit, head South briefly, taking a left turn at Hudson Road South (frontage road). Proceed East until you reach Neal Avenue, where you can turn left to get to the North side of I94, and take a right turn at Hudson Blvd. North (frontage road), and continue heading East three-quarter mile to the StoneRidge entrance.
StoneRidge offers all the amenities of a country club in a semi-private course. You'll find a first class clubhouse, with patio dining and banquet facilities, available for tournaments, weddings, and meetings for up to 300 guests. The course is open to the public, and, for those interested, a wide variety of membership options are available for singles, couples, and families. Memberships include unlimited play, discounted rates for member's guests, weekly tournaments and activities, range and locker access, bag storage, as well as discounted merchandise in the golf shop.
It's a challenging, links-style course. bentgrass tees, fairways and greens are carefully maintained along the course. While water comes in play on only three holes, you'll regularly face rolling fairways framed by native fescue grass, with a menagerie of rustic irregular bunkers enroute to large, sometimes elevated, undulating greens. Take a quick look at the 18 photos on the website course tour to get a feel for it.
When on the course, you'll find that the barn along the 11th hole is in play, and it's walls will stop your drive dead. While it's easy to avoid, just viewing it adds to the magnetism of its presence.
We were impressed with the design of the course as the fairways seem to be tightly contoured and wound into the landscape, yet are distinctly separated from one another. Your cart will include a card displaying aerial views of each hole, providing a full view of the hazards ahead, and the distance to the center of the green from common landing areas. Our favorite hole had to be #16, a par 3 to an elevated green, with a trap extending the length of the green on the left, and a drop-off to a native grass area off the right front.
Get ready for a challenging and enjoyable round at StoneRidge. It's a great course for that "special' golfing experience. The staff both on and off the course are friendly and very helpful. It'll be up to you to be prepared to stay away from the numerous problem areas along the course. Stay focused, relax, and be prepared to hit your best shot. And afterwards, stop in at Danny's Bar and Grill, and treat yourself with the wide variety of lunch, dinner, and beverage items from their excellent menu.