Parkview Golf Club’s full-length driving range lets clubbers perfect their swings through the winter months. Golfers keep comfortable inside one of the three heated stalls, each equipped with a recently renovated oversize teeing area that allows ample space to swing or wind up for a hammer throw. Today’s Groupon can be used over one or several visits, so golfers can test their endurance during one thwacking frenzy or play over several visits to chart the positive effects of an all-bermuda-grass diet. Aim at this link to check stall availability.
Separated by about five miles, Como & Phalen Golf Courses have one salient feature in common: both 18-hole courses nestle on the western shores of lakes that inspired each course's name. But despite a similar aesthetic, the two courses present distinct playing experiences.
Sculpted through the parkland of Phalen Park, Phalen Golf Course spans 6,100 yards to form a par 70 layout that will test golfers' accuracy with every club in their bag; fortunately, players can practice shots before the round at an on-site driving range.
For its part, Como Golf Course arcs over rolling terrain dotted with numerous ponds and sandtraps, its undulating landscape compensating for a modest 5,581-yard length. The deviously sloped greens make for hard breaks and fast putts, so golfers should hone a gentle touch by warming up at the practice green or playing a practice round with a soft-boiled egg.
Phalen Golf Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 70 course * Length of 6,100 yards from the tips * Course rating of 67.5 * Slope rating of 116
Como Golf Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 70 course * Length of 5,581 yards from the middle tees * Course rating of 67.5 * Slope rating of 122
Most regulation-length golf courses are a place where players can challenge themselves and even measure their improvement. By focusing on par 3s, cutting round duration in half, and adding a practice range, Island Lake Golf is a place for players to do the actual improving. Beginners build confidence as they work their way around the eight par 3s and lone par 4, learning to avoid ponds and the outstretched limbs of trees and off-duty caddies hoping for high-fives. With the round's highlights and disappointments fresh in their minds, players can also log some time at the practice range to shore up weak spots. An 18-hole mini course is also on-site.
Mendota Heights has always had a hunger for golf. In 1961, just five years after the city's founding, the community draped nine short holes over the rolling terrain of a farm and dubbed it the Mendota Heights Par 3. It hasn't changed much over the years, still offering a forgiving layout for beginners to learn the game and more experienced golfers to practice using a mannequin leg instead of a putter. The scaled-down layout also serves as a training ground for lessons, camps, and leagues for golfers of all ages.
Goodrich Golf Dome's indoor facilities allow golfers to hone their game during any season and in any weather. Unlike outdoor locations where players must tape umbrellas to each golf club when it rains, Goodrich's air-filled dome offers consistent service and hours in addition to unlimited-ball specials throughout the week. During the summer, visitors of all ages can enjoy the 18-hole outdoor mini-golf course.
Don't be fooled by its modest length?Arbor Pointe Golf Club's 9-hole, par 31 course packs enough tee-to-green riddles to make any golfer take an extra practice swing or two. Defined by rolling terrain, small greens, and extensive bunkering, the layout makes artful use of tall hardwoods and pine trees. Water hazards glisten on seven of nine holes, often situated in treacherous places. On the par-four fourth hole, ponds straddle the fairway as it bottlenecks toward the green; on the seventh hole, those braving the tips have to carry a pond in front of the tee box.
Course at a Glance: * 9 holes * Course par: 31 * Length: 2,097 yards from the tips * Tee options: 3 * Click here for a virtual tour.