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Madden's on Gull Lake

Maddens Classic, Hole 16 Bridge

Madden’s on Gull Lake, Minnesota’s Classic Resort, offers a golf experience for every ability and every budget. There is truly something for everyone at Madden’s starting with Pine Beach East and continuing with The Classic at Madden’s. Madden’s rich tradition of golf began in 1926, building a reputation on “classic” service and pristine course conditions, so evident at each of Madden’s four golf courses.

Madden’s Pine Beach East Course, the first 18-hole resort course built in Minnesota, is a true test of your golf skills, as it meanders through a striking park-like setting. It possesses beautiful fairways with generous landing areas, making your approach shots critical. The famous 618-yard, par-6 sixth hole is one of a kind in the Midwest. This long-treasured track is a hidden gem in the area and boasts hosting the golf greats such as Patty Berg, Walter Hagen and Nancy Lopez.

Pine Beach West is a heavily wooded course and its rolling terrain makes it an enjoyable challenge for any level of player. What looks to be an easy-to-break par track will deceive even scratch players. Both Pine Beach East and West assure the best golf value in the Brainerd Lakes area.

The Classic at Madden’s opened in 1997, and celebrates the 25th Anniversary this season.  Complementing the existing 45 holes of golf at Madden’s…The Classic has received rave reviews. The Classic at Madden’s is literally carved out of mature red oaks and wetlands and features significant elevation changes and professional caddie services.  It’s easy to understand why this challenging and breathtaking track has received numerous awards: A five-star rating for Best Places to Play (Golf Digest), #5 in Golfweek’s “Best” and Golf Digest’s Top 50.

While creating the course, Madden’s placed a premium on preserving the environment and natural habitats and very little earth was moved. “We took a superb piece of land and uncovered a great golf course,” says Brian Thuringer, Chairman of the Board of Madden’s. The Classic at Madden’s six sets of tees, 56 Ohio Best sand bunkers and water on 16 holes provide plenty of challenge, but its striking vistas will make a lasting impression and remind a visitor just how magnificent the game of golf can be.

Located on more than 1,000 acres spanning miles of Gull Lake shoreline, Madden’s offers three distinctive yet separate resort atmospheres, each featuring a unique blend of accommodations. Once you’ve arrived, our unlimited recreational offerings, fine and casual dining, two bars, nightly entertainment and a lakeside spa will affirm “there’s really no reason to leave.” Let us build a golf package suited to your needs—whether you want to golf from sunup to sunset, or golf in the morning, visit the spa or play on the lake in the afternoon, a package with or without meals, or perhaps include an area golf round—we’ll tailor it specifically to your liking. With 108 holes of golf within one mile, you’re truly in a golfer’s paradise.


  • 5-Star Rating – 15th Consecutive Years, Golf Digest
  • 62nd Best Public Golf Course in America, Golf Digest
  • 91st Best Resort Course in America, Golfweek
  • Lone recipient of Golf Digest’s Green Star Award in 2010
  • America’s Top Golf Course, ZAGAT
  • “One course for the Rest of Your Life”, Golf Digest ranked The Classic at Madden’s 24th of all public courses in the United States.

Course Details

The Classic at Madden’s

Holes 18
Par 72
Rating 75.0
Yardage 7,102
Slope 144


Pine Beach East

Holes 18
Par 72
Rating 70.1
Yardage 6,154
Slope 124

Pine Beach West

Holes 18
Par 67
64.3 64.8
Yardage 5,070
Slope 119

Social Nine

Holes 9
Par 28
Yardage 1,341

Madden’s on Gull Lake
11266 Pine Beach Peninsula
Brainerd, MN 55401

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