A community staple since 1955, Glencoe Country Club weaves through trees and waterways to form an 18-hole, par 71 layout. Rated as the hardest hole on the course, the fourth hole puts golfers at the mercy of all of the course's obstacles at once: trees and sandtraps straddle the landing zone for tee shots, and two ponds?one behind, one on the left side of the hole?protect the green from invading drives and vikings that can't swim. Before rounds, golfers can prepare at the driving range or by grabbing some new gear at the pro shop.
Course at a Glance:
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.
Zap Zone's eight locations in Michigan and two locations in Canada each feature a unique combination of attractions—anything from bumper cars to the Jump Zone's cushioned obstacle course. In the laser-tag arena, both kids and adults demonstrate their teamwork skills by outscoring opponents in fast-paced games that take place inside black-lit mazes of neon-tinged hallways. Arcades also round out every location's attractions, tempting passersby to drop a few tokens on racing games and skee-ball, or a lot of tokens on the claw game filled with Fabergé eggs.
With its clubhouse occupying a renovated ivory barn originally built in the 1930s, CreeksBend Golf Course transports golfers back to a bygone era before embarking on a trip across a prairieland course replete with bucolic flourishes. As bluegrass fairways bob and weave across more than 80 acres of ponds and wetlands, quaint footbridges make the course navigable for clubbers and caddies yet to develop gills. Water comes into play on nine holes across the 6,293-yard, par 71 course, including on the signature seventh hole, a 161-yard par 3 where tee shots must clear a creek and avoid hydraulic hazards left of and behind the green. Before rounds, golfers can roll orbs across the 10,000-square-foot practice green to prepare for the course's speedy bentgrass putting surfaces, or share a tender bonding moment with their 3-wood at the grass tee driving range. After rounds, players enjoy retiring to the clubhouse restaurant to refuel with refreshments and casual grill fare.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 71 course
Length of 6,293 yards from the farthest tees
Course rating of 70.6 from the farthest tees
Slope rating of 131 from the farthest tees
Four tee options
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