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Plan a Golf Holiday in Minnesota

Exploring some of Minnesota’s many courses could be a popular vacation option, given the great variety of unique holes the attractive designs in the state have to offer. Let’s take a look at 10 of Minnesota’s most interesting and varied courses.

Alexandria Golf Club is the region’s premier course due, particularly, to the meticulously maintained greens, bentgrass fairways and beautiful surrounding grounds including lush trees, flowers and multiple lake views.. There’s also a Golf Academy, with LPGA Teaching Professional Lisa Grimes offering a variety of private and group lessons and specialized clinics along with the Junior Golf Academy.

The Club is also where one of Minnesota’s largest and most renowned annual golf tournaments takes place—the 2019 Resorters will be held July 28-August 3, 2019.

Minnesota’s beautiful Lake of the Woods not only has a top-rated championship golf course, but it is also home to some of the state’s best fishing areas.

The course is the Warroad Estates Golf Course routed along Lake of the Woods. It’s an18-hole championship layout (par 72, 6,942 yards) featuring four sets of tees and offering plenty of hazards (water and sand) to test the more experienced golfer while still giving the beginner a fair chance. The course is open to the public and has a relaxed atmosphere that will make anyone feel welcome.

Baker National in Medina, in the heart of the Baker Park Reserve, has 210 acres dedicated to a course that also features practice areas, a driving range, the nine-hole Evergreen Executive Course, as well as the nationally recognized 18-hole Championship Course.

StoneRidge Golf Club in Stillwater has been ranked by Golfweek as the No. 1 public access golf course in the Twin Cities. The links-style layout, the native fescue grasses, and greens allow you to experiment with a variety of approaches and short-game shots. Designed by Bobby Weed and opened for play in 2000, golfers enjoy pristine bentgrass tees, fairways and greens. The size of the greens and multiple tee settings make every round you play a different experience with new challenges.

Highland National in St. Paul is a renovated, upscale municipal course that reopened in spring of 2005 after two years of construction. This course is now longer and more challenging, with a good variety of hole layouts framed by mature trees. Highland National offers amenities of the modern course with the feel for a grand old traditional city course. This is an 18-hole,  par 72 course with tees ranging from 5,125 to 6,638 yards. .

Highland’s signature hole, the 15th, features a large “Snoopy”-shaped bunker constructed with the permission of Mrs. Jean Schulz in honor of her late husband, Charles Schulz, creator of the “Peanuts” comic strip who learned to play golf here.

See also: Five Best Golf Courses in North Carolina