Minnesotans are known for enduring some tough winter weather conditions. But we do so, perhaps, because of each preceding fall season, when there seems (to us) to be no better place on earth. Fall in Minnesota is a glorious time and perfect for enjoying the beauty of the season with a round of golf.
Thinking of a fall golf getaway? Here are five reasons fall is the best time to golf in MN:
1. Best Turf Conditions
Any golfer looking for a great round wants the course to be in peak condition, and fall in Minnesota is when the turf conditions are at their finest. The cooler temps prevent baked-out fairways that can occur during a hot summer, and course superintendents have an entire season to groom their courses to their desired best. Unscarred tee boxes, verdant, manicured fairways (with some challenging rough, of course) and greens that roll fast and true. The conditions are unsurpassed.
2. Moderate Temperatures
Summers in Minnesota can be hot and humid, but the falls are cool and dry and simply beckon golfers to tee it up. A round in the mid-70s, with a warming sun peeking between clouds, offers the perfect oasis for a golf traveler. It’s as if you set the thermometer to the precise temperature for golf. If it is your last round of the season, you won’t do better for finding a round that will make you yearn for golf coming next year.
3. Fall Foliage
There are four seasons in the Land of 10,000 water hazards, and fall is the most majestic – with a round of golf providing a front-row seat. The splendorous falls colors (particularly in the deep woodland course in Northern Minnesota) are a feast for the eyes, but the rustle of leaves and smell of crisp, cool fall breezes also arouse other senses. Waiting to play your next shot allows time to soak in the surroundings and likely put you in the perfect mindset to take it.
4. Uncrowded Courses
There might not be much waiting for shots, however, as fall golf is a time for uncrowded courses. Junior players are back in school while other players have stopped playing for the season. The result is open, optimal tee times, which is a great benefit for the golf traveler.
5. Affordable Prices
And that goes hand-in-hand with good prices on golf in the fall, as courses looking to capture the waning golf dollars offer plenty of deals to those still playing. Doing a little online research will reveal some creative pricing (such as The Wilds’ popular “Pay the Temperature” green fee deal) and offer the opportunity to stretch your travel budget and still play great courses.
Enjoy a Fall Golf Getaway in the Twin Cities
Inspired to fit in one (or more) round this fall? Here is a list of some great courses for fall golf in the Twin Cities, where the green fairways are complemented by shimmering blue waters and blazing autumn colors:
Braemar Golf Course – Edina Always a tree-lined masterpiece, the newly renovated version of Braemar has more than 500 acres of rolling hills and scenic lakes appointed by beautiful, untouched oak ridges.
Chaska Town Course – Chaska CTC sprawls over 285 acres of oak groves, open prairie, and marshlands with lush, bent grass fairways and greens. You won’t be far from where the Ryder Cup Matches in Hazeltine will be played this fall.
Edinburgh U.S.A. – Brooklyn Park With water on 11 holes, this former site of an LPGA tournament is surrounded by the beauty of the season in its full glory. Not to be missed this fall.
Prestwick Golf Club – Woodbury This hilly course offers a variety of challenges amongst its lovely landscapes of colorful wildflowers and groves of mature trees.
Rush Creek GC – Maple Grove Filled with natural beauty from the hardwoods to the rush-filled marshland, the course offers every kind of challenge, as it is home to a former U.S. Amateur Public Links in 2004.
Stonebrooke GC – Shakopee Stonebrooke is famous for its ferry ride across Lake O’Dowd, but the walk over the hilly terrain and through the changing trees is something you will return to experience.
StoneRidge Golf Club – Stillwater StoneRidge also boasts the challenges of its well-known “barn hole,” but set in the of most beautiful spots in the area, this is Minnesota fall golf at its best.
Head a bit further out of the Twin Cities and you will find a handful of courses that are draped in the finery of the season.
Ridges at Sand Creek – Jordan This excellently-conditioned course was named the 2009 Golf Course of the Year” by the Midwest Golf Course Owners Association, and each fall will take your breath away.
The Wilds Golf Club – Prior Lake With a natural setting of Ponderosa pines, hardwoods, wetlands, and wildlife habitats, The Wilds features 150 feet of elevation changes, offering a great view of the season.
Willingers Golf Course – Northfield For a trip inside nature in the fall, check out Willingers, which is nestled in a quiet setting of woods, water, and sand. Well worth the trip this autumn.
Legends Club – Prior Lake Once recognized as National Golf Course of the Year, Legends Club offers a superior challenge nestled in a splendid wooded and marshy area on the border of Prior Lake.
With this many reasons to play golf in the fall, we’re not sure why anyone would pass up the opportunity! So, get out there before the snow flies. You won’t regret it.