The summers in Minnesota are glorious for golfers, and often gone too soon. But the falls are fantastic in the state and no time to put your clubs into hibernation. In many cases, fall is the prime time to play in the area, and you can find the best public golf courses in Minnesota wide open and waiting for you to tee it up.
The temperate falls in Minnesota are ideal to be on the course. The conditions of the golf courses are typically at their peak in the fall, and the splendor of the surroundings is unsurpassed. A tapestry of fall colors ablaze in nearby trees accents the verdant green fairways of every course. Golf-mad Minnesota has settled down just a bit with the kids back in school, and the glory of the season can sometimes be all your own.
And the golf is as good as it get in Minnesota, a place known for its numerous challenging, upscale golf courses. From the top of the state to the bottom there is a grand choice of courses to suit your game and fit into your schedule. Here is a handful that you shouldn’t miss.
If you are looking for a great northern fall getaway, try Giants Ridge up on the Iron Range. The air is crisp, the colors vibrant and the golf second to none in the state. With two top championship courses that have both been cited by national “Best Of” lists, The Legend and The Quarry offer a memorable weekend of challenging golf surrounded by secluded woods, shimmering waters and abundant wildlife.
Arnold Palmer designed this beautiful and challenging course, tucked into the Central L akes region of the state. It meanders through colorful hardwoods, over rolling hills and around water and sand. The lodging can comfortably accommodate your twosome or your large group at this award-winning public course and fall is a great time of year to visit it.
If you are in the Twin Cities, where fall can be as colorful as in the North Woods, check out Edinburgh, which is the former host to an LPGA tournament. This city parkland course is full of unique and challenging holes — particularly the water holes. No. 17 is true target golf with an island landing area and peninsula green that requires thought and precision on each shot. Play where the pros have played on this great public track.
Chaska Town Course lies in the shadow of Hazeltine National Golf Club, where the Ryder Cup Matches will be contested in September of 2016, but it is no slouch when it comes to beauty and challenge. Occasionally sharing the bill with Hazeltine on some of their national tournaments, this well-conditioned public course offers everything you want in an afternoon of competitive golf. Tee it up at CTC, and then get the lay of the land next door for the upcoming Ryder Cup.
No fall Minnesota golf tour is complete without a trip to bluff country on the southeastern edge of the state where The Jewel shimmers in the spectacular countryside. Nestled beneath towering bluffs, The Jewel’s challenge is unsurpassed and it’s beauty unmatched. The surrounding hillsides of blazing bright trees frame the fairways like no other place in Minnesota. The glory of fall golf is realized for all in this Lake City treasure.
But there are many other public tracks to enjoy in Minnesota where fall golf comes to life. Here is a list of the best of the rest you can play this autumn:
- Black Bear Golf Course – Carlton
- Braemar Golf Course – Edina
- Cragun’s Resort – Brainerd
- Geneva Golf Club – Alexandria
- Golden Eagle Golf Club – Fifty Lakes
- Grand View Lodge – Nisswa
- Legends Club – Prior Lake
- Madden’s on Gull Lake – Gull Lake
- Prestwick Golf Club – Woodbury
- Ridges at Sand Creek – Jordan
- Rush Creek Golf Club – Maple Grove
- Stonebrooke Golf Club – Shakopee
- StoneRidge Golf Club – Stillwater
- Territory Golf Club – St. Cloud
- Thumper Pond Resort – Ottertail
- The Wilderness at Fortune Bay – Tower
- The Wilds Golf Club – Prior Lake
- Willingers Golf Course – Northfield
Explore Minnesota Golf Alliance is a non-profit membership organization whose mission is to raise awareness of Minnesota golf courses and resorts as international travel destinations. Our member facilities feature award-winning, championship golf courses and are geographically disbursed across the great state of Minnesota. The combination of exceptional quality and outstanding value make Minnesota one of the best golf destinations in the United States.