They might call us ‘the land of 10,000 lakes’, but there’s probably even more golf courses in the North Star State! Here in Minnesota, we have some of the most diverse and challenging golf courses in the entire nation; from upscale courses that require a membership, to beautiful and laid back public courses that the whole family can visit.
In other words, no matter where you are in the state, you can find the ideal course for you. To help you make a decision when it comes to where you bring your clubs and irons, I’ve compiled a list of some of the best golf courses in Minnesota below.
Since 2004, Windsong Farms has been quietly gaining notoriety for being one of the most palatial golf courses in the entire state that attracts affluent members every few years or so. Co-designed by PGA (Pro Golf Association) icon and native of Minnesota, Tom Lehman, Windsong Farms has it all. From old woods and water, to links and luxurious facilities.
Because it is a private golf club, you’ll need a membership to join, and it might just be worth it, considering how breathtaking the course itself is and its proximity to downtown Minneapolis (only about a 40 minute drive). If you don’t get in, you can always admire it from a distance like I do!
If you’re touring the best golf courses in Minnesota, then this golf course is simply a can’t-miss. Nestled in the awe inspiring countryside of bluff county, the Jewel Golf Club can make anyone envious of its members due to its challenging, but rewarding holes and gorgeous scenery.
If you’re lucky enough to be a member, and you do so before the fall season arrives, get ready to be blown away. You’ll soon be seeing a sea of vibrant red, yellow, and auburn trees in the hillsides that frame the hillsides that surround the Jewel.
When it comes to golfing, everyone wants to be challenged. It’s how we grow as golfers and what drives us to play the sport in the first place. Luckily, Mississippi Dunes Golf Links provides challenges in spades!
This course isn’t for the faint of heart or an early beginner. It demands skill, patience, and perseverance, as taking blind tee shots will happen frequently throughout this beautiful course. Speaking of which, the pretty wooded areas throughout Mississippi Dunes is why it is so challenging to begin with. Regardless though, if you’re a competitor and you have the skill level this course demands, then it might be just what you’re looking for.
With undulated, elevated greens, gofers can get an accurate read on the ball after they swing. You’ll also be required to use multiple clubs to be able to handle all of the different conventional and unconventional shots you’ll need to take. As I mentioned, Mississippi Dunes isn’t the greatest for those who haven’t honed their skills yet. However, if you’ve been at it for some time now, this course can be rewarding and unique enough to make you want to visit.
On one hand, you might find it strange that this course is so close to such a famous golf club — Hazeltine National Golf Club, to be exact, which is where the Ryder Cup Matches took place back in 2016 — however, that doesn’t mean Chaska Town Course should be written off.
Quite the contrary, actually; this public course has everything from well-manicured greens, beautiful views, and challenging (but not too challenging) holes that the whole family can enjoy!
I love Breezy Point — and, not because it was designed by the icon himself, Arnold Palmer — for its scenic views and relaxing atmosphere. From vibrant foliage, calming waters, and views of hillsides, when you golf at Breezy Point’s Resort, your eyes won’t be disappointed.
Because it’s a resort, you have the luxury of staying at this public golf course for a few days (and with how gorgeous it is, why wouldn’t you?). Visit with one or a large group of your friends and family, and make it a golfing trip you won’t soon forget.
If you enjoy open course layouts when you’re golfing, then StoneRidge is the ideal public golf course for you. This 18-hole course can be great for beginners as well, as you’ll have plenty of space to practice your swing.
Known as one of the best rated courses in Minneapolis, StoneRidge is open all year long and for a little over $50 for a cart, it’s a course anyone can enjoy no matter when they plan on visiting.
Located in Minneapolis, Edinburgh Golf Course is a golf course I always recommend to friends and family who are visiting the Twin Cities. Keep in mind, though, this course isn’t for novices. The 17 hole course requires precision on every shot you take. With that said, it’s a public course that offers challenging and distinctive holes that will put your skills to the test!
Designed by Jeffrey Brauer, the famous golf architect himself, Giants Ridge is by far my favorite course on this list and it’s all because of the stunning scenery and views that surround it. Located on the Iron Range, this massive resort offers more than just golf (it’s got skiing too!). However, the two palatial courses at Giants Ridge are all I focus on when I visit.
From quaint woods, vibrant foliage, and natural waters, both courses offer a lot in terms of visual appeal. You might even catch a glimpse of some wild life while you’re teeing off. For those looking for more of a challenge, I suggest the course called The Quarry, which was built on the site of a former iron ore mine and sand quarry. If you’re more of a beginner, then the course Giants Ridge calls ‘The Legend’ might be more up your ally. Regardless, there’s something for every skill level!
Enjoy a Relaxing Day on The Links!
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the best golf courses in Minnesota. There are plenty more that are almost as breathtaking in terms of scenic views. If you’re visiting the North Star State anytime soon, I highly suggest checking out some of the public courses on this list — you won’t be disappointed!