In Pequot Lakes, MN – just north of Brainerd in the Central Lakes region of Minnesota the water tower has been painted to look like a fishing bobber (affectionately known as Paul Bunyan’s bobber). The water tower is a representation of the importance of fishing in that part of the state, but it could just as easily be a golf ball-painted water tower for the spate of great golf courses nearby all the lakes. So it should be no surprise that there are many great fishing destinations near golf in Minnesota. After all, this is the land of 10,000 lakes – and more golfers per capita than any other state.
There are plenty of bucket list courses in the game of golf—Augusta National, Pebble Beach, and The Old Course at St. Andrews are at the top of my list. And more than just playing those courses, there are famous holes there I would love to try my hand at: No. 12 at Amen Corner in Augusta, No. 18 along the Pacific Ocean at Pebble Beach, and No. 17, The Road Hole at St. Andrews. Those holes may be out of reach (either due to lack of golf skills or discretionary income), but there are still plenty of holes in Minnesota golf worthy of a bucket list. I would include the 16th hole at Hazeltine National Golf Club on this list of Minnesota golf bucket list holes, but since it is a private course, you’ve either already played it or you need an invitation to make it happen.
Whether you’re squeezing in a round before watching fireworks, or hitting the course during your 4th of July vacation, golfing on Independence Day is as American as, well, an eagle – not to mention a birdie or par. For many of us, golf really is a 4th of July tradition, and with the holiday falling on a Saturday this year, our members are making it easier than ever to get out on the course. You can always check our Special Offers page for a complete listing of specials, however, here are some of the best golf deals and golf highlights in Minnesota this Fourth of July.
Par 3 holes provide so much promise as you walk up to the tee. Typically the holes are of a manageable length—a respite from long, tough par 4’s. They often contain beautiful yet beguiling features: water, encroaching trees, and difficult, but well-crafted bunkers. The opportunity to put a 2 on the scorecard is always there, and even thoughts of that elusive and exciting ace creep into mind as you waggle your club.
Chaska Town Course Should not be Overlooked
It’s possible you may have heard of Chaska Town Course (CTC) but have not played it. The renowned Chaska municipal occasionally gets overlooked due to sitting in the shadow of another great course–Hazeltine National Golf Club—where the national spotlight shines every few years. But CTC has been called one of the best municipals in Minnesota and ranks with some of the best around the country. It should not be missed.
The proximity of the Town Course to Hazeltine (which is located about the length of three par 5s away) has also been a benefit. The CTC has assisted Hazeltine in some national events (the 2003 National Amputee Tournament and 2006 U.S. Amateur) and shared the spotlight (PGA pro Billy Horshel set a club record—12-under, 60–at the Amateur), but the Town Course is worthy of plenty of attention in its own right.
Since Arthur Hills designed Chaska Town Course in 1997, it has been collecting honors:
- Voted top 10 best Golf Courses in Minnesota–Golf Digest
- Once ranked 23rd (currently 36th) in the Top Municipal Golf Courses in the U.S—GolfWeek
- Rated Four and a Half Stars Best Places to Play–Golf Digest
- Named Course of the Year (2009)–Minnesota Golf Association