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Amid the lake-speckled country of northwestern Wisconsin and draped over the terrain’s volatile elevation changes rest the bentgrass fairways and greens of Siren National Golf Course. Sculpted into the land in 2001, the course forces players to corral golf balls over terrestrial ripples with peak-to-peak amplitudes of more than 100 feet, but it offers five sets of tees and generous landing areas as a friendly gesture to less experienced players. After starting out with a moderate-length par 5 to warm up, golfers must hit a long uphill shot—206 yards from the back tees—to reach the par 3 third hole’s green, which is fronted by an intimidating rock wall. The designers saved the hardest hole for last, however, as players must make a decision on the 18th tee to use the driver, lay up for a full wedge shot into the small green, or chip onto the back of a carrier pigeon.

Course at a Glance:

  • 18-hole, par 72 course
  • Total length of 6,737 yards from the back tees
  • Course rating of 73.1 from the back tees
  • Course slope of 132 from the back tees
  • Five sets of tees per hole

8606 Waldora Rd
Siren,
WI
US

Tucked in the cool shadows of old, forest oak trees, St. Croix Valley Golf Course's nine-hole layout invites golfers to swing across 133 acres of rolling topography. Originally sculpted into the woods in 1925, the 3,060-yard course eschews sand traps and favors natural obstacles including ponds, trees, elevation changes, and indigenous photographers who snap their shutters during players' backswings. The golf experts that preside over the pro shop can sharpen swings with lessons, ensure trustworthy equipment with club regripping services, and offer rental clubs so players don't have to hit with the oversized gavel normally used to settle remote control disputes at home.

Course at a Glance:

  • 9-hole, par 36 course
  • Length of 3,060 yards from the farthest tees
  • Course rating of 34.7 from the farthest tees
  • Slope rating of 122 from the farthest tees
  • Four tee options

2200 US Highway 8
Saint Croix Falls,
WI
US

At dawn, just as the sun breaks the horizon and a layer of dew reveals a path of fresh footprints, fairways open up through the morning fog to reveal a challenging circuit of golf holes. Chisago Lakes Golf Course's relatively open, par 72 layout features forgiving tree-lines and multiple ponds, which come into play on 12 holes to supply the bulk of the course's difficulty and relief for caddies with dry-mouth. Runaway swings gain traction at the club's driving range, which features a grass hitting area that measures 40 yards by 60 yards to ensure a natural lie for each swing rehearsal.

At the pro shop, golfers stock their Scottish quivers with new equipment and accessories from Titleist, Cobra, Cleveland, and other top brands. Chisago Lakes also encompasses The Gallery Bar & Grill, which serves up an eclectic menu that includes classic burgers, steaks, and seafood.

Course at a Glance:

  • 18-hole, par 72 course
  • Length of 6,545 yards from the farthest tees
  • Course rating of 72 from the farthest tees
  • Slope rating of 127 from the farthest tees
  • Four tee options
  • Scorecard

12975 292nd St
Lindstrom,
MN
US

Two par fours that measure less than 330 yards lie within the first four holes at Krooked Kreek Golf Club, giving golfers an opportunity to get off to a low-scoring start as they embark on their 18-hole round. On the front nine—sculpted in 1990, five years prior to the back nine—the greens are large and mostly flat, forgiving slightly off-center approaches. The greens shrink a bit on the back nine and add a more undulated terrain, demanding more time spent reading putts. The course's namesake creek combines with the site's natural wetlands to hamper play at various points, forcing players to contend with water or wash dirty argyles at 11 points throughout the round.

Course at a Glance:

  • 18-hole, par 72 course
  • Total length of 6,401 yards from the back tees
  • Course rating of 70.6 from the back tees
  • Course slope of 123 from the back tees
  • Three sets of tees per hole
  • Scorecard

2448 75th Ave.
Osceola,
WI
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
Saint Francis,
MN
US

A shimmering sheet of bluegrass spreads underfoot on each of the 27 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 Woods course, its nine-hole sibling, invites golfers to practice their game or tune up before playing through the championship links.

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

The Woods Course at a Glance:

  • 9-hole, par 30 course
  • Total length of 1,655 yards from the back tees
  • Course rating of 30.2 from the back tees
  • Course slope of 91 from the back tees

1788 Viking Blvd NE
Cedar,
MN
US