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.
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 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.
The 152-yard, par-3 No. 7 on the Lakes course requires a visually intimidating shot over a pond front and left. But a hill restrained with railroad ties to the right offers a bailout and a chance for a fortuitous kick back onto the green if the carry over the water left is too much. You will long remember this course for its beauty and playability.
The Garden course is designed for the family on vacation. It offers nine holes (par 35) of leisurely play with 6” cups and kid’s tee boxes to encourage a family-friendly game. The Garden provides a good challenge for the adults, but one that will have the youngsters in your group looking forward to another round.
Grand View Lodge also manages The Preserve, located in Pequot Lakes (eight miles north of the main lodge), and neither the beauty nor challenge lets up. With the same excellent conditioning as at The Pines, The Preserve is also a gorgeous walk through northern Minnesota woods. The course features dramatic elevation changes that make for some interesting club choices from 11 different elevated tees. No more so than on the 150 yard, par-3 17th hole, which is a nerve-rattling shot to the green in the narrowing canyon below.
Like The Pines, The Preserve also has received plenty of recognition, including Best Courses You Can Play in Minnesota–Golfweek magazine, 2012. A golfer can’t go wrong teeing it up any of the Grand View Lodge golf courses.
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