J;;; ;;; ;;; ; ;;;; ;;;;; ;;;;; of Minneapolis and St. Paul, this land of lakes and forests features
more than two dozen public golf courses,
including several recognized as some of
the best in the country by Golf Magazine,
Golf Digest and other golf experts.
The Brainerd Lakes area features
championship courses designed by
famous course architect Robert Trent
Jones Jr. and the Arnold Palmer Design
Co. The area also has less challenging
courses that appeal to occasional golfers.
Some courses charge less than $2 per
hole, and even the top-rated courses keep
summer green fees in the $100 range.
Discounts are available for those who
tee up later in the day or package a round
with lodging or dining at the resort.
Brainerd-area courses are operated
primarily by family-owned resorts.
Cragun’s Resort on Gull Lake features
two 18-hole championship courses
designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and
a par- 3 reversible nine ideal for novice,
family and group play. The 18-hole
courses are set in a 1,000-acre Audubon
Signature Sanctuary. Soccer-style foot
golf is also o;ered on the par- 3 course.
One of the most awarded golf resorts
in Minnesota, Grand View Lodge’s
Pines and Preserve courses have
earned accolades from Golf Digest,
Golfweek Magazine and the World Golf
Awards. More than $3 million in course
upgrades have been made in recent
years. A family-friendly, nine-hole
course is also available.
One of Golf Digest’s “ 100 Greatest
Public Courses,” The Classic at
Madden’s is the stunning vision of
course superintendent Sco; Ho;man,
who used rolling hills, forest and water
to maximum e;ect. Adult caddies with
low handicaps are available for hire. For
fun, rent old-time hickory sha; clubs at
the Pine Beach West course.
On Pelican Lake, Breezy Point Resort
o;ers three distinct options. Deacon's
Lodge, its premier course, was carved
into the north woods by the Arnold
Palmer Design Co. Whitebirch is a great
choice for those who want to play a
championship course at a moderate
price, and the Traditional course is
perfect for golfers who prefer shorter
holes, fla;er greens and easier pars.
Area visitors who don’t golf will still
Central Minnesota is a must-visit destination
for golfers of all skill levels. | C.B. BYLANDER
find plenty to do, with the larger resorts
o;ering spas, beaches, swimming pools,
upscale dining and more. Mini-golf,
go-carting, fishing, bike trails and water
recreation rentals are available, too.
Other popular Brainerd-area golf
destinations include Ru;ger’s Bay Lake
Lodge in Deerwood, Whitefish Golf
Course in Pequot Lakes and Golden
Eagle Golf Club in Fi;y Lakes.
Elsewhere in the region, visitors
to the Perham area should check
out Lakeside Golf Club and the
championship course at Thumper
Pond Resort. Other central Minnesota
courses include the Atikwa Golf Club
at Arrowwood Resort in Alexandria,
Pebble Lake Golf Club in Fergus Falls
and Northwood Hills Golf Course in
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