Updated June 2023 For some avid golfers, the term “family golf vacation” might strike fear…
As you begin to plan your summer vacations, put Minnesota on your list. You’ll get relaxation and thrills all in one place. With acclaimed golf courses, steller fishing, access to thousands of lakes, national hiking trails, State and National Parks plus Lake Superior as well as welcoming vacation towns, and amenity-filled resorts, Central and Northern Minnesota may become your annual vacation hot spot.
Just a few hours north of the MSP Airport are some of America’s best golf facilities – the Brainerd Lakes Area, the Wild North and popular central and western outstate golf destinations. Enjoy the super hospitable, comfy-cozy, “oh dontcha know” towns, and get the whole Minnesota experience. While you’re there maybe eat some hot-dish-casserole just to say you did it. As they say, “when in Rome…”. Central and Northern Minnesota are a vacationer’s and golfer’s dream.
Brainerd Lakes Area and Outstate North
Just 2-3 hours north of the Twin Cities you will find a collection of golf courses and world class resorts that are unrivaled in the Midwest. The Brainerd Area is known for its golf and vacation friendly lakes. This is “destination-golf” at its finest. The Brainerd area courses are true award winners: Maddens Resort (The Classic, Pine Beach East and Pine Beach West); Breezy Point Resort (White Birch Course and Arnold Palmer’s Deacon’s Lodge Course); Cragun’s Resort (Tom Lehman’s 18 and Dutch 27). Don’t miss a truly unique new world-class par 3 – Gravel Pit GC. Further to the east explore the majesty of Superior National GC on the shores of Lake Superior and then on the way south don’t overlook a gem at Minnesota National Golf Course in McGregor!
If you’re looking for a testimonial for the caliber of golf in Minnesota’s Wild North, look no further than Golf Digest which ranks the Wilderness at Fortune Bay as well as Giants Ridge’s Quarry and Legends courses in America’s Top 100.
Greater Central and Western Minnesota
Once you land at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, you can travel in just about any direction and discover a golf course that delivers a memorable experience. Whether you head to central Minnesota’s St Cloud area for Territory GC or further west to the Alexandria area for Arrowwood Resort, any reputation of Minnesota’s as frozen tundra will be altered forever.
Keep your Options Open
Stay & Play golf and lodging packages are available all season long. So what will your vacation entail? Be it world-class golf, a fishing escape, scenic hiking, exploring a vacation town, or even partnering your golf game with a little gambling, the options are endless in Central and Northern Minnesota. Create a bucket list of courses to hit, or just book a flight and see where the wind takes you. Whatever your vacation planning looks like, know that you can’t go wrong by choosing destination Minnesota. Plan the vacation in the Brainerd Lakes Area and Outstate Minnesota!