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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


 

 

Wilderness, Fortune Bay, Minnesota, USA
Golf holiday review of Minnesota, USA, Wilderness at the Fortune Bay Resort, Par 3, 12th hole at Sunset

I head out of Duluth after my nights stay right next to Lake Superior, I am heading up to play Wilderness at the Fortune Bay Resort and as I hit the reservation and glimpse a couple of the holes my excitement levels start to rise.

I check in to the resort and hit the well appointed range which has miniature Titleist tour bags full of balls and just behind the range is a great chipping green that is mown so well it wouldn’t look out of place on a championship course.

I meet my three playing partners, Brian, Ryan and David who all work for the resort, as we hit the first tee and I tee up my ball I can see I am in for a treat, the fairways are wide which fits in with being a resort, giving everyone playing a chance. The design and the way the rock formations are blended into the design gives the hole a unique feeling.

The course is now in full autumn bloom and the colours and views around the course are amazing, the designer Jeffery Brauer has done a great job amongst the pines on the shores of Lake Vermilion.

Walking on to the 5th tee, you could be forgiven for thinking you where back home, I am looking down the fairway that is beautifully framed by trees that are showing their full range of colouring, greens, browns, light greens, reds and orange’s just hit your sensations like a hammer and the design of the hole is perfect for this setting. A dogleg right that puts the emphasis on position – it is fitting that nature has decided that this isn’t a hole you can overcome with power – the second shot is played to one of the toughest greens I have probably every played, at what must be some 60 yards deep with a valley in the middle and some amazing green complexes.

As I hit the 18th of what has been a great days golf I leave my drive in the perfect position to attach the flag, the green is like a little a amphitheatre with the mounding to the right and the water to the left, my 4-iron arrows in on the flag but just runs out of green, a bad chip and two putts later I walk off knowing I have played yet another great course on my Minnesota travels.

The stand out holes for me where, the 3rd – a tough par 3 with the wind today to a back pin placement and yet another tough green when the pin is at the back like it was today and of course the beautiful 5th hole. The par 5, 8th is another visually impressive hole and the bunkers, water and rocks give it a beautiful aesthetic.

I birdied the 11th and 14th and they are both great par 4s with the 14th being nicknamed the two million dollar hole because of its views of the lake. But for me the 13th with its risk and reward from the back tees, the design of the hole bringing the lake into play just edges the rest and if you don’t play it from the back tee you should at least take a look, hey you’re here on holiday grab your driver and have some fun, I certainly did and I know you are going to as well.



Golf holiday review of Minnesota, USA, Wilderness at the Fortune Bay Resort, The beautiful 18th hole Top: Sunset over the Par 3, 12th hole. Above: The stunning finalie at Wilderness

Golf holiday review of Minnesota, USA, Wilderness at the Fortune Bay Resort, All carry at the Par 3, 3rd holespacerGolf holiday review of Minnesota, USA, Wilderness at the Fortune Bay Resort, Green complexes at the par 4, 5th holespacerGolf holiday review of Minnesota, USA, Wilderness at the Fortune Bay Resort, Run-offs at the Par 5, 16th hole

All carry at the par 3, 3rd holespacerGreen complexes at the 5th spacerRun-offs on the 16th green

All photos taken on the day of play © James mason planetgolfreview



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