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Comparing the Grandview Lodge Golf Courses

Grandview Lodge Golf Courses Offer Some of the Best Golf in Minnesota

When it comes to a one-stop golf weekend, Grand View Lodge in the central lakes area of Minnesota is the spot. With 54 holes of excellent golf under their umbrella, you can’t go wrong spending a weekend at this grand resort. But not all the holes were created equal, so here is a quick comparison Grand View Lodge golf courses.Close up view of golf ball on tee on golf course

In business for more than 90 years, Grand View Lodge is one of the first Brainerd-Baxter area golf resorts and one of the best: Gold Medal Resort–Golf Magazine 2012; Top 121 Golf Resorts in the World–Condé Nast Traveler’s 2012; Top 150 Mainland Resorts in the U.S.–Condé Nast Traveler’s 2012; 75 Best Golf Resorts in North America–Golf Digest. But the golf is pretty good, too.

The Pines

The Pines was built in 1990, and features three separate nines—The Lakes, The Woods and The Marsh—which offer some of the finest golf in the state. Designed by renowned Minnesota golf architect Joel Goldstrand, The Pines winds through dense forest and features plenty of water hazards. There is a sense of deep woods seclusion to the courses, and the placement of water on some holes makes for some very challenging shots.

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Madden’s on Gull Lake-Something for Everybody

Madden’s Offers a Great Minnesota Golf Vacation

Madden’s on Gull Lake golf resort has everything covered. Whether you are a novice golfer or an avid one, planning a meeting or a vacation, getting together for a summertime family reunion or a wedding, looking for some quiet time or a rousing buddy trip destination, Madden’s is the spot. It has something for everyone.Golf.

Madden’s features 63 holes of golf, and golfers of any age and ability will find a place to play. The Pine Breach East course was designed in the late 1920s by James Dalgleish, a Scottish golf course designer. He created six par 3s on the course, which makes for some fun shot-making. But if you fear the course isn’t long enough, there is always the unique 6th hole, which is a par-6 that measures out at 618 yards from the back tees. You might get to use your driver more than once on that one.

On the other side of the equation is Pine Beach West, which is 5,000 yards and a par 67. A course built in the 1960’s, it perfectly accommodates the demands of the modern day golfer–quick to get around, but challenging to score.

The resort’s championship gem is The Classic, Minnesota’s only 5-Star Top 100 golf course. Designed by the Madden’s director of golf Scott Hoffmann, The Classic’s elevation changes that reach 60-feet, offer views of the northern woods you shouldn’t miss.

For the less initiated golfers. Madden’s features The Social 9, which is a perfect place for juniors and beginners in your group to play a short round. But there is challenge for other players as well, as the small greens require a well-honed short game to score. Some use it as a warm up for The Classic, while for others, the Social 9 is a great place to settle golf wagers.

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The Perfect Brainerd Lakes Weekend Golf Trip in Minnesota

In central Minnesota, the heart of lakes country, there is a large group of golf courses known as the The Brainerd Golf Trail. There are many great courses to play – some of the most renowned in the state – and it is the perfect area for a weekend golf trip. There is only one problem: there are so many top-notch Minnesota golf courses, you will be hard pressed to choose which to play. golf buggy and golf bag

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Madden’s on Gull Lake to Open April 25-27

Madden’s 85th Anniversary Festivities

Madden’s, a resort facility in our family of EMGA courses, is kicking off its 85th season with a Hickory Stick Golf Tournament on the resort’s historic Pine Beach East. The tournament will take place on Saturday, April 26 at 1p.m. as a part of the resort’s official opening weekend celebration from April 25-27. Participants in the tournament will play 18-holes and must register as a team of two to be eligible. Participation in the Madden’s Hickory Stick Golf Tournament is $50 and players are encouraged to dress in their best 1920s attire. In addition to the tournament, guests at Madden’s can rent hickory stick golf clubs throughout the 2014 season.Close up view of golf ball on tee on golf course

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Why Public Golf Courses are Better Than Private Clubs

Long live public golf courses

As the golf industry works diligently to regain solid footing both private and public golf clubs are adjusting to the new normal. golf buggy and golf bagWill the industry boom again like it did before 9/11? Perhaps, but over time. Meanwhile, golfers have plenty of choices when deciding how to spend their golf dollars. Private golf clubs have stepped up with incentives and either reducing or eliminating initiation fees. Daily fee courses have added to their offerings, honed in on lessons and the customer experience and in the end, the golfer is the big winner! If you have the means and you’re considering a private golf membership versus playing daily fee courses, here are a few good reasons why public golf courses are the better than private clubs.

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