As the spring sun melts away the remnants of another Minnesota winter and the once barren trees start to bud and lawns slowly begin to transform from brown to green, Minnesotans are called to the outdoors. For some, this means swapping out their tactical arctic gear for a lightweight fleece and (dare I say it?) a pair of shorts to go for a walk or a jog. For others, this means pulling the cars out of the garage and sweeping out four months of accumulated dirt and muck. For others still, this time year, with the blossoming foliage, blooming flowers, and thickening grass means something more: the beginning of golf season.
Luckily, the Twin Cities has an abundance top-notch golf courses for those who are so inclined.
Olympic Hills Golf Club, Eden Prairie, MN: After undergoing a complete renovation between 2013 and 2015, the course at Olympic Hills Golf Club reopened in August 2015. Nestled amongst picturesque wetlands, the wide-open fairways framed by golden fescue can be forgiving to novice and casual golfers. However, the course’s long yardage (7400 yards) combined with its well-maintained, undulating greens make it a challenge for even the most skilled players.
Bent Creek Golf Club, Eden Prairie, MN: Playing at just over 6500 yards, the scenic course at Bent Creek Golf Club is consistently rated as one of the best golf courses in the southern suburbs. The unique combination of both open and narrow fairways framed by a mix of majestic oaks, shady weeping willows, and tall pines provide a serene venue that will test the skills of serious and casual golfers alike.
Chaska Town Course, Chaska, MN: Though nearby Halzeltine National Golf Club gets a lot of the press, the Chaska Town Course is touted as one of the best public golf courses in the Twin Cities. Sprawling over 285 acres that include groves of mature oaks, open prairie, and wetlands, the 6800-yard, par 72 course is a challenge that can be enjoyed by all.