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Making the Most of Your Family Getaway

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A midsummer getaway has never sounded sweeter than this year, has it? Families are eager to leave behind the unending video conference calls and cabin fever (has the work/life balance ever been so out of whack?). In the background of everyday life, nature continues uninterrupted: the days are getting longer, and the sunsets on Minnesota’s lakes are as breathtaking this year as they always are.

Of course, as you pack your belongings (including your golf clubs), you’ll want to also create a checklist of items that will ensure the health and safety of your family. With that tucked away, you’re ready to explore Minnesota golf!

Cragun's Legacy Club House

Brainerd Lakes Area

Minnesota’s golf resorts are nationally recognized and revered by those who call the Land of 10,000 Lakes home. To make the most of your family getaway you’ll want to maximize, not only the variety of golf courses, but also the activities for everyone in your family. When many people think of Minnesota summer vacations, the Brainerd Lakes Area usually comes to mind. With historic resorts like Madden’s on Gull Lake and Cragun’s Resort and Hotel on Gull Lake, golfers will find some of the best experiences in the Upper Midwest. Non-golfers can spend the day on the beach and revel in endless water sports. Just north of Brainerd, travelers will find Breezy Point Resort. Located on the shores of Pelican Lake golfers will have 3 courses to choose from and additional family members will have no trouble filling their days on the lake.

Giants Ridge

Minnesota’s Trilogy

For a completely different family experience you can travel to Northeast Minnesota to discover the Minnesota Iron Range. With two world class courses at Giants Ridge and one of the most respected casino golf courses in the United States, The Wilderness at Fortune Bay, in Tower, MN, golfers could stay for weeks playing these courses and never get bored. Whereas the Brainerd Lakes area offers lake resorts, the Iron Range is a paradise for hikers and bikers. The Mesabi Trail runs through Giants Ridge and is considered one of the best rural bike trails in the state. Hikers can explore a number of trails, with varying distances and each with different terrain.

The Wilderness at Fortune Bay in Tower, MN is a golf experience you’ll not soon forget. Connected to the Mesabi Trail, cyclists will find miles and miles of riding and hiking terrain. In the evenings, adults have the opportunity to try their hand in the Fortune Bay Casino. No question, something for everyone!

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Twin Cities Golf

Surrounding the Twin Cities, visitors will find enough golf to keep them busy for the rest of the season. Whether your stay brings you closer to St. Paul or Minneapolis, you can find some of the best golf in the state less than 30-minutes away. With restrictions loosening for indoor and outdoor restaurant seatings, families will have wonderful dining options to choose from. The Mall of America re-opened on June 10th which means shoppers will have nearly 6 million square feet of mall space to explore.

Like some of the resorts in northern Minnesota, the Twin Cities also offers a range of outdoors activities with hiking and more than 83 miles of off-street biking trails. There is good reason Minneapolis is consistently among the best bicycling cities in America.

Our golf courses have been in top condition since April, and we’re currently enjoying some of the most ideal stretches of weather for recreation in recent years. Is life a little different this year? Sure it is. But a week on the lake or a getaway golf trip to the Twin Cities is just as spectacular as it has ever been – and it might be just the thing families need to relax after months indoors.


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