Nestled in the scenic Brainerd Lakes vacation area, Wildwedge Golf & Mini Golf challenges golfers of all ages and skill levels with a verdant, evergreen-lined nine-hole course. Before teeing off, sharpen your strokes on Wildwedge's expansive driving range, fortified with artificial turf. Once you've greased your swing, traverse the lush, well-kept greens, towing clubs in a convenient pull cart along well-manicured fairways overlooking placid ponds brimming with gumbo. With holes that range from 75 to 170 yards, players can hone their iron and short games or practice yelling "fore" to startle fellow golfers. Wildwedge's newly built clubhouse offers breezy patio space to unwind with a beer, and mini golf and a new maze (not included with this Groupon) entertain youngsters.
Golf clubs aren't typically the first thing people pack when heading out to a ski resort, but The Whitecap Mountains' distinctly Midwestern environment manages to harmonize skiing, lodging, and golfing on its bucolic grounds. Spread across three mountains and 500 acres, the facilities feature 43 ski runs catering to all experience levels. Beginners' areas are carefully distanced from tougher runs, preventing newcomers from accidentally wondering into the complex terrain and traffic circles of the double-black-diamond trails.
In the valley of the Penokee Mountains, golfers play 18 holes designed by Midwest architect Garrett Gill. It's a course where a golf cart is not a luxury but a necessity. The first tees lie 200 feet above Weber Lake, setting the pace for 18 holes of mountainside golf distinguished by tricky elevation changes that give way to challenging lies as well as expansive views of the surrounding wilderness.