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The land for Hiawatha Park was acquired in 1922. After dredging operations, nine holes were opened in 1934 and another nine a year later. The ponds come into play on seven holes. Hiawatha Golf Course is a flat course that features the Minnehaha Creek flowing throughout its design and coming into play on a few holes. The greens are sloped and the fairways are narrow. The 18-hole course is built alongside the shore of Lake Hiawatha. Open daily, call for details.
Phalen Park was opened in 1917, a year after Minneapolis opened its first municipal course at Glenwood Park. It was redesigned and reopened in May 1977. The course is considered the best of the three St. Paul courses. Forty large bunkers are scattered throughout the course. This course has many trees that can alter your shots and fast, sloped greens. Water hazards come into play on five holes, and about twenty-two sand bunkers have been incorporated into the course's design. Phalen is a prime example of a course that is both modern and mature and people love it. For tee times, bookings can be made a week in advance by calling the courses.
The National Audubon Society has recognized Prestwick Golf Club for its unique, arboretum-like environment. This 18-hole championship course blends natural surroundings with a challenging layout that even the most experienced golfer will find enjoyable. Choose from four different tee settings to find a comfortable distance for your game. Prestwick is considered one of the toughest courses in the Twin Cities when playing from the championship tee placements. The novice player will find the forward tee boxes provide an adequate test for their developing skills.
A public course, Rush Creek Golf Club has the look and feel of a world-class golf resort located just 20 minutes west of downtown Minneapolis. Whether playing the long or short tees, this 18-hole championship course provides an appropriate challenge for the veteran golfer as well as the novice. The tees, fairways and greens are superbly maintained, featuring the best greens. Water comes into play on many holes and the 50 bunkers contain "Ohio's Best Sand," described as the most playable bunker sand available. Check website for details.
Located just 20 minutes north of the Twin Cities, Majestic Oaks features two 18-hole courses (Platinum and Gold), one executive 9-hole course, and a driving range. Each course has its own unique layout, designed to play comfortable for the beginner, yet challenge and bring back the most experienced players. The Platinum course is the most mature. Designed by Charles Maddox, it was ranked among Golf Digest's Top 75 Public Courses in 1990. From the back tees, the Platinum measures 6561 yards and has many holes carved out of huge beautiful oak trees. The Gold Course, while only five years old, is quickly gaining notoriety among Twin City golfers. This course is slightly smaller than the Platinum measuring 5879 yards. Course architect Garrett Gill used natural hazards and terrain in his design. Tee Time Policy: Four days in advance; credit card guarantee needed on weekends & holidays. Green fees: Gold: Nine holes $12 M-F, $23 Sa-Su; 18 holes $15 M-F, $27 Sa-Su. Platinum: Nine holes $13 M-F, $15.50 Sa-Su; 18 holes $26 M-F, $31.00 Sa-Su. Special nine-hole course: $8 M-F, $9 Sa-Su.