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JOURNEY PLANNER

FLIGHTS

Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport 
Icelandair

WHERE TO STAY

Radisson Hotel
Bloomington by Mall of America
W: radissonmallofamerica.com

Madden’s Resort
Brainerd
W: maddens.com

Westin Edina Galleria hotel
Edina
W: westinedinagalleria.com

Comfort Suites Canal Park hotel
Duluth
W: choicehotels.com

Fortune Bay Resort Casino
Tower
W: fortunebay.com

Villas at Giants Ridge
Biwabik
W: villasatgiantsridge.com


WHERE TO EAT

Split Rock Grill
Radisson Hotel
Bloomington
W: radissonmallofamerica.com

Mancini’s Char House & Lounge
Saint Paul
W: mancinis.com

FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar
Bloomington
W: firelakerestaurant.com

The Capital Grille
Minneapolis
W: thecapitalgrille.com

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant
Edina
W: westinedinagalleria.com/
edina-minnesota-restaurants

Surly’s Microbrewery
Minneapolis
W: surlybrewing.com

Canal Park Brewing Co
Duluth
W: canalparkbrewery.com

Sunset Steakhouse
Fortune Bay Resort Casino
Tower
W: fortunebay.com/dining/sunset


THINGS TO DO

Mall of America
Bloomington
W: mallofamerica.com

Gallaria Edina
Edina
W: galleriaedina.com

WHERE TO PLAY
Hazeltine National, Chaska
W: hazeltinenational.com

Legends GC, Prior Lake
W: legendsgc.com

The Classic, Brainerd
W: maddens.com/the-classic-
course.html

The Pines, Nisswa
W: grandviewlodge.com/golf-course

Keller GC, Maplewood
W: parks.co.ramsey.mn.us/golf/
Pages/Keller-Golf-Course.aspx

The Wilderness, Tower
W: golfthewilderness.com

The Legend, Biwabik
W: giantsridge.com/legend.html

The Quarry, Biwabik
W: giantsridge.com/index.php


 

 

The Pines at grand view Lodge, Minnesota, USA
Golf holiday review of Minnesota, USA, The Pines, 7th hole on the Lakes Course

Not feeling too great this morning as I stand on the tee on the Lakeís first hole, we had rather too much to drink at Maddenís Resort having destroyed a few songs on the Karaoke last night!

But I managed to get one off the bottom of my driver that made the centre of the fairway. I have to say itís a beautiful little opening hole, not too long at 420-yards and with a nice bit of run off the ridge in the fairway I have a 7-iron into the hole which as you would expect is set amongst other species including of course pine trees.

And yet again I have to say the greens are in stunning condition, it has been a theme of this week and The Pines' greens are certainly up there with the best.

It really is a great track and the 2nd to the 4th holes dogleg through the trees. The 5th is an interesting little hole that you need to play short of the water that sits in front of the green, Iíve hit a 4-iron but because I went for the left side of the fairway I had a downhill lie, so I suggest you stick closer to the tree line on the right to give yourself a nice shot into the pin.

The 7th is the Lakes signature hole and it looks stunning from the tee which has been finished off with some beautiful stone work, add in the water you have to play over to a long thin green with a steep bank on the right, which has railway sleepers built into it, it really is a gem of a hole.

The Lakes nine comes to a close with another great par 3 that is played to a green that is 100-yards wide and not very deep so you really need to be on the right section to give yourself a chance.

The Woods nine starts with a great par 5 that takes a sharp dogleg to the right, and the 2nd is a slight dogleg right but plays to a green that sits below you and is another hole I know you are going to enjoy playing, as is the par 3 that follows it, again water comes into play on the right.

If I was going to pick which nine is the better I would have to say The Woods just edges it slightly, I really enjoyed the way the holes are designed through the trees and it has a stunning par 5 finishing hole where water again comes into play on the left hand side, as for the green, well lets just say I donít think you will see many two putts here!! There are another loop of nine holes here called The Marsh, but unfortunately I didnít have a chance to play that them.

No matter what you score on the day and what nines you choose to play, when you are sitting round the nice fire pit outside the clubhouse with a cold beverage in hand, you will have plenty to talk about Ė especially some of those green complexes Ė and like me you will have some wonderful memories of your time here.


Golf holiday review of Minnesota, USA, The Pines, 9th hole on The Woods Course Top: Tough par 3, 7th hole on The Lakes Course. Above Water at the 9th on The Woods nine

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5th Lakes, 3rd and 8th Woods photos taken on the day of play © James mason planetgolfreview



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