Swing Your Way Across Minnesota’s Scenic Central Region
Central Minnesota boasts some of the most beautiful golf courses in the state. There are more holes of golf in the region than days to play. Some may be surprised that many courses are open six months out of the year. Spring greens transition to brilliant colors in the fall, making these seasons some of the best times to swing your clubs.
The Brainerd Lakes area is a popular destination for numerous reasons, and golf sits near the top of that list. With more than 450 golf holes on dozens of championship courses, the area has been ranked among the top 50 golf destinations in the world by Golf Digest. Be sure to check with area hotels for stay-and-play packages.
At Cragun’s Resort on Gull Lake, golf is king (or queen). One of the crown jewels of the area, Dutch Legacy was one of only 24 public courses in the U.S. rated 5 stars by Golf Digest in 2009. Brilliant design blends with the beauty of an Audubon Signature Sanctuary course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. Bobby’s Legacy is a shot-maker’s dream, featuring elevated tees and shorter holes combined with more traditional par-4s and 5s. The Reversible 9 is a unique par-3 golf course that alternates direction daily and is ideal for novice, family and group play.
Along the north shore of Gull Lake, Grand View Lodge offers an all-inclusive resort golf experience. At the award-winning, par-72 Pines, take in the rich forest landscape as you explore 27 holes, designed as three 9-hole courses. The Garden offers nine holes of leisurely play with kids tee boxes to encourage family fun. The Preserve, an 18-hole, par-72 championship course set in some of Minnesota’s best forest and wetlands, will reopen in July 2015.
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