With a front nine that dates back to 1910 and a second nine first designed in 1956, Faribault Golf Club has established a historical legacy that includes hosting the Minnesota State Open and Minnesota PGA Pro-Am. The fairway chain stretches across 6,447 yards of gently undulating terrain, where fairway-side timbers, glassy ponds, and hypnotic tee boxes supply the bulk of the course's difficulty. Water hazards come into play on five holes, including the par 3 eighth, where players must send tee shots somersaulting over a pond stationed directly between the green and the divot-pocked launch pad. The par 5 18th offers a grandiose finish to the round, where a sound approach shot can set up a birdie putt that, if made, grants golfers the right to carve the club's decorative hedges into their favorite acronym. After their round, guests can retire to the Top View Grill, a full-service bar and restaurant with a fireplace, outdoor seating, and splendid views of the 9th and 18th holes.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 72 course
Length of 6,447 yards from the farthest tees
Course rating of 70.7 from the farthest tees
Slope rating of 129 from the farthest tees
Three tee options
Cross Country Soaring owner Don Ingraham brings more than 4,000 airborne hours of experience to his sailplanes' controls, maneuvering the engineless crafts through the air with bird-like agility. Tow planes loft each passenger flight airborne, sending planes thousands of feet up into the sky before leaving pilots and their guests gliding through the atmosphere without the noisy distraction of a typical flight. Each flight is different—sailplanes may gain altitude in thermal updrafts before bottoming out stomachs with daring dives. Picnic tables and couches cluster around the hangar, giving friends and family a comfortable place to watch soaring flights. Students eager to earn their own glider rating and fly solo can take advantage of Cross Country Soaring's experienced instructors, learning the ropes under the hawk-like eyes of seasoned pros.
Scott Wardell gazed upon an open prairie, and had a vision. He imagined a farm ––part orchard, part conservationist project––which grew fall fruits like apples and plums alongside the prairie's natural, essential hardwoods and evergreens. His vision became reality when he planted his first orchard in 1999, and he and his family haven't looked back.
Today, the crew at Montgomery Orchard hosts plenty of family friendly entertainments. They welcome visitors for self-guided tours through the beautiful prairie, and also invite them to come pluck ten varieties of apples––not to mention pears and plums––fresh from the trees during harvest season. After baskets are filled, they take guests to an old-fashioned cider press, where they can squeeze their own cider, which they can then take home or trade to scarecrows in the corn maze in exchange for a map to the exit.
For fairway fans seeking guidance in their quest for a slimmer handicap, Montgomery National Golf Club's Head Golf Professional and General Manager Paul Schubring brings nearly two decades of teaching experience to his lessons, teaching hard-driving students how to putt as smoothly as a skilled debater announces that he is rubber and his opponents are glue. Schubring works with students on all aspects of the game, including jump shots, and tailors instruction to individual needs in a private 60-minute lesson.
Carved out of the countryside by Minnesota course architect Joel Goldstrand, Montgomery National Golf Course unfurls across rolling terrain, pocked with ponds nestled in the cool shadows of cottonwood trees. Generous fairways beg to be split by confidently swung drivers, and sandtraps wait to ensnare orbs gone astray due to a moment of self-doubt or the suction of a briefly active bunker wormhole. The 6,540-yard circuit concludes at the dramatic 18th—the course’s second handicap hole—which features a 540-yard climb to a short-grass summit defended by Scottish ski instructors.
Duffers can prepare for their round or carve fractal divot patterns into the large, all-grass hitting area at the club’s driving range, flanked by a practice bunker and green. After a day of intrepid pin hunting, players can retire to clubhouse and bask in the frothy ambiance of a beer or soda on the clubhouse deck overlooking the ninth hole.
Course at a Glance: