Golf and gatherings on the Ridge
Autumn Ridge offers top notch golf, hospitality
By Mike Mathes

Normally, golfers associate country club conditions with steep prices and elite playing opportunities.

At Autumn Ridge Golf Course, the goal is to provide great golf at prices and accessibility to the every day golfer.

“Our course gives people an opportunity to enjoy some of the amenities normally associated with private country clubs,” Chad Harrington, Autumn Ridge general manager said.

“The public gets an opportunity to play on conditions that they might normally only see at a championship style facility,” he added. “We do a lot of things to keep the opportunity upscale. We keep the greens a little greener. We even water nearly 85 percent of the roughs to help that happen.”

Harrington, with 20-year years under his belt as the superintendent at Autumn champions the vision of the late Jim Mech, who built and opened Autumn Ridge in 1996.

“Jim was a member at Pine Hills and he wanted to bring some of those amenities to his public course. What he envisioned was a course that gave some of those types of playing conditions but without the steep price of greens fees or memberships,” Harrington said.

Current owner Tom O’Connor has maintained the same philosophy.

The course features a par 70, 18-hole track that measures 6027 yards from the championship tees. Autumn Ridge has been the recipient of a four star rating from Golf Digest, and was selected by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as one of the best public courses in Wisconsin.,

Making course user friendly

As the golf course has evolved at Autumn Ridge, efforts have been made to create a more user-friendly golf course.

Harrington said the course underwent a major renovation 15 years ago, removing up to 10,000 trees, many of them very small, with one critical aim—to give a better experience to the golfer.

“We have opened up areas to speed

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