If you don’t like water hazards, the 500 golf courses in the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” that is Minnesota might put a damper on your game.
But if you’ve got the will to take on the unending challenge of amazing courses with a limited season, Minnesota should be on your golf destination list.
Golf The Wilderness of Northern Minnesota
You may as well head north to start your Minnesota golf trip. Golf options are seemingly limitless with breathtaking wilderness scenery at every turn.
Three award-winning courses are The Wilderness At Fortune Bay course in Tower and the Legend and Quarry courses at Giant Ridge Golf & Ski Resort in Biwabik. These courses are surrounded by three national forests. Mind your game, watch out for wildlife and enjoy the view.
Just south in Duluth you’ll catch a watery breeze off Lake Superior at three 9-hole layouts of Enger Park Golf Course. There is another trio of 9-hole designs at Lester Park Golf Course.
Step over to Superior and launch into double dose of 18 holes at Nemadji Golf Clourse where hills, water, woods and open spaces challenge your every shot.
If you want to brave the northwest stretches of the state near the Canadian border, gas up and pack a lunch for this trip. Two River Golf Club in Hallock and Lancaster Riverside Golf Course in Lancaster will test your travel and golf mettle.
Head south back into the heart of Minnesota for 9 holes at Granite Run Golf Course in Granite Falls and The Crossings at Montevideo in the town of the same name. Both are country golfing with a local flare.
Twin Cities Offer Amazing Golf
Outside the wilderness, there is a modern metropolitan area in Minneapolis-Saint Paul. The largest populated city and the state capital, respectively, provide an opportunity to come out from the wilds.
Hiawatha Golf Course in Minneapolis delivers a testy layout along the lake for even seasoned golfers.
Highland National Golf Course in Saint Paul is rated nationally as one of the top 100 public courses. The course play long with rolling greens that test your patience and judgment.
Other fantastic courses in the Twin Cities area include Dwan Golf Club in Bloomington where affordability and playability are blended in this municipal course. Meadowbrook Golf Course in Hopkins will prove a test of endurance with all the hills.
The Meadows At Mystic Lake in Prior Lake provides open fairways and a chance to lose your golf winnings at the casino following your round. You can follow the wild times with a stop at Legends Club in Prior Lake. This award-winning course plays atop the field in public courses at affordable prices.
Crystal Lake Golf Course in Lakeville is a well-maintained “fun” course with fast greens and significant elevation changes throughout the layout. Rich Valley Golf Club in Rosemount has three 9-hole tests for all golfers.
Stonebrooke Golf Club in Shakopee offers beautiful landscaping, slippery greens and a water hazard requiring a ferry to get to the flag stick. You’ll need the biggest stick in your bag to keep your golf ball from getting wet.
Como Golf Course in Saint Paul is a drive, pitch and pray layout where great approaches are fouled by tricky greens. Goodrich Golf Course in Saint Paul is a traditional layout with mature trees to sooth the soul of casual golfers.
Southern Hills Golf Course in Farmington rounds out the metropolitan courses with a modern links design that pays homage to golf’s European heritage.
Round Out Minnesota With Great Courses
Heading south in Minnesota may not warm up much in the winter but it does provide a hotbed of public golf in Rochester.
You’ll discover courses such as Soldiers Memorial Field Golf Course with its packed course design allows purists to walk their next round. Willow Creek Golf Course is an affordable links-style design.
Finish your Minnesota golf trek with a round at Northern Hills Golf Course, Oak Summit Golf Course or Eastwood Golf Course. You’ll have your choice of these courses sporting hills, scenery and the chance to meld with local golfers.
Ace Golf Netting hopes you’ll plan a destination to Minnesota and enjoy every round of golf possible.