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Best Public Golf Courses In Minnesota

July 12, 2014 7:00 AM

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It’s a beautiful day out, and you don’t want to spend it stuck inside. There are no plans on the horizon and you certainly don’t want to mow the lawn or clean out the gutter. It’s the kind of day you want to spend on the golf course. Whether with friends and family or just swinging solo, choose any of these Minnesota golf courses for your day out on the green dodging water hazards and sand dunes. You’ll have that perfect stroke in no time.

Brookview Golf Course presents a challenging 18-Hole Regulation Course. (Credit: brookviewgolf.com)

Brookview Golf Course presents a challenging 18-Hole Regulation Course. (Credit: brookviewgolf.com)

Brookview Golf Course
200 Brookview Parkway
Golden Valley, MN 55426
(763) 512-2300
www.brookviewgolf.com

With cascading hills and beautifully maintained grounds, you’ll forget that you’re in the shadow of Minneapolis and that there is a large freeway just around the bend. For beginners (there is also a teaching area) to experts (9-hole par-3), this course makes a day of golfing relaxing and fun. Stop by the grill afterward for a bite to eat. The loser can foot the bill.

Rush Creek Golf Course
7801 County Road 101
Maple Grove, MN 55311
(763) 494-8844
www.rushcreek.com

Leave the towers of downtown Minneapolis behind (but not too far behind) and head to Maple Grove for the serenity of Rush Creek Golf Course. The immaculately maintained course means you won’t hit any unwanted rough patches or ill-maintained green. You’ll be able to practice your swing like a pro all day long at one of the finest 18-hole championship golf courses in the Midwest.

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Braemar Golf Course
6364 John Harris Drive
Minneapolis, MN 55439
(952) 903-5750
www.edinamn.gov

Just a hop, skip and jump outside of Minneapolis, you’ll find the pleasant greenery, smooth grass (so it won’t be your balls hopping, skipping or jumping when you want them to roll true) and incredibly friendly staff. Breathe in the the fresh air and enjoy a day out on the fairway. Whether you’re putting solo or with the whole family, there is plenty of room for everyone, even if the popular course is often busy.

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Legends Club
8670 Credit River Blvd.
Prior Lake, MN 55372
(952) 226-4777
www.legendsgc.com

Proving that public courses can be as pristine and comfortable as any private course, Legends is the finest course in southwest Minnesota. The course will take you through unique landscape, from marshland to woods, across rough terrain and up and down hills. Any golfing couples? The Legends Club also offers a premier wedding venue, perfect if you and your significant other love to swing side by side. You know what they say: those who golf together, stay together.

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(credit: Jupiter Images)

Prestwick Golf Club
9555 Wedgewood Drive
Woodbury, MN 55125
(651) 731-4779
www.prestwick.com

You can book times for yourself, a partner or large groups to ensure a smooth golfing experience. The course itself is interesting with plenty of obstacles, from sand traps to rolling hills, that offer challenges but won’t frustrate. At the end of the day, kick back at David’s Chophouse, a restaurant that matches the quality of the course. There’s nothing better than kicking back and enjoying a good meal without having to leave the club. Many nights even offer live music.

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Adrian Schramm is a resident Saint Paul writer with a passion for all things local. Through his work with Saint Paul Almanac and Minneapolis Examiner at Examiner.com, as well as in the kitchens of bars and restaurants around town, he has discovered what truly makes the Twin Cities tick.

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