The Land of 10,000 Lakes. If you’ve never ventured to Minnesota and like to be outside, you’re missing out. This great state is full of outdoor activities 12 months a year.
While I’m not a huge fan of snow myself, I do cherish every moment I get to spend outside on the golf course when it’s warm. I’m guessing you do too if you’re reading this guide.
That’s exactly what you can expect when you visit Minneapolis and St. Paul in the summer. Great golf and warm weather.
I’ve played a few rounds here, but many of you are much more knowledgeable. So, without further ado, let’s take a closer look at the best public courses you can play.
Eagle Valley Golf Club
Eagle Valley is owned and operated by the city of Woodbury. When you hear the term “city course,” it’s easy to assume the track is rundown and overcrowded.
Such couldn’t be further from the truth when you’re talking about Eagle Valley. In fact, this course is one of the best kept in the Metro area.
What players love most about Eagle Valley is that it never plays the same two days in a row. The variety of holes, plentiful teeing grounds and hole locations, and an ever changing wind direction, keep this course fun no matter how often you play it.
It’s more than clear that the city of Woodbury cares a lot about this facility. That’s reflected in the course’s condition and the top-notch service everyone receives.
The Meadows at Mystic Lake
The Meadows at Mystic Lake is a modern design that complements many of the older designs that are present on the Minneapolis golf scene.
The layout is fairly open and features plenty of water. Yes, you can swing confidently off the tee, but pay close attention to the numerous hazards that dot the course.
The greens are similarly large and undulating.
Owned and operated by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, this course has been the recipient of numerous awards from the likes of Golfweek and Golf Digest.
A must play if you’re a fan of modern, target golf designs.
Chaska Town Course
When golfers think of Chaska, they think of Hazeltine. Unfortunately, most of us common folk won’t ever get to play this prestigious private club.
The good news is Chaska Town Course offers a tremendous alternative.
Designed by Arthur Hills, this track spans more than 285 acres of native grasslands, wooded areas, and wetlands.
The layout dictates that you hit shots from point A to be point B. This is target golf.
A true ball striker’s test, consider it a successful day if you get around here without any penalty strokes.
For one of the best public experiences in the area, you can’t go wrong with Chaska Town Course.
Loggers Trail Golf Club
Loggers Trail is considered to be one of the premier golf courses in all of Minnesota, not just the Twin Cities.
A varied layout, you’ll experience a number of holes that are open and exposed, and others that are intimate and narrow.
Always in perfect condition, you can expect the ball to sit up in fairways, and the greens to roll like a pool table.
If working on your game is a top priority, be sure to look into this facility’s instructional programs. Not only are the PGA Professionals great teachers, the practice facilities are outstanding.
A complete experience that you won’t soon forget, Logger’s Trail continues to impress.
Heritage Links Golf Club
Designed by Joel Goldstrand and opened in 1997, Heritage Links is centrally located in the heart of the Twin Cities.
This isn’t a long golf course measuring a touch over 6,600 yards. However, it demands course management and precision.
The story of two different nines, the front side is somewhat open with a links feel. On the way in, you’ll have to keep the ball in play as the fairways are narrow, and the greens well protected.
Known as one of the best bangs for your buck, don’t miss a chance to play Heritage Links.
Forest Hills Golf Club
One of the best values in Minneapolis is Forest Hills.
You’re not going to find the lavish trappings of the finest private clubs at Forest Hills. Instead, you’ll be greeted with a warm smile, and a golf facility that’s clearly looked after with love and care.
This parkland design is quaint with tree lined fairways, and small greens that are protected by bunkers. If you’re a bomber, you won’t have a huge advantage here. Instead, players that think their way around the course tend to do well.
A round that’s underrated but deserves your business, don’t forget about Forest Hills.
Hastings Golf Club
Hastings Golf Club is the social hub in the community of Hastings.
Along with great golf, this facility plays an integral part in hosting community events, meetings, and social gatherings.
Without a doubt however, the golf course is this property’s centerpiece.
An old school design, this track is full of character and charm. Beautifully manicured fairways, and fast, subtle greens mean shot placement and strategy are key.
If you happen to miss the fairways too often, you’ll quickly become an expert at hitting low punch shots back to the fairway.
Always a treat to play, it’s little wonder Hastings Golf Club has such a loyal following.
Centerbrook Golf Course
Since 1987, Centerbrook Golf Course has been a staple in the Minneapolis golf scene.
Located just minutes from downtown, this course is one of the more challenging par three layouts you’ll find anywhere. Not to mention it’s a blast to play.
On any given day of the week, you’ll find people from all walks of life strolling the fairways.
There’s no pretention here. All that matters is that you’re courteous to those around you; that’s certainly how you’ll be treated.
If you’re on limited time, or are looking for a fun day with family, friends, or beginners, Centerbrook is meant for you.
Oak Marsh Golf Course
Oak Marsh Golf Course is a muni favorite for all kinds of golfers in the Twin Cities.
Even though this layout is somewhat flat and wide open, it’s anything but a pushover. Water hazards come into play on no less than 13 holes.
This course can really play difficult when the winds come up in the afternoon. If you want an easy go of it, schedule a morning tee time.
Oak Marsh has everything you need, and nothing you don’t. A fun, yet challenging round of golf.
Shamrock Golf Course
If you’re a fan of hidden gems like me, you’ll want to check out Shamrock Golf Course. Will you be lucky and play well? That’s up for the golf gods to decide.
What you will find is a course that’s surprisingly uncrowded and always well kept.
Opened in 1974, this an old school parkland design that’s got a few subtle tricks up its sleeve. Especially on the greens. If you get a chance, play with a local as they’re difficult to read.
Great value, friendly service, and a fun layout. Sounds like a winner to me.
Minneapolis is a great sports town. The Vikings, Twins, and Timberwolves all call this city home.
It’s also rich with great golf that’s accessible to everybody. As I said earlier, the Twin Cities are a great destination for golf during the warm months.
Knowing what I know now, I’m going to make an effort to get back here with my sticks in tow.
Thank you to all of our faithful readers for your continued help. It won’t be long before the snow melts, and I hope to see you on the links soon.