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Designed by course architect Kevin Norby, The Refuge Golf Club cleaves through 350 acres of woods and wetlands to frame an 18-hole, par 72 course. Native grasses, wooden cart bridges, and immaculate bluegrass fairways characterize this northern-style course, which challenges golfers with tight tree lines and abundant sunbathing opportunities for losing shirts in sand traps. If golfers haven't spotted much wildlife throughout the course, they might find a gallery of hawks, deer, and feral caddies watching at the 17th, the course's second-most-difficult hole. Clubbers must blast tee shots over a forced carry before safely landing on an open fairway that leads to a green flanked by bunkers on both sides. Players can warm up for rounds at the 20-stall driving range and contoured putting green, and PGA professionals help golfers hone their game during private lessons. Meanwhile, a 13,000-square-foot clubhouse built of rock and cedar beckons for post-round revelry in the facility's restaurant, bar, and pro shop.

Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,534 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 71.9 from the back tees * Course slope of 139 from the back tees * Five sets of tees per hole

21250 Yellowpine St NW
Oak Grove,
MN
US

With 27 challenging kentucky-bluegrass fairways in front of lush bentgrass greens, The Ponds challenges golfers to play a trio of nine-hole courses or combine two of them for three unique 18-hole rounds. Water hazards make for an especially difficult approach to the green on the Red Course's signature first hole, whereas the White Course's ninth hole ends with a green flanked by sand traps. Wetlands and sloped greens make up the Blue Course, which players can travel in new electric-power carts.

Before hitting the fairways, golfers can warm up at the driving range, chipping green, putting green, or pleading-with-your-clubs green. After the round, replace any golf balls that got away at the pro shop, which stocks brands such as Nike and Titleist.

Red Course at a Glance: * 9-hole, par 36 course * Length of 3,380 yards * Four tee options

Blue Course at a Glance: * 9-hole, par 36 course * Length of 3,453 yards * Four tee options

White Course at a Glance: * 9-hole, par 36 course * Length of 3,401 yards * Four tee options

2881 229th Ave. NW
St. Francis,
MN
US

A shimmering sheet of bluegrass spreads underfoot on each of the holes at Viking Meadows Golf Club. Eighteen of these manicured fairways make up the club's championship-length course, The Meadows, a 6,428-yard undertaking that pits players against water hazards on six holes, tricky dogleg turns, and the constant threat of mole people bursting from the ground.

The Meadows Course at a Glance:

  • 18-hole, par 72 course
  • Total length of 6,428 yards from the back tees
  • Course rating of 71.1 from the back tees
  • Course slope of 124 from the back tees
  • Four sets of tees per hole
  • Scorecard
1788 Viking Blvd NE
Cedar,
MN
US

Metal fences extend above a brushed metal bar, where platforms hold custom hogs––motorcycles decked out with flames and thick, silver rims. If the bikes don't paint a picture, how about staggered biker signs dangling from the rafters, or a homestyle menu of flame-kissed favorites? Fatboys was formed in 2004 as a place for bikers to compare tattoos and crochet helmet cozies, but as time passed, a more diverse clientele began streaming in for the food and ambiance.

Amid neon signs and the clack of pool balls, black lacquered tables populate with golden-fried apps, meaty sandwiches, and the signature Fatboy burger––a full-pound of USDA Choice beef with three kinds of cheese and four strips of bacon. Warm weather triggers the opening of an enormous V-twin patio, where patrons can sip a brew while watching barbecue-slathered ribs slide right off the bone.

In addition to supporting charitable organizations such as Meals on Wheels, Fatboys hosts events such as karaoke, live music, and the Biker Babe Bike Wash, which allows bikers and rebellious chariot drivers to have their wheels shined to a pristine sheen.

21383 NE Ulysses St
Cedar,
MN
US

Cuisine Type: Memphis Bar-B-Que, American Food

Established: 2012

Reservations: Optional

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Number of Tables: 25?50

Parking: Parking lot

Most popular offering: House smoked ribs with beans n' slaw

Kid-friendly: Yes

Alcohol: Full bar

Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout Only

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Pro Tip: All of our BBQ is smoked on site. You'll enjoy our homemade sauces, rubs and craft brews too.

552 Lincoln Drive
Wyoming,
MN
US

On any given day, the bowlers entering Patriot Lanes & Lounge will hear the clatter of pins, the rumble of balls, and the happy voices of families having a good time. But the soundtrack is noticeably different on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, when the alley turns into a party complete with fellow bowlers singing karaoke classics. In between performances, a DJ spins upbeat tunes and hits from Dick Weber's last album, while the lounge serves frosty glasses of soda and beer, and hearty eats such as burgers, house-made chili, and zesty broasted chicken.

3085 Bridge Street Northwest
St. Francis,
MN
US