Since 1986, the fairways at Whispering Pines Golf Course have cut a wide path through densely packed woods of evergreen, weeping willow, and deciduous arbor. Over the 18-hole course, golfers smuggle their golf balls past reedy ponds and across rolling, heaving terrain. If golfers can make it to the final green without getting snared in forest undergrowth, they can head into the 19th Hole Bar, which procured a liquor license in 2013.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 71 course * Total length of 6,421 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 70.9 from the back tees * Course slope of 129 from the back tees
Characterized by tall oak trees, ponds, and streams, Monticello Country Club's 18-hole course stretches across 6,453 yards of fairways and greens. The course plots a winding path through the landscape, featuring multiple doglegs that favor golfers who can shape their drives or throw a 270-yard curve ball. Those looking to fine-tune their swings can employ the swing-honing powers of golf pro Kristi Dostal, who uses the club's facilities as her outdoor classroom for private and group lessons and junior camps. Name-brand gloves, clubs, hats, bags, and other course-ready gear line the racks of the club's pro shop, where players can stock up on golf accoutrements. After rounds or lessons, golfers can unwind at Otter Creek Bar & Grill with a steak sandwich, barbecue-chicken pizza, and other eats from its menu of casual American food.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 72 course
Length of 6,453 yards from the farthest tees
Course rating of 71.7 from the farthest tees
Slope rating of 125 from the farthest tees
Five tee options
Shadowbrooke Golf Course weaves through the Minnesota countryside to form a scenic par 71 layout envisioned by architect Joel Goldstrand, whose designs are sculpted throughout the state. The course eases golfers into the round on the older and more forgiving front nine, letting swings find their stride before a more treacherous second act that winds through tunnels of mature trees. Shadowbrooke's pro shop keeps hot dogs, candy, and drinks on hand for hungry golfers, as well as gloves, apparel, and balls for those who fear they may not be able to keep every shot in play or prevent their orbs from being smuggled away by a local juggler.
Shadowbrooke Golf Course's rates fluctuate during the day and throughout the week.
If rain suddenly interrupts a round at Timber Creek Golf Course, players can take shelter at an unusual spot: the creek. A pair of wooden covered bridges straddle the creek at different crossing points, adding rustic charm to an 18-hole, championship-length course that wends through mature trees and hilly terrain. The layout also encompasses another novel feature: a double green that lets players intimidate the group on the other side of the green with their putting or choreographed dance skills.
Narrow, tree-lined fairways, undulating greens, and a flowing creek that dips in and out of play make Elm Creek Golf Course more challenging than its nearly 6,000-yard length might suggest. The balanced difficulty means golfers of all ability levels can enjoy an afternoon on the course.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 70 course (par 71 from the red tees) * Total length of 5891 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 69.0 from the back tees * Course slope of 125 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole * Scorecard
Early in the spring, when the threat of snow still hovers over the state of Minnesota, the golf course at Sundance Golf Banquet Bowl is open. Later in the fall, when the threat of snow once again looms and golf carts begin to go into hibernation, the course remains open. Over the years, the 18-hole, par 72 course has become reliable place for determined golfers to battle for being the first or last of the year to sneak in a round. Recently, Sundance augmented its links with a bowling alley, inviting visitors to escape the elements and pick up some strikes in the process. Away from all the competition, the facility's bar and grill refuels tanks with popular house-made pizzas, half-pound burgers, and plenty of beer and cocktails.