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A Tour of Minnesota Resort Golf for Your Weekend Away


The daily grind gets to us all. The Monday through Friday rat race then leads us home where the other race begins: getting the kids to all their sports and activities. But nothing grants a respite from all that like a golf getaway weekend at one of Minnesota’s incredible resorts.

Whether you’re looking for a little rest and relaxation or just a quiet weekend away from the kids, there are plenty of great Minnesota golf resorts that fit the bill. With golf challenges that will thrill and excite you to amenities that will calm and restore you, a weekend getaway at a golf resort is the perfect prescription.

Feel the Breeze in Your Hair at Breezy Point Resort

The name, Breezy Point Resort (located in the town of Breezy Point) just exudes the kind of soothing, relaxing weekend you may be seeking. Imagine yourself on the shores of Pelican Lake, dipping your toes in the water as a calming breeze flows through your hair. Then, after golf at one of Breezy Point’s three great courses (Traditional, Whitebirch, and Deacon’s Lodge), you can relax in the Serenity Spa and indulge yourself. End the night with a quiet romantic dinner at one of five restaurants, where you make plans to do it all again the next day.

Participate in Countless Activities at Madden’s

Madden’s on Gull Lake in Brainerd can provide just about anything you want in a golf resort getaway weekend. There are 63 holes of golf and countless leisure time activities away from the course — shuffleboard, croquet, lawn bowling, and the luxurious Spa at Madden’s. If you desire some water activities, try paddle boarding, kayaking, a rowboat excursion, or just a relaxing tour of Gull Lake on a spacious pontoon. Then, check out six different restaurants on the grounds from the Classic Grill to the New Mission Point and Fairways restaurants.

Go Walleye Fishing After a Round at Cragun’s

Brainerd has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to great golf resorts, and Cragun’s Resort and Hotel on Gull Lake is a big part of it. From beach volleyball and biking to swimming, tennis, and hiking the Paul Bunyan Trail, the activities are countless. After dinner at any of the five restaurants, you can enjoy a relaxing and romantic bonfire on the shore of Gull Lake. The next day, rent a boat from the marina and spend a glorious summer day catching a trophy walleye or bass. Oh, and don’t forget the 27 holes of great golf — always key to a great golf getaway.

Enjoy Wine and Beer Tasting at Grand View Lodge

Grand View Lodge in Nisswa also borders Gull Lake and it features everything you can imagine for your getaway weekend. A grand fishing excursion, a thrilling boat ride, or other aquatic activities can start your day. Then, it’s off to the exquisite Glacial Waters Spa to reinvigorate you for an evening to remember. Grandview has numerous dining options and, if you are interested, you can partake in a wine or beer tasting held weekly on the property. If there is any time left, don’t miss out on some of the best golf in the state, as Grand View offers 54 holes of golf on three separate courses.

Take in the Scenery at Minnesota National Golf Course

If you are looking for a golf-centric getaway in the quietude of central Minnesota, Minnesota National Golf Course in Macgregor is (not) far from the maddening crowd of the Brainerd/Baxter area. Just a bit west you will find 27-holes of excellent championship golf. Named one of the Top 10 Minnesota golf resorts, Minnesota National features some exquisite lodging, including the Executive Log Home located on the 5th hole of the championship course. There are other townhomes on the Joel Goldstrand-designed course, which also is home to abundant wildlife. The beauty and peace of this treasure will refresh you from the moment you step on the grounds.

So, whether you venture to the shores of the Gull Lake Chain of Lakes or enjoy the tranquility of central Minnesota, you’re bound to have a good and relaxing time. If it’s difficult to choose which course to check out, try a new resort every year! That way, you’ll get the opportunity to play a number of different courses and enjoy new areas of Minnesota.

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