It may not seem like it to people outside of the State, but Minnesota is a golf mecca. There are thousands of courses scattered throughout the landscape, and Minnesota can boast about having the most active golfers per capita than any other State in the country. The Shakopee area may stand alone when it comes to beautiful and challenging courses for the golf enthusiasts. Here are 5 course options to enjoy.
1) The Wilds Golf Club
Located near Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, MN, The Wilds Golf Club is set amongst a spectacular landscape of trees, lakes, and hills. The 7,025-yard course has wide fairways, multiple sets of trees, water in play on half the holes, and 70 strategically placed bunkers. The course also offers spectacular views outside of nature, including the Minneapolis skyline in the distance, or the beautiful homes which adorn the course. This is definitely a golf destination for people of all skill levels to enjoy. After your round, enjoy some upscale dining at the clubhouse, or take in their delicious Sunday brunch.
2) The Meadows at Mystic Lake
Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake is a full service resort, which houses a beautiful 18-hole championship course. The Meadows at Mystic Lake is a nationally acclaimed public golf course, offering a unique experience to the golfer. This challenging, but fun, course landscape includes waterfalls, native plants, and statuary. It is a spectacular, well maintained golfing experience.
The course also offers a full swing indoor golf simulator, or unlimited driving range for people looking at working on their game before hitting the links.
After your game, grab a bite to eat and a wonderful Minnesota brewed craft beer at The Meadows Bar and Grille – whether inside watching one of their many televisions or out on the beautiful patio. Or, venture into the casino to eat at The Buffet , or try your luck at one of the many gaming options available.
3) Stonebrooke Golf Club
Located in Shakopee, Stonebrooke Golf Club was created to give people a complete golf experience. This course has great elevation changes, mature trees, and a unique mix of great golf holes. One of the things that makes Stonebrooke really stand out, though, is the famous 8 th hole. This hole, voted as one of the best hole in Minnesota, makes you bring you're A-Game. What makes this hole so unique is that your first shot must carry at least 180-yards over O'Dowd Lake. Once you take your initial shot, you will hop on a ferry and cross over the lake to the fairway waiting on the other side. This hole encompasses the 10,000 lakes feel of Minnesota.
Or, if you just want to get in a quick 9, try out Stonebrooke's Executive nine-hole, Water's Edge .
Once finished with your golf outing, enjoy some great appetizers on either their beautiful patio – overlooking the waterfall or hole 10, or in their restaurant .
4) Ridges at Sand Creek
Located in nearby Jordan, Minnesota, Ridges at Sand Creek is a terrific destination for any golf enthusiast. Ridges at Sand Creek opened in 2000 and, since its opening, has won many different local and national awards; including: 2009 Golf Course of the year by Midwest Golf Course, and the only public course from Minnesota to be selected in Golf World's Readers Choice Top 50 in 2010. What makes Sand Creek stand out is the way it is setup. After the first few holes you make your way down into an old river valley. In the valley is where you truly get to enjoy the nature, with creeks running through the many wooded areas located throughout the course. This experience is very unique, and brings a very serene and isolated sense to being on the course. It is truly a treat to golf this course and have the feeling of getting away from it all.
5) Legends Golf Club
Legends Golf Club , located in Prior Lake, Minnesota, is one of my true favorites. This stunning 18-hole championship course, recognized as National Golf Course of the Year, is nestled in a wooded, yet marshy area. One of the great things about Legends GC is, even though it is a public course, you get the feel of a private club experience with its amenities and quality. One of the great holes is hole 13. This is a difficult, long par 3. First, you need to make sure you can carry the long first shot over the water. You need to be extremely accurate on your shot because, if you are too long or off to the sides, you will end up in the trees. Hole 13 is just one of many terrific holes on the course, and is a wonderful time for any golfer.
After your round, take time to stop and have something to eat and drink in their beautiful bar and restaurant , or enjoy the Minnesota summer weather out on their patio, which has wonderful views of the course.