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The Best Minnesota Golf Courses for Early Spring

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It’s early April in Minnesota and the golf courses are in full bloom. That is, there are plenty already open with golfers walking the slowly greening fairways. After a mild winter and an early spring (some tracks were open in early March), we are experiencing another early spring for Minnesota golf courses.

Call it global warming, El Nina or El Nino or whatever you want, but I’m calling it glorious. The weather has cooperated and so have the golf courses, so I am planning to get out there as soon as possible. Here are a few courses that would be worthwhile checking out for an early spring round.

Some of the courses in northern Minnesota may not be open yet, as the conditions for golf ripen a little later every season, but there are plenty of options in the Twin Cities to get you back in the “swing” of things. The Minnesota Golf Association’s website has up-to-the-minute openings, so check to see when your favorite course is ready for play. But in the meantime, here are some great courses awaiting your next tee ball.

Stonebrooke Golf Club in Shakopee was one of the early openers this season, allowing golfers to tee it up on March 6. The weather is warm enough now so you won’t need an extra layer for that ferry ride across Lake O’Dowd after your tee shot on No. 8.

Braemar Golf Course in Edina has opened their regulation course for play this season (on March 9), but the driving range won’t open until April 15, according to the MGA.

A cadre of fine tracks opened their doors on March 11. The Territory Golf Club outside of St. Cloud, Legends Club in Prior Lake, and Willingers Golf Club in Northfield all got going before St. Patrick’s Day this season. The Wilds Golf Club, another Prior Lake product, opened on March 11 to cart path traffic only — but that may have since changed. Rush Creek’s Mac Nine course opened on the 11th, as well, giving golfers options all over the Twin Cities.

Prestwick Golf Club in Woodbury opened for the season on March 18. Its hilly walk through the Woodbury countryside is ready for all golfers.

Edinburgh USA in Brooklyn Park opened on March 22. This challenging track with water on 10 holes is the former home to an LPGA tournament. Unlike grass that may still be greening up, the water hazards are in peak condition.

By the time you read this, there will be even more courses open, and soon you can plan a trip up north to some fine courses that you may find a bit busier this summer. The Brainerd-Baxter area will be buzzing in April as the Cragun’s Legacy Courses opened early this month, to be followed by Golden Eagle Golf Club on April 15, a staggered opening of Madden’s on Gull Lake courses (Pine Beach East on the 13th, Pine Beach West on the 22nd and The Classic on the 29th. The Preserve at Grand View Lodge will also open to the public on April 29.

As earlier noted, check the MGA website for timely updates, but in the meantime, get those clubs out of storage and enjoy some early-April golf so you are in mid-season form before you file your tax return.

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.

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